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Quit Pitching Your Prospects, Try Story Telling To Get Your Message Across Featuring Ted Janusz

Quit pitching your prospects. Are you still using old sales pitches? Give them all the facts and figures and then squeeze them for the close? Try storytelling as an alternative. Develop a story that involves their problem and then how you solved it. This should be based on past experiences you have had with other clients. This will put them at ease and work magic.

About Ted

Ted Janusz is a Certified Speaking Professional and a Certified Virtual Presenter. He has facilitated over 1,100 workshops (over 6,500 total hours) in 49 of the 50 United States (lone exception: Wyoming), in Canada, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Janusz’s work has appeared on BusinessWeek.com, MSNBC.com, and has been invited to appear on the Fox News Channel. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and earned his MBA in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh


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Quit Pitching Your Prospects, Try Story Telling To Get Your Message Across Featuring Ted Janusz

Wed, 7/28 7:07PM • 52:37

Estimated reading time: 46 minutes


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Ted, Roy Barker


Roy Barker  00:05 quit pitching your prospects

Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests that speak to a diverse set of topics. Hopefully, we can point some things out that maybe you haven’t thought about or haven’t been on your radar.

Or if they’re things that are keeping you up at night, we can actually provide some solutions and some professionals that can help you. With that. No, we just want to see everybody be successful. And today we have awesome guests. We’ve been waiting to get on Ted Janusz is a certified speaking professional, and a certified virtual presenter. He has facilitated over 1100 workshops, which is over 6500 total hours in 49 of the 50 states, with the lone exception being Wyoming across Canada, from Halifax, to Vancouver, and in Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

His work has appeared on BusinessWeek.com, mMSNBC.com. And he has been invited to appear on the Fox News channel. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. He’s also the author of Superpower Marketing and Branding, No Cost To Low Cost Resources To Propel Your Business. Ted, thanks for taking time out of your day to be with us.

Ted  01:29

It’s a pleasure to be here, Roy.

Roy Barker  01:32 quit pitching your prospects

So tell us a little bit about how you got here. I mean, is speaking been something that you’ve done, you know, since your early days, and that’s just kind of the path you’ve always been on? Or is it kind of been that long and winding road like a lot of us have had? quit pitching your prospects

More About Ted

Ted  01:47

Well, it’s definitely been a long and winding road, right. But I actually started the day before 911. I didn’t know it was the day before 911 until the next day. I started speaking when I still had a full time job. And then I enjoyed training so much in that corporate environment. I went out on my own. And you know, you just told about the results. But yeah, it was a long and winding road. I wish I would have started many years ago. But my wife said and all of us can take hard on this. You weren’t ready. Yeah. You weren’t ready yet. So

Roy Barker  02:22 quit pitching your prospects

that’s a hard lesson. I’m still trying Yes. On some things is like Yes, in due time with your reading. But we all want it yesterday. Yes. So yeah. And speaking is I think a lot of people may not realize that speaking can also be a great form of marketing. Excellent. Yes, we used to, you know, utilize that at professional trade shows, kind of you get to be the speaker presenter at one of the little breakout sessions, talk about your, your discipline. And you know, it’s not, again, I’m gonna ask, I’ll ask that as a question. Not really supposed to make it a commercial are more of a sales pitch, but you present your information about what you do, or what you know. And then of course, people are interested after Listen, tell us a little bit about how that works. Quit pitching your prospects. Sure.

Ted  03:15

Well, during the recession, during the housing crisis, I had to give up what I love to do and get a real job. So what I was doing was I was selling training for community college, and I was smiling and dialing and that just wasn’t working well ROI.

So what I decided to do was something totally different. I made up these postcards, and I sent the local businesses and said, Hey, let us come in for lunch, we’ll provide a meal for your employees. And we’ll give a little educational session all free of charge, you know, just just invite us in.

So the very first one I went out on, we gave a half hour presentation on time refuses to be managed how to manage yourself instead. Well, unbeknownst to me, there was the CEO of the corporation sitting in the audience now. What would have been the chances ROI of me connecting with the CEO if I made a cold call?

Roy Barker  04:05 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, quit pitching your prospects problems, the 00. But

Ted  04:08

because, yeah, she was in this environment where she didn’t feel threatened. You know, in fact, if we didn’t know she was the CEO, after the presentation, she came up to us and said, you know, you were talking about some things I think we need some help with. Could you assist us? And we got a $50,000 contract out of that first lunch handler. So yes, I agree. Because people are looking for not speakers, for instance, they’re looking for experts, right? People who know things, you know, they want to get information. And that’s a that’s a very good no cost or low cost way to get in to see potential clients.

Roy Barker  04:46 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, and I like that because of that education factor. Right. Like you said, my you know, one of my biggest marketing techniques even with the mail and newsletters is to provide information not always be just Are you ready? by you. But, you know, one of the things I do is like, you know, if I find a good article somewhere, you can put little tidbits of that in an email to say, Hey, I thought you may be interested. I think, number one, we take the time to educate, we’re giving something to our audience in our company. But we’re also it’s a form for us to present that we really are expert, we really do have this information that’s valuable to you.

Ted  05:28

Oh, I agree totally. As matter of fact, before coming on this podcast, what I did was I had an article printed in an association publication, and I ran off copies. And I sent it out to other associations. And all I had on their ROI was a post it note that said, Could this information be valuable to your members, right. Then on the very last page, I had information about my breakout session at the conference.

But I didn’t say hire me, I’m a great speaker. Here’s some information for In fact, we teach that with newsletters. So many of those email newsletters are just veiled product pitches with maybe a 10% discount. That’s not what people want to have a successful e newsletter, solve your buyers problems once a month, make it be about them, or, for instance, a success story, you know, some clients you helped, in fact, the formula I would suggest, is talk about the problem. And you tell a story about the problem.

Because your potential client could see themselves in that story. You don’t Pitch Anything, you don’t try and sell anything. You just say hey, you know, Roy had this issue. And and maybe you’re experiencing something similar. Let me tell you about what was going on with Roy. Then you talk about how you solve the problem. And then at the very end, have the client come in and talk about how well ROI serve me in his own words.

Because they’re going to believe that that client far more than your own marketing puffery or a salesperson? So yes, like you were saying, we’re always looking at ways to solve people’s problems, be a problem solver, or if you’re a speaker, be an expert who speaks?

Quit Pitching Your Prospects

Roy Barker  07:12 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, and I think you hit probably three or four topics of, you know, some podcasts that I’ve done in the past. First off, education. You know, to me, again, that’s my personal choice for the best thing of marketing, storytelling. It’s always good to, you know, have the story. The problem solution is awesome.

And then the well, the other person coming in that you work for coming in to substantiate not only substantiate the story that you just told, but I think people are prospects would much rather hear quit pitching your prospects. Roy is great from Ted, tell us why is great, more credibility, right step number, because it’s easy for me to tell everybody how great I am.

And I’m okay leaves me, you know, right next to you believe me. But you know, there’s just so much more validity to it when we actually have that client step up. So yeah, I love the way that this ties everything together. And another key point us, I think, that really encapsulates all that is make it about that process Exactly. out there,

Ted  08:24

the protagonist. In fact, that’s the reason you tell stories. It’s not so people can learn about TED or Roy, it’s so they see themselves in your story. It’s like when I give presentations, I talk about my wife and my kids. Not so you get to know about my wife and kids. But so you see your spouse or your children.

Relatable Story

Roy Barker  08:41

Right, right. Yeah. Yeah, tell us a little bit about that. Because I think that’s important, we have to, we have to make that story relatable, like you just said, kind of where they can see a portion of them in the story, or at least the story, the problem of the story is something that I’m experiencing, but we can’t make it too long to draw, and we can’t make it to get rid of the fluff, get rid of the details,

Ted  09:10

because their only concern, but everybody listens to the same radio station, right? And it’s called letters or wi I FM. What’s in it for me, anytime you give a presentation, you have to think as you do about the listener, the viewer, because they’re sitting there thinking so what, who cares? What’s in it for me?

Roy Barker  09:30 quit pitching your prospects

Right? Yeah, and the sooner we get to that exactly, the better off that we are. And yeah, and and the the other thing is not making it overly complex with I mean, we may want to have some data that we can throw out but it should be easily understood and not like, you know, if you multiply you know, 1000 times four and a half and then you divide it and then you square root that and then do the you know it just Because after about the second or third number, a lot of people aren’t that numbers oriented. And you know, you can basically see their eyes roll back up in their head. Exactly.

Ted  10:11

Yeah. In fact, I’d like to talk about a book, not my book. But I don’t know, Roy, if you’ve ever read the book Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath, you’d know it because it has an orange cover and duct tape on it made the stick? I’ve actually got it on my show. Okay, well, let me let me give you the Reader’s Digest version of the book. They studied marketing campaigns to find out which ones stuck, which ones were most successful. And they boiled it down to six factors, which is the word success without the last.

So the first test is just when you were talking about ROI, you have to make it simple. Don’t talk about 10 things. Talk about one thing in detail. Now, the U stands for unexpected. Why do we laugh at jokes, because the story is going like this and all of a sudden the punch line goes off to the side. Now, if you’re selling industrial screws, this could be a challenge. But if you take a look at the YouTube videos that have been most popular, they all do something unexpected. Like one of my favorite business, YouTube videos that went viral was Dollar Shave Club. If you ever seen that video,

Roy Barker  11:21

I quit pitching your prospects don’t get so.

Ted  11:22

Okay. That’s your homework assignment, right? The reason the reason I mentioned it is because the gentleman who produced that video, he ultimately sold his company, which he created off of one YouTube video to Unilever for $1 billion be with because all he All he does is sell razors. Okay, but it doesn’t look like a Gillette commercial. Let me just leave it at that, though. The whole thing is unexpected. You have to keep watching, like what the heck’s he going to do next?

The C stands for concrete, you have to make it very easy for people to grasp the idea. The next C is credible. Why should I listen to you? Why are you the authority? In fact, we’ll be talking about books. If you write a book, you are the trusted member of the community. And we’ll talk about how easy that is. The next letter is E. emotion. ROI. People spend billions of dollars each year in a normal year going to sporting events going to movies, nobody’s ever spent a dime to see a PowerPoint presentation. And what’s the difference?

People want to get emotionally involved, they want to laugh, they want to scream, they want to boo, they want to yell even pay hundreds of dollars to cry to see their football team lose. All right. So they want to get emotionally involved. And the last letter we just talked about s for story. Dale Carnegie said a good 30 minute presentation is 15 two minute stories woven together, they won’t remember like you said the data and the statistics and the facts and the charts. But they will remember a story especially if it’s emotional.

Right. So take a look at your presentations. Take a look at your marketing campaigns. And do they have success meaning simple, unexpected? credible, concrete and an emotional story?

Roy Barker  13:20 quit pitching your prospects

That’s awesome. Yeah, I’m gonna have to pull that book off the

Ted  13:24

may just stick by Chip and Dan Heath are brothers. One’s a professor at Duke the other one a professor at Stanford. So pretty smart,

Do You Need A PowerPoint Deck

Roy Barker  13:31 quit pitching your prospects

guys. Okay. So, um, do you use props? Or do you use a deck when you use when you present? Do you use something or just mainly just speaking?[

Ted  13:43

I do use PowerPoint. And there’s been some discussion among speakers whether you need to have a PowerPoint deck. And I say you don’t have to, but then you have to be visually interesting. Yeah. You know, because, as you know, there’s three types of learners. There’s the visual learner, there is the auditory learner. And then there was the kinesthetic learner, the person who learns by doing. If you if you, you never know who you’re going to have in your audience.

So if you have a visual learner, and all you’re doing is auditory, you’re just speaking, they’re tuning you out. So you have to make sure you have something for everybody. And by PowerPoint, we don’t mean tons of bullet points. We mean visuals, visuals that will reinforce your story. It’s like I’ve heard speakers say I’m not funny. We have a saying in the National Speakers Association.

Do you have to be funny as a speaker? And the answer is no. Only if you want to get paid. Okay, so you can put up a funny image. It doesn’t have to all be on you. But make sure that the PowerPoint is reinforcing you. It isn’t the presentation. You’re the presentation. That’s your prop.

Roy Barker  14:56

Yeah. Well, awesome. And so I guess Out of all this, you decided to write the book, the superpower marketing branding professional for with the no cost and low cost resources to propel your business, which I assume is gonna help us with this quit pitching your prospects.

Writing A Book Voice To Text

Ted  15:16

Yeah, in fact, that’s what I did. I didn’t really write the book. Because I didn’t know Roy, if you tried to write a book, yeah, yes. Okay. Yeah. How tough that is. You know, you get out your piece of paper, you get the pen and you write a sentence, and then you start correcting it. Ernest Hemingway same age Moksha. Exactly. Exactly. And in fact, Ernest Hemingway, the famous author said, right, drunk, edit sober. Well, you know, maybe he didn’t mean that exactly. But you know, I’m saying. So the way I got my book was I happen to give a presentation, an hour long presentation to a chapter. And they put on social media, how wonderful was, so one of the members sent me the video of my presentation. I uploaded to a site called Rev. Are you familiar with rev?

Roy Barker  16:03 quit pitching your prospects

Yes, I used to use them. Yes, yeah.

Ted  16:04

R e v.com. You upload it to that site? For $1 a minute. They’ll transcribe what you said. And in a few hours, you’d get it back. Now, obviously, you write differently than you speak. Okay. But it was a huge 80% of the work was done right there. Right. Right. You know, because I love to edit, I hate to write, you know, so it was easy. I had 11,000 Word document already done. I just had to go in and, you know, clean it up. And so that would be a recommendation I’d have for speakers and trainers just have somebody, either audio or video, record yourself, upload it to a site called Rev. RTV. Calm, and then within just a few hours, you’ll have most of the book right there.

Roy Barker  16:45 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, well, that’s good advice. And I never really thought about that. But it is much easier for a lot of us to speak and you know, the, if you’re not a good typing guru that you know, we can spend, I spend more time correcting spelling, spelling errors, and I do actually get words on a piece of paper. Well, I

Ted  17:04

like what you said the paper just sits there in mocks Oh my god, it’s like I am blank. put something on me.

Roy Barker  17:10 quit pitching your prospects

Well, even like Ratan blogs, even if you’re only trying to get you know, 800, 1000 1200 words, it’s like, well, I’ve got this awesome idea. You sit down, you know, crack the knuckles, get your dream, you know, all set up. And it’s like, you get maybe two sentences out. It’s like, we’re just going no way.

Somebody. Yes, yeah. That’s a non rider rider. I guess it happens to real riders. But yes, non rider riders is an affliction for Yes, I agree. But you know, and you mentioned this earlier, is that having a book, even if you know, and I think one mistake that I make a lot of times is, you know, we think about these 200 250 word books. Oh, you know, and it, it really doesn’t have to be that way.

It just needs to be something that makes good sense for whatever you’re doing, that you can put in somebody’s hand. And it Yes, really has a huge effect on people. Definitely.

Ted  18:08

Yes. I don’t know if you’re familiar with a survey study that Microsoft did. Roy, they said the average attention span of American adult is now less than that of a goldfish. Yes, yeah. goldfish is apparently can focus for nine seconds, the average adult eight seconds. I don’t know how you measure the attention span of goldfish, but Microsoft’s pretty smart. So like you said, keep it short, right? No, I don’t know about you ROI. But if I’m interested in something, I don’t want to go to Amazon and find a 300 page book about it. Just give me the top 10 tips, the eight keys, the five secrets that you’re not. I want it right now, just don’t have the time. I don’t have the energy, I don’t have the attention span to labor over something like that.

Smaller Slices Of Text

Roy Barker  18:52 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah. And, you know, one thing I’ve looked at two is just making multiple modules. You know, you can have one, you know, 50 pager that talks about one part and just break that up. Because I think it goes with our attention span again, that somebody is more apt to sit down and breeze through 50 you know, again, I wish that have been this is you know, when we have regrets from our childhood, and my mother, I know that she’ll be glad to hear me say that wish I had finally.

Yeah, finally, I’m admitting it. I wish I had more books. Because, you know, it’s a it’s a, I guess it’s like, training for to run a marathon, the more you because like now, I love to read but I’ll lay down and read two pages and, you know, fall asleep if they’re so rusty like me, you know, I can like get through the 50 100 pages pretty quick. But you know, once like you said, if it’s too daunting, it just sets on the nightstand.

Ted  19:49

And here’s another key ROI. You have to be a good date for the reader. What does this mean? If you’re not enjoy writing it if it doesn’t flow, the reader isn’t going to enjoy reading it. And they probably aren’t, you know, it’s too laborious on their end. Like you said, you’re gonna fall right asleep. So you got to be having fun so that they can have fun. Yeah. And here’s another thing, just start someplace doesn’t have to be at the beginning, start in the middle, you know, because of course with Microsoft Word, you can move things around, just get started.


Roy Barker  20:17 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, yeah, that’s a good tip for a lot of things is just get started that momentum you’ll be, you’ll be amazed at what just that first step, how easy it is for the second third step to come after that. So once we get it, you know, through Reb understand that process, we get it back. And it’s usually in either, you know, like a Word document, we’d write some more edits, but how do we actually get that to be an E book?

Ted  20:45

Oh, I’m glad you asked Roy. Yeah, well, unlike when I wrote my first book, I mean, back then it was just a real tedious process, you know. But now there is a free resource, because that’s what we’re talking about free reuse of resources. Take that word document that you’ve added, you know, after rev give you the file back, you got the Word document, you edit it, and you upload it to a site called Kindle Direct Publishing. Kindle Direct Publishing is part of Amazon. And they’ll make it look rather than a Word document, they’ll make it look like a book. And it’s totally free. Now, the only thing you’re missing. And one thing you’re missing in that process is what right?

Roy Barker  21:22 quit pitching your prospects

I don’t know. I don’t know enough to even know what we’re missing. The cover. Oh, cover. Okay. All right.

Ted  21:28

So this is the only cost. All right. Get yourself cover. Now, are you familiar with the site Fiverr, Roy, f fi ve RR com, you know, where there’s, there’s fantastically talented artists, but they primarily live in and we used to be able to say third world, it’s now called developing countries where maybe they can live on $5 a day. So it doesn’t mean they’re not professional. It doesn’t mean they’re not creative doesn’t mean that they’re not courteous. It doesn’t mean they’re talented. It’s just, you know, they have a different economy.

Right. So now the site is hit or miss. Alright, so always go with a recommendation. But one of my favorite artists is the guy who creates my ebook covers. So for instance, let me show you my book here. I do not think this looks like a self published book. Not Not at all, what one of my biggest pet peeves with Self Publishers is their books like that look like they’re self published. We judge a book by its cover. So make, you know, make it look professional. But he put together the cover for my ebook for just $5. Wow. Yeah, yeah. And let me just if I could just tell quick story.

Roy Barker  22:39 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, quit pitching your prospects, sure.

Ted  22:40

part of the process is he asks you to choose an image. So he gives you a library and you go through and you choose images, and you get to choose five. And I kind of thought he would use this one. But he, of course, is a graphic artist, I am not. Instead, he chose this one, which is far better than the cartoony type image that I came up with. And again, you know, $5 Oh, so let me give you his name, his ebook cover, underscore

Roy Barker  23:09


Ted  23:10

ebook cover underscore x p, e. r. So you can go to Fiverr F I V E R R.com, look them up and see some of the great work he’s done.

Roy Barker  23:20 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, and I’ve had some logo work done over there. And it’s it, it’s a surprisingly good experience for the amount of money that you pay, you know, there, it’s not just a one time exchange, you know, like the people I work with, there is a back and forth and them actually trying too hard to get what you want, you know, the representation that you want. So, like you said, you just need to be careful to go with somebody that’s got this right. negations because, you know, it’s with the feedback in that civically feedback means a whole lot. And there’s no feedback. Sometimes. That’s right. There’s a reason.

Ted  24:02

Yeah, so at this point, you have the E book. Now, some people of course, like the paperback book, that’s something that could actually hold. So you can actually use Kindle Direct Publishing to create a book. So they’re on Amazon, for the millions of people use Amazon and we’re looking for a topic that have a choice. Either they could download your ebook, you know, use their Kindle reader, or they could order a paperback. And the nice thing there is when I wrote my first book, right, in order to get a decent price on the book, I had to order 2000 copies, you know, a 2000 copies of the book look like? Yes, it came on a pallet.

Roy Barker  24:42 quit pitching your prospects

Yes. Yeah, I

Ted  24:42

had to store them in my basement, attic and garage, my neighbor’s basement, attic and garage. They got moldy. Alright, you don’t have to do that anymore. With Kindle Direct Publishing, you print on demand. So you know, let’s say you were going to give a presentation. You could sell you could order and sell 25 copies back of the room. And what I like about it is, you could probably, for this book, I could order author copies for $2.15. I mean, that’s less than a price book greeting card. Exactly. Yeah. So you can order author copies, use those as market, what I do is I use this as marketing material, because like you said, It educates. It’s not selling anything. I’m trying to show myself as the trusted expert.

Roy Barker  25:25 quit pitching your prospects

And, and hold that back up. Again. The other thing that is even if people don’t read it, it’s a huge business card. I mean, it just tells your story is got your name. And even if it’s laying around on somebody’s coffee table, it’s still a presence in front of people, which That’s awesome.

Ted  25:43

I remember the first, when I wrote my first book, I was giving a presentation on my books there. And the lady bought a copy. And she looked at me with all because apparently she’d never met a published author before. She said, will you sign my book? Oh, yeah, there’s, we, well, you kind of have to organize your thoughts, you know, you’ve you’ve gone through the process. And so therefore, you have this this aura of credibility.

But someone else who has all the information in their head, but doesn’t have a tangible, doesn’t have tangible proof. This can make all the difference. And like I said, doesn’t matter what, you know, you’re a plumber, you could write a book about how to fix your drains or whatever, put it in a book, it’s going to cost you $5. And you could give this out to potential clients, whatever your expertise is, set yourself apart. I know you talk about employee retention.

And that’s a huge issue right now, of course, as you know, but I think the second biggest issue for small businesses is how do you set yourself apart from all your competitors? an E book is a book is a great way to do it.

Roy Barker  26:52 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, we talk a lot about just the noise level out there now as you have to do, you know, back in the day, if you had a website that was now it’s like, everybody’s got one and everybody right, this level. So we’ve got to take that next step. Which basically, you know, the other cool thing about this is, you know, kind of taking a step back, is, you know, once you get your rev copy edited before you submit it. What a lot of great social media posts. Oh, yeah. Found up right there. Take the chunks. Yeah.

Ted  27:29

In fact, I don’t mean to interrupt you, right. Try not to do that. I just get so excited about talking about this. But it’s very key to chunk your information, chunk your information. So what I usually do my classes, I asked somebody to write down a random nine digit number, any nine numbers of doom as low as long as they’re not sequential. So after they do that, I’ll say, Roy, if I were to see you next week, first of all, thank you for allowing me to be on your podcast. And then ask you could you recall that nine digit number? Do you think you could?

Roy Barker  27:59 quit pitching your prospects

Probably, oh, you could, I couldn’t. But you could say I can you remember what I have for lunch?

Ted  28:07

Well, I’m going to give you a little trick, a little tip, right? After the third digit and the fifth digit. So after the third number in the fifth number, put in a dash, put in a hyphen after the third number in the fifth number of now, if you can visualize that. What does that look like in your mind’s eye? No.

Roy Barker  28:23

I was saying like Social Security now.

Ted  28:26

We’ve gone from nine pieces of information down to just three, we’ve chunked the information. See, a confused mind never learns a confused mind never buys. That’s why for instance, there are the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that some of the Habits of Highly Effective People, in fact, you know, I just used that on you a little while ago, by talking about that principle from May to stick. It was an acronym, they chunk the information. So it’s spelled su cc e. s, that’s how I’m able to remember it. If I didn’t have that acronym, I couldn’t tell you, you know, but when we chunk the information, it makes it really easy for people to remember.

Roy Barker  29:04

Yeah. Yeah. And you know, we work. Sometimes it’s like that, you know, the blank page mark in us that we talked about earlier. It’s like, Okay, well, we want to sit down and schedule some social media out. And it kills me because I know people, you know, or bloggers or good writers, they’re like, Ha, quit pitching your prospects. I don’t know what I’m gonna put out. And I’m like, Oh, my gosh, you got three pages of information, you know, you just pull from it. Right? You’re able to do the same thing. Like you said, chocolate, but you’re still educating your engine to yourself. So I mean, that this is an awesome tool that we’ve just created for ourselves. Mm

Ted  29:40

hmm. In fact, I want to give you an alternative to blogging. This is one of my favorite tips. You’re on LinkedIn. Right? Right. Yes. Correct. Yes. Either and LinkedIn, okay, so on the homepage of LinkedIn, the top, middle, there’s either a button or a link that says write an article. Okay, okay. So click on that link, it’ll take you to a three part template. At the top of the template, they’re looking for an image. So kind of like what’s behind you, for instance, now one of my favorite sites to get images is pixabay.

Have you ever used pixabay? No, p IX, a BA YPIXAB. Ba, why? Now one of the reasons I love going to that site is you were talking about web websites. I happen open up my PO Box, and I got a letter from Getty Images. unbeknownst to me, my webmaster had unauthorized use of one of their images, and I got a bill for $1,000. You don’t want to do that. Okay, but pixabay these are our images from amateur photographers. Now, it doesn’t mean they’re not good. Because, you know, with our iPhones now, I mean, they’re so sophisticated, you know, anybody can be of what looks like a professional photographer.

And what I also like about it is it doesn’t look like stock photography normally looks so prim and proper, and perfect. I mean, these are real images. And it’s a search engine. So for instance, if you wanted to do an article about employee retention, you could type in employee, and it would show you images of employees, okay? no cost. Now you can give attribution, you can give a contribution, if you like, one of the things I always do is I at least like the image, you know, to give the whoever provided some feedback. So I get an image from pixabay.com. The next part is the headline. And so what I do in the headline is I think about how people would be looking for the information in my article, you know, what do people type into Google?

And the reason I do that is, you know, when Google is looking for answers, they go to a credible site like LinkedIn, and they’ll look for information there. You know, so I want my title, my headline to match what they’re typing in the search engine. So that’s the second part of this template. The third part is the body copy 500 words or less, remember their short attention spans, there’s a little blue button in the upper right corner says publish, hit that, and it goes out to all your connections.

Now, I’m very particular as to who my friends are on Facebook, like, for instance, if I get a request from a half naked female, I think I probably shouldn’t go there. But with LinkedIn, it’s just business. You know, I never know when I could help you. Or you could help me. So I always say, I always say yes to those connections, and I have 1300 connections, and I ever do anything to promote it. No. So as soon as you do that, your article goes out to all of them. And then what you can also do is take that link, and use it on your other social media sites, use it on your, on your website.

And it what it’ll say is the the title of your article by Roy Barker doesn’t say by Roy Barker, it says linkedin.com this information is coming from linkedin.com. Alright, you’re an authority now. Yeah, you know, so at least get started there. If writing an E book or a book, it just seems too intimidating to you start with a LinkedIn article. It’s another one of those no cost resources. All it does is it takes up a little bit of your time. And you can prove yourself to be the again trusted member of the community. The real authority on your topic.

Roy Barker  33:14

Yeah. Yeah. And because LinkedIn is such, they have such a high domain authority, it really boosts your I think it really boosts your credibility as well.

Ted  33:26

Definitely, definitely. And the other thing you could you can do, of course, is post videos 80% of what we’ll be consuming it online will be videos, and keep them short. Again, very, very short, within 10 seconds to according to tubemogul. Within 10 seconds, 10% of your audience will be gone by the half minute mark, or third, by the one minute mark a half by the two minute mark three quarters. Wow. So keep them short. Keep really short, again, because of that short attention span, but you can you can post videos, put your videos on YouTube on LinkedIn as well.

Roy Barker  34:08 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah, videos or they used to reference it. I’m sure my audience gets tired hear me say it. I say it all the time. But it used to we talked about pictures were like breadcrumbs to your article, where videos were like chocolate covered your article that, you know, they just have so much more impact. And, you know, we talked about this to the importance of using a picture or video.

One of the reasons that was explained to me it really made a lot of sense at one time was that when you write even just a post on LinkedIn or Facebook, you take up, you know, maybe an inch, half an inch of real estate, where if you have a picture, now all of a sudden you have widened out that real estate because it’s easier to scroll back up the lines of text than it is that picture makes at least it visible. Then if you have a great image, it gets somebody’s attention, you know, whatever you’ve posted there. So

Ted  35:06

definitely, if a picture’s worth 1000 words of videos probably worth a million.

Roy Barker  35:09

Yeah, exactly. Yeah. And I’m like you I like, I like things that look more real. I tried to take pictures, you know myself to use, I don’t, you know, there’s times we have to use the stock image you can’t get around it, but not my choice. also depend on what we’re writing about. If it’s our company, or our service, quit pitching your prospects or something that’s more personalized a picture of you, goes a long way to people can identify you with the company name with the service makes people feel more comfortable.

Ted  35:38

Yeah, and that’s the thing about social media marketing, you want to make it real, make it authentic.

Roy Barker  35:43

Yeah, yeah. That’s why it’s different. Yeah, see a lot of these websites, it’s, you know, I was helping a young lady and they had a bunch of equipment, trucks and some manufacturing equipment that they were showing stock pictures of something that looked kinda like, I’m like, Well, why are we doing that? Why don’t we do a real thing, you know, right worker have a real worker standing by this thing. And people can tell the difference, just like you can. Exactly. And so anyway, I think it makes such a much better presentation. But so I was just reading down through here. The, you’re talking about forget the rejection and the stress of cold calling.

Ted  36:25

Oh, okay. Yeah. Well, I already told you a little bit of that story. I send out postcards. You know, I had, I was working for another speaker, and he had me doing some cold calling ROI. And I kept track. That day, I made 49 cold calls. I talked to a machine 45 times. I mean, I remember, maybe you do too, back in the old days where people would actually would answer their phone. But now on my iPhone, if I had a number I don’t recognize it’s not one of my contacts.

I never take it, right. As a matter of fact, if they don’t leave a message, I automatically block the call, or they don’t call back. Yeah. Okay. quit pitching your prospects So anyway, I made these 49 calls. 45 times I talked to voicemail. The four times I did talk to an actual person, they told me go to Hell yeah. And I thought there’s got to be a better way. And I also, I listened to a podcast from the National Speakers Association and the host, like you was talking about? Well, he was interviewing a meeting professional.

And she said, I get 10 unsolicited emails each day from speakers as 50 a week. And one of the keys to success. I got this from the book, what they didn’t teach you at the heart at Harvard Business School, by Mark McCormack, he said, take a look at what everybody else is doing. And if you want to be successful, do just

Roy Barker  37:45

the opposite. Right.


Ted  37:47

That’s why send postcards and on the postcards. I don’t talk about how wonderful and great I Am. I’ll talk about things that are of interest to the meeting professional, for instance, do virtual trade shows work? Or should my virtual conference be pre recorded? Or how to get the shy expert to speak things like that? Because, you know, if it looks like an ad, what do we do?

As soon as we get advertisement in the mail? We don’t even look at it. Right? You know, and so unlike the cold call, where somebody listen to the first two seconds, and then delete, or you know, they may only look at the subject line of an email, they can tell it’s coming from a speaker or you know, some solicitor with a postcard you can’t help but at least spend three to five seconds with it. You know, like, what is this?

And what you want to do is make it look like it’s coming from a friend. Because I gave this tip to another speaker. She said, Oh, great. I’ll print off 100 mailing labels and slap them on that. No, no, no, no, no. You want to handwrite In fact, sometimes I’ll even write something that looks like a personal note. Yeah. You know, in fact, just recently, I spoke here in Columbus, for an association that makes chocolate candies. And the executive director said, you know, why had you come speak?

And I said, No, she said, because I loved your marketing materials. They’re just so so different. So that’s what I do. I send out postcards. And so I use another artist on Fiverr. Let me give you his name. His name is Balu ba elegoo. But he has the handle of blufor 12 ba l UBA One, two Beluga. 12 on fiverr.com. He’s in India. And every time he sends me back a PDF of my new postcard ROI, I get excited like a kid at Christmas. I mean, he does what I would do if I was creative. You know, I give him the general idea. And he just works magic.

And then I go to vistaprint and have these printed up. By the way, anytime you’ve used vistaprint, haven’t you? Yes, yeah, I mean, never pay full price. I always do a search on Google for vistaprint postcards, promo code or discount code, and I can usually say 30 to 50%. But that’s what I do to be different, you know, because I don’t want to blend in with everybody else I want to stand out. And I think that’s what a lot of your listeners need to do running small businesses. You know, we don’t have the marketing budget of a Gillette or Procter and Gamble, you know, so so we have to use these guerilla marketing tactics in order to get noticed.

Roy Barker  40:23 quit pitching your prospects

Yeah. And it’s funny, because even no matter what age you are, I still like to get stuff in the mailbox. And now I’m not so excited about getting emails that that’s that’s a no,

Ted  40:32

no, the average white collar worker sends and receives 115 a day now. You’re just gonna blend it with everybody else. Yeah. But

Roy Barker  40:39

when she comes down with the male says, hey, that’s something male. I mean, my ears kind of perked up, like, what is that? So, you know, I’m a lot more apt to give it a read. And I think the other good advice you just gave is to, you know, don’t, don’t stamp it like, No, no, you know, Mike, in fact, they

Ted  40:56

laugh at me at the postcard at the post office, because I say, hey, what what fun stamp Do you have this month? Right? So like, I’ll put Star Wars stamps on there, or, you know, something to make it stand out. So it’s fun. Yeah. And distinctive. In fact, we we had the part of the reason I got the idea. We had somebody come speak to our National Speakers Association chapter.

And like we said, the average white collar worker sends and receives 115 emails a day. How many pieces of mail Do you get now? Maybe, I don’t know. six, eight, something like that. You know, so yeah, it’s kind of a break your day, you’re going to take a little time to go through the mail. And, you know, try yourself. See, see if you you get an interesting I don’t even know if you get interesting postcards, but if you do, could you not

Roy Barker  41:39

look at Right, exactly. Yeah. And that’s well, that’s another key I think you have to get it you have to design it. To where it is an interesting enough. Somebody’s gonna flip it over and say Hey, what is this?

Ted  41:50

And to make it be about them? I mean, so many postcards again, males, mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee it’s like when I was getting information in the mail for my daughter, for colleges, it’s all about us, us, us, us, us, us, us. No talk about my daughter are people like her and and how you’ve been able to help people like her and how much they enjoyed the experience? Or what type of job they got is resolved about, you know, make it be about the recipient, make it be about your client, not about you.

Roy Barker  42:22

Yeah, yeah, one more tip, we’re getting kind of late. I know one more thing I wanted that this kind of brought up that it was an old. So what this is a way to get a really good free mailing list or low cost mailing list to people that really care about what you’re sending them. This was a jewelry store and this jewelry store, what they had figured out is that 50 to 70% of their clients were repeat clients. So if they come in the door to make the first purchase, you know, about a 750 to 70% chance you’re coming back for a second purchase.

What they did is they went to a local dentist, and they said, Look, I’ve got this deal, I want you to send out a letter to your clientele, and say, thanks for being such an awesome customer of our dental service. And because of that, we have arranged a you know, whatever discount and this particular jewelry store, you know, they said it at cost. So basically, this first purchase was going to be you know, they weren’t gonna make any money, they want to make money off of you the next 500. Right.

But what they did is they said, you know, we don’t want to touch your mailing list, we’re not asking right client’s name, we want your secretary, we’ll give you the form letter, she can type it out, she will send it out on your letterhead and say, thanks for being a client, we’ve arranged, you know, 30% discount on this purchase, send it out to all their clients. And then you know, one, one good thing to do is you may fund an hour to the secretaries time that has to, you know, get the data and send it down pay for post. Is this not a student say it’s no cost?

It’s low cost. But yeah, yeah. But now you’ve got an engaged audience, because they are current clients of this dentist. They’re excited because he’s saying thanks for being a client. And I’ve figured out how you can get a discount at the store. And now the jewelry store, you know, they were just saying, Hey, you know, this first one is going to be breakeven for us. But you know, think about if even 30 or 40% of these people come in and make repeat customers. I’ve always thought that was such an awesome

Ted  44:39

kind of Oh, it is ROI. In fact, it even has a name. Oh, does it Okay, yeah, that’s called fusion marketing. Okay. Yeah. In fact, the former CEO of ups said, you know, used to be if you can’t beat them, join them. But But now used to be, you know, you try to beat your competition. But if you can’t do that, then join them. Yeah.

And then you both can’t be beat. Yeah, yeah. It’s called fusion marketing. In fact, I’ve heard, for instance, a car dealer and a carwash owner got together, or a sporting bar, a sports bar, and a sporting goods owner got together, or a hairstylist and a clothing boutique. You know, each one had a display for the other. Yeah. Because again, what does it cost you? You know, and it makes both of you look good. So it’s a win win win?

Roy Barker  45:32

Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Love the ideation marketing. Okay, great. Yeah, we put them after all these years, I can put a name to that. Cool thing. All right, Ted. Well, any any other points you want to put out to the audience before we wrap this up?


Ted  45:50

Okay, well, this one is a little bit more philosophical. Okay. But it’s a tip that I picked up from Brian Tracy. Okay. It’s something that I’ve instituted the last few months. And he said that one of the best things you can do when you get up in the morning, is to write down your goals. What are you trying to accomplish today? You know, personal goal, maybe a physical fitness goal. professional goal, and then that will keep you focused for the rest of the day.

And because you know, most people have no clue as to really why they’re here what their purpose is. So define what’s most important to you. In that way, you’ll stay motivated toward those goals throughout the day. And then each day as you rewrite them, you’ll refocus yourself. You’ll be amazed at how this will keep you on track and what you can accomplish.

Roy Barker  46:47

I love that. And I was just fixing to ask what is a habit or a tool that you and if that’s it, that’s understandable if you have something else that you do every day that really adds value, if you want to show there,

Ted  46:59

there is something else. But this this is I mean, sometimes I tell people this and they just kind of shake their head, but I am a runner last year, because like many of us back in March, I lost all of my engagements for the rest of the year. And I was under huge stress, like, what the heck am I going to do? So one of the things I did to deal with the stress was I increased my running.

And by the end of the year, by the end of 20. I had run 2020 miles. But what that enables me to do is just to let my mind go. And I think about things like this helps me plan my day. It’s just been a huge, tremendous stress lever reliever for me. In fact, last time I was seriously sick, was right after I got married. first month we were married, my wife had to convalesce me back I got mononucleosis.

And that was 38 years ago. So it is it’s really helped me to keep my energy up, keep me healthy. So you know, running may not be the thing for you. But but find some sort of physical activity, because it will help you in multiple ways. Not only will it help you with your energy in your physical fitness, but it’ll help you with your creativity as well.

Roy Barker  48:14

Yeah, yeah. And I’m not a runner, for sure. But just even for me getting out and taking the 10 or 15 Oh, yeah. And I’ll probably do that tonight when we’re done. Yeah. And if you get stuck, if I get stuck in a problem, you know, something I can’t solve or if I am writing in and get caught in a block, just instead of trying to power through Yes, because I easily end up rewriting that. Just get up, take a walk, it clears my head.

And then, you know, talking about the creativity, you know, there are studies that say that, you know, like our kids and this extrapolates to adults that were so overscheduled stimulated, that we have lost the creative edge in some cases, but taking that walk or even just sitting with yourself and trying to calm your mind can really help those creative juices start flowing again.

Ted  49:03

Yeah, the other thing that helps me and of course, this isn’t gonna help everybody but I have eight grandkids. So when they come over again, this is one of my goals. I want to be the best grandfather I can possibly be. I become like a kid. Yeah, I get down on their level. I do the same crazier, zany, are you they love it when you act like them.

And you’re allowed to be you know, as I go out and play tag with them and chase them around and we ride go karts, and they think it’s fantastic and i’m doing i’m working on one of my goals. I want to be a good grandfather you know so that when I get done I feel energized I feel like a kid I get that energy back and if so that’s that’s serious work for me is is to be a good granddad.

Roy Barker  49:42

Nothing like being a grandpa and not really having the rules and constraints as write up the kids by word is here to have that can make your job and eat your vegetables at all night.

Ted  49:55

That is your job. Yeah, yeah. It’s just to be as much fun as you possibly can. cannon, it takes a lot of energy. You know, sometimes they come over and go, Oh, geez, I’m I’m up for today. But then after they leave, I’m so glad that I did expend the energy.

Roy Barker  50:09

Now they are blessing for sure. Yes. Well, Ted, thanks so much for taking.

Ted  50:13

Oh, my pleasure.

Wrap Up

Roy Barker  50:15

It’s been awesome conversation. So tell everybody a couple things. Who, how, who do you like to work with? How can you help them and then how they can reach you, but then also tell us how we can get a copy of the book?

Ted  50:28

Oh, certainly. Well, if anybody’s struggling with writing the book, I’ve already written mine. This is everything I know, Roy. So I can’t I’d love to write another. But that’s all I know. So if somebody needs some assistance with their ebook or book, I’d be happy to help them out. You could reach me at Ted T E D @ Janus J A N U S presentations.com. So, Ted @ Janus presentations.com.

That’s all one word, obviously, my website is www.Januspresentations.com. And I’d be happy to assist you in any way that I could. Once again, the name of my book is Superpower Superpower Marketing and Branding. I wrote it specifically for professional speakers and trainers. But just like the tips we talked about here, I think it spills over to other small business owners. And we discussed No Cost and Low Cost Resources to Propel Your Business and the ebook and the paperback book are available on Amazon.

Roy Barker  51:27

Okay, awesome. Y’all reach out and pick up pick up a copy of the book to get started and then give 10 a call. Let him help you with your presentations with your speaking or least writing your next best seller.

Ted  51:41

was indeed a pleasure, Roy. Yeah, I’m sorry. It’s over.

Roy Barker  51:44

Yeah, me too. Yeah, it was a great conversation. And I learned that it is fusion marketing. So learn something every day.

Ted  51:52

You didn’t even know you were a genius. But maybe you did. But that’s just more proof.

Roy Barker  51:55

Right? Exactly. All right. Well, that’s gonna do it for another episode of the business of business podcast. Of course I am your host Roy. You can find us at thebusinessofbusinesspodcast.com. We’re on all the major social media networks, hangout probably on Instagram a little more than anywhere else. So reach out there be glad to interact with you also on all the podcast platforms, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Spotify, if we’re not a one that you listened to reach out to be glad to add it to make your ears listening easier. A video of this interview will also go up on our YouTube channel. So go over there and check us out till next time. Take care of yourself and take care of your business.

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Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence Featuring Shayla Boyd-Gill

Sales strategies especially for women to focus on high ticket items to scale and provide the freedom you want.

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Shayla Boyd-Gill went from bankruptcy to a multiple six-figure business. Now Shayla is a Family Freedom and Affluence Mentor and creator of the Luxe Your BusinessTM Sales System and a sales strategist who shows women entrepreneurs how to have it all – family, freedom, and affluence – while doing what they love. 

She teaches her clients – service-based businesses – to restructure their businesses and lives by boosting their high-ticket sales so they can make more money in less time without a heavy client load. 


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Roy Barker  00:00 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All

Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests that can talk about a diverse set of topics. Hopefully we can show you something that maybe you haven’t thought about or something that’s keeping you up at night. We can provide you some answers, or at least a go to person to help you out. Today we’re excited to have Shayla Boyd-Gill.

She went from bankruptcy to multiple six figure business. She now is a family freedom and influence mentor and creator of Luxe Your Business sales system. And a sales strategist who knows women entrepreneurs have to have it all family freedom and influence while doing what they love. She teaches our clients which are mostly service based businesses to restructure their businesses and lives by boosting their high-ticket sales so that they can make more money in less time without a heavy client load. Shayla, thanks for taking time out of your day to be with us. Really excited to be with you here today.

Shayla 01:28

Roy, thank you for inviting me to your community.

Roy 01:29 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yes, yeah. And nothing better that we like to talk about, then how we can increase our sales without having to increase, you know, necessarily our customer base. And, you know, talking more focusing on those high ticket items and how we can structure that. But before we jump into to the good stuff. Tell us about yourself. How did you end up here? Have you always been in sales? Is this something that maybe, you know, you took a turn three, some other disciplines to get here? Yeah,

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Shayla  01:42

I took a turn, leap, hop in a few other things, actually. So I started out as an entrepreneur in 2003, in that entrepreneurship journey, was actually in the world of birthing like having babies. Oh, wow. And by the time I started that journey, I’d already had three babies. And I decided that I wanted to leave my corporate job as a construction engineering manager, ground up construction.

I was like, I need to go home. And I want to be with my kids. But I need to figure out something that I can do because we had a dual family income. And the one thing I thought about the funny thing I tell everyone is the thing that I thought about was what can I do really well and I that I could use to make money. I was really good at having babies. Sounds weird. But so I said, Well, you know, what can we do?

I’m not going back to school for this. This is not the journey I was quite thinking of. But what I realized I had amazing birthing experiences and so many women in my community had horrible experiences. And what I understood they needed was education. So I became a childbirth educator and a doula. One of the top pain, birth workers in the Washington DC area. Wow, this industry ROI is a very we are very giving industry. And so a lot of birth workers have a hard time charging for their services.

Roy Barker  03:04

Right, right.

Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All

Shayla  03:05

I started having different birth workers come to me and say, How are you getting all these clients? Number one, and how are you charging this much for your service? We are doulas we’re childbirth educators. No one’s paying this kind of money. I’m like, actually they are. But you don’t know how to set up your business. I just happened to be a little bit more business savvy.

So I started teaching some of them how to structure their businesses and how to get better quality clients. But also make sure that as you’re serving, they’re not burning themselves out. Yeah. The only from that industry. I personally as I taught and served everyone else I burned out. Because you know, getting up at three in the morning babies don’t have a schedule right now they call when they call. And I had by the time I left the birthing industry, I had six children a mile. Wow.

And I literally said I need to retire. I need to get out of this birth working service is really good money, but it’s not sustainable. And I wanted to leave while I was still on top. I decided to leave, continue to coach other birth workers. And then I knew I knew it was time to expand beyond birth workers. Because I got out of the industry. I got out of some of the lingo the knowledge, I didn’t stay up to date. I was like, I’m actually when I retired, I disconnected. And some of my clients that had babies with me, they wanted to stay home, how can I start making money? I’m like, Oh, you should become an entrepreneur.

What do you do? Well, we figured it out. Same path. Great. Let me teach you how to turn that into a business. And from there I just realized people really suck at selling. It’s just it doesn’t matter who you are, most people don’t want to sell. I understand because we’ve been taught to sell in the wrong manner for many personalities. And I had to develop what I call my luck sale system. And I’ve been able to teach people to go from just starting to selling then Once you have an established six figure business or more how to start scaling, and sell higher ticket, that’s how I got to where I am now.

Selling Seems Hard

Roy Barker  05:07 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Nice. Yeah, so many people, you know, they’re good at their craft. That’s selling part and I think, you know, the, with people that deliver care, it’s even worse because they are compassionate by nature. Absolutely. They look at the situation like this person really needs help. How can so you can overcome that the only thing only question I have about the, you know, the birthing businesses. Did you have people come back to you? You know, when these kids turn 13 years old and hit those teenage years, like coming back wanting their money back? What do we do now?

Shayla  05:39

You know, the funniest thing is I have people that will see me in the area of like, they may see me at the grocery store. They’re like, Hi, Shayla. This is Johnny. And I’m like, Whoa, Johnny, you were my doula. You were my childhood educator. And these are teenagers now. So it’s really fascinating are like, this is your doula she was at your birth, and the kids are looking at me like, This is strange. Why are you telling me this? Mom, Dad, what’s

Roy Barker  06:05 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

what’s going on here? I’m definitely seeing them now. That’s funny. What So tell us about your about your system. You know, I think, especially starting out, you know, we want to take everybody that we possibly can. And, you know, sometimes we make deals we shouldn’t make for lower dollars, because all of us have to help us in the long run. And, you know, we all have made those mistakes. But talk a little bit about, you know, how you structure this where we can no focus on the high ticket items, like you said, less clients, less fuss, but probably more money at the end of the day.

Shayla  06:44

Well, the most challenging part that I find that my clients have in my system, we have five parts. The first part is what I call my Lux clarity. And when we’re looking at clarity, we’re getting clear on the type of client that we want to serve. Especially if we come from a place where we’re serving everyone, meaning I can teach anyone how to start a business, how to sell in your business, that was me, when I switched from the birth workers, I’m like, I can teach any woman how to start a business, right, I had to over time learn to refine that because I did fall victim into it.

I was used to generating money very easily as a doula and childbirth educator. Now going into general coaching, I needed a win, I need to land a client. Usually that gut instinct will tell you, if you’re on the phone with someone and you’re selling to them, and you realize that’s probably not the person, you should say, hey, let’s make a deal. And you make the deal. And it’s the worst client you’ve ever had, they want the most, and you’ve charged the least amount of money.

So one of the first steps I have my clients do and really just make peace with is releasing what’s no longer working for you. Alright, so when we’re looking at releasing what’s no longer working for us, what I like to say is, you know, people always teach you to go for the lowest hanging fruit of what you already know. But sometimes what you know, and what you’re familiar familiar with, or whom you’re familiar with, may not be the best person that you need to serve. Just because you’re familiar with them doesn’t mean that they need to be your clients. And so we will often sell, and we are, we’re wanting to sell here pretty high, but will often our messaging in our language, and the persons we’re calling in are at a lower level.

And so it’s a mixed match in the language. So people will say, I’m booking calls, but no one’s buying. Because you’re speaking to the lower version of the client that you really desire. You’re not speaking your client’s language, because you’re still connected to what you what worked for you in the past. And if you’ve elevated to this new higher ticket client, they’re speaking a different language.

So you have to release what’s no longer working for you. That client you used to work with may not be the client that’s going to work with you now, if they’re not elevating with you, it’s okay to release them. And the thing ROI is to make peace with that fear of leaving people behind. There’s someone for everyone. Your job is not to serve everyone, your job is to serve the right people that need to work with you right now.

Not Everyone Is Our Perfect Client

Roy Barker  09:15 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, because we can get so bogged down serving everybody, and not that market that we really need to be in that we don’t have to take care of the people in that higher market the way that we really should, you know, giving them the time and attention that they deserve absolutely no another’s and like you said, they either make a really bad client where you spend twice as much time trying to make them happy, or you end up having to fire them for them to you know, a huge mess. I think trying to get that who you know who your target is who you want to work with.

And then there has to be that they need to want to work with you as bad as you want to work with them. Sometimes that’s I don’t want to get ahead of you here, but Sometimes that’s the problem with the hard sell is, you know, we end up getting a client making a client or turning on, but they weren’t the right person. And then it just leads to a lot more problems down the

Shayla  10:11

road as lead to problems. And, and the and I love that you said the word turning them into a client until a client, our job is not to convince someone to work with us. And sometimes cells go wrong, because we’re convincing the person like they’re saying, find the pain, find the pain, tell them that you have the solution. Okay, that’s cute in a moment. But if you have to convince them that they need to work with you, you’re going to be continuing to convince them to make the shifts that you’re encouraging them to make while they’re working with you.

And so it still becomes more work more effort, more time than you actually need. The people that you really want to work with. The reality is, they often need less time. And this is what I find with my higher level level clients. They’re not looking for more hours. They want to have access to me, but they just need quick answers. They’re busy. They want quick answers and solutions. They want connections, they want the resources, but they’re not buying time. So when you stop selling time, you’re going to attract a different kind of client.

Do Just Sell Time

Roy Barker  11:23 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, definitely. I have heard that before as well about you know, we have to quit selling time because that just basically means that we, you know, we have a job. So we have an employee mindset. Yeah, exactly. Well, so what is number two, after we found clarity, where do we go from there.

Shayla  11:39

So after you find clarity, then it’s important that we create and we provide an amazing solution that’s so this is your high ticket offer. Your offer needs to be something that not only provides a solution to whatever the challenges that you’re having. But I love to say that it’s transformational, it’s it should take them from A to Z, right. And if your offer is that compelling, and it solves the problem for them, they’re going to do one of two things, they’re going to stick around and renew meaning you’re able to retain your clients if you have that type of service, or they’re going to become raving fans, where they’re going to tell more people about what you’ve done.

And so now you have new marketing, internal marketing that’s in place, you have people that are marketing for you a mistake that I think a lot of my clients have made, and I made in the past, too. I’ve had clients, I’m focusing on nurturing them, but I’m looking with the other I try to look at who can I bring in as another client, whereas you could work with your clients that you already have, and nurture them and make sure you’re creating so they have something else to go towards? Because they create you create brand loyalty that way, right.

So I do have clients that renew services, and or if our contract is over, they may come back for a VIP day or something of that nature. So we forget, there’s money right in front of us. But we’re looking to decide to chase money that’s going to take longer to nurture in, get into our system. So don’t forget what’s already there for you.

Roy Barker  13:08 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, it’s, I’m glad you mentioned that, because I see that a lot. We’re so focused on the, you know, the new people that a lot of companies totally forget the number one to take care of their customer because we want to not only keep them as a customer for longer term, but then we also don’t focus on how we can provide more services because the cost of acquisition for an existing client for a new service is minuscule, compared to you know, the cost of acquisition of a brand new client.

Shayla  13:41

You know, what I find people really buy for me ROI, they purchase an experience, right? We think like I’m a business coach, business strategist, sales coach, we think they’re buying sales coaching, but actually they’re purchasing an experience. So I have what I call seven Lux touch points, that’s one of my Lux touch points, the Lux experience, there should be an experience from the time they first have a conversation with you when they’re exploring. If we should do work together to the point where they are giving you their credit card information, they should still like feel like they’re having an experience.

Once they’ve said yes, we dropped the ball on the experience. Once we get paid. We get paid, we put them in the loop, put them in an email cycle, get them on the calendar, and it’s just like, okay, on to the next person. So are they having an experience where they feel like I made an amazing decision? Do you have emails that are following up with them? Do you have a client concierge or someone that’s calling saying, Hey, welcome. Are you sending a welcome gift? Is there something that makes them feel like they made an amazing decision and they’re so glad that they said yes. versus them paying, sitting in silence waiting for their appointment talking to their friends or family members and second guessing their decision?

Generational Differences

Roy Barker  14:55 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Exactly. Yeah. And that’s funny you mentioned that because there’s a lot of have evidence out there that, you know, it’s generational as well as just good business to add that value of the experience. But it’s, sometimes it can be our target group, because like the, like the silent generation, they were all about the thing, you know, like they wanted the coffee mug. And that, whereas, you know, the baby boomers and even the next step down, it’s more about the experience, that’s what they want, is they want to have a good experience, not just feel like they just purchased a thing.

Shayla  15:34

Yeah, they like they want to feel like they’re coming off the car a lot with the car that they really desire. Not like, okay, I just purchased the phone call, okay.

Roy Barker  15:44 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

And it’s scary, because even if you have some, if you have some history or experience with somebody, once you give them money for something, then you kind of hold your breath wondering, you know, are you going to hear from them again? And what is that going to look like? So I love the reaching out, you know, with kind of, you know, basically onboarding, your new clients.

Shayla  16:08

Yeah. And if you document that, and it and you’re consistent with that process, every client is going to have the same experience. So say, if you have some event they meet, and they’re like, Well, I didn’t get bad or Oh, yeah, I did talk to Mary. She was awesome. I have clients that will share with other people. They’re like, Yeah, when I joined Sheila’s program, we did X, Y, and Z, and then I got this thing, but they’re excited, you know, it keeps the momentum going. And we just can’t forget that it can’t just be on selling. Right, you know, we are giving an experience, the transformation starts from the Yes,

Roy Barker  16:43 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

right, right. Right. So what was number? What’s our third step after we provide an amazing solution?

Shayla  16:49

Okay, so your amazing solution is one thing that you’re creating. But also now we’re looking at pricing. So when a person says I want a high ticket, a high ticket offer, oftentimes people say, well just raise your prices, right? That’s what you hear, oh, you should raise your prices. But what does that mean? What does it really mean for your business, it’s important that as you’re packaging, this offer, that we have value pricing.

And, and it’s not based on how many phone calls as we said before, so when we’re looking at a high ticket range, especially when we’re looking in this coaching consulting range, some people may look at what we call a front end or short term. So your front end or short term, you may be looking at something between 3020 $1,000, that’s like a few months of service, when we’re looking at something that’s maybe a year long, you can easily be going from a range of 25 to 100,000 or more. And if you’re asking someone for $100,000, for example, it’s not just you’re getting four coaching calls Plus, you know, a title and a plaque, right?

It’s an experience, you know, and so number one, I tell people, make sure whatever number that you’re deciding to value your services at, that it really is valued at that, you know, anyone can say this is worth 199. And that’s worth 299. We love putting 99 and 90 sevens on the end of things, but really look at, if I, if I price a service for my clients, I’m saying oftentimes, because the way I’m selling to them, I’m like, how many clients does will it take for them to be able to get a return on investment, I only want it to be one or two.

And they can easily get a return on investment so they can see for themselves. This makes sense for my budget, you’d have to number one, know who the client is, and know what the price range is that that client can tolerate. You need to also make sure you’re absolutely delivering on the promises. The problem we have in this industry in my industry, specifically, coaching, consulting, there’s no regulation, so anyone can do anything. And there’s been a lot of raggedy things that have happened, unfortunately.

So people have been scarred and burned. People have not delivered on what they’ve promised. You need to be clear what your promises are. You have to be very careful. If you’re making promises saying you’re gonna make $100,000 in six months, how can you promise that if you don’t know how the person works? You don’t know the commitment level. There’s a lot of empty promises in that. So be clear on what the outcome is that you can promise for the person and make sure you can deliver on that outcome that’s being promised.

That’s the biggest thing be integrity around the pricing is super important. It doesn’t matter how much it is it matters. Are they going to get what was promised? Yeah, people talk. Yes. If you are pricing your services at some very high ticket level, and people are, you know, losing homes and can’t eat can’t pay their mortgage, and you told them to go and get their 401k or something strange. That’s a problem. You know, That’s a huge problem. So you should be able to sleep at night with whatever pricing that you’re asking for. But knowing you can deliver on what you say that you can do.

Roy Barker  20:09

Yeah, that’s important, because I can give you all the best advice in the whole world. But if you don’t put it into practice, you’re not going to make any more money or any more clients. And so I think, you know, as consultants, we all have to be very careful about those promises. Because you, it sounds great when you’re signing them up, and you get them all hyped up. But if there’s nothing on the back end, and you know what today’s virtual ratings and virtual communication, it doesn’t take long for something when something goes wrong for it to start spreading like wildfire, and then all of a sudden, everybody’s scared of you,

Shayla  20:47

oh, all of them, then people talk people thought. So it’s, it’s, it’s a dual agreement is the agreement on what you’re going to deliver. But it’s the agreement on what your clients are going to commit to doing. And one of the things when I’m having discovery calls with people, I’m very clear about that, here’s what I know, I can show up and do for you. Here’s the type of client that I need to show up for me. And if we are matched in that manner, we can work well together.

So I love to tell my clients, you know, when you hear the term not all money is good money. Just because someone can’t afford to pay your high ticket services doesn’t mean that they’re a good fit to work with you. If they don’t have the integrity around, showing up to their appointments on time doing what it is that you’ve requested, they are not coachable. They are like you, you can tell if people are complainer’s from the beginning. If they start their discovery call off like with like, what’s your refund policy?

Okay, so let’s, let’s talk about why we’re starting there. Okay. Because you’ve already identified that you might not do what you’re supposed to do. So if that’s your first question, we’re probably not a good fit to work together. And I’m okay with leaving a discovery call. Like, if I see red flags, I’m okay with saying I don’t believe that we’re a good fit. And people are like, you’re not gonna make me an offer? Absolutely not. Yeah, there’s no obligation for me to make an offer just because it’s a sales call. You’re not obligated to make an offer.

Roy Barker  22:17 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah. And I think another great point is that it’s better to walk away from those situations, when you get that feeling are, you know, and it’s something that you just learn over time, when the conversation is going the wrong direction. It’s okay to say, you know what, we’re just not going to be a good fit. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We don’t have to explain ourselves, we get to choose who we work for. As we go through this,

Shayla  22:43

you get to choose it. And and you know they’re there. For ELS I like to say, when you’re on that discovery call, your job is to listen, people are going to tell you exactly what you need to know. You’re going to learn from that conversation that they’re telling you. So you’re going to learn, is this a good fit? Or is this not a good fit? Does this person have the integrity or not?

And then you need to lead le a D as in David, you have to lead your calls. If you get people on a discovery call that are chatty, they don’t answer questions, they get distracted, and you’re not able to bring them back to focus on the question that’s being asked, you’re not leading the call, therefore, you’re not showing your authority from the beginning. So just imagine what it will look like if you decide to start working with the person. That can be another indicator if you can’t leave this call properly.

And that fourth one is what we just talked about lead le a V, if it’s not going in the direction it needs to if you’re unable to lead or redirect if the person’s not being considerate if the person gets on the call and says, So how much does it cost? And you’re not having a conversation? It’s not a good fit.

Do Shy Away From Your Pricing

Roy Barker  23:55 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah. And usually when people will lead with that, how much is it? That’s when easily stop it right there and say, you’re just trying to find a bargain basement price. And I’m not your guy, for sure. And I kind of wanted to touch on that on the prior to setting up pricing. Because I see this in the other way as people try to price something so low that they end up working for minimum wage.

So we have to give a lot of thought into how much time are we committing to this? And what do we need to charge to make money, there’s nothing you know, there’s nothing wrong with where you fall on the spectrum, if you want to make 25,000 a year and you’re good with that if you will make 50 100 whatever it is, but really give some thought into the price. And because I’ve had people before price services and I’m like, Well, how much time does it really take you to fulfill that and then when they start adding up all of these different things.

It’s like oh, wow, I’m just barely breaking even on this service. So give it some thought and then kind of on the other side of this is when people start trying to beat you up. overpriced That’s another great time to say, you know what we are just, this just isn’t for you, the service just isn’t for you. And that’s okay. And I guarantee you, if you do that enough, you will have people that hang up, think about it.

They call you back and say, you know what it is for me, you know, they just want to see what they can get get by with it a lot of times, but you can actually bring somebody around to your way of thinking by just letting them know, because people want things that are scarce. Yes, they think you’re willing to walk away, you still have to be careful, because those still may be troubled clients. Absolutely. Absolutely. Still, you might get a second chance at that. So never be scared to stand up for yourself.

Shayla  25:42

Yeah, you can’t be scared of that. Like another last touch point is being exclusive. So exclusivity is important for me, because I speak about having fewer clients but making more money. So if my client knows that I have a very exclusive offer, they understand I don’t have hundreds of people in a program, there may be just 12 of them. And if I have 12 spaces for the year, they understand I wanted the 12. And if you don’t get in, you’re on the waitlist. I don’t want to wait 12 months on a waiting list.

So I’m making my decision. But don’t use scarcity, scarcity as a false way of advertising. We’ve seen that too, right? You’ve seen like, Oh, I only have space for five people today. Oh, it was such a demand. But now we have 10 more spots available. All the email didn’t work. We’re over it. I’m like, Come on, let’s just do true marketing. have real conversations, attract the people you really want. The people that I work with, they don’t fall into that trap. You know, they’re they’re not looking for the gimmicky things, they want a straightforward offer straightforward answers. And that’s what I prefer. So know your clients know what they can tolerate.

Be Straight Forward

Roy Barker  26:51 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, no, and that’s so important. I love that to be straightforward. If if you have a product or service that you have to be gimmicky, you need to really, that’s a problem. It’s not, it’s not ethical number one, but you’re going to get into trouble on the back end, because I’ve seen those deals, you know, where it’s like, Oh, we got five seats, you know, we have limited five seats, and then you get on the call. And there may be 35 or 50 people on the limit with all five of those right?

Five in that one hour or so, but didn’t exactly know, we just can’t stress that enough, is just the honesty and integrity. Because the other part is that if you do have a client that you get, if they get a hint of that, that you’re not honest. And then you don’t have integrity, you do say things like that, then they’re gonna start to question everything that you say in your relationship. And that’s

Shayla  27:51

absolutely, you know, you might one of my coaches once told me that, you know, you need to show up as who you are, and don’t surprise people once they paid. So, you know, you can’t show up one way online, and then people pay you and they’re like, Who’s this person? And so you need to be consistent with your messaging consistent with your behavior consistent with the way that you’re speaking to people, I can’t be this super nice person online. And then I get a client and I’m like, Oh, are you like, Oh, my drill sergeant, people don’t want that. They want to know that they are buying into what you sold to them. That’s all they want.

Roy Barker  28:24 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Because that’s why they bought in the first place. Usually, you know, we buy from people that we like, or we buy from people that we see ourselves in, or we see qualities that we like, and so if we present those to get the client, and then that’s not who they get after that, you know, that’s another big red flag.

Shayla  28:42

Absolutely, absolutely. And I’ve I’ve purchased that way before. And I’m like, What happened? This first

Roy Barker  28:50 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

or they say, you know, they call you call for John. And it’s like, John is never around, he always pushed off to somebody else. And then, you know, again, it’s like, if that is the arrangement up front, and everybody’s clear, then that’s understandable. But I always feel like especially in consulting, if you’re going to be the salesperson and you’re going to represent you’re getting my wisdom, then you have to get my wish. Now you were say

Shayla  29:15

my team and I and you know you’re going to be working with several members of my team along with me. So I know I can I can accept that.

Honesty and Integrity

Roy Barker  29:25 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

No, yeah, that just gets back to the honesty and integrity that we have to present and live by we are you know, we can’t just I shouldn’t say present because we have to live by it from sales to servicing.

Shayla  29:37

Yes, well, I believe in karma. So like, if you do people dirty, it’s going to come back you’re going to pay the price one way or another. Exactly.

Roy Barker  29:44 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Oh my god. Yeah. I have a good story. I’m gonna skip for now. But I believe me in sometimes it’s Instant Karma. Right? You can do that and walk two steps and you know, it gets you get caught up with absolutely So what is our fifth? fifth step?

Shayla  30:03

Let’s see, where are we Oh, and so once we’ve done our let me just go through everything again. So we have our legs clarity, we have the offer our pricing, selling and giving. We’re when we’re getting into luck selling and giving, I’d like to combine them together. We kind of talked about selling on the phone already, and selling an offer that we really believe in that we value that we can stand behind. The other piece is giving, everyone wants to teach you how to sell and become a millionaire. Right.

But I like to position with that is also giving, giving energetically making an impact. And so one of the ways that I challenge my clients is for them to not only reach their sales goals, but to attach their impact goal to that. So their impact goal may be I want to give to an organization, or I want to give time, I want to travel to this place to make an impact. I want to start my own 501 c three to make an impact. But usually the clients that come to me, it’s bigger than I just want to make the money, money is important.

But I tell people, your goal alone cannot be money. Because you can quit on that goal. That’s not enough of a driver, you can go get a job and make money. But you have to have something that’s like people say what’s your big why you may have a personal why, but I want you to have an impact. Why too. And so that impact may be, it may be a percentage of your sales for certain product or service that you have. It may be you just make a bold acclamation the beginning of the year, I’m going to be able to give $5,000 or 15 or $20,000 by the end of the year to this cause, you’re going to work a little differently to meet that goal.

Because now you’re not going to sit back and say, Well, let me rest Oh, boy, I didn’t make my goal. No, I made a promise. Let me make sure I can meet this goal. So I can make a bigger impact, not an impact, just so my name can be associated with giving but an impact. So someone else’s life can be changed. Yeah, it’s good karma. We just talked about karma. It’s good energy, to be able to have that to be a part of your business.

Because you’re working not only for you, but you’re impacting other people’s lives, your impact, maybe if you have all high ticket items, maybe you want to be able to help. Like for me, maybe I want to help some other women to just start businesses, but they wouldn’t be in a position to do my high ticket pieces that I have, I might decided to have a program, a free program for a few women, a select group of women.

And depending on what my cells look like, I might be able to support five women in starting their first business and be able to give them a mini grant to do that. Yeah, I might be sending some young women to college, but I am making an impact outside of what I’m bringing into the company. It’s also what we’re doing outside of the company.


Roy Barker  32:49 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, again, another great point, because it’s not only the karma factor, but I think it’s just energy. You know, it is we are what we put out. And absolutely it gets back to, you know, our attitude and a lot of other things if we have bad attitude and poor me, guess what, it’s going to be poor you because you’re you’re setting yourself up for that where even when things that we don’t understand or we don’t don’t go our way, we have to still pick ourselves up and have a smile and say, You know what, I don’t know why that happened.

Yeah, but it happened for a reason. And it’s funny, because some we just had, oh, I just said something happened the other day, I was trying to purchase something, and it wouldn’t go through my credit card company blocked it. So call them got it released, I still could not buy this thing. And it was just frustrating. I came tell you how, because I needed this component to use pretty quickly to get something done. And so I’m just like, or I’m talking to Terry, my partner about this and telling her I don’t know what’s going on and this and that.

Okay, so went to bed slept got up the next day. And like I’m trying this one more time. And so as I’m looking through this collateral, I see the second component that I was looking at. Now I find that there’s a bundle where both of these things together for the same price I was fixing to pay for the first so to me, it’s just little things like that, that that frustration was actually led me to a better place. And it’s it’s hard to it’s hard to get in that mindset, but I just feel like we have to you know, it’s what we put out in the world.

Shayla  34:27

It’s what we put out. So I always say I circulate money, and it always comes back to me. Exactly. I circulate. If you’re circulating it’s always going to come around. And those little things like that, like trying to use that card because you were set on getting this thing. Sometimes I believe the universe has blocks for us on purpose and when I realize I’m being blocked, I don’t I’m not mad about it is you I get frustrated and then usually once I pause, I’m like there’s a reason and I release I kind of surrender to Okay, this is happening for a reason. Let me be still and see What’s really happening and things will clear the way up. So it happens all the time.

Roy Barker  35:04 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

I’m a slow learner, I know that it’s yours. It’s yours, don’t worry, I know that we’re putting it into practice. Yeah. And I heard another great thing. This this could go when we’re talking to prospects or clients too, is that instead of having a poor reaction, unseat reaction and resisted having a poor response, we can have a poor reaction, but count to like, you know, three or five, whatever, before you respond. It’ll definitely change the way you know, instead of that initial whatever, you know, blurting out something that you wish you hadn’t have, you could take a minute to think about it to really have a measured response.

Shayla  35:43

And we’re in a society now where we do need to pause, we need to pause because so much is there’s so much stimulation, so much is coming to us that you need to sit, pause, breathe, absorb what’s being said, especially if it’s texting. If someone’s sending messages, you’re interpreting assumptions or getting us in trouble. Okay? assumptions are like the big thing if they always like someone says something and you’re like, what did they mean by that? You create a whole story that you don’t need to create. So you do I love that you said sometimes you just have to sit for a few seconds and just let it sit with you. And then you can find the words that need to be said, and you might be able to really save a relationship and opportunity, all kinds of things.

Pick Up The Phone

Roy Barker  36:27 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, cuz there’s one meme that says, you know, there’s a list of things but the words are one thing we can ever take back and once we say that, and the other thing is getting clarity, with what said and this dealing with clients, it’s important because we don’t want to misinterpret something and that another thing, pick up the phone call pick up the phone and make a phone call where you can hear the voice the inflection, all of those different things make a difference because I will tell you I have misread misinterpreted emails and be like what the heck is going on? So pick up the phone call, call the guy and say like, Hey, can you explain this to me? And they’re like this in like, oh, okay, now I get it not anywhere close to what I thought

Shayla  37:11

nowhere. I had that happen yesterday, someone sent me a message. And they said, you know, hey Shayla, something else just hold story, then I was like, I really need to talk. And I’m like, oh, whoa, what happened? I’m running through racking my head, like, Did I say something? What happened? I’m like, wait a minute, why are you having this whole story? Right? That person didn’t say that you did anything. You’ve come up with an entire story of something’s wrong. And when I spoke to the person, it was really amazing. It was a whole totally opposite. It was a celebration. But we make up these stories. Just because I’m like, I’m always on I had to fix it. And I’m like, What am I fix? You don’t even know what you’re fixing Shayla stop it?

Helping Others

Roy Barker  37:49 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, yeah. So I didn’t mean to stray off topic. But I think that you know, what we put out in the world, not only money wise, but helping people helping people without expecting reciprocation. You know, I’ve got a little company that somebody reached out on LinkedIn, asked a question, it turned into a thing. And you know, we just had a quick phone call. I didn’t charge them for it. But I made a relationship with these two people that I’ll probably get some business from them at a later date. But if not, at least, they will tell but I’m not. I didn’t do it expecting return, I think we have to be careful with that we have to give without expectations.

Shayla  38:30

You do, you do. And you can be selective of who you choose to give to right. There’s nothing wrong with giving. There’s nothing wrong because someone probably gave something to you. So there’s nothing wrong with giving just you’re selective of what you who you choose to give to and you have to give openly, like you said without that expectation, whatever needs to be taken care of will be taken care of. Right. So I always believe if I’m giving however I choose to walk in my lane. Things will be taken care of.


Roy Barker  38:59 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Right. Right. Exactly. It’s an abundant mindset. It all comes from that place of abundance. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. And talking about that. I’ll say one more thing before we get back on track is that I read this interesting article that was saying, you know, instead of being like, dang it, you know, shangela just got this new car. She just got this new client and me not so much and I’m all down. Instead of that we should say you know what, thank goodness for Shayla getting what she got.

Now, I want some of that, please. And you know, you kind of have to ask for that instead of, you know, getting distraught that somebody else got something that you think you should have or wanted, is, you know, you said it to stay in our lane run our race, because, you know, I don’t know what you’ve been doing for the last 10 years to get to this point where maybe I just started six months ago. So we’re going to be totally different places. But we can. It’s not a zero sum game. We can all be six First of all, we can all have what we need and what we want. And so there’s no reason to kind of be down on yourself or other people for what they’ve got.

Shayla  40:09

I’ve heard that story differently. And it’s very similar. When you start seeing the things that you want and desire, you start seeing the cards, you start seeing the person that you didn’t think could get this thing, they started getting it. So instead of us also doing that negative thought of why did they have it, we look at this, and it’s an indicator of evidence, it’s closer to you now than ever before, it’s closer to you now, especially if you’ve been asking for it, it’s closer to you now than ever before. You absolutely are celebrating that that person was able to get that that that person has that car, that person got that opportunity, because now it’s closer to you. Meaning it’s coming to you very soon.

Roy Barker  40:48 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

I like that. Yeah, anytime we can ship this because, you know, our mind is always grinding. And we get to choose what it grinds, we can just as easily put the positive stuff through there, then the negative. So anyway, I’m sorry, back on track, back on track, I’m always on track, always on track. Okay. So after, after we have selling and giving, we have one more,

Shayla  41:13

we have one more after selling and given is our overall what I call my luck CEO. So your luck CEO, everything that I teach my clients is about business. But what we forget often is we have to take care of ourselves too. So you can build this million dollar multimillion dollar business. But if you spent your whole time focusing on building the business, and not focusing on taking care of you, taking care of what you had before the business, so if it’s your family, if it’s your relationship, those pieces I try to make sure we put in place.

So for with my clients, for example, it may be as simple as I tell them, once we’re getting our money to a place where it’s stable, we have consistent monthly revenue, where they want to be how, how about taking one week off a month, and using that to focus on you focus on your family focus in other areas, doing things that are not businessy. Right? What are we looking at as far as spending the time and making sure you’re eating a meal with the family? What we find when we start making more money with women, and then relationships are falling apart? Right? They fall apart? One person’s on this high journey. The other person is over here holding down the fort. And they’re looking at you like what about me.

I saw this in the corporate world, I see this in the entrepreneurial world too. So I really am where you read you read earlier family freedom and affluence family is super important to me. Many of my clients are family oriented. And so I want them to build this piece, this legacy piece, but also keep their family intact in the process. And also keep themselves intact, make sure that you’re feeling good people get burned out. People get sick, we see it people in your 40s and 50s, there’s more disease that’s coming to us as entrepreneurs because we’re stressed, you can’t make money when you’re stressed.

Or you’re going to make the money and spend it all on your health because you are stressed. And so I don’t teach balance because I don’t believe there’s like work life balance. But I believe you put energy where you need to put it when it’s needed, you need to create and build that space in so that you can do that. So that’s part of being a CEO, not only being a leader in running this business, but also leading your life. And leading the things that are around you don’t leave that behind don’t sacrifice what you had just for the sake of the money.

Roy Barker  43:40 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, and I do a self self lis plug that we just did an episode with. He’s more of a wellness coach, but we did an episode because it’s important when you’re making decisions, we need to be well rested, we need to be in you know, we need to have some movement, some exercise.

And and also for myself, it helps me to have some clarity. If I’m getting jammed up, if I can’t solve a problem, if I’m feeling stressed, if I can take a minute and go walk around the you know the area where we live for just a minute, I will come back so refreshed, absolutely give it much more but taking care of ourselves extremely important. Our relationships don’t want to leave that out because we can get to the end of our journey and be very successful. And then we’ve lost all the important relationships around us.

And even if they’re not involved in the business, you know, like Terry, I keep her involved. She does a lot, but it’s the conversation that we have. So she never feels left out. She always knows what’s going on. When things get stressful, you know, we’re kind of going through this little stretch period for this reason so

Shayla  44:50

or add add we to the conversation, right? When we’re talking about our business, we will often say I’m doing this, I’m making money. I’m going to do This thing, and I always like to tell my clients, add the tag one so that we can, if you can add this so that we can, that’s the first group of people you’re selling to your family.

So for me, I have six children and I have a husband, when I’m saying, I’m going to a conference for a week, they’re like, okay, you get to go on vacation for a week, and we’re staying here, I’m going to the conference on this conference. So that we can be able to, I’m going to always add to so that we can do on there. And so now when I have to leave my husband’s like, Yeah, go ahead. I know exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing.

And I support you, right, because he understands this journey. This is we’re looking at long money, we’re looking at creating this legacy, and he understands this temporary sense of me being away, is worth it’s worth the time.

Roy Barker  45:52 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

And it’s so much easier in life when those closest to us support us. Because once friction starts to build, oh, it’s hard. I mean, it’s tough to go on, it’s tough to know what to do you spend more time dealing with the friction than you do on the business. So it’s always good to keep that. And I’m like you I don’t, I don’t really know that there is a balance, because there’s times when you can take more personal time, then you can there’s times you have to do more business time.

And it’s even more of a hurdle for some people, and I’m not speaking for you, but I can assume this as well. When you really like what you do, you know, I never feel like I’m at work. Exactly. I can go and go and go. And so you know, having a little tap on the shoulder saying, you know, enough, enough is enough for today we’re getting away from the computers. You know, it’s that does add an extra dimension, it’s but it’s good. It’s really good than to something that you love. It is it is

Shayla  46:54

because it doesn’t feel like work. No, no. And if you know, like, if I know every time I get on the phone with my clients, and like, there’s a breakthrough, something amazing is happening. I do have to remind myself shut it down. Which is why I only schedule calls between a certain time I don’t do calls late. I’m I will tell people whenever they work with me, I don’t take calls in the evening.

I’m not a night person. So I need to spend the time I can with my family, but I don’t want to be on the phone, talking to people about business and night, I want to turn my computer off. I want to be able to say hey, family, let’s go let’s do something. And people respect that my clients can respect that people say, Well, what if my clients only can talk at that time, people will find the time to speak to you when you say you’re available if they really want the thing that you say that you can do.

Roy Barker  47:40 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Yeah, and again, you’ve got to set those boundaries. Because if you don’t, you will get everything will get out of whack. You will get out of whack with your health with your relationships. And then everything gets back to affecting the business. So don’t don’t feel bad about setting those boundaries that again, that’s what we get to do. If people don’t like it, or can’t operate within them, then that’s when we get to say, you know what, this just probably isn’t going to be a good fit, right? We don’t we don’t feel bad about that.

We had it all hold your head up. Because we’re looking for people that want to work with us in the way that we work. And they’re out there. I guarantee you out there. Alright, Shayla. Well, thanks so much for being with us. Is there any other anything else that you want to share before we wrap this up? I know we’re kind of long. I apologize for that. But

Shayla  48:28

you’re fine. It’s fine. So yeah, if you want to really connect with me, you can find me online under my name, Shayla Boyd Gill everywhere from all the social media platforms to my website. So if you go there, you’ll find me plus free resources that you can use for your business and for your life.

Roy Barker 48:47 Sales Strategies That Let Women Have It All, Family, Freedom, and Affluence

Okay, great. And I will put all that in the show notes as well. So y’all can reach out to Shayla and get some of her expertise run through this program. It’s great. I mean, everything that you hit on, it’s like putting it all together. So we can have half we can be successful, healthy, happy. And also we have a process to go through.

I think that’s one thing, right? That happens to us is that, you know, well, I tried this one time, and I tried this this next time, if we have a system that we can polish it and perfect it. And we go through those same steps every time it really helps us as well. That’s the key repetition the same steps every time. Yeah, exactly. Exactly. All right. Well, thanks so much for your time.

Again, we much much appreciated. Y’all reach out, see how she can give you a hand on your sales process. that’s gonna do it for another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. Of course, you know, I’m your host, Roy. You can find us at thebusinessofbusinesspodcast.com We’re on all the major social media platforms hang out on Instagram a little bit more than anywhere else.

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Use Neuromarketing Science For More Efficient and Effective Marketing Featuring Felix Cao

Use Neuromarketing science. What makes your consumers have loyalty? How does the consumer want to connect with you? How do you drive brand loyalty? We have to try to engage our messaging with the consumer with as many senses as possible. Neuromarketing helps us to answer all of these questions, connect with our consumers in a deeper more efficient manner.

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Felix has accrued over 15 years of business experience when it comes to sales & marketing.

He has been featured in major media outlets, such as the HuffPost, Adweek, and Authority Magazine. Felix has also appeared on a major Canadian morning radio show, to talk about neuromarketing and the 2019 Canadian election.

You can find him on numerous top podcasts. Where he shares neuromarketing insights on how businesses can grow and thrive during the pandemic. And moving forward into 2021.

Today, at his neuromarketing company called Happy Buying Brain. He is combining his 15 years of business experience with his educational background in biological science and psychology, to help businesses truly understand what makes their customers’ brains tick when it comes to better achieving customer brand loyalty over their competitors, through the power of implementing neuromarketing into their own marketing campaigns.


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Use Neuromarketing Science For More Efficient and Effective Marketing Featuring Felix Cao

Fri, 7/23 7:12PM • 54:52

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Felix, Roy Barker


Roy Barker  00:03 Use Neuromarketing science

Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests. That can talk about a diverse set of topics. We want to try to point some things out that maybe you hadn’t thought about. Or either provides support for things that are keeping you up at night. We also have professionals in many different fields that come on give us their expert opinion. And today is no different.

We are excited to have Felix Cao back with us. He has accrued over 15 years of business experience when it comes to sales and marketing. He has been featured in major media outlets. Such as the Huffpost, Ad Week, and Authority Magazine. And also appeared on major Canadian morning radio show to talk about Neuromarketing and the 2019 Canadian election. You can find him on numerous top podcasts. Where he shares Neuro Marketing insights on how businesses can grow and thrive during the pandemic.

And then of course, moving forward in 2021. Today at his Neuro Marketing company called Happy Buying Brain, he is combining his 15 years of business experience with his educational background in biology, science and psychology to help businesses truly understand what makes our customer’s brains tick, when it comes to better achieving customer brand loyalty over their competitors, through the power of marketing, implementing Neuromarketing into their own marketing campaigns. Felix, thanks so much. And welcome to the show. Again, we appreciate you coming back to talk with us.

Felix  01:41

Hi Roy. Well, thank you for having me back on the show. I definitely appreciate it. This is exciting.

Roy Barker  01:45 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, for visitors, for new listeners that maybe didn’t hear you know, your history before. Just give us a brief rundown of kind of what led you to this spot in life?

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Felix  01:57

Yeah, absolutely. So as you mentioned, you know, in your introduction, and thank you for the introduction, many, many, many thanks there. So as you touched on, you know. I come from an educational background that strongly resides in biological science and psychology. Right. So, that was, so initially, the journey was to go into more of the medical field during that time. But then I got introduced, obviously, to the world of business. And, and from there on, you know, got involved in things. Industries, such as finance and investments, which eventually segwayed into the world of technology.

So, you know, mobile in the 2010, was very, very popular, it was a growing field. So, you know. I spent nearly a decade there and just coming out of it now. Is, is, I believe that we’re at the cusp of another type of logical revolution. Mainly in artificial intelligence, machine learning. Virtual Reality. When I looked at the landscape of where, let’s see, technology was going. And I was going to penetrate everyday life. Was that neuroscience was actually the core of a lot of these innovation. So as we were familiar with, you know. Anything that becomes familiarized, or really popular concepts that are related to it, also become more mainstream, right. So.

When I, so when neuroscience is now applied to the field of medicine, and technology. What I saw was no for, for the growth of the entire discipline. Was that actually is going to start to be come a lot more permeated. In all the different areas of our lives. And, you know. One of the biggest things that I saw was that neuroscience was going to be a huge thing. When it came to marrying the world, the scientific world with marketing and sales and business in general.

So, you know. It’s really a combination of educational background in 15 plus years of experience. Having an extensive background in terms of now, technology for over a decade. And the timing right now seems to be ripe for neuro marketing.

Roy Barker  04:08 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. No, that’s awesome. I think it is, like you said, it is time there’s so much. There’s just so much coming at the daily at the consumer on a daily basis. Find a way to you know. Kind of hit get to the heart of the issue or whatever they’re needing and write best. Speak to them. Because we all like we all like our messaging someone you know. I mean. I’m sure there’s groups but different. Like different messaging and different things we can do to attract them that may turn another group completely off.

Felix  04:42

Exactly. Yeah, 100% is so Neuro Marketing is really the window that allows the companies to gain that much deeper understanding of you know, the underlying mechanisms that are happening inside their consumer’s brains, so that they could craft their marketing messages. To connect with them, you know, a lot better, right?

Roy Barker  05:03 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. And we I think we touched on this a little bit last time. But it’s not only the marketing message, but right. It’s also the packaging of the product. And there’s just so much more that, you know, companies really do give a lot of thought over.

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Felix  05:17

Yeah, 100% there. So obviously, core brand messaging is a huge component. But it’s the entire experience, right? Because you know, you just don’t go to a restaurant and just have a good meal. It’s the atmosphere. Everything that comes along with it very similar to, you know. When a consumer has brand loyalty to a specific company. The product is great. Let’s say but it’s also the entire experience the packaging. You know, Apple. Tiffany’s is notorious for the sound that comes when you when, you know, somebody opens the packaging. To you know, it, all that stuff adds to the experience for sure. So companies do put a lot of thought into all the details, in addition to the core brand messaging.

Roy Barker  06:00 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, and there’s different, just don’t want to belabor it. But just the, I think it was one of the chip manufacturers

Felix  06:11

Frito lays no delays.


Roy Barker  06:13 Use Neuromarketing science

While I was thinking Intel, you know, they had a chip, okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they had that little. It was just like a little bump, bump, being bump bone, you know, whenever Yeah, it was instantly recognizable. You didn’t have to read the copy or hear what was said. But once you heard that sound, instantly brand new that it was Intel, right. Yeah. Yeah. And I didn’t mean to interrupt you on that. The other chip, sorry about that. So what was the Fredo

Felix  06:41

all free delays. But that’s a first of all, before we get into that. That’s a wonderful way for a company to associate, let’s say, the ping of a noise. And then, and then having that connect to their brand, right? So just the fact that, you know. Their consumers would hear that sound would activate in their brains, this kind of neuro map of all their experiences, memories, thoughts, and so forth, to bring their product or not and their brand, top of mind. Right. So

Roy Barker  07:09 Use Neuromarketing science

it’s a simple concept, a noise, re and a reaction. But I know that figuring that out is probably not, that’s not the simple part. I mean, it’s probably a lot of years of research, Oh, 100%. And go into that.

Felix  07:22

Yeah, it’s the same idea. I know that Google uses a specific blue. Because they’ve ran tons and tons of tests of it. To get people to click on it. So that’s one example of something that seems so simple. Of having the color of let’s say, you know, a little sort of some some words. But also it would impact, you know. Their users, say, wanting to, to click on those words, right. Based on on the color itself. So it’s so much the same idea of that building association between the sound and then connecting it with the brand.

Roy Barker  07:56 Use Neuromarketing science

Right, right. So what was the talk about the Frito? Lay? What were you gonna say, Oh, yeah,

Felix  08:03

It was just a matter of how. When we’re talking about the importance of not only core brand messaging. But also the packaging, right. So you know, at that time, you know, in the late 2000s, close to 2000 10s. There Frito lays, you know, was looking to gain greater market share into their female audience. And what they’re found, what they found, when they ran, you know, studies brain studies. Is that the packaging was actually done in a, in a nice, shiny type of format, right.

And that would activate an area of the brain that was, you know, responsible for decision making. But also guilt. So that, you know, revealed that there was an association happening in the brains of the female participants that whenever, you know, their participants would view shiny. Their current shiny for delays package that would also, you know, trigger feelings of guilt eating it, right. So in order for them to, to actually, you know, create a different, a much more positive association.

They change their packaging from a shiny style to a more beige and matte style. And what they found when they when they actually conducted brain studies. Was there’s a dramatic reduction in that same area. So now that with that indicated, or suggested that, you know. That the responses from their female participants was a lot more positive to the new packaging. Interesting. Yeah.

Roy Barker  09:32 Use Neuromarketing science

Amazing how our brain works, and just something so subtle can make such a huge, big

Felix  09:36

difference, right? It’s a huge nudge for sure.

Roy Barker  09:39 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. And, you know, you mentioned females and not to pick on them, but I’m sure that consumer goods because they’re in the grocery store, typically shopping, I’m sure that consumer goods do a lot of studies, you know, based on females. Mm hmm. Yeah. Well,

Felix  09:55

when we look at it like females, in general, you know, in terms of decision making, for purchasing, it could be as high as 80%. So they’re the really main drivers when it comes to, you know, making a lot of the consumer choices, right. And, you know, this is this is very important in terms of, you know, there’s a lot of similarities in terms of brain structure, but there’s also some, some common are some, some differences that play into the decision making process that companies should be aware of, right. And some of them are, some of these basic brain structures are the limbic system.

So that system is more involved in let’s say, things such as emotions, memories, and, you know, and social situations, right. So the, the way that that plays out in terms of the the world of marketing is that when, let’s say, for example, a company that is looking to, let’s say, put out an ad that’s targeted more towards female, one of the biggest thing is social harmony, for example, because that part of the brain, the limbic system, you know, one of its core functions is to evaluate things on a social situation.

And, and from an evolutionary point of view, as well, that’s actually increases the chances of mercy gathering food, for example, to bring back to the family or for childbearing, where even to the day, you know, you have playdates and you have moms coming together. And all that stuff is really the genesis of you know, that that part of the brain that looks at things from, from a social point of view, right, so for a company to come in and create.

Let’s say, an ad, to really want to emphasize that social aspect, and, and show let’s say, you know, people in close proximity, but to take that even a notch hires to actually have the, let’s say, the people in the ad actually physically touching each other, because that actually activates what we call oxytocin, which is a near, which is a hormone that is responsible for bonding. Right? So this is something that’s very common when, let’s say, a mother has a baby.

Buy On Emotion, Justify With Logic

Roy Barker  12:08 Use Neuromarketing science

No, during that time. Interesting. So I guess there’s, well, there used to be an old saying that said that we buy on emotion, and then we justify with logic, right? Still pretty much hold true.

Felix  12:24

Yeah, absolutely. Like one of the things is, there’s something called bottom up process processing. Everyone understands or is familiar with left and right brain, right. So left is more logical, right is like more of the creative side, but really, the flow of information. This is very important that that to mention, as well as understanding how the brain is structured, and how information physically enters the brain.

A lot of that will actually support, you know, the whole notion of buying based on emotion and then backing up based on logic, right, so the flow from the bottom up is actually at the base of your brain is, you know, you really have your reptilian brain, right, or your physical brain, because so that’s really responsible, you know, it’s, it’s fast, impulsive, reflexive, and it’s really responsible for your fight or flight type of responses, right? So information goes from that to assess situations that are, let’s say, a threat or non threat to the individual.

And let’s say it passes from there into the next level, which is the midbrain limbic system that we touched on that was more deals with emotions, memories, and social situation. So research and look at things from you know, like, from an emotional point of view, what kind of associates you haven’t, that you have good memories, or thoughts of something of the stimuli. And then who else is kind of using this kind of thing, right, and then it passes on to finally the last part of the brain, which is the cortex, and that’s your logical part of the brain.

So I started to look at things from like a statistical point of view figures, facts and things like that. So when you actually see how that path of information gets gets traveled, at first, that’s where the emotion kind of comes in at the midbrain. And then let’s say that’s all it makes a purchase and then it finally gets to the last part of the brain to receive information which is the cortex and that’s the logical part. Yeah,

Roy Barker  14:13 Use Neuromarketing science

I think I was just thinking about Car and Truck advertising and the difference because typically you know the woman would drive the car right but you see like you said the touching you usually see I’m taking a lot of times children to events are dropping out of school. But then when we you know you never see on like a gas split in a injector fuel injector open and saying, hey, look at the flow of this thing. Exactly. But when we talk about the trucks, I guess targeting men in the group is you know, it’s a lot more about the power and how tough it is, you know, dropping stuff in the bed of it not too many people hugging and you know,

Felix  14:56

doing all the 100% right. If you’re looking towards something that’s gravitating more to the social concept, then then of course, it’s more like, Oh, we, you want to buy this SUV, because you could fit the family in there. And you have more space for, let’s say, the baby stroller so to speak. But, you know, for for, let’s say, the male demographic, you know, that might be important as well. But it’s also, you know, like, Can I take this off roading? Right, like, so it’s kind of like a different type of approach, even though there is crossover. But, you know, probably off roading is on the mind of most male consumers who are looking at bigger vehicles, especially trucks. Right, exactly.

Consumer Shifts

Roy Barker  15:37 Use Neuromarketing science

So, you know, it’s we’re in an interesting time coming out of the pandemic. have, have you noticed any? Are there any large consumer shifts that are happening? Or is everybody still kind of holding back kind of still wait and see attitude right this moment?

Felix  15:56

Yeah, that’s a good question. I think right now, it’s a maybe a combination of both, I think, from the consumer point of view, you know, it seems like they like the consumers want to go out and actually experience life, again, and from a business point of view, of course, they’re looking to make up for that revenue, but also at the same time being very strategic in terms of how they reopen. So it’s a little bit of this Dad’s going on, because nobody knows what’s gonna happen, you know, in the next foreseeable future.

Roy Barker  16:27 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, there was a story not like, yes, this week or last week about that, that, you know, while everybody was home, and stranded, a lot of home improvement projects. Yeah, that the airlines have opened, backed up, people have like, ditched the home improvement project

Felix  16:43

and jumped on the plane to go wherever they wanted to go. Right. Yeah, I remember reading about that, as well. So it’s, it’s quite a, it’s quite changed. And I think that everybody wants to kind of have things returned back to normal as much as possible.

Staff Shortages

Roy Barker  16:56 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. Yeah. And it’s a and the other thing, I think, you know, for our businesses out there, they’ve been struggling with some staff shortages in places, also some of their raw materials shortage, is that right? You know, in talking about home builders, the price of lumber has just skyrocketed. But anyway, even the local restaurants, we were talking about the, you know, ingredients in some restaurants that have been short. So, I mean, the businesses are dealing with a lot of challenges. Mm hmm.

Felix  17:31

Yeah, there’s a lot of things on the on, you know, that’s on the radar for sure, dealing with, you know, like workers, you know, employment, can you bring in the labor force to come in and run the business, and all the way through to, you know, like, the materials to actually create the consumer product. And then, and also, you know, people are probably are in a different state of mind, as well, as they make this transition into more of the social world, if you want to call it real life, social world. So there’s a lot of different, you know, variables that come into things, as you know, we approached the next stage here.

Primal Brain

Roy Barker  18:11 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. And, you know, we were talking earlier, you mentioned grass and your rotation. And, you know, I see that in some consumers, it’s, it’s a trying time, because it’s like, some people are trying to open up and get back to normal, and maybe it’s not happening as fast for them. Right? I think if you’re the, you’re the neuroscientist that can really give the answer. But do you think that there’s like a lot of pent up frustration and anxiety that consumers are kind of bringing into this time period?

Felix  18:44

Well, definitely, like when we look at it from, you know, a neuroscience point of view that the primal brain, you know, is certainly in a heightened state or a much more heightened state of, let’s say, anxiety, anxiety, uncertainty, due to all the turbulence that’s happening, right.

So, really, when you look at the brand, so the brand is this a verb, our emotional state, is to really help the consumer come to a level where it alleviates a lot of those, let’s say stress is if you want to call it that, right. So that’s the main goal of, you know, of a brand to help return that level of normalcy, so that they could, you know, just have some sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, which is something that has been, you know, highly affected over the last probably year and a half during that time.

And, and, and there’s, there’s certain, of course, a certain ways like on a one to one interaction or, and so forth of how that would affect, let’s say, a business in terms of how to, you know, what, we increase the effectiveness, and we could touch on that as well. And I think, you know, we talked about sleep, being very, very important because, you know, try tries to resolving a situation when you have You know, one or both parties in an agitated state? Right, right, right, like the primal brain is, is highly active and it shuts off the cortex. So the logical the logical part of the brain goes offline. So,

Take Care of Employees

Roy Barker  20:16 Use Neuromarketing science

no, I was just gonna saying, I think that we can even talk a little bit about how businesses really need to take care of their employees through this time. Because, you know, companies that are short of people, the people that do show up there, right, you know, from candy cane, and right, get tired, and then it just takes one little lag, Hey, you got that order wrong.

And it’s like, you know, it’s, it’s unnecessary, I understand why it happens. But if we, as employers, we need to not only monitor our employees, make sure they’re getting their rest or have their chance to get even right, say, I’m fine, I can do another double. At some point, we have to, you know, be the logical one and say, Look, you really need to rest before bad. And, you know, we noticed this in, I used to do a lot of work in the senior living industry and be like in a nursing home environment.

And what we noticed was that, that was when staff tended to be more abusive, not necessarily physical, but more short with the residents or verbally abusive, when they had worked a couple of double shifts, there’s not enough staff, they know, they’re going to have to keep doubling, they’re missing their bright family events, and that their agitation level just was increases. Yeah, it’s just right on the cusp. So any little thing would just put them over the edge. And I think that we’re not seeing it wholesale. But I think that if we’re not careful, we will see a lot of that, you know, in some industries out there today,

Felix  21:53

that’s a great, great point that you brought up in terms of being overworked, burned out, and not having time to spend less time with loved ones. And from a company point of view that this obviously, meal, there’s ways to support, let’s say, your employees and your and the people that work with you, that really make the company run. And as I mentioned, one is sleep.

The reason why that’s so is it does several things, it’s it actually prunes the pathways in the brain, and really and strengthen the ones that that are in use. What that does is, it pretty much clears the highway from for like neurons to speak to each other. So So what it does is, when someone’s in a confused state, it’s easy to get agitated. So sleep really kind of opens up these highways, so that the you know, the cells within the brain can communicate with each other, which reduces the chances of someone getting frustrated, right. That’s why getting adequate sleep really, really matters because it strengthens, you know, really highways that are important, and really reduces or cleans out the ones that are not in use, right.

So that’s one reason. The second reason why you know, it’s important to get a good rest is it, it actually allows the brain to consolidate what you learn in that day. So your memories get strengthened. So it moves it from an area called the hippocampus, which is kind of like your short term and medium term memory. And then it gets transported to your cortex for long term storage if you want. So that way, when I say, the next day you wake up well rested, it’s the exact same idea where someone does not feel agitated, because their thoughts are a lot more clear on what they need to do. Right.

So that’s the power the neuroscience behind you know, the importance of good sleep, you know, the other one actually is taking walks being around nature. What it does is it calms the the primal brain by actually strengthening the cortex, which in this case, it’s like if you just see as an organization, you have the executive team, like the leadership team, that lets you communicate with Mr. frontline workers. If if the leadership team is all in disarray, then you can bet that, you know, the workers underneath are going to do whatever they want.

And before you know, you just have a big mass, right, so by having a very, very strong leadership team that could actually help, you know, communicate effectively with their workers, then you have you know, something that is a much more well run organization. That’s what happens when the say taking walks or being around nature is that part of the brain or the leadership team becomes a lot more strengthened. And it’s able to regulate the primal brain, you know, a lot more effectively. Right?

So those are two big things to keep in mind. The third thing is having support programs that facilitate you know, being social even having fun outside of work. I think that’s building that rebuilding that camaraderie again, I had been missing for the last year and a half. So by buying those things, as you know, that’s how companies could support their workers. Yeah. And

Roy Barker  25:05 Use Neuromarketing science

what about stimulus? I was just thinking, because sometimes it, it kind of acts like lack of sleep for me is that if you’re in a heavy stimulus environment, you just got things coming at you got the questions and this and always, you know, having to kind of be on on your step thinking about this next thing, right? If we have a lot of that in a short period of time that can I, I’m asking as a question, does that act, kind of like, you know, going for a long time without getting any sleep that it just wears our brain down?

Felix  25:39

Yeah, 100%, because at the end of the day, our brains need time to rest and recover. Right? So burnout is, you know, it’s a likely scenario. So during that time, there’s only so many second wins that someone could get. Right. So it’s the same idea. Even though you know, the person may be going off of, let’s say, adrenaline, and all the other good stuff, but but what ends up happening is, it becomes a law of diminishing returns as well. So even though let’s say, there’s just much more benefit to let’s say, study for, you know, a short period of time than just dragging it out, and not sleeping for three days and pulling all nighters.

Even though if you look at the time itself, it’s like, well, someone dedicated, you know, let’s say, 20 hours over three days, but they’re not going to remember anything, because as I mentioned before, during sleep, that’s how your memories and your learning gets consolidated. Right? So there’s this kind of like this, this middle ground, that that needs to happen in terms of optimize, optimizing someone’s, you know, thought process and regulating their emotions. Yeah.

Take A Break From The Stimulus

Roy Barker  26:41 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. Like you said, that what works for me well, is that walk, sometimes just taking a little 15 minute walk, it makes a world of difference to just kind of clear your head. And, you know, I know, there’s a lot of research on the creative part, too, is that, you know, we cannot be creative. When we’re constantly being bombarded with stimulus. We have to have that quiet. Yeah. To think and be creative.

Felix  27:06

100% agree with you on that. Yeah, those those walks? I mean, they’re so valuable, it seems, you know, it’s 20 1520 minutes, but they, but what it does on a neurological level on the brain, is, it’s significant. Yeah. Right. So it’s, yeah, it This allows, you know, clear thinking allows the primal brain to be a lot more regulated and under control, and rather than have it like, act as a loose cannon, and that’s when a lot of the kind of irrational behaviors happen where, you know, it just takes a little to put someone over the top. Yeah.

Roy Barker  27:39 Use Neuromarketing science

Right. So I think you mentioned, maybe it was pre show, or last time we talked that stress can actually reduce parts of the brain is that did I get that? Right?

Felix  27:52

Yeah, that’s pretty much what it is. Right now, obviously, for for some people, you know, that’s a reality, right? So based on all the different circumstances, and on a brain level, what ends up happening is we talked about the cortex, which is like the leadership executive team, right. Stress actually reduces the amount of area they called gray, or gray area, or this thing, that that part of the brain, let’s say, your executive team, you know, shrinks pretty much, so they’re there.

And then what ends up happening is there’s a part of the brain called the amygdala, which is your kind of your emotion, area of the brain that’s found in the midbrain, or midbrain, your primal brain, and that’s where a lot of your fears and that kind of stuff comes out, that area to actually grow gets bigger. So you have this executive team at the top, kind of shrink.

And then you have the the megillah, which is your emotions, and one of its fear. You know, there’s a big imbalance here. So that so that’s why, you know, stress has a has a big effect on, you know, the the areas the brain, and that’s one way to look at as a comic, the power of balance of a shrinking executive team and a growing, you know, a growing base underneath it that without control is, is acts like a loose cannon.

Roy Barker  29:06 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. Yeah. And I know, this is kind of off topic from sales and marketing. But I guess I think it’s important because of the damage, you know, if we’re not careful, if we don’t think all this through the drain that we can do to our company to our brand, that can be permanent. I mean, sometimes we don’t get out from under that. If we’ve got staff that’s on the ragged edge, and maybe they don’t treat our customers, right. And then, you know, we’ve got, again, Alaska says a question, but it seems that we have a little bit more of the canceled culture, right, and go on.

So it’s like, if if I come into your establishment and I feel like you’ve wronged me, then I’m like, I am never going back and I’m telling everybody, you know, I’m telling all my friends never go back. You know, sometimes it amounts to something. Sometimes it doesn’t, but really, as a business owner, you In the fragile environment that we’re operating in, right, this moment, you just can’t really chance any of that. Right?

Felix  30:07

Yeah, so the Catholic culture is, especially now that everybody pretty much has the voice on social media and on the internet, right. So that’s, so for a company, it’s, it’s almost like you, the way they’ll look at is the reason why that really exists. And really, it’s a kind of like a dichotomy of polar opposites, as they say, right, like, it’s big contrast between A and B, for example, but to really get down to it is to really break out this us versus them type of thinking, is the final way to make you know, as, as the your consumer base as inclusive as possible in different circles.

So really, you’re expanding your click to these different areas of value, that also overlap with the consumer. So before it would be, for example, was this based on product, you someone would go to a company, and they would really, really like the product. And then and then that’s how kind of like the relationship was built on. But now as we see it, and brands are now offering to extend and deal with more social matters, for example, you know, equality, gender, all that stuff now.

So now it’s like, you know, companies that go beyond just okay, we provide the best products and services, so come to us and, and your value it to now it’s like, okay, we probably provide the best price and services. But also, we understand that, okay, this is some of your values as well, we share some of those values. So that’s something that’s becoming really important as the company is expanding, kind of like their web of values, right. So that it starts to, you know, really get connected with their consumers as more of a whole rather than just product service by


Roy Barker  31:48 Use Neuromarketing science

relationship. Yeah, it’s funny, you mentioned that because I just did an interview with an author, Lynn, Yap, she wrote, The Altruistic Capitalist, okay, you know, basically, you know, what we were talking about is, you know, these companies are getting squeezed on three sides, the consumer wants him to be socially, environmentally, socially, and management responsible, but investors are actually asking for that same thing. And now, employees are kind of stepping up and wanting that same thing.

So companies are, you know, they’re really gonna get squeezed into doing the right things. And, you know, it’s just a matter of making sure that we develop some checks and balances, because, you know, one of my questions always is, and I can tell you, I’m environmentally sensitive, while I’m, you know, porn, you know, toxic waste out the back door here. So, you know, it’s easy, sometimes it’s easier said than done.

Felix  32:47

Exactly. I think as you brought some really good points there in terms of that would be more of an accountability, accountability issue, right? When you know, somebody, or let’s say, an entity or a brand, for example, a company or business mentions that they’re going to do a certain task, do they actually carry out with it? Right. You know, social media is, that’s one of the things that has enabled people the ability to self express themselves and brands to have social identities as well. That’s how, you know, the ability to communicate effectively. And I think that’s where the key is that the communication options, all those channels are, there’s now how, from a brand point of view, how did they communicate with their consumers, based on let’s say, carrying through ensuring accountability for what it is that they had mentioned? Right, and broadcast to the public?

Cancel Culture

Roy Barker  33:40 Use Neuromarketing science

Yep, had one other question kind of back on the council on the canceled culture, and kind of this maybe like a heightened state of agitation that right, people are in for, you know, what we all the uncertainties that we’ve talked about. So it’s part of this lack of an illusion of control issues that things have been so out of everybody’s control. It’s, these things have been forced on us for the last year. So now I’ve got some control to write get on social media and I realized social media, the reach that we have there has influenced it some but do we? Do you think that it’s part of this trying to gain a little bit of control back of our life?

Felix  34:24

I think I think that’s the goal for pretty much anybody. Right? wouldn’t wouldn’t really look at I think what has happened has this kind of open the doors to more what was really going on? And then But, yeah, that’s, you know, in terms of that sense of control, it’s, it could be just, you know, can I communicate with this person? Could I share my ideas, right, so, that’s something I don’t think will ever ever change is is now there’s a lot more opportunities and channels to share and to express.

You know, what someone is feeling I’m thinking so in terms of that is this, you know, that’s just the way that we’re, we’re moving in terms of, you know, a wide platform for people to communicate. But there’s also things that come out of it, where, obviously, you know, they would have to be, you know, there’s certain things that that comes with, like the good part, like the positives and negatives of, of any situation. Right. So is this a matter of how do we navigate this, to make sure people are still heard, but done in a way that continues to move our society forward?

Roy Barker  35:34 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah. And I’ve always communicated with businesses as a consumer, because, you know, a lot of times I feel like the business may not know what’s going wrong, right? They’re not necessarily their own customer every day. So sometimes it just doesn’t hurt to politely I’ll stress, I politely, you know, reach out to the company and say, Hey, I had this experience. And then if, if they’re good, and they do what they’re supposed to by saying, well, we probably made a mistake, let me know, we’ll fix it.

That’s awesome. You know, but, again, we’ve talked a little bit about reviews and things like that. Don’t throw gasoline on that when either and, you know, just started Yeah, well, you’re pretty bad consumer. So yeah, right. Because I have seen those where it’s like, you know, somebody reaches out with what may be a legitimate issue. And the business owner just goes crazy on them

Felix  36:26

exactly what it comes down, as you mentioned, to to accountability as well, right for the for a bow, but it’s almost like, the way to see is it the responsibility lies on all parties involved. So at the end of the day, a company can only control what they can control this, like in real life, an individual could only control what they can control.

So so the approach needs to be a very holistic approach where it takes in all these different factors and variables, rather than singling one variable out, and saying that, hey, we fixed this, everything else is going to fall in this place. But here, as you mentioned, you know, there’s a lot of a lot of changes that are happening, or that has happened over the last a year and a half, that are influencing the way that people think feel and expressing themselves.

So so the, you know, the concept needs to take in all those different, all those different drivers. And then find the best way to make all make everything align as best as possible. So that as a unit, or as a collective unit. It moves from in the direction that you want it to come rather than Okay, you fix one thing, but then the muffler falls off, for example, right. So there’s different aspects to the situation that has a much greater chance of success when they’re addressed together.

Reaction vs. Response

Roy Barker  37:43 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, yeah, there’s a good technique, it’s called something about the difference between how you how you react and how you respond, you know, we can take that all in. But if we’ll take about 234, breaths before we actually respond, sometimes we’ll be much better off in the long run for that.

Felix  38:03

Exactly. That’s a great point, there’s actually a book and maybe that’s what you’re alluding to, by Mel Robbins written in 2017, called the five second rule. And that’s, that’s probably where, you know, there’s probably connection between that, but it was pretty much saying that, you know, confronted with a situation, instead of this acting out, really quick, take take the time to count backwards 54321.

Because what that does, that actually, you know, allocates the blood from that agitated part of the brain, where it’s so easy to just like, you know, lash out at somebody back into the cortex, so it turns it back on, and then it turns the logical side of the, you know, the process back and then from there on, you know, it could be one step to reducing an impulsive action, for example, but it also works the other way, where if someone’s in the, let’s say, Stage or Stage of procrastination, also, counting down from five will, will bring the blood flow back into the cortex, and then that would be the moment to act otherwise, you know, nobody’s going to take any action.

And, you know, things get procrastinate or delayed for X amount of time. Right. So, so same idea there, but the neurosciences, well, how are you? How are you allocating the blood flow from one area of the brain to the next, in order to really turn on the part of the brain that you need to work? Well, that’s

Roy Barker  39:29 Use Neuromarketing science

cool. I’m gonna try that. I need to take the trash out after a while. I’m gonna do that and see if I can get motivated.

Felix  39:35

Yeah, exactly. So so there’s different things and you know, the, the primal brain and the logical brain. It’s almost like this tug of war, because the primal brain wants things now, it’s almost like a little kid, right? Once it’s now it’s impulsive. Whereas the logical brain is like the grown up adult, for example, or the parent, and they’re more in the private brain or the logical brain is more long term thinking.

So it’s a matter of, you know, how do you come up with strategies To make them work together very similar to your situation with, you know, you’re taking businesses with, you know, consumers and so forth. And everyone is having this big conversation with each other. And then, but making sure that the conversations are, are, you know, very valuable and an effective right in terms of moving things in the right direction, as opposed to just, you know, talking about a bunch of things and then adding more, more powder to the to the keg, if you want to call it

Roy Barker  40:27 Use Neuromarketing science

you’re at. Yeah, so what are some, let’s look at the some, as we open up, a lot of let’s just kind of stick with restaurants for a minute, because some of them have kind of limited menus for cut it down to be more manageable, they’re still doing a lot of takeout, and they still encourage a lot of takeout. I know that, you know, we’ve had places around here that, you know, they just have to close the dining room down because they don’t have staff to staff.

But what are some things that businesses can do to, I guess, to be proactive with the consumer about it? I don’t know coaxing them back or, you know, trying to write need to let them know kind of what’s going on. So that doesn’t have to turn into a thing everybody can understand, not the way we want to operate. Unfortunately, we just have to operate this way.

Felix  41:21

Yeah, so the number one thing is obviously to make it safe. if let’s say you’re a restaurant, and you have a dining room. That’s the number one thing, right? So let’s say that there’s a restaurant that’s open. And they want to encourage people to come that they know it’s going to be safe, but also quipped at the same time, they’re not sitting there waiting for you know, two hours to get a seat. So they’re gonna have to have the restaurants gonna have some sort of system in place to facilitate that. That just that that traffic, let’s say gets really, really busy.

Because the last thing, especially right now is have a have a waiting consumer, because our primal brain already, he goes, look, I want Now’s my opportunity to get out and then have some sort of social life other than this thing at home for the last 18 months. But now let’s see, they get there. And then and then they find out that they have to now wait another half an hour, two hours, or whatever it is like that is going to really take someone over the edge. Right.

So So what, you know, one of the things is this having processes in place, where it could help facilitate kind of like that, that type of traffic if or even, you know, one of the one of the restaurants is one thing they could do is assuming they have the resources, is that shakes bad and their patio. Yeah. Right. So that’s something that you know, like, because chances are most restaurants, they can’t just knock down a wall.

And then like put more tables in there. But the patio assuming that there’s space there, that’s a much more cost-efficient way to add more chairs. That would be instead of, you know, without doing that needed, the customer that waits there for two hours now only has to know that the waiting times a lot shorter, right.

Consumer Experience

Roy Barker  42:57 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, and we’ve seen around here, some that have even taken up some of their parking space, you know, they have enough extra parking against some of those front parking spaces and setting up tents and outside

Felix  43:07

darkly doing those, those things that will make a big difference for the customer experience. Right. And obviously, you know, everybody has kind of been inside for the last year and a half is Yeah, is is now will continue to, to market and to get the front of mine again. Right. So that’s gonna be huge thing in terms of, you know, being being on the radar again.

Roy Barker  43:31 Use Neuromarketing science

Yeah, yeah. And I think communication, we can’t over stress that enough, as we just have a good open line of communication and the gym that I go to, they actually put a meter on the little, you have an app that you have to show the card when you walk in the door, but they put a little meter on it to show how crowded it is. Right? You know, and I think that was pretty cool. Because he can evaluate even if you want to go over there or not, let’s just don’t even think about the COVID process for a minute just you know, want to go to crowded gym and stand around and wait to get on machine.

So it allows a customer to be a little bit more informed. And you know, some of these restaurants would do good at just being honest. And you know, some of them think that they’re doing there. Some of them think that they’re being a little bit tricky by saying, Oh, yeah, well, just 15 minutes, but you know, when 15 turns in 45 then all you’ve done is really make some people mad.

Felix  44:31

Exactly. So that’s actually really neat to hear that the the gym that you go to actually has that type of neuroscience is called biometrics. It’s almost like oh, what’s your heart rate? Right or like that’s what is or the dilation of the people are people for example, or you know, for instruments that are measuring this kind of like your physiological reaction and responses to stimuli.

From the outside, for example, you know, in the in the medical field, let’s say in the operation room, you know that they would hook you up to those machines, and they’ll show you your heart rate so, so you would know how the person is actually where they’re at, on a physiological level. So the same thing applies not to those of the gym or the restaurant, where people know, there’s some sort of indication or external indicator that says all this restaurants like 90%, full, for example. That’s going to impact whether someone’s okay with coming there, know that they’re gonna wait a long time or being like, okay, you know, what, maybe I’m gonna have to have a look at another, another option, right?

And that’s one of the reasons why Uber and no log companies follow suit is to have, you’re able to track your Uber driver, because that eliminates the stress of, you know, where’s my food? Right, it eliminates that fear, right? So it brings that level of certainty and be like, Oh, you know, like, the food is only five minutes away, and so forth. It’s, that’s, that’s a similar type of concept. When it comes to Oh, this restaurant is, you know, 80% 90% full? Do I want to go here or not? Yeah.


Roy Barker  46:02 Use Neuromarketing science

Right. And that applies to a lot of things. And I just, I’ll use me, for example, is, you know, you want to be patient, and you want to wait, so let’s take food delivery, it’s like, they said, it’d be here in 20 minutes, okay, it’s been 30. But you know, what, they’re behind traffic, we’ve got all this stuff. And so you can be patient. And then all of a sudden, when you’re at 45 minutes, you’re like, Hey, we’re, you know, it’s kind of like, there’s this line where you’re patient, you’re bright.

But you never know, you know, when do I when do I not be patient? When do I pick up the phone and give somebody a call and don’t want to rush them? Right? Let there’s external circumstances. And so this is, again, backward communication, and, you know, implementing whatever we can try and help that customer understand where they are in their journey. It just, it’s invaluable. Oh, exactly. So

Felix  46:55

you know, having some sort of system that will let someone know, almost like an ordering system, for example, you’re at the back, working and creating the the meals, there’s some sort of timeline? Like, if you look at fast food restaurant, for example, they’ll let you know, hey, like in 60 seconds, where should it be along the way? Pretty much. And the same thing would apply from a consumer point of view, when they’re looking to engage with the company, right?

It’s kind of like, I’m waiting in line here, what position on my end line, you know, and then the groceries are in the earlier like, they I think they removed that system was everybody used to take a ticket? You remember that? Oh, you wanted you wanted your favorite cold cut? meats, for example, here’s the machine and take a number, we’ll call your number. So at least you like, you know, it’s very straightforward. It’s hard to say, hey, look up before you write if someone’s holding a ticket with it with a number closer to be in front of line, so it’s a similar idea.

Roy Barker  47:48

I’m like, yeah, that back. That’s pretty good. Except it backfired at the driver’s license office, you know, when you walk up there, and you see the click, and like, they’re on number 10. And you pull, like, number 312? off of the machine.

Felix  48:01

Yeah, so there’s always gonna be some sort of variation, right? Where, where it could work for or, in that case, you know, a lot of people, because they’re not too excited to renew, to do those tasks. But but if someone goes, Oh, look, I’m moving up in the light. And I know that, hey, I’m gonna, let’s say, finally get seated and have a meal, then the type of anticipation is different, right. So there’s different what’s happening is the dopamine is the activities, the two different activities or have a different impact on the dopamine levels. Right.

Roy Barker  48:33

Well, Felix, we appreciate you taking time out of your day to come talk with us. This is all great information. I just, you know, I think that this is such an interesting discipline. And it’s needed. I mean, you know, as sales and as marketing, we want to be able to reach our customers, give them the message and write all the activities that we need to do, you know, in order to make that a pleasant experience, for sure. Perfect.

Felix  48:59

Well, yeah, it’s, you know, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you right to be on your podcast, and I’m absolutely privileged to be a returning guest on here. And I hope that our conversation here is gonna provide a lot of insights to help your listeners in their entrepreneurial journey.

Roy Barker  49:18 Use Neuromarketing Science

Yeah, yeah, it will. And I’ll do like I did last time, I’ll, you know, extend an invitation to get you back on here and two or three. So you kind of, you know, how this environment has changed. And, you know, if there’s anything that as businesses that we need to be doing, you know, a little bit different to take care of, you know, the other thing we talked a lot about prospects, but also to take care of our current customers. I mean, that’s, yeah, that’s an important thing. Sometimes we, you know, and I’m, I’m guilty of that we think about how we’re going to get the next new guy and we’re not thinking about taking care of the people. God already. That’s

Felix  49:52

a really that’s really good one is there. That’s why they’re a customer, right? It’s it would make sense to take care of them. So I think that goes a huge way and the consumer, the customer, and they’ll definitely remember that.

Roy Barker  50:05 Use Neuromarketing Science

Yeah. All right, well, tell us give us another tool or another habit, he was something that you do every day, that really adds a lot of value to your life, either professionally or personally,


Felix  50:19

I would say, meditating, meditating even for 1015 minutes, you know, it is certainly has a way to rewire the brain makes things a lot more calmer, clears up the thinking. And that’s something that will, you know, generally what I found my personal experience to impact how the rest of the goes, right. So, you know, personally, that’s something that has been effective for in my own life. And, you know, hopefully, that will encourage some people to try that and then see how it affects, you know, their life moving forward. Yeah,

Roy Barker  50:52 Use Neuromarketing Science

I’m pretty new at this. I’ve been trying it. And one thing I implemented was in the evening, too, because it gives me a little bit of separation from whatever I was doing until, you know, trying to lay down and sleep exactly, head. But, you know,

Felix  51:06

what I have to say is, I am not good at it. And I find myself some days being all over the place, but I think it’s one of these things, you just have to stay after it. Yeah, you just practice, right? Like, there’s no easy way around it. Like as much as we like to take, you know, some sort of accelerated shortcut, it isn’t a matter of, you know, it’s like, typically, if you know, a baby’s getting born, it needs nine months. Yeah, thing, right. So let’s say anything rushing it. It does, it does, it does, like it typically does not work as well as we’d like to like it to.

Roy Barker  51:39 Use Neuromarketing Science

Yeah, and the other thing, I’m gonna start, I’ve heard this last week is a guy that he actually implemented a little, maybe not, you know, 10 minutes, but maybe two or three of meditation and breathing in between when switching tasks. And I thought, wow, that’s an awesome idea. Because I’ve never thought of that, you know, you’re fully engaged in whatever you’re doing. And you have to stop and try to engage. And it takes just a little bit of time to make that transition. So anyway, that’s I think that’s really cool.

Felix  52:09

Yeah, that’s very similar to the whole idea of taking naps throughout the day, rather than just having a big sleep a night. Right. So yeah, so it’s this on a micro scale, is kind of like these mini meditation sessions in between each, each task to allow the brain maybe to make sense of all the different activities and kind of create some sort of barrier, so it doesn’t get all mushed together, right.

Roy Barker  52:36 Use Neuromarketing Science

Actually, I saw Sorry, I’m gonna ask you one more question. Yeah, absolutely. No, there just was actually a I read a piece just the other day about napping in the afternoon. Again, I don’t know. It’s trying to make a resurgence, you know, make a resurgence. But they were just saying, you know, how much more productive that we could be? Right, by taking I think it said like a 30 minute nap. Which depending on that?

Felix  53:00

Well, there are studies, I believe in Europe, that’s a quite common practice. I can’t remember the specific country so but but from what I recall, and of course, we could always look at is Sweden, the highly encourage that. And it seems to maybe have the same effect, as you know, that the one tip, which is to have those kind of like mini naps, or meditation sessions in between, right, and allows like the brain to kind of recharge itself instead of just going full throttle for so long.

So so it’s so it’s like, it’s really a way for the brain is to contact brakes. Now, so that could begin to like kind of recharge, you know, consolidate the the memories and so forth. And, and then get going again, because, you know, as much as we’d like to go at 100%. You know, that’s a that’s a fast way to go to Burnham. Oh, two.

Wrap Up

Roy Barker  54:00

Right. Alright, Felix, I certainly appreciate it. We’ll get you back on here. And we can talk a lot more as a lot of great information for our audience for sure.

Felix  54:09

Excellent. You bet.

Roy Barker  54:10 Use Neuromarketing Science

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How To Scale Your Business With Facebook and Instagram Ads That Convert Featuring Shelby Fowler

How to scale your business. If you are looking to scale your business today you can’t discount the value of advertising on channels like Instagram and Facebook. Learn how to develop and run ads that convert

About Shelby

Shelby Fowler is a Facebook and Instagram ads expert, creator of Fempire Ads Academy, and the founder and CEO of Fempire Media.

She started Fempire Media, an ads agency, in 2019 after freelancing as a digital marketer for years. She has grown the company to multiple six figures in the first 2 years and is passionate about serving clients, teaching ads, and encouraging her team.

In late 2020, Shelby launched Fempire Ads Academy to empower female entrepreneurs to run their own profitable Facebook and Instagram ads. Every month, members get all the tools and support they need to scale their business with ads.

Outside of business, Shelby is a mom of 2 girls, a crazy-awesome cook, lover of real housewives (and all things Bravo), and a true-crime fan


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How To Scale Your Business With Facebook and Instagram Ads Featuring Shelby Fowler

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Shelby, Roy Barker


Roy Barker  00:00 How To Scale Your Business

Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests and that can talk to a diverse set of topics. Hopefully we can either point something out that you aren’t doing that can really help you add some success, or we can.

If something is keeping you up at night, we can provide you some answers and some awesome professionals that can help you out to kind of get you back on the right track again. Today we’re excited to have Shelby Fowler. She is a Facebook and Instagram ads expert. Shelby is the creator of Fempire Ads Academy and the founder and CEO of Fempire Media. She started Fempire Media as an ads ads agency in 2019.

After freelancing as a digital marketer for years, she has grown the company to multiple six figures in the first two years and is passionate about serving clients teaching ads and encouraging her team. In late 2020. Shelby launched Fempire Ads Academy to empower female entrepreneurs to run their own profitable Facebook and Instagram ads every month. Members get all the tools and support they need to scale their business with ads.

Outside of business. Shelby’s a mom of two girls a crazy awesome cook. Lover of Real Housewives and all things Bravo and a true crime fan. Shelby, thanks for taking time out of your day. And welcome to the show.

Shelby  00:00

Thank you for having me.

How To Scale Your Business

Roy Barker  00:00 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, you bet. We kind of bonded over the true crime fan. fan myself, so that’s awesome. Well, tell us a little bit about how you got here is, you know, is Facebook and Instagram ads? Is that kind of something that you’ve been interested in for a long time? Did you kind of take that path where it just kind of came up on you?

More about Shelby

Shelby  01:57

Yeah, kind of just came upon me, I was doing a lot of marketing for restaurants and salons, doctors offices, and everything from web design, to social media management to ads, like you name it, I was an and like, just in, in house promotions, like I was doing an event like I was doing kind of all the things. And what I learned pretty quickly was that I really liked doing the ads, I just at the time didn’t know people like specialized in that I just honestly didn’t know people could do only that.

So what I loved about it was, and with clients, we would see, social media takes a long time to see results. Like it’s a lot about consistency. And, and time. With ads, we could see quick results. And it was nice to be able to see the fruits of my labor, like, you know, for for social media and a lot of other marketing. It’s really the long game, which is powerful. Just a lot of times I wouldn’t be able to see the fruit of my labor.

So I fell in love with it. And then once I realized that I could specialize in it. I met a few people that like Well, yeah, we we own ad agencies. I was like no way you can do that. And so I really began to pivot at that point and really specialize a nation on that area.

Fempire Media – Awesome Name

Roy Barker  03:29 How To Scale Your Business

Oh, that’s cool. Yeah. You know, I think it takes a special technique. I’ll just write down some notes for you. There’s really a lot to unpack in some of your statements there. I was also going to comment on Fempire, I have to say, I love love that are that is an awesome company name. But it really describes you know what you’ve got going on. So kudos on figuring that one out.

Thank you. Yeah, I mean, it’s tough. You know, it’s always you always want to find a name that sticks with people. That’s not too complicated. But that’s a little bit out of the norm. And I think you accomplish that on that. So that’s awesome. Thank you. Yeah, a couple things that you mentioned, I always like to start with is, you know, ads, like marketing, like a lot of things growing a business, anything we do in life. It takes time, and it takes consistency.

And I think sometimes in this world today, you know, we have this instant gratification thing going on, and we forget that we and I’m not saying that you can’t get lucky, there are people that put an ad out on Facebook, they get slammed life is awesome for them. But for most of us, it’s just it’s really that constant grind. I mean, you got to get up every day and you just got to do something number one take step and then tweak it as you go to try to find where your sweet spot is.

Facebook and Instagram Ads

Shelby  04:53

There’s a lot of strategy that goes into it. I think. I think we have you know, cold really made it sound like it’s just this magic pill or quick fix. And of course, you hear those miraculous stories about, you know, somebody, it’s like the jackpot, right? They hit the lottery. And you know, I always that it does happen, right. But usually very rarely. And I, they don’t always share what happened before they did that all of the ads that didn’t work out and all the testing that was done, or that they hired an agency that has 10 years of experience, right or, or a couple years of experience, they don’t really share that part of it. Right.

So just to kind of it just to clarify here, it takes a lot of strategy and time to really figure out what your audience is responding to. Ultimately, if we could really just simplify this idea of Facebook and Instagram ads, it all it is, is you’re getting a ton of ton more traffic to something than you would be able to do organically with with your own marketing efforts, right? And so it’s going to amplify what’s already happening in your business. Now, if you already have a funnel or a website that converts like crazy, or you already have an offer that people just can’t get enough of and you run ads to it. Well, what do you think’s gonna happen? It’s gonna, of course, it’s gonna blow up because you’re getting on more traffic to something that’s already working.

Roy Barker  06:24 How To Scale Your Business

Right? Yeah. And I guess the converse of that, if you’ve got something that’s struggling, even if you drive much more traffic to it, you might have incremental growth, but it’s not going to be exponential, like what you would hope it’s going to be.

Shelby  06:38

Yeah, you’re probably going to lose some money on advertising. Yeah.


Roy Barker  06:42 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah. You know, when we talk about strategy, oh, there’s a lot of things that work together. And I noticed that, you know, you do the Facebook and Instagram, which are tied pretty closely together. So do you actually look at that, the other components of that? Or do you just focus on night, the Facebook and Instagram, and then how to integrate that into somebody else’s other overall marketing plan.

Shelby  07:08

So when we when we typically work with the client, well, first, Facebook owns Instagram, so innately, when you go to create an ad, it’s going to artists, as long as you have your Instagram connected as a business account, it will go to both platforms automatically. So that saves you a lot of time, right? You don’t have to figure out how to like run ads on both platforms, it does it for you. Right, I will say that going into into running ads, you should already have a marketing system that’s working.

You should already have a sales process that’s working, because ads aren’t going to fix a broken sales problem I see this a lot with especially new newer entrepreneurs, is they think, again, the ads are going to be a quick fix. And so maybe they have a sales system that is not working out really well. They’re like, well, all I need is just a bunch more leads. Well, you know, although Yeah, sometimes sales is a numbers game, right? But, I mean, if you can’t close people on the phone, nothing’s gonna change with 50. More.

Sales Process

Roy Barker  08:11 How To Scale Your Business

Exactly. Yeah. And you’ll just be actually burning through opportunities. If you get your, if you get that sales process down. Just think about how much further along he could be with those few ads?

Shelby  08:24

Absolutely. I’m always like, figure out where the bottlenecks are in your business and in your marketing and sales before you run ads. That way, you know, what you need to fix, and then it’s not, you’re not wasting money, you’re gonna be a lot, the ads are gonna be a lot more effective if you’re doing the job on the back end. Right.

Fempire Process

Roy Barker  08:45 How To Scale Your Business

Right. So if I came to you today and said, Hey, I need you to, I want you to get involved and run some ads for me count, what is that intake process? What are some things that I need to think about having answer for, you know, prior to me coming to you to make that a productive conversation?

Shelby  09:03

That’s a really great question. So it’s gonna depend on what type of business you own. But these are the questions I asked. That is, what’s your monthly revenue. And that makes people uncomfortable sometimes, but if you actually are serious about scaling your business, that shouldn’t be uncomfortable, because I want to see the reason why I asked that is I want to see, are you profitable, right? Are we adding ads into on to something that’s already going? Well, if you tell me that you’re only making a couple $1,000 a month in revenue, then I’m going to kind of ask some more questions about your process because I want to see, you know, and your growth like.

How long have you had along. Have you been doing this and all of that because I want to see where you’re at. It’s not that effective to pay someone like me. A couple $1,000 a month in addition to your ad spend if you’re only making a couple 1000. Right? And so, like, that’s a question that I asked how much are you making off in revenue per month?

Then I asked what they’re wanting to run ads to, right? Because, again, you need to have something to run ads to before you, we don’t just like magically run ads, it needs to go to something, whether that’s a free webinar that you’re providing. Or if you want to. If the if the goal is to sell more of a course, right? You don’t have to have all the answers because a good a good ad agency will help you with strategy as well, based on experience, they they know what works more than probably you do. Because they’re spending people’s money all the time.

So trust, trust that the probably 1000s, hundreds of 1000s of dollars, they probably manage an ad spend, right? Because they’re going to tell you what, like, Hey, I would do it this way. Because this is what we’re seeing a couple clients get really good results with. So you don’t have to have all the answers. But you need to know what you want to grow or scale. Is that is that a one to one model? Are you wanting more clients or patients? Or, you know, what does that look like? Do you need just leads coming in? Or do you want to grow your audience more, you need to have kind of an idea?

Do you have a certain offer that you want to grow? And then I will always ask what the cost is for that offer, or service that you provide. So again, I’m in my head doing a little bit of math. Like, Okay. I know this is on average, the cost per lead or click for your industry, right? So I kind of do a little bit of math to make sure that you’re going to be profitable running ads, I would also ask if you’re going to hire somebody, ask them some questions about if they’ve ever run ads for your industry before, because I will tell you that there’s agencies that specialize in certain types of ads.

And a great example of this is e-commerce ads, vastly different than ads for like coaches, right? The strategies are going to be different, it’s a whole different ballgame. It’s like being and I’m going to use this example. Because we can all we all know what it means. I’m by no means relating what I do, or what my industry does to a professional, you know, medical doctor, but it’s like going to a, you know, a podiatrist and being like, hey, my eyeball is really itchy.

You know, and they’re gonna be like, well, I could tell you all the stuff about a foot, but I don’t know about your eyeball? So it’s the same thing like find a find somebody who’s an expert in your industry. Yeah. And and you’ll probably have much better results.

Roy Barker  12:59 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, I think that’s good to, to know these questions, but to also be aware, in my opinion, is that if, if there’s somebody offering you a quick fix for money, and they don’t ask you any questions, that’s a huge red flag. Because you know, everybody, even if I’m, even if we’re in the same, even if we’re, you know, you mentioned beauty salons earlier. So we’ll go with that. But, you know, even if different beauty salons, they may kind of focus on different things.

I mean, maybe one’s just the haircut place, but maybe one does more of the fancy extensions. Yeah. So asking those questions, it’s very important because it can change the audience in which we are going to be or which you’re going to be, you know, trying to target. Absolutely. And I assume that’s another thing, that’s probably a very good to give some thought to. I mean, hopefully, you gave some thought to it, you know, like, as you’re working through your business, but at some point, you kind of have to think of who is my customer.

As we need to know what the age group is, you know, because and also within, you can set parameters on your ads, but also it’s in the messaging, I wouldn’t have thought to a young 20 something the same way, you know, the same language in the same way we would talk to somebody like myself, because, you know, may say, hey, go see us on tik tok. And I’m like, What was that? You know? Yeah. So we have to be careful with that messaging.

Shelby  14:34

Absolutely. I always ask, what, where is your ideal customer or client? Where are they currently at in their life in their life or business? Like what’s happening? What is their life in business? Look like right now? What are they experiencing? Becoming aware of the pain points that you solve is so important and knowing A few things like, like you said, age range and gender, like do you maybe some of you really only work with? Maybe like, we talked about the hair salon industry?

Like maybe your you do hair extensions? Well, you know, sure, there’s gonna be some men out there that are like, Yes, I want hair extensions, but the vast majority are going to be women. So it’s best for you to spend your ad dollars probably targeting women, right? Um, and there’s, I mean, there’s several like men examples there, too, right? So figure out what gender and maybe it’s both. Maybe you work with both, that’s fine, too. But think about the gender you work with. And age range, I tell a lot of my clients, because they they come to me, many come to me, and they’re like, I could really help everybody. Right?

A lot of people are there you have a business that has maybe a lot of clients or customers and you’re like, oh, a lot of people buy my stuff. And that’s great. I want to know what age range the vast majority of your clients are coming from, and who do you enjoy working with or selling to? So I tell this to people, you know, anybody under 25, for example, you obviously are going to always have outliers, you’ll always have outliers. I know some people in their early 20s that have million dollar businesses.

And I’m like, Man, I wish I could have figured that out in my early 20s. Right. But there is most of the people in their early 20s. Where are they at in life? You know, they’re in college, they’re, or they’re trying to figure life out. They’re just paying off student loan debt, or they’re getting their first car or their first house or, or they’re still living in an apartment.

They don’t have a lot of money. I mean, I mean, I lived off of, you know, Taco Bell, and hopes and dreams is what I? Ramen. Yeah, ramen noodles. So, think about that, like, of course, there’s gonna be outliers, but we’re talking about targeting a huge amount of people. So we have to get pretty specific here. Like, what age gap? What age range Do you want to work with. So most of that is usually somewhere between 25 and, you know, 5560, something like that. Think about also technology. If you sell if you’re an a SaaS company, you sell some sort of software, if you target someone over 60.

Think about that. Like that may not be your ideal audience, you might want to target someone more in their 30s or 40s. Because they probably are a lot more comfortable with technology, and software. Like, you know, that’s just that’s just being realistic. There’s, of course, always outliers, but I want you to really think about that. Who can you best serve? That would best Enjoy your product or service?

Lifetime Value of Customer

Roy Barker  17:54 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, that’s a good point. Even if we we have buyers from all ages and all genders, you kind of have to look at, you know, like in statistics, the bell curve, and say, Where are the majority of those coming from? And then also, you know, I can only say, like, talking about the hair salon is, you know, prior to COVID. You know, I was the, you know, the $10 cut every three or four weeks. So, even though I’m your client, I’m probably not one of your high-margin clients. And so, you talked about earlier about, you know, how much does your service cost?

Because we have to look at that customer acquisition costs. Yep. No, how is it really good to go spin $100 to acquire one customer that you make 15 off of now, if they are a lifetime customer, and we have, you know, a lifetime value of more than that, we can figure all that out. But Yep, you know, again, it’s like, I may be that hair salons customer, but I’m not the person that they want to target.

Just because I don’t spend the money you want to, you know, try to get as the people that use the most services, the higher margin people that are going to spend with you too. So it’s just important to think about all of those things in depth. I mean, it takes a lot of thought, but it’s well worth it before you start going to spend for advertising.

Shelby  19:12

You made a really great point about knowing the lifetime value of a customer, and what are you willing to spend to acquire a customer? What is their average order value? So, you know, if you talk about hair, like if someone if your haircut costs $10, but you know, you’re doing hair extensions for 20 $500 it you know, that makes a lot more sense to get clients

Roy Barker  19:38 How To Scale Your Business

on Sorry. I’m not gonna be in the hair extension market, I can do that.

Shelby  19:44

That will that’s where all the money is in, in the hair industry. Hair extensions, right? It’s weaves, it’s all it’s the they have to pay for somebody else’s hair to be sewn into their head. So that it’s a it’s you It’s a higher priced. And you’re targeting, again people with money, right?

People that have expendable income. They’re like, Yes, I want I want all this hair. Yeah. Right? So keep that in mind, like, what and what and how long now, your hair extension client, they have to get their hairs resewn back in their head every like, eight weeks. They’re coming back for and that’s a couple 100 bucks, right? So think about the lifetime value of a customer? What are your margins?

How much are you spending on labor? If you have an assistant or something? What are your margins? What are you willing to acquire a customer? Like, what are you willing to spend, and also, a lot of you that may have a lower-priced offer, think about this, if your lifetime value of a customer is much higher, like let’s say your product or service is maybe 50 bucks, okay?

But people on average, the your lifetime value of a customer is more like, let’s say 1000 bucks, like, let’s say that you have a reusable product or service, and they have to come back and come back and come back, you might be willing to spend more than that initial cut, like the other initial order to acquire a client or customer because you know that they’re going to ultimately spend quite a bit of money with you on average, right?

Know Your Audience

Roy Barker  21:15 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah. And it’s, you know, kind of figuring out that with the industry a great example, this used to be, you know, this was back in the old male days. But, you know, the jeweler figured out that 50% of his customers, or, excuse me, 70% of his customers came back in were repeat purchasers.

So what they figured out was, they could actually give you the first visit at cost, you know, whatever that was, you know, offered this huge discount, take all their margins off, because they knew that you would, you know, 70% of the people would be back in their 234 times, and that’s where they really made their money. Yeah, no, no one your industry, it’s very important.

Let’s talk about managing expectations because you know, we’re all impatiently think that the good thing about social media is is kept us all in touch. It’s a great advertising vehicle. But the bad thing is, like you were saying earlier is that we can make a lot of presumptions about people that we’ve never seen them before. So today, they ran an ad, and now they’re an overnight success.

But we we don’t know the 10 year story have come to get to this point. So you know, we just have to manage expectations that this is a long term play. And, again, if you got lucky and put an ad up tomorrow, and you just got swamped, then, you know, bless you. And I’m glad that happens for people, but for most of us, it’s figuring out that strategy within it sticking to it.

Shelby  22:46

Yeah, absolutely. And it’s it’s also about reading the data. So numbers do tell a story. And if you know how to run ads properly, you’ll be able to see what needs to be tweaked in your ad, like if your click link, click through rate on your ad is less than 1%, then you probably need to update your graphics or video on your ad because that’s what’s actually slowing your ad down.

Now if you notice that people are clicking on your ad, and let’s say they’re they’re going to your website, but your website’s converting at like 5%, then you need to change your website up, you need to bring in somebody to help you with that, because that’s where you’re losing the people. It’s actually not the ad that’s not working. I see this with a lot of people, they’re like, my ad didn’t work. And we look at the data. And it’s like, actually, your ad was doing really well. But you are losing them on your website, right, your website sucks. Go find somebody to help you with that ASAP. Because if you turn these ads back on, I have a feeling you’re gonna be you know, you’re gonna be in a good spot.

So knowing the numbers and knowing what the I guess the benchmarks are for your industry. Then as far as managing expectations, when you hear these stories, and I’m telling you this as somebody who runs ads for a lot of high ticket coaches, okay, so business coaches, a lot of business coaches, they’re selling programs that are $15,000 $30,000, right?

What do you think when they run ads to like, let’s say, a master class, okay, we run ads to fill a masterclass, they teach something, and they sell their program at the end of it. Now, if we spend $10,000 in ads, let’s just say that. And they so three of their programs. That’s what getting these like stories of people are like, Oh my gosh, I made, you know, hundreds of 1000s of dollars from ads, but like, it’s like, yeah, they also spend a little bit more money than you probably would, but also, their price point is really high.

So of course, they’re going to get this really great ROI. Now, of course, like we have clients that sell 20 $9 products online, and it’s you know, it’s, they do really well. But again, they’re spending 300 bucks a day. And they have a they have a very successful business already. They’re in Walmart they’re in. They’re on Amazon during CVS drugstores, right, like, people know this business already. So it’s a lot you there’s no, there’s brand awareness. So people already trust the brand.

Roy Barker  25:27 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, I was just written that down on the brand awareness. Because, I mean, I don’t even know what to say, you know, I start selling Roy’s chicken soup tomorrow and put an ad on Facebook, people are gonna be like, well, what is this now, if I was Campbell’s, and ran the same ad with Sam in, it would be totally different reacts. And so, again, I think this gets back to managing expectations is in slow, lower ticket items. Versus higher ticket items, you know, there’s a little difference we can afford, how we do that. But for a big ticket item for the 1520 $30,000 package.

That’s where we have to be patient because you see my name one time with this $20,000 back ends, you’re probably going right on by or maybe you check it out, but you move on, it takes, you know, it used to take like eight to 12 touches or view before somebody would be that interested in maybe picking up the phone or reaching out through email. So how does that work nowadays?

Shelby  26:33

Yeah, and a lot of it is just the strategies are going to be different for every industry. So if you’re selling high ticket, like a coaching package, the best most effective way to do this is to always in the background, we should be running brand awareness ads, because we want you to be seen as the expert. But all it is the difference between low priced items. And high ticket when you sell high ticket. It’s all about positioning and authority like you have to be positioning yourself as the go to in the industry.

So how you do this is you should have a conversion event. like and what I mean by that is a masterclass a workshop, this can be virtual right, and a challenge a webinar or something like that, right, a presentation style, where you’re going through, you’re giving value. So now that people are watching it, these cold leads come in, watch your training, and now they know like and trust you because you’re giving them really good content for free.

And then you convert them into clients because now they like you know, you trust you. It’s almost impossible, I will I’m going to reiterate this. If you are selling high ticket, it is almost impossible to convert cold leads, like straight cold never heard about you before, into paying clients, you have to warm them up just any marketing is all about that. That’s what building a community or following it’s all about, and building brand awareness. It’s about warming you up, and you use Campbell as an example, right?

We all have memories of, of eating their soup as a kid, or opening up those cans when you’re sick, and mom brings it home because she’s working and she can’t make you homemade soup. So she’s like, you’re gonna have to have canned soup today, right? We have we have we trust the brand. We see it in stores. And if you’re online, you have to warm people up. And especially if you’re selling something that’s high priced, you need people to like know and trust you if they’re going to invest in you.


Roy Barker  28:42 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, cuz I was, as you’re saying that I was just thinking about the distrust factor. Let’s not say district, let’s just say the trust factor, like you’re speaking about that, you know, if I’m going to go buy a $5 item or $10 item, if it’s if it’s from a reputable company, you know, if I’m going through, I would be more concerned to get it off XYZ because I don’t know if that’s a real deal or not.

If somebody told me that it is but really, I’m more and more ready to you know, wager five or $10 that this is going to work out and live. You know, if it doesn’t, I really haven’t lost that much. But then when we’re talking about 10 15,000 I can only imagine that I’m not going to see this ad The first time you say oh Joe Smith, the coach, bam, charged my credit card $10,000 or sign up for $1,000 a month or whatever it is. It just it just really doesn’t happen that way.

Shelby  29:43

Even Dean grazi oc and Tony Robbins they partner up with a bunch of people to like Brendon Burchard, Marie Forleo, Annie Porterfield, Jenna cook, there’s a bunch of people that they partner up with every year they do a conversion event. We all know who Tony Robbins is. Do you think that we need more brand awareness from Tony Robbins. Now we all know who he is. He has the same thing. They sell a $10,000 program every single year on how to use your knowledge to basically build like a consulting agency or to have a high ticket mastermind program. That’s what they teach $10,000 that’s the price point, or two grand a month.

If you break it up into payments for 12 months, you end up paying 12 grand, okay? That’s the price point. They don’t just run ads to join. What do they do? They have a huge masterclass, a huge masterclass, and they run ads. Hey, free, masterclass, Join Now we’re gonna teach you how to, you know, use your knowledge to make more money, and whatever you do. And so people sign up, people sign up, people sign up, and then what do they do they share with you how to how you can do this, why you would want to do it.

And then they say, hey, if you want all of our templates, if you want our coaching, if you want to know how to price yourself and how to make you know, how to get the support, then join the join our $10,000 program, and they make a lot of money doing that. So that’s the way to sell high ticket is is follow that lead because that’s exactly what they do. And like I said, Tony Robbins you don’t need. We all know who he is he could probably run an ad for, you know, a $10,000 program and get some cells.

Roy Barker  31:18 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, yeah. But even though I know who he is, I think the the benefit of that warm up, like you’re saying is that I want to know what’s in this because, you know, a lot of us were just skeptical of anything that costs a lot of money. And we want to make sure that we are really, truly getting value for that. And I guess that’s another good thing about, you know, like having testimonials and other things like that can really benefit us to 100%. Yeah.

Okay, so the other thing, now we need to think about is spend and time so if, you know if I’ve got a fairly good business that’s going on, and how, what kind of commitment should we make at a minimum? And then also, what’s that time horizon, you know, do we need to go for two months, three months, six months, make that commitment to continue to do this.

Shelby  32:18

So how much you spend is going to depend on your offer, what industry you’re in all of that and what the strategy is, so there’s no one size fits all. A, you know, again, when you get on a call with an ads manager or agency that you want to hire, ask them to run some numbers with you. Because if you have an idea, I always like for you to leave a call knowing, you know, a rough estimate of what the investments going to look like, as a whole, because I’m already a couple $1,000, then you add in your ad spend, and we can quickly get up to 567 $1,000 a month, right? So I want you to have an idea, like a really clear idea of what this looks like.

Um, if you are just running ads to let’s say, grow your email list, you have a lead magnet out there, you just want and by the way, like you can do this for any type of business, because you’re just growing your email list. And with a bigger email list, you do have more leads in your lead pool, if you will. So you know, with that you really want, you know, I would spend 20 bucks a day, at least like that’s what I would do right now. If you’re, if you’re running ads to, let’s say just a video, and it’s only just like, maybe you’re a, let’s say you’re a chiropractor in Dallas, and you’re like, Okay, there’s a lot of chiropractors out here, I just want to get my face out there.

And I don’t really want to go by a billboard, cuz I’m not into that. But like, I want that effect. Like I just want to be everywhere. I want everybody to know who I am. I’m not necessarily looking for them to click, and you know, book a console, I just want to be out there. So I would recommend running a video view ad for like, let’s say, you could do it for like 1020 bucks a day or more.

And you’re just running the ad to people in a certain age range that would pay for your services in your location, like maybe 15 miles from your address. So now you’re everywhere and that it’s like I call this the billboard effect, right? Because now people are on social media. They’re just seeing you all the time. You know, you can run, you can run reach ads. So just like a picture of you like, come visit me right?

Or you can do a video of maybe you walking around the office or telling how you started your business. And again, there’s no direct call to action. It’s just about getting that brand awareness and getting out there, which I promise you and leads up to in the long term getting more business because if you’re seeing again as the authority in the industry in your area, then you’re gonna you’re gonna win the competition.

Roy Barker  35:07 How To Scale Your Business

Picture or Video

And, again, it’s there’s so many variables depend on if we, you know, if we’re just trying to gain the attention if we want to, if we’re collecting emails, or if we’re actually, you know, direct to an event or the master class or something, but in general, how do we cut through the noise? You know, because we have a lot of options. We’ve got text, we got pictures, we got videos, I guess any advice on how we kind of use these different mediums to get our message across?

Shelby  35:44

Yeah. So in every ad, you’re going to have, you’ll see when you go to create an ad, inside of ads manager, you can choose a graphic or a video for your ad for that campaign. And you also have ad copy, which is they call it primary text. And that is a it’s it’s just ad copy. You know, when you go through a magazine, and you see ads in the magazine, the people you know, writers that get paid the most money in the in the world are the ones that write those ads, they get paid a bunch of money to do that.

And no different in your ad, you want it to stand out, you want to call out who you who you are trying to attract, right, you want to tell them what they’re going to get. As far as your graphic or video though, this is the first thing people see. Right? It’s the first thing that’s gonna either make them scroll past or stop. Like you said, there’s a lot of there’s a lot of noise out there.

There’s a lot of other advertisers and people posting on social media. I think our attention spans have gotten shorter and shorter and shorter in the last couple years, especially. The goal for you is to create a pattern interrupt in someone’s mind as they scroll. And there’s, there’s some ways to do this. I’ll tell you some of my secrets here. But you want to stop their scroll as they’re scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. You want them to be like, Oh, wait, what was that?

And take a look doubletake, right, you want them to take a doubletap on your ad, and then they can read it and click on it. And the way to do this is I’ll ask you a few questions here. What is Facebook’s brand color? Blue? Exactly. So if you use a lot of blue in your ad, people are gonna think it’s like, just they’re gonna scroll past it. They’re used to seeing a lot of blue on Facebook.

Okay, it doesn’t create a pattern interrupt in their head, right? It’s just like, oh, blue stuff was. Right, you want to make sure that you’re, if you can use bolder or brighter colors, please do. Here’s the other thing, what is the shape of every post? And there’s two shapes right? The the shape of my laptop screen right now is a rectangle. The shape of my iPhone screen is a rectangle.

Every my tablet, my iPad? What are they rectangles right? Now, let’s go inside of those. When I’m on Facebook. Every post is like square shaped or rectangle shaped? Right? The only thing that’s a circle is your profile photo. So people you’re used to seeing squares and rectangles everywhere.

Roy Barker  38:29 How To Scale Your Business


Shelby  38:30

So what if your graphic created us had a circle on it or a more fluid like shape on it? It’s gonna create a pattern interrupt in your brain because your brain is categorizing things. As you’re scrolling. This is just psychology. And you’re gonna see Oh, wait, what was that? Because it’s different than the five other things you just scroll past. So that’s the goal is you have to capture attention quickly. We have we have less than a second to do this really.

People scroll fast. And we have you know, we have such a short time to be able to capture this attention. So the goal is to create this moment of of pattern interruption where you’re just like, okay, square, blue, square, blue, well, that’s yellow and a circle. What is that? Right? And that’s what you want to do. photos of people do well, so because again, it’s like creating that like no trust factor.

If I see somebody’s face, I’m more likely to trust what you’re selling me, right. Even if it’s not your face, you can use you certainly can use stock images, although my recommendation is if it’s your business and you’re the face of the business, please use a photo of you and use a high quality photo of you a headshot professional photo, photograph. Use use that please.

And not just necessarily like unless you’re doing a video ad that I have different opinion about. But yeah, that’s like my best tips is the brighter colors, more bold colors. And or using more fluid shapes or circles on your graphics, put pictures of people on there. Make sure that you have a few words on the graphic, but not too many. And it’s telling them what they are going to walk away with or get, okay?

People don’t care about you. And this is what people don’t understand. Like, I don’t care about your chiropractor business, I don’t write you know, what I care about, what how you’re gonna make me feel when I leave, I get I care about what I get out of it. And we’re all selfish like that, like I nobody cares about you or your business.

What they care about is how you’re going to make them feel what you’re going to do for them what they’re going to feel like once they leave after working with you. That’s what they care about.

Roy Barker  40:46 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, it’s like when we come on about us and all of our credentials and things people get turned off, because they they don’t really care that my concern, they want to know what’s in it for them. What’s the benefit? What problem do you solve for me?

And it’s important to keep that in our messaging we can. Yeah, and the other thing is, is, it’s always better to have somebody else tell people have great, you have to do so much rather believe other people when they tell me. But yeah, I think that’s the, you know, we talk a little bit also about the real estate factor, like, even just regular posts that we put out there is when you have text, you know, it’s maybe an answer to window, and it’s black and white, easy to go by.

But when we have a picture, all of a sudden, it’s like we stretch this real estate out. And then, you know, somebody told me a long time ago that using a picture is like leaving breadcrumbs to our blog, or to our product or landing page. When we use videos, it’s like leaving chocolate covered. Video, chocolate-covered breadcrumbs to that same spot it just and I don’t know if that’s still the same, but videos used to just have so much more power than even just an image.

Shelby  42:04

They still do if and when done right. And I think it’s an untapped thing. Um, not enough people are using video ads. I will tell you that I’ve seen the very well produced videos work well. But a lot of times like just you walking, filming a short video on your iPhone or smartphone, like those do really well to like, there’s no secret to the quality necessarily, I say test both.

But I will tell you that you got to get to the point sooner. Again, we go back to our attention span is very short. So people that are there videos are like, Hey, guys, it shall be here. How you doing? I’ll wait for a second, you know, to get some comments or you know, when you’re when you’re, when you’re maybe or sharing like, like you said all of your accolades at first and start the video. Nobody cares.

The sooner you get into it, the better. And remember that like, even if you do the video on your phone and you shoot it, it’s not overly produced, you still have to capture attention until you’re going to do that by talking faster, so people can keep up with you and they’re not going to scroll past you. If you’re pointing to something point at the camera, because it’s like, again, pattern interrupt if I do this, I’m right now for those of you that can’t see, I’m just reaching towards my camera.

And if you saw that in a video, you’re gonna be like, Whoa, what’s that? Right? Instead of just watching my face talk, like use exaggerated movements and stuff, you have to have high energy, if you are naturally somebody who is very monotone video won’t work for you. You know, it’s just not gonna work. Or the

Roy Barker  43:56 How To Scale Your Business

talking fast. I don’t know if I could ever get in. Yeah, to practice that.

Shelby  44:00

Well, but you’re not monotone. So that will that helps you right. But like some people are, you know, and you know if you know if you’re this way, if you’re just like, Hey, you know, I don’t have all that energy. Like, I don’t know how to exude that kind of confidence or energy on video. If you’re really nervous to do it. If you’re really nervous on video, it’s not going to work. It’s not going to show up well, so don’t pay for that ad. You know, just try graphics.

Roy Barker  44:27 How To Scale Your Business

Yeah, and you can look at a lot of these ads on TV. I think too. Well, I’ll ask this as an opinion. But, you know, when you said that I was thinking of a guy he’s a car dealer here in town, but he’s got they’re not crazy, as you know, like with the elephants coming through the screen, but he is really high energy and does use a lot of, you know, hand gesturing and things like this.

They’re really well done ads because you don’t he doesn’t come off as you know. Questions? Very professional, but you know, I know who the guy is like, yeah, you know, I know his name. I know where his dealership is and know all about him. So, you know, we can I think it goes a long way to study other ads that have a lot of impact and then kind of mirror that as we go. 100% Alright, Shelby, I know we’re running late. I appreciate you taking time. Is there anything else you want to leave the audience with any other tips or tricks before we get out of here?

Shelby  45:27

No, thank you for having me. But if any of you are wanting to learn more about what ads can do for you, you can head to my website fempire media.com. And you can also follow me on Instagram for fun videos, or me trying to dance. You can follow me at life with Shelby. How To Scale Your Business


Roy Barker  45:49 How To Scale Your Business

Okay, great. Also to what is a habit, or a an app or anything, something like that, that you use daily that you feel adds a lot of value to your life? Professional or personal?

Shelby  45:54

That’s a great question. Um, can I give you two?

Roy Barker  45:55 How To Scale Your Business

Certainly, yeah.

Shelby  45:56

Okay. I, I have, I have a desk calendar. And I know that that’s old school, for those of you that are that are maybe young, but and I feel like I’m pretty young too. But I have to have a desk count, I have to like visually see it, not only do I have Google Calendar, I have a desk calendar. And I look at it, and it just I don’t know, like things click much better. The second thing is, um, I would say, this is an app that I use on my computer.

It’s a Google Chrome extension. And it is it eliminates, it’s called Newsfeed Eradicator. And you can turn it on, and it eliminates all of the posts on your newsfeed. So you can go into social media, if you use it for business, especially, and kind of do your work without getting you know, sidetracked with everybody’s, you know, personal posts and everything.

Wrap Up

Roy Barker  46:59 How To Scale Your Business

Okay, great. Those are two good tips. We appreciate it. Okay, so also just tell us a little bit to like, Who do you like to work with? And then of course, you know, how can you help them? And then yeah, what’s that one more time?

Shelby  47:12

Absolutely. Um, business coaches, life coaches, mindset coaches, I love working with coaches, high ticket coaches, specifically, that are ready to run ads are at multiple, six figures. And they’re like, let’s go, let’s let’s scale this bad boy. So you can go to my website, Fempire Media.com, to get more information book a free consultation, and we can run some numbers and see if it would be a good idea for you.

Roy Barker  47:42 How To Scale Your Business

Okay, awesome. Well, again, thank you for your time y’all reach out to Shelby see how she can go to work for you help you scale your business. It’s, you know, it is a nice niche that not we, as business people, we can’t do everything. So we have to pick and choose and then you know, find experts like yourself who are good at the Facebook and the Instagram ads and reach out. Let her help you. Increase your business make that easy? Yeah. All right.

So that’s gonna do it for another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. Of course, you can find us at thebusinessofbusinesspodcast.com. We are on all the major podcast platforms Stitcher, Google, Spotify, iTunes. You can also find us on all the social media platforms. Typically we hang out on Instagram a little bit more than others. A video of this interview will go up when the episode goes live so you can reach out on our YouTube channel and see that until next time, take care of yourself and take care of your business. How To Scale Your Business

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Finally, You Published That Awesome Blog or Social Media Post. What Now? Featuring Alison Ver Halen

You published that awesome blog. It’s very difficult today to market without including content. Your audience has grown dependent upon it. They want it and they expect it. Tuning up your SEO to make sure your message is seen is also important. But now you have posted this awesome content and someone has seen it, now what? What is the next step? What action do they need to take?

About Alison

Alison majored in English and Psychology, little knowing she was getting the perfect degree for content marketing. When she was offered a chance to write blog posts for a friend’s law firm, she jumped at the chance to make money with her writing.

Not only has she not looked back, she’s improved her online marketing and SEO skills while gaining experience writing for various industries.  


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Finally, You Published That Awesome Blog or Social Media Post. What Now? Featuring Alison Ver Halen

Thu, 7/22 3:40PM • 48:09

Estimated reading time: 43 minutes


people, google, content, keyword, writing, blog post, words, domain authority, providing, backlink, content marketing, picture, searches, website, strategy, talk, email, link, seo, newsletter, You published that awesome blog


Alison, Roy Barker


Roy Barker  00:05

Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests. That speak to a diverse set of topics. Hopefully, we’ll uncover something that may help you be more successful in your business. Or if you have something that’s keeping you up at night we can provide you a solution. You published that awesome blog.

So today we are we are happy to have Alison Ver Halen. She is with AV Writing Services as our guest. She majored in English and Psychology little knowing she was getting the perfect degree for content marketing. When she was offered a chance to write blog post for a friend’s law firm. She jumped at the chance to make money with her writing. Not only has she not looked back. She’s improved her online marketing and SEO skills while gaining experience writing for various industries. Alison, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to be with us. We certainly do appreciate it.

Alison  00:57

Thank you so much for having me.

Roy Barker  00:59

Yeah, if we get through the introduction, and there we go. It’s gonna be all downhill from here. So before we jump into this. Its something I’m I am so interested in because I’m a non writer, writer, I love to write. But I mean, my skills are in spreadsheets and more math functions. And so it’s it’s a challenge. But before we get into that, tell us a little bit more about your history. So what was your original path that you wanted to? Where did you think you wanted to go? And then what really excited you about writing enough to, you know. Make you stick around and make a career out of it?

More About Alison

Alison  01:34

Well, I’ve always loved writing, I’ve been writing short stories since I learned my alphabet. And always always wanted to be a professional writer. I was always told growing up that writers don’t make any money, and I needed to get a realistic career. But I ended up majoring in English, because I just couldn’t stay away from it. And there’s always something you can do with an English major.

I also got sucked into psychology, which really surprised me. I took an AP Psych class in high school and loved it and took another class in college and love that. And so I ended up double majoring. So I graduated thinking I was going to go into publishing. Thinking, Okay. Well, if I can’t be a professional writer. Maybe I can be an editor or something to do with writing and books. I graduated college in 2009, right after the job market crashed. So there were no jobs to be had in publishing or really anywhere else.

So, you know, I was in customer service, I was receptionist, they were jobs, they were not careers. As you said, I found myself doing jobs at one point. And my roommate at the time. Her dad, who was an attorney was awesome, and offered to give me stuff to do around his office. Until I got back on my feet. And one of the things he needed was someone to write blog posts for his law firm.

So I took over writing for him. And then for an associate of his and then for some friends of mine. I did eventually get another day job, but I kept writing on the side. And the writing kept going growing to the point where I couldn’t really do both anymore. So quit the day job. But six and a half years ago now. And I’ve been doing this full time ever since.

You published that awesome blog

Roy Barker  03:11

Yeah, that’s an awesome story. And I don’t think that a lot of people don’t understand the value of writing. for a lot of reasons. I mean. Even personally. We could talk about journaling. That’s something that I’ve picked up of late that I really tried to do to get thoughts down. But then also in our business. Because it’s not, you know, blogs are important, I think.

But think about emails. Our conversations. Our email marketing. You know, we have to have a plan behind that, and not just loosely throw some words out there. That might make a sentence and send out because not only is it the message. That we’re trying to motivate somebody, but also I think we’re probably just a little bit on our grammar. And you know, being from Texas, English is my second language. So, you know. That’s something I have to really watch for is. The the grammatical and the, you know. Turn of phrases and things like that.

Alison  04:08

Yeah, and the the strategy. I think is something that people really fall behind on. When they’re trying to do their own content marketing. Is they know they need to be emailing. They know they need to be doing blogging and social media, but they don’t really think about what happens next. What do you want the person to do after they’ve seen your social media post. Or your email or read your whole blog post? So that’s another area where I help my clients and help figure out okay, what does this client journey look like? Where are they going after this?


Roy Barker  04:37 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, no strategy is so important. Because with with writing and what we can do with that. It’s, um, we really need to sit down and have a strategy. I think for a couple reasons on I’ll throw this out to get your comment on that. But it’s not a short term. It’s not a short term fix or not a short term problem. And basically, you know, we may get lucky. And we may hit something off that first email we send out. But typically, you know, it takes time. And so anyway, I think that gets back to why the we need to develop a strategy. That cuts across all different forms of media.

Alison  05:18

Yeah, absolutely. And you need a strategy. That, like I said, gets people in the door and then converts them. So that you’re actually getting them to engage with you. And like you said, it’s not, I always say it’s not a get rich quick scheme. It’s it’s a long term strategy. You made a lot of blog posts and a lot of emails. Because you’re building that trust is what it really comes down to, you have to build trust with Google. Google is not going to start sending traffic your way immediately. You have to build trust with your readers. So it, that’s everything that goes into your your, your strategy is building that trust. And yeah, that’s not going to happen overnight.

Roy Barker  05:58 You published that awesome blog

Yeah. And there was a, you know. We were talking to a friend of ours that has a more of a fashion type business. And she started out blogging, and that’s where she grew it. But she said it was probably well over two years. And you know, I don’t know exactly how much she was doing. It just more the point is. We need to have a strategy because we can want as we jump in and say, Hey, I’m gonna start writing, you know.

We write three or four pieces, put them up in a couple weeks. And then after two weeks, it’s like, phone’s not ringing. So that must not be the thing they need to do. Whereas like you said, I mean, it just takes a while for Google to start looking at it. But then also, you can kind of speak to the fact of the word counts, because I think sometimes people, people kind of short themselves on what they write. So it doesn’t get a lot of exposure as well.

Alison  06:48

Yeah, so I do want to talk about word count, because I do get that question a lot is how long should my blog post be? I always say at a minimum 500 words. And consistency is a big one, too. So if you can write at least once a month, I recommend that preferably more often. But I know as small business owners, we’re often crunched for time. So if you can only do 500 words a month, that’s the bare minimum. But the average post showing up on the first page of Google these days is closer to 1700 words, which is like three and a half pages, if you’re writing it up in a in a Word document, single spaced.

So that’s a lot of content. But we find these people these pieces of content that are these really long, really in depth, how to guides that are like the ultimate guide on such and such. That is what gets the the searches and Google that shows up on the first page. And that’s what people tend to engage with, when they see that you are answering every question that they have on a particular topic, they are much more likely to not only engage with the content, but spend more time engaging with the content, and then again, they’re going to be more likely to convert into a customer at the end.

Repurposing Content

Roy Barker  07:59 You published that awesome blog

The other thing is because some people think, whoo, 1700 words, that’s a lot. But what I think another part I’d like for you to talk to is about repurposing some of that longer form content, you know, into other platforms.

Alison  08:16

Yeah, and we talked about this a little bit at the beginning, right, you’ve got the emails, you’ve got the blog, you’ve got the social media there, the podcast, there are all these kinds of content you’re supposed to be creating, and it is really overwhelming. So I always recommend that people repurpose as much as they can. If you have 1700 words of content, take advantage of all of those 1700 words, put them out in your emails, put it out on social media, again, people don’t tend to have a strategy when it comes to social media.

They put stuff out on social media, and it’s like, Okay, are you driving people back to your website? Where are you just posting and hoping they’ll find you after that? Right. So I always think blog posts are a great way to provide something of value on social media that also gets people back to your website. So yeah, having all that great content is a great way to it gives you something to repurpose, it gives you a lot to work with on all those different platforms.

Roy Barker  09:10

And one thing I just thought of while you were talking, you know, is if you’re doing the How to, like you said you’re answering people’s questions. Another conversion is not necessarily writing, but we can take our writing and make it into quick how to videos because again, it’s, you know, we, I think part of our strategy is, you know, we have places we know our audience lives and we hit that a little bit more, but we really can’t ignore every place and so we try to, you know, break it up and have a little bit of nuggets that go out across a wide variety of channels.

So it’s it’s a tough question to ask and I don’t mean to put you on the spot because I know it depends on if your service if your product who your audience is, but you know, how do you typically handle strategy across All of these multiple channels, as far as maybe, you know, more number of posts, things like that.

Alison  10:07

Yeah, again, it all comes back to repurposing your content. And I like to remind people that if they are making videos, and they should be making videos that that’s great, because yes, people do engage with videos, Google cannot yet read visual visual content or audio content, they are working on it, I am sure they will get there soon. But for right now, it really is all about the text. So you need that that written text in order to show up in Google.

That being said, Google also owns YouTube. So if you really optimize your video headlines and your descriptions in YouTube, that gives you a pretty good chance of showing up in online searches. And again, like you said, it depends on what you’re providing. If you’re doing a high how to tutorial. That’s very, it relies on video, and you’re showing someone how to do something that can show up on the first page of Google because, again, Google owns YouTube.

So but yeah, as far as repurposing, I always recommend, if you’re already making a video, and it’s not super reliant on the visual, you can have the video, you can take the audio from that video, turn it into a podcast, like this. And then you can transcribe that content, the audio content into a blog post. So you, you created one thing, but you can spread it across three different channels without spending all that time creating three different pieces of content.

Roy Barker  11:35 You published that awesome blog

So I’ll tell you what my list of the turn page, turn the page on my list. Let’s start at the top. Because headlines, usually is is that the one the I guess, rank high and what Google looks at first, I know they scan the entire document, but how to headlines play into us getting eyes on our writing?

Alison  12:01

Yes, headlines are one of those things that Google looks at first, if you have 1700 words of content or longer. I know some people write 2000 3000 words, long blog posts, that’s a lot of content. And it does take Google a while to go through it. So yes, Google will look at your headline, first, it will look at your subheadings first or second. So always use those subheadings. A for SEO reasons. But also, if you’re writing 1000s of words, it helps to break up that content. So it’s easier for people to skim and to read and to find what they’re looking for.

So yeah, and then alt tags on your images. Again, Google can’t read images yet. But you can have a little alt tag there that inserts a keyword there. And Google will read that first. Those are all what we call meta tags. So you can put those in throughout your content. And Google kind of kind of scans those first, before it looks at the rest of your content. So you absolutely want to make sure that your target keyword for that particular piece is throughout all of those meta tags. Okay.

Alt Tags For Pictures

Roy Barker  13:07 You published that awesome blog

Yeah. So on the the alt tags for the pictures, do you have suggestions on what we should be putting there? Because I’ve heard both like, sometimes I use the actual headline, again, there with the name of the show after it. But I’ve also heard that you can just describe what you see in the picture with your keywords in it. Is there a preference on that?

Alison  13:31

Yeah, I would not use the same thing over and over the same description or the same alt tag just because then you you’re kind of fighting with yourself to rank for that particular keyword. So I would recommend having a different keyword for each image. Obviously, it all has to be related to what it is you’re providing, and the search terms you want to show up for it with that particular piece of content. But yeah, make sure you have a good keyword.

Roy Barker  13:57 You published that awesome blog

Okay. So let’s talk about selection of pictures. I mean, I have some very definite opinions that I’ve made on this show about that about picture selection, but I’ll let you talk about that. Images are important. And a couple reasons that I know about is just because we’re visual, I would rather look at a picture than anything else. But also, when we start looking at social media, especially like Twitter, and a Facebook, it’s the real estate, you know, if we write for send sentences or five sentences, you take up, you know, an inch or so but if you got a picture, that all of a sudden, you know, doubles, triples, quadruples, the real estate, and that the picture usually catches people’s attention then they read.

Alison  14:45

Yeah, absolutely. It’s very eye catching. Like you said, We are primed to engage with visual content. So yeah, if people see even if you have a whole bunch of text on something, and it is like a big long post, first of all, you’re going to have that little show more tags. So it’s not necessarily all going to show up right away. But yeah, people are, a lot of people tend to see a big block of text, even readers like me, who will look at it and be kind of intimidated by it like, Oh, that’s a lot of text.

I don’t know if I’d have to read all of this. But yeah, you break it up with some images, and it makes it much more engaging. So I would say, make sure they are high quality images, try avoid using stock images, try you know, hiring a graphic designer or learning graphic design yourself. So you can get high quality images in there. You can also use images. And I do this a lot, because in my blog post, because I talked about SEO, when sometimes it gets a little technical. You can use charts and graphs to demonstrate what it is you’re talking about.

So if you’ve got a bunch of data and numbers and stuff that people can get bogged down in, if you can present that in a visual format, that’s going to be much more engaging. So it’s not just that you need good images, it’s that you need good images that help people engage with the content you’re writing.


Roy Barker  15:59

Yeah, yeah. And that’s kind of one of my things I stand on quite a bit is that, you know, if there are times we have to use stock images, we don’t, there’s no way around it. But if we can use a personal personalized picture, something that we took, if it relates to what we’re writing about, it seems to resonate much better with the audience, because what I find is people are, they can relate to this picture, which makes them relate to you and to the story that you’re writing. Because I Oh, you know, we used to go to a lake or you know, whatever it may be that, or we’re dog lover. So, you know, it’s like when we see a picture with the dog, and of course, we’re drawn to that.

Alison  16:39

Absolutely, yeah. And people do love looking at pictures of other people’s faces. So it might be kind of scary to put your face out there. But that’s what people want to see. Because, like you said, it makes you relatable, especially in this digital era, where we are increasingly digital, people want that proof that there’s a real live person behind this website and showing a picture of yourself, or even a video is the best way to do that.

Roy Barker  17:06

So let’s jump down to the bottom of the page for just a minute hashtags. You know, a lot. And I’m confused about that used to more was better than I’ve read some stuff of late where, you know, it’s even stranger that each different platform maybe has some of its own guidelines for how many do you use? What can you help us with on that?

Alison  17:29

Yeah, I’ve I think the general rule I’ve seen is that like, two is best. And I think I initially saw that on Twitter. And then I’ve kind of seen that rule on other social media platforms as well. So that’s kind of the rule that I stick to is no more than two, someone once put it really succinctly, I think, which is they said that if you’re, you know, if you’ve got two hashtags, you’re talking to people.

If you’ve got more than that, if you’ve got, if you’re trying to max out that those like 30, hashtags, you’re not talking to people anymore, you’re talking to an algorithm. And while we do have to work with the algorithm, it’s important to remember that at the end of the day, there’s a specific audience you’re trying to reach. So what hashtags are they following? What search terms? Are they using? focus on that? And that’s where you’re going to find the gold?

Roy Barker  18:21 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, cuz I’ve seen Instagram, it seems to be the place that happens is there’s three lines of text and 24 lines of hashtags that follow. But yeah, I’ve seen that too. So let’s talk about the middle. Because, you know, as we write, we want to keep the keywords and the SEO, in line. But again, I will ask you this, at the very basics, if we write a good piece about what we are, you know, what we’re writing about, and we do a good job at that. It’s pretty much going to be optimized in itself. Is that correct?

Alison  19:02

Yeah, you have to answer people’s questions and provide value and do that consistently. So yes, there’s always tweaking you can do around the length and the subheadings, and then other tags and the keywords, but at its most basic level, content marketing is all about creating that rich content that answers people’s questions. Google is just getting better and better at matching people with the content they’re looking for. So if you always keep your customer in mind and not trying to think too much about Google, again, we do have to play by Google’s rules. But keep in mind that Google is not your customer. That’s not the person you’re ultimately trying to reach. What does your customer want to know about? If you can provide that Google will find a way to pair you with those people?

Roy Barker  19:45 You published that awesome blog

Key Word Stuffing

Yeah. Which kind of leads to the keyword stuffing. That’s what I had written down is that, you know, we have to be careful back in the old days. You know, there were all kinds of tips and tricks you could make the words fade into the background and he could have you know, Like a whole nother written page that was all white on the background. But nowadays, you know, they will actually, I guess they’ll take you know, we call it jokingly Google jail that they’ll put you in, but they know they’re actually blocked your website from any of the search results. Is that correct?

Alison  20:17

That is correct. Yes. So for I don’t know how much your your listeners know about this. But keyword stuffing is when you have one keyword that you cram in as many times as you can into a page or a paragraph. So if we want to talk about content marketing, and I can tell you how I can help you with content marketing, because content marketing is awesome, unique content marketing. That’s an example of keyword stuffing that yeah, it did work for a short period of time, as far as showing up for that particular keyword.

And then Google caught wise to it. And now Yeah, like you said, they’ll actually blacklist you for it. So you, you won’t show up in any searches on Google. So yeah, and it’s just not good content. I mean, again, always keep in mind, you want real people reading your content, and you want to convert them. So showing up in searches is just the first step, then you have to get them to engage with your content, and then convert them into a customer. So always keep in mind, what kind of content will accomplish that? Yeah,

Roy Barker  21:12 You published that awesome blog

cuz I’ve heard you know, when, when it was explained to me this way about Google is, you know, they want to provide the optimal experience to their clients to their readers. And so, you know, it kind of gets back to the The, the, what you were just talking about, about the content marketing, stuffing, that’s not going to be very pleasurable to read, and probably, nobody’s gonna really get much out of reading that.

So it’s a good thing, you know, sometimes people look at as a bad thing, but really, what’s the use of washing up to search return with something that’s just really garbage that nobody can read anyway? Yeah, exactly. So So let’s talk about that for a minute. That brings up something a good point that I have pondered more lately than I ever thought I would.

But if, how do we structure that key word, are key phrases that we want to work around, because what of what I’ve heard lately is that when you try to structure it to a keyword that’s got a lot of a bunch of traffic and a lot of high, big money chasing it, it can be very difficult for a smaller company, to really ranked for that. So sometimes, it’s almost better to look down the list at some, you know, and I don’t know how far you go. But can you talk about that just a little bit?

Alison  22:32

Yeah. So I always look for the content gaps when I’m doing my keyword research, which means you want something that’s getting a decent search volume, which sometimes you hit gold, and you do find those keywords that are getting 10s of 1000s of searches a month, but don’t already have a ton of competition. And if you’re using any keyword research tool, even the free ones, they’re going to show you the monthly search volume that numbers the average monthly search volume, and then it’s going to show you the SEO competition score, which is a score from one to 100. And that gives you an idea of the competition out there, what are your chances of actually showing up for this particular keyword.

So one is super easy, there’s no other content out there, you’re golden 100 is there’s a ton of content out there don’t even bother, I tend to aim for like 20 to 30 as my SEO competition score, which gives me like a 70 to 80% chance of showing up in on the first page of Google for that particular keyword. So yet, sometimes you gotta go for the keywords with a little bit lower search volume in order to get this sweet spot for the SEO competition score. And yeah, it’s all about playing around and finding about where where’s the sweetest spot where you can get the most searches for the least amount of competition.

And one of the ways to do that is those longtail keywords. So a short tail keyword is one to two words, long tail keyword is three to five words, those are the ones that tend to have, again, a lower search volume, but also lower competition score. And the big value of those, I think is the fact that people tend to be looking for something specific if they’re looking for I’m gonna use myself as an example. Again, content marketing is a huge keyword that a lot of people use, it’s really hard to rank for it. If I talk about a content marketing company providing you know, serving small businesses in Chicago, that’s someone’s looking for something very specific when they’re searching for that. So when they find me, they’re much more likely to click on my website to engage with my content and become a customer.

Quanity vs. Quality

Roy Barker  24:37 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, and also we can talk about the again, the volume, the number of pages that we have out there, I think, you know, as we build that content, it’s always much better to have more than less quality. You know, we don’t want to put a lot of quantity a large quantity of junk out there but if we do a high quality, high quantity of high quality Then we have something, you know, we start to have something for everyone.

Because everybody, even if we have, even if we’re looking at content marketing, I may have some different, you know, like I may search for blog writer or something, you know, kind of a little bit different. So the more pieces we get out there that cover more ground, we generally are just automatically start to attract more viewers, because you can like I look at it this way, instead of having one page and 100 viewers, you can have, you know, 100 pages now with one viewer, and then that way your numbers can usually tend to grow correct?

Alison  25:38

Correct? Yeah. Because you’ve got all that juicy content. And Google gets, the more content you have, the more Google gets an idea of what you’re all about, which helps Google pair you with the right search terms. So yeah, and I always advocate for quality and consistency over quantity, quantity does matter. But I would say quality and consistency first, and then worry about the quantity.

Roy Barker  26:02 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, and a good recommendation of like you said earlier, I guess you know it. If you could write quality every day, of course, that’s more desirable. But if if you’re in a business, and you’ve got to take care of your daily stuff, if you get one quality longer of work higher word count peace out a month, that’s a great starting point. As you get used to doing that, you can always up it to twice a month and then grow from there.

Alison  26:30

Yeah, absolutely. And again, it’s going to be better at engaging and converting the people who do find those blog posts. Because if you try to create content every day or every week, and it’s just not sustainable for you, you’re not going to get results from that. So yeah, focus on quality. First,

Roy Barker  26:47 You published that awesome blog

you mentioned earlier, the little dotted read more line. And I’ve always been curious, cuz I use those because you know, the transcripts from these podcasts can be quite lengthy. So ones that have taken up a lot of real estate. But I just wonder, do they affect Google’s ability to scan that text for that page?

Alison  27:08

Not at all Google sees every Google knows all this even reading stuff, you can put stuff on the back end of your your website, stuff that the viewers don’t see Google will go in and see that like the alt tags for those images. That’s something that does not the viewer never gets to see that. But Google will see it. So that’s a way of saying Google Hey, this is what’s here in this block, but you can’t really see right now.


Roy Barker  27:34 You published that awesome blog

Yeah. So let’s talk about those. What do you call them the subtitles, it’s like you have the the title at the top, and then you’re supposed to break your text up and put like a subtitle? How many words? How, how should we use those? Because I’ve heard that they’re very important. And you just confirm that, but you know, somebody like myself, be honest. And say you’re, you know, until a few years ago, I never used them, I just didn’t understand the value and just write a straight piece of paper, but talk about them for just a minute.

Alison  28:10

Yeah, it is really a way of breaking up your content into different sections. So I think the most concrete example I can give is, if you have you know, three ways to do such and such, you’ve got three tips that you’re providing. So you have tip, you’ve got your little intro right after the main headline. And then you’ve got tip number one is your first heading. And then you’re going to talk about that tip and more depth and the two or three paragraphs following and so with the tip to tip three, however many chips do you end up providing?

Roy Barker  28:44 You published that awesome blog

Okay. infographics of you kind of were talking about that we didn’t call it by name, but you know, talking about if you have a lot of numbers, stats, you know, graphically format, but I’ve heard that those things perform easily, very well.

Alison  28:59

They do perform very well. That’s another way that people again, they’re very visual, we are primed to engage with visual content, so they’re very eye catching. And for people who look at, you know, a multi 1000 word blog post and figure that’s too much content for them to read. There. If you can condense that content into an infographic, people are much more likely to look at that and see what they need.

And right now, the big thing is interactive infographics. So if you can get little animated stuff in there, that’s really eye catching, if you can get a link in there or multiple links, so you can have like a, an infographic where each little thing provides a link to a subheading in your blog post so they can click on it and go straight to the part of the blog post that really interests them. You know, if you have lots of words on a particular subject, maybe they don’t want to read the whole blog post.

They just want an answer to this. particular question by providing an interactive visual format that they can navigate and find their way to just the answer they need. It’s going to be make it much more likely that they interact with that content.

Roy Barker  30:13 You published that awesome blog

Yeah. Would you bring up links and, you know, talk about this and kind of multifaceted points. Number one, our content, let’s just take a blog, for instance, our blogs, usually, they want was at one internal link to something that’s in our site, and then the next sternal link or more going out, but then we also have what they call the backlinks. And I’ll let you talk a little bit about both of those and the importance of them.

Alison  30:43

Yeah, so there are internal and external backlinks. And internal backlinks are like you said, when you link back to another piece of content and your own website from something else on your website, that’s an internal backlink. And external backlink is when another website, links back to your website and Google kind of figures that like hangs out with like, so if you have high quality websites, with great content that are ranking for certain keywords, and they’re linking back to your website.

Tthat’s really good for you, Google is gonna like that, that helps establish you as an authority in your industry, that helps boost your rankings, if not, so great. websites are linking back to your website, again, Google figures like hangs out with like, and it’s gonna discount me for that you’re, you’re going to be punished for it, which I know is not fair. But you’re getting punished for what other people do online. There are backlink trackers and analyzers and ways to mitigate that.

So you can use these online tools, not to delete the link, because you don’t have that power, because it’s on their website unless you delete your content that they linked back to. But you can tell Google Hey, no, I don’t associate with this website. Please don’t follow this link back to me.

Roy Barker  32:00 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, because, you know, they’re, and they may still go on, there was a time they had what they call backlink farms. And, you know, I’d create a website, and all I did was charge people $100 to put their website link on mine. And it I mean, I guess in theory, it makes sense. But the other part you have to think about is that domain authority. And I’ll let you talk a little bit about that. You published that awesome blog

But if you get a backlink from a domain authority, it’s equal to or less, are you really not going to help you that much. And so it’s just a word of caution that when people reach out to you and say, Hey, I can get you this backlink for, you know, 50 bucks. I always kind of grimace at that because it takes a lot of work to get a decent, good backlink you don’t just you can’t acquire them. And it’s very hard if you try to do it organically as well.

Alison  32:55

Yeah, I would say don’t ever buy backlinks. Google does not like it admittedly, it is kind of hard for Google to figure out what’s a blog battling backlink and what’s not. But again, Google knows all and they do have their ways of figuring these things out. So just don’t risk it, make sure that they are quality websites, you mentioned domain authority, which has gotten a lot of talk lately, it’s actually something that Moz made up as a tool that they offer where you can, in theory, track your your domain authority, which is supposed to be how well Google likes you.

But Google doesn’t talk too much about like how their algorithm works. Moz has their own algorithm to figure out domain authority, which is not necessarily the same as Google’s algorithm. So and I know there are other SEO tools that are, again, they’re saying they provide domain authority, it’s it’s more tricky than that. So take it with a grain of salt.

But I think if you’re if someone links back to your website, and you get that little alert, just take some time to look through their website, make sure it’s relevant, make sure they’ve got good content, make sure that the content in which they’ve linked back to your website, it actually makes sense that they linked back to you it has something to do with what you’re talking about in your content. If it seems completely unrelated, and it’s really badly written and there are no graphics or terrible graphics, then you want to manage that backlink.

Roy Barker  34:25 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, and I would say that echo that message across all social medias. Because, you know, years ago, almost learned the hard way that, you know. A guy told me he could really increase my Facebook traffic, I think. So I’m like, Okay, well, he did. But they were, unfortunately, from another country that weren’t buyers of my product. Luckily, you know, I told him, You show me what you can do, and then we’ll talk about how much this is going to cost me.

Well, yeah, I had a flurry of activity, but they were not buyers, and I think it’s an important part, an important point to stress is that, and I kind of use it jokingly and said that, you know, we went out to eat at our local Mexican restaurant last weekend. And when she brought the bill, I pulled out all my legs from Facebook, and she wouldn’t take them, you know, she still wants cash. So unless they are quality people who are our customers that will lead to them being a buyer. It’s totally useless. It’s more of a vanity metric.

Alison  35:29

Yeah, and I think that’s all gets back to what we were saying, beginning about how this is a long term strategy. There really is no get rich, quick scheme, whether it’s, you know, buying those backlinks or buying views on social media is, you really have to put in the work in order to earn Google’s trust. And again, are your audiences stressed? Yeah,

No Shortcut

Roy Barker  35:51 You published that awesome blog

there’s just really no shortcut. So if anybody approaches you with a shortcut, always be leery? Well, I know we’re running a little bit long. But a couple things I wanted to touch on before we get out of here are newsletters, and, of course, emails, again, one of my strategies in email marketing was to, what I would do is I had Google alerts for a lot of different things. And so whenever an article would come across, that I felt like resonated with one or more of my clients, what I would do is kind of deconstruct that and say, Look, I found this article, give them a hot link to it, here are three points that I got out of it that I think will really help you and send it to them.

I think. Because I don’t like and this is a personal thing. I don’t like getting an email saying, hey, Roy, we talked last week, and are you ready to buy it? You know, it’s like, and I think we also have to think about how many touches does it usually take now, I think smaller dollar items and services, don’t take much thought I buy five or $10 thing on an impulse. When we start talking about 510 $20,000 items, I’m gonna have to give that a lot more thought. You’re gonna have to reach out and touch me a lot more during that buying process. So how, how can we handle that tactfully?

Alison  37:13

Yeah, I feel like there’s a lot of questions in there. Let me see if I can remember everything. So yes, it does take a lot of touches, especially for me, I’m in a b2b industry. So people need to make sure that they’re really going to get a return on their investment with me. A lot of my clients that I work with, like I said, I started working with an attorney, I have since worked with other attorneys, and coaches and financial planners. And those are all people who they’re their clients are really going to think for a while before they decide to go ahead and buy and make that investment.

So you again, long term strategy, again, you can if you have lower cost items, like you said, you can put up an ad on Facebook or Instagram or wherever your audience is hanging out. And they’re more likely to go for that, that impulse buy. But if you’re in professional services, and or b2b industry, yeah, it’s going to take a little bit longer. And I love what you did with your email because you’re providing value to them. So it, but it is a way to get in front of them. And to remind them that, hey, remind them you’re still around and be remind them that you’re an authority on the subject by demonstrating that in everything that you provided for them. So I think that’s a really good strategy.

Roy Barker  38:29 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, because I like the education component, because maybe you maybe you’re a user of my product or service, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need it right at this moment. Maybe you’re perfectly happy with the person, maybe you don’t have the money for it. lots of reasons that we just don’t know. But I think it’s important to stay in front of prospects that haven’t bought from us, because we never know when the moment is that they’re going to be ready to commit.

And I think this, again, it kind of winds us back to this long term strategy, that if we are consistent in our messaging and getting it out there, it’s not like I sent you a message, you know, six months ago, now you’re ready to bind, and you don’t even remember who I am or can’t remember that last email. But if I’ve just been dripping on you along over this last six months, you’re like, Hey, I know. I got it. Somewhere in here in my email. I know this guy’s been sending maybe I’ll take a look at that. Yeah, exactly. So what about newsletters? How often how much stuff? I know, there used to be a lot of talk about structure about, you know, kind of breaking it up and not just being totally all business. What are your thoughts on that?

Alison  39:41

Yeah, again, I would say no less than once per month, because if you get less than that people aren’t going to forget who you are and they’re gonna they’re gonna think they never signed up for that newsletter because they don’t remember signing up for it. So at least once a month, no more than once a week. I think most of the newsletters I follow some Do something once a week. Some of them I think, send me the same thing twice, which probably means I messed up and gave them multiple email addresses. But yeah, I think most of the ones that I follow send me something once a week, which is good because I, again, I know who they are, it reminds me that they’re still around and what they’re doing.

But it’s not inundating my inbox with their newsletters. So that as far as timing, that’s what I recommend, as far as frequency. Timing is something you want to play around with, again, it’s going to depend on your industry, on your target audience, when are they answering your emails? When are they more likely to be checking their email and engaging with your newsletters? So take a look at that. See, when people are opening your emails, if they’re opening them after you, you know, hours or days after you send them, you might want to switch around when you send them out to get a better open rate?

Roy Barker  40:54 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, yeah. And that’s another good place to remember that it’s a it’s a long term strategy that we don’t. If we, if we buy a list, and we upload them, and we send it out, and a lot of people unsubscribe or cancel, or whatever they do at that point, that the, I guess the big newsletter companies they whacked, I guess they will deactivate you from us. And because that’s a score for them, they don’t want to be the name at the bottom of the page that’s keep spamming people. So again, we grow them organically, and they need to be people that we’ve had some interaction with the prospect the customer, you know, something like that.

Alison  41:34

Yeah. And they have to either opt-in or confirm that they want your newsletter. So I think I’ve had one or two people on my newsletter where I manually put in their email address because they asked me to. But yeah, I never just like, input a whole bunch of emails or by emails, because yeah, like you said, that’s that’s gonna backfire.

Roy Barker  41:55 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, yeah. Oh, what about days to release used to Tuesdays, that was the day everybody pushed everything out. But now I just wonder is everybody pushing everything out on Tuesday, is there you know, a better day to put our blogs out there? Yeah, I You Published That Awesome Blog.

Best Release Days

Alison  42:12

think the data I’ve seen is Tuesday is probably still the best day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are like the top three. Again, if you’re providing something and like the professional services, or b2b industry, if you’re selling something more, that’s fine. So sorry about that. If you’re selling something that’s more B to be a little less expensive, you can get away with sending stuff on the weekends when people are more likely to be shopping. But again, know which email it’s going to if it’s going to their business email address, and they’re only checking in Monday through Friday, then make sure it goes out Monday through Friday. .

And take a look at when people are looking at your email and when they’re opening your email address or your your newsletter that you send out. So that I think I played around with that for a while because I used to send mine out on Tuesdays. And I was realizing most people opened it on Wednesdays. So I switched it to Wednesday, and I get a higher open rate now. There are always the general rules, but your audience might be a little different. So always check your own data and do some AV testing.

Roy Barker  43:13 You published that awesome blog

And that’s kind of been the pattern with this podcast is you know, played around with releasing through the weekends. You know, the traffic goes way, way down, just because everybody’s out doing fun stuff. The other thing you can tell summer versus winter, it’s like you get a lot more traction in the winter months when people are sometimes have to stay indoors when everybody’s outdoors in the summer.

So you have to look at all that you can’t get discouraged if you have a bad week, because you know, holiday weekends when everybody’s out of the office, you know, just gonna be have less people there to read it. Yeah. All right. Well, I appreciate your time. Alison, we’re going to wrap this up. So what what is a tool? Well, first, before we do that, any other tips that you want to put out there for people writing? Yeah, You Published That Awesome Blog.

Alison  44:01

you mentioned the phrase that when to post the blog post, the one thing is again, like the newsletters, it tends to be best on Tuesdays, or, you know, if you can’t do Tuesday, for whatever reason, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or like the three best days, again, do some A/B testing, play around with it, see what works for you. And also the more you can drive traffic to your blog post the day it goes up, the better it will perform because that organic traffic kind of shows Google that there is value in this that people are interested in this content. So that can help improve your rankings as well. So if you can get it up and then get a newsletter out that same day and start pushing it out on social media that same day, that’s going to help you out a little bit.

Roy Barker  44:47 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, definitely we didn’t talk about that a lot. But definitely if we put a blog post or a podcast or anything out we need to really you know follow up on social media put some words out about it. Let people know we have loyal followers for sure. But we always want to grow that audience so we could find some new eyes out there. Absolutely. Well, we appreciate it. So what is a habit that you use in your daily life that professional or personal just something that you couldn’t do without


Alison  45:15

just the writing is something I could not do without that there’s a reason I chose that as my profession, or the reason it chose me, I think is just, it’s something that I do every day, even if it’s only for a little bit, if writing to if you don’t have time to sit down and write 2000 words, then sit down and research some keywords. And then the next day, write an outline, and the next day do a little bit of research, it doesn’t have to be a two hour chunk, which is one of the things I’ve learned most recently, I think, is that I’m actually more productive in those smaller chunks of time, rather than the huge chunks of time. So take advantage of that.

Roy Barker  45:50 You published that awesome blog

Yeah, you know, as a non writer, writer, I got into that as well, I thought I had to sit down and just wrap this whole thing out. And I’d get very discouraged. But I think I’ve learned to do like you said the outline, let it set, get back and do the rain, if you can structure this in the beginning and get on a path. But then also, once it’s written, I let it sit there for a day or two. Because I tend to find changes I need to make or other things I would like to add. So you know, don’t rush through the process. Be sure and set aside enough time to make it high quality for sure.

Alison  46:23

Yeah, I always let it sit for at least 24 hours before coming back and editing it. And yeah, if I can leave it alone for a week or longer, that’s even better.

Roy Barker  46:32 You published that awesome blog

All right, we’ll tell everybody, how can they reach out and get a hold of you at AV Writing Services? Who is your typical client you’d like to work with? What can you do for them? And then of course, how can they reach out and get a hold of you?

Wrap Up

Alison  46:44

Yeah, so a typical client is any small business owner who’s looking to increase their online presence, whether they’re not blogging or and they know they need to be or if they are blogging and not seeing results from it. Those are the people that I can help. So again, my company is AV Writing Services. It’s really easy to find me, I’m at AV Writing Services everywhere. My website is AVWritingServices.com. I’m on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and my youtube channel is actually under my name, Allison Ver Halen. So you can find my videos there.

Roy Barker  47:21 You published that awesome blog

Alright, yeah, and I’ll be sharing that include all those in the show notes as well. So, again, thank you so much for your time certainly appreciated. that’s gonna do it for another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. Of course, you can find us at thebusinessofbusinesspodcast.com.

We’re on all the major podcast platforms, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Spotify. If we’re not on one that you listened to reach out, I’d be glad to add it to help you listen easier. We’re also on all the major social media platforms probably hang out on Instagram a little bit more. You Published That Awesome Blog. Be sure and reach out and engage with us over there. A video of this interview will go up on our YouTube channel when the episode goes live so you can look at it over there as well. So until next time, take care of yourself and take care of your business

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Effective Employee Retention Strategies To Reduce Turnover

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Effective Employee Retention Strategies To Reduce Turnover

By Lucy Reed

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Employee turnover can cost your business a lot of money. According to Honeybee, the cost of losing and replacing an employee can cost around 40% of their salary! This cost includes lost business revenue due to the disruption, unused vacation payout, as well as the cost of recruiting and training a new employee. On top of this, employee turnover can hurt workplace morale, create extra work for your other employees, and could mean losing talented workers to your direct competitors.

How can you avoid these costs and retain more employees? A professional retention strategist like Roy Barker can help you pinpoint problems in your retention process and implement strategies to reduce turnover. In this article, we’ll explore some other steps you can take to foster loyal, long-term employees.

Offer Flexible Work Options

According to ZenBusiness, millennial employees don’t want to spend all day working in an office. Many don’t relish the idea of a traditional 9 to 5 and tend to prefer a more balanced lifestyle.

Millennials are tech-savvy and want the freedom to work when, how, and where it’s most convenient for them. By giving your employees the option to work from home, set their own hours, or adjust their workflow according to their personal work style. They’ll feel much more in control of their work lives.

Give Your Employees Time for Passion Projects

Google, one of the most attractive employers in the world, encourages employees to spend 20% of their work hours on passion projects that they think will benefit the company. Consider letting your employees do the same!

Dial back the routine work your employees were hired to do and give them the opportunity to work on projects that excite them. This flexible work time can spur innovation and creativity, making your employees feel needed and connected to your company on a more personal level.

Support Employee Growth and Professional Development

Lack of growth opportunities is a common reason for employee turnover. Your workers need to feel like they’re advancing on a professional level or they’re going to feel unfulfilled and trapped.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to support employee professional development, even if you can’t afford to promote them. Lighthouse suggests offering lateral growth by switching up your employees’ roles and responsibilities. This gives each team member a chance to learn something new and keeps work feeling fresh and exciting. This can also lead to greater job satisfaction.

Besides offering novel learning opportunities, you can also provide ways for employees to advance their existing skills and career development. Help your employees connect with mentors who have more experience in their careers. Introduce them to a peer who is especially skilled in their area of interest. You may also send your employees to conferences where they can learn and network with others in their industry.

Go Beyond Basic Benefits

Offering benefits is a common employee perk and is an effective employee retention strategy. In order to attract top talent, try going beyond traditional benefits by providing unique perks that set you apart from your competitors. Take a holistic approach to employee benefits, aiming to address all areas of employee wellbeing, from physical health to emotional wellness. Here are just a few unique benefits you could provide to your employees:

1. Student loan repayment plans

2. Pet insurance

3. Childcare stipends

4. Financial literacy programs

5. Free car wash and detailing

6. Fitness classes

7. Mental health workshops

8. Subscriptions to wellness apps like MyFitnessPal and Headspace

Create an Inclusive and Positive Work Environment

Toxic work environments scare away the best workers and are a reason employees leave. Great employees are unwilling to put up with bullying, gossip, rumors, belittling remarks, sexism, passive-aggressive behavior, and poor communication in the workplace.

And since so many modern businesses pride themselves on creating employee-centered workplaces, these talented workers know they can find better treatment elsewhere. Employee engagement is key to discovering what employees really desire. If you spot toxic traits in your workplace, plan to shift your workplace culture towards inclusiveness!

Trust Your Employees

Do you trust your employees to do their best work when you’re not watching them? If not, you could be running into problems with micromanagement. Employees who don’t feel trusted experience lower morale and weaker performance compared with those who feel accountable for their own work.

Try stepping back and leaving them to their own devices. Allowing your workers to set their own goals will help them take responsibility for their accomplishments. Make sure they fully understand why their work is important to your business so they can take accountability for their role in the bigger picture. This will certainly increase retention rates.

Reducing employee turnover is a great way to save costs and improve the reputation of your business. If you’re dealing with high turnover rates, the solution might be simpler than you think! Focus on taking a human-centered approach to management rather than putting profits over all else. When your employees feel heard, valued, and respected, they’ll stick around!

Are you looking for ways to improve employee retention? Contact Roy Barker, an Employee Retention Strategist with 45 years of business experience, for help improving your company culture and becoming a more attractive employer. Email roy@roybarker.com

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Is Anxiety Impeding You From Creating Healthy Professional Relationships?

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Is Anxiety Impeding You From Creating Healthy Professional Relationships? Featuring Adam Wiseman

Is anxiety impeding you? Create healthy professional relationships. Anxiety can affect all of our different professional relationships and hold us back from success. Whether it’s our clients, co-workers, managers, or vendors. Anxiety will also affect our productivity when interdependent relationships are needed. Toxic people and relationships can be turned around with the right tools.

About Adam

Adam Wiseman PMP, CHE

Founder and Lead Consultant

Quality Mental health Interventions Training and Consulting

Adam Wiseman is a sought-after international speaker with more than 20 years of experience working with adults living with mental illness and other intersecting challenges.  He managed the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Programs at Canada’s largest Mental Health organization and spent several years as a professor of Community Mental Health Case Management at George Brown College.

In 2018 he founded Quality Mental health Interventions Training and Consulting which focuses on workplace mental health and teaching the mental health skills necessary to turn “toxic” relationships with clients and colleagues into productive ones. 

Adam is a senior-level Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor, Suicide Alertness trainer, and is certified in Mental Health Law in the workplace from Osgoode Hall Law School and as a Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Advisor from the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

He has trained members of organizations ranging from financial planners and ombudsmen in the financial sector to Court Support Officers and Toronto Police Services.  He also offers online training including a one-day certificate course in Mental Health for Professional Relationships.

When he is tending to his own mental health he enjoys fishing, his dog Lucy, and spending time with his family.


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Is Anxiety Impeding You From Creating Healthy Professional Relationship Featuring Adam Wiseman

Thu, 7/22 12:48PM • 1:08:19

Estimated reading time: 61 minutes


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Adam, Roy Barker


Roy Barker  00:06 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests. That speak to a diverse set of topics. Hopefully, we can bring something to light maybe you haven’t thought about.

Or conversely. If you have something that’s keeping you awake at night. Hopefully, we can provide you a solution to that. Today we are blessed to have Adam Wiseman. He is the founder and lead consultant of Quality Mental Health Interventions, Training and Consulting. He is a sought-after international speaker. With more than 20 years experience working with adults living with mental illness and other intersecting challenges.

Adam managed the forensic assertive community treatment programs at Canada’s largest mental health organization. And spent several years as a Professor of Community Mental Health Case Management at George Brown College. In 2018. He founded Quality Mental Health Interventions, Training and Consulting. Which focuses on workplace mental health and teaching the mental health skills necessary to turn toxic relationships with clients and colleagues into productive one.

He is also a Senior Level, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor Suicide, Alertness Trainer. And is a Certified Mental Health Law in the Workplace from Osgoode Hall Law as a Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Advisor from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Adam, thank you so much for being with us. We certainly do appreciate it.

Adam  01:42

Thanks so much, Roy. I’m looking forward to having a chat today.

Roy Barker  01:45 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, and it’s, you know, we had just a little mental health experience. Just now with some technical issues that you know. And before we get off into that. I want you to tell me a little bit about, you know, how you got here. Kind of what was your road, and you know, what you do to help companies right now?

Adam’s Story

Adam  02:06

Sure. So the way I got here was like most people. In my family, there was someone living with mental illness. Who, you know, as much as it was inspiring. It was also quite frustrating the lack of services that were available and what was out there. That’s what initially got me interested in mental health and mental illness. So I started, I’ve worked in a variety of settings, I worked in group homes, I worked in employment. And then I started working as a case manager with the Canadian Mental Health Association. And that’s really where I really started to fall in love with the work.

So I stayed. I was with them for about 17 years. Frontline for about 10. And then spent the balance in management. Running the forensic mental health program. And forensic mental health is for people who aren’t familiar. When somebody commits a crime. And they’re found not criminal in Canada. We call it not criminally responsible. Because it’s acknowledged that the crime occurred due to their mental illness. Not due to them making a sound rational decision. That they, you know, thought about 1/4, which, which has different outcomes.

And it’s very challenging. I mean, it’s it’s underfunded, you deal with staff burnout all the time. You know, COVID has given the world sort of a new appreciation for nurses. But it’s one that I had, going back many years. Because seeing them working in the mental health sector is just amazing. What they go through. And equally amazing, is the patients and the clients that we get to work with. And the challenges that they have. That they’re able to, you know, come forward and live productive lives and achieve, you know. The goals they set out for themselves. And that was really our role.

However, included in that role is also monitoring for safety. Specifically, safety for the clients and for others, to work with this population. Where addictions are incredibly high as well. You really had to develop some very specific skills. In large part, it’s around how do you help someone achieve the goals that they’ve set for themselves. When they’re also sometimes going to be their own worst enemy. So if you think about. Like, anytime you’ve tried. Maybe someone’s tried to quit smoking. Or has tried a weight loss plan, you know. Intellectually, we might know exactly what to write down to achieve it. Is Anxiety Impeding You?

But to actually make that happen. Sometimes we need a little help. And that’s where experts can come in. So we were never experts on the individuals living with mental illness. We were experts on how to help people achieve quality of life. That’s going to be productive and and appreciated. But by the individuals. So that’s an interesting twist came in my career. When a asset management company came and said, we would like you to talk with us. I started to do some public speaking. That I was Teaching as well at the time and going to conferences, and they said, We’d like you to talk to talk to her advisors a little bit about mental health and mental illness.

And I thought, okay, I can give them a mental health mental illness one on one. But then they really pushed me and they said, No, no, we want the skills. We don’t just want the awareness, we want the skills that we can use. And I thought, Well, what do I know about financial advisors? Well, it didn’t take long. After speaking with a couple of them. To realize that the same skill set that we’re using to try to help people stay on their own treatment plan. Is what financial advisors need us to help people stay on their own financial plan. As they experience not just the ups and downs of the markets. But also the ups and downs in their own mental health and what’s happening in their own lives.

So for example. You know, when you go to a financial planner. When something big has happened. You’ve maybe lost your job, or you’ve gotten big promotion. Or you’ve come into an inheritance. Which also means that you’ve lost someone that you love. So all these mental health skills. A lot of them are borrowed from a specific type of intervention. Called motivational interviewing. Apply directly to the professional sector. Is Anxiety Impeding You?

After starting to work with the financial planners, it quickly branched out into other groups that would come up. So I presented a conference for financial planners. And a lawyer would come up to me after the presentation and start talking to me about their challenges. So I really began to become quite passionate about trying to support professionals. To develop the mental health skills. Not just so that they can get better professional outcomes themselves. Meaning they can increase their bottom line. But also so. That people experiencing mental health challenges can get more equitable service from the experts they’re going to see.

Right. So one thing led to another. And eventually, that became so busy. That I had to leave the Canadian Mental Health Association. And I officially formed my own company. Quality Mental Health Interventions, Training and Consulting. Which is what we’ve been doing for the last few years.

Selling Relationships

Roy Barker  06:56 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, I think that it’s interesting. Interesting concept to take this to the, you know, like the salesman and with them. Having to not only call to, you know, try to get people to sign up. But also managing them and finances. One that, you know, it can be very, very emotional for the, for the investor. You know, with the ups and downs. And then, like you said, just the live life situations that come along.

So, you know, one thing I was going to ask is, and I guess part of this is giving them the tools, when not only for their own mental health but maybe to understand the what the other party is going through as well to be able to, Is Anxiety Impeding You,well, sometimes when we understand we can choose the right words versus like, Hey, I just don’t know what’s going on with this person.

Adam  07:48

Absolutely. And one of the things that we focus on and again. Which comes from working directly with people living with mental illness. And maybe I should just just for your audience just quickly mentioned. The difference between mental health and mental illness. Okay. So mental illness is a specific diagnosis, it affects about 20% of the population. It’s things like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders. Mental health is what we all have 100% of people. Just like we all have physical health. And some days is positive, and some days is not positive. Mental health is the same.

Somebody with a mental illness that might have that’s gonna, that could affect their mental health, right. So because they’re hearing voices. Which are putting them down and saying horrible things and telling them to hurt themselves. They might experience a negative mental health. Is Anxiety Impeding You? But they can also have a mental illness and experience positive mental health. That’s the goal when it comes to somebody living with a mental illness. But the mistake that society’s made for a long time, and I feel like COVID. It’s kind of sped up the process of people understanding. Is that having a mental illness? Does not mean you’re the only one with mental health?

Everybody has mental health. So some mental health issues, you have to manage your entire life, just like some physical health issues. Diabetes is a good competitor. Where diabetes can be managed. You might have to take medication to help with it. You might have to make a couple lifestyle changes. But you can live a long and productive life with diabetes. The same as you can, as you take care of your own mental health. And if you did have a mental illness that you were kind of managing at the same time.

So it’s important to recognize that when we do talk about supporting professionals to develop their mental health skills, we’re not talking about just serving that 20% of the population. We’re talking about 100% of the population and just like you’ve mentioned, that includes themselves, so their relationship with themselves is an important part of that. Yeah, and

Roy Barker  09:39 Is Anxiety Impeding You

I guess to take that further, I think what I’m hearing you say is so, just like myself, I can have poor mental health episodically today because of events that are happening, doesn’t necessarily mean I have a mental illness. And conversely, if you have a diagnosis as mental illness, you can still have good mental health days. If You have the tools in which the navigate your illness?

Absolutely. That’s exactly. Yeah. And yes, I’m sure this, actually, you know, it has a lot to do with our, with our peers. Our work, I’m sure that even management would be managers would be very well served to learn some of these techniques. And I guess most of it starts with listening, is that correct? Listening and observing behavior?

Adam  10:28

Absolutely. So much of it is around, you know, listening, and really hearing what a person means not just jumping on. You know, they might say, you know, the classic is How are you doing, I’m fine. And find means 10,000 different things, right. And if you’re married, it means 100,000 different things. So, so this idea of really listening to learn about a person and to get a bit more knowledge around their experience is so important.

I was listening to your, the podcast you did with David brecker, just prior to us talking. And he talked about this innate desire to be listened to, and it’s so true, there’s nothing more frustrating than when you want to communicate something you’re not able to. And if you’re not able to, because the other person isn’t listening, because they just want to sell you something or whatever it might be, that’s gonna set up a really negative relationship.

Whereas people who master this, while still maintaining their boundaries, we’re not talking about professionals becoming therapists, we’re just talking about them using mental health skills to achieve what I call the golden thread their professional goals, which are in line with the customer’s professional goals, the techniques I teach, and the things that I work with. It’s not meant for the, you know, quote, unquote, used car salesman trying to sell you a lemon.

It’s meant for the people like lawyers, financial advisors, realtors, human resource professionals, people who are trying to help people achieve what’s in their own best interest. So you’re both lined up with theirs.

Emotionally Charged Interactions

Roy Barker  11:59 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah. Yeah, cuz most of those situations are all very typically emotionally charged. interactions, I’m assuming anyway, absolutely. You have to talk to the lawyer, or the HR department, oh, even if you’re, even if it’s a good thing, even if you’re interviewing for a job, there can be a lot of stress and anxiety that goes along with that

Adam  12:23

100%. And there’s things that you can do to help lower your stress and anxiety before things like job interviews, or stressful interactions with the HR department or something along those lines. But yeah, it’s all about how can we have an underlying theme of the mental health professional relationships course, which is sort of my my flagship online course, is the idea that anxiety is the enemy of professional relationships, the more you can help to reduce the client’s anxiety, your own anxiety, your supervisor, if you have one your colleagues if you have, the more productive you can be and productive is different than positive.

Because Roy, you mentioned a whole bunch of very stressful conversations a person might have, those might not feel comfortable. But they might be very productive if you’ve got the skills to to make that happen. And that’s the ultimate goal. I don’t have a secret to make life always feel good and happy. And you know, sometimes we see these memes on the internet, and they can actually be harmful to our mental health. Because they make it sound like it’s so easy to be happy, you just have to look for the positive. But that can actually be damaging, because like toxic positivity is a thing to where we want you to experience the uncomfortable and to experience the, you know, the whole range of emotions that makes us human, but then to have productive actions come out of that.

Roy Barker  13:43 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, and that’s interesting. Because I think that’s my opinion, I’ll ask you as this as a question is, you know, a lot of times these uncomfortable, conversations become toxic, because we get off track and we forget about what we’re talking about. And then we either, you know, make it personal or about something else. And I you know, I just use spouses. Typically they’re the easy ones to take, take your stressors out on so, you know, somebody says, Well, you know, could you pick your shoes up by the front door and move those out of the way?

And then all of a sudden, it’s like, Yeah, well, you didn’t clean up the dishes quick. And you know, we kind of jump off of that topics. I imagine some of that skills is remaining on topic, remaining civil, not getting, you know, enraged and then also not getting personal. So I’ll let you address that let you address those.

Adam  14:39

No 100%. And actually, yeah, like you said that very well. So the idea is to put space between our reaction so we have a reaction, it’s instant. It happens. We don’t want to judge it. We don’t want to beat ourselves up for it. It’s important that we’re not getting stuck in there. But in a professional setting, we really have to make sure there’s space between Our reaction and our response. So our reactions, what happens inside, it could be, you know, I remember having a conversation as a manager, and the person was talking in a way that made them seem like my judgmental mind was saying this person seems really entitled, like, they seem to be really like not getting the fact that this is their job, and they’re supposed to be working and all this stuff. And that was my reaction.

And my response based on that reaction would be to potentially attack them on that sense of entitlement, which would not be helpful at all. So I couldn’t control that I had that feeling. And do I want to be judgmental? No, but I didn’t beat myself up for feeling that you put some space in there to think and then the response is, you know, what, I’m curious, what is it that you really want to get out of this job, so I could get a better understanding from the individual about what it is that they want it because what I was judging as entitlement was really them doing me a favor, which is sharing information, because more information is always better, and that they weren’t getting everything they wanted out of the job.

If I want somebody to be happy and successful, especially in such important work as community mental health work with a really vulnerable population, then I want them to feel positive and good. We ended up having a fantastic working relationship. And it really changed how they approach their their client base, which if you, if you take that and you move it over into something like financial planning, or realtors or whatever, you know, that’s going to affect the bottom line, you know, you’re going to increase sales, increase customer loyalty, get multi generational clients, right?

Because you’re, you’re really engaging with them, as opposed to judging and then just getting these power struggles and these immediate reactions, or even jumping right into what you can do for them, as they look that has nothing to do with me, all I can do is buy and sell your house. So let’s get back to it. Right. So that you can build those relationships. And hopefully, again, as I said, it’s always going to be comfortable, but it was productive. Yeah.

Reaction vs. Repsonse

Roy Barker  16:58 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Now that you mentioned that, that was something that struck me that the very first time that we talked was the, you know, really putting that separation between the reaction and the response. I mean, you know, we can feel taken aback with our reaction, but not trying to, you know, not taking the count of three or whatever, before we actually have a response instead of being in a heated situation. And I it’s funny, because I just posted a meme not long ago about things that you can’t take back. And that’s one of those is the words that come out of your mouth, we can never get those back. Right.

Adam  17:32

And the other thing I would suggest is, you know, it’s kind of like there’s this expression, Time heals all wounds. Not really, um, time that’s used effectively heals all wounds, right? It might mean counseling is involved, it might mean just self improvement is involved self awareness, spending some time with your emotions, whatever it might be, but just time doesn’t really tend to do that much for us. So the same thing with putting time between our reaction and our response. It’s how do we use that time?

So that’s where we can run some filters. That’s where we can say things like, Am I making a judgment? Right? And if so, how can I change the outcome? I reword this? You know, is this am I being attacked? Because usually the answer is no. Right? It’s not that I even if the person seems like they’re attacking you, it’s probably because you’re part of a larger system that’s involved, maybe they’re angry at the company that you work with, maybe they had bad interactions with five other people who held your position, it’s usually not actually a personal attack.

And then you might, and then also confronting our biases, right, and our things which are, because different people come across, in in different ways based on their background, but also based on your background, that’s all going to influence how we how we interact with each other. Is Anxiety Impeding You? And that’s where the value of things like diversity training, and cultural competency and all that sort of stuff, really does blend in not just with, you know, the idea that we want to live in a more, you know, loving and fair world.

But also ultimately, with improving the bottom line, the more people you can relate to and connect with in a positive productive way, the larger your customer basis. So that’s why that stuff becomes so important. Yeah.

Roy Barker  19:09 Is Anxiety Impeding You

You mentioned earlier the core, well, that the mental health struggles are mental illness struggles and drugs. Is there studies out there that kind of show which one of those come first do is the people have mental illness that lead to drug use? Or is the drug use lead to some mental illnesses?

Adam  19:29

So the answer is yes. Okay. And that’s a that’s a fantastic and very insightful question. Yeah. Um, the truth is, is I say yes, because it can be both. So very often, for example, if you look at rates of men with depression 50 years ago, almost non existent. all you had was a bunch of alcoholics. Well, what were these alcoholics doing people living with alcohol addiction. They were self medicating their depression. Right. So there’s certainly is that there also with some of the opiates and drugs on the market right now?

Absolutely, they can cause organic issues with the brain. People can develop long term mental health issues based on using substances. Then, so you have this kind of double full one is people maybe who are trying to self medicate and have a mental illness, so the illness came first. And then you can also develop certain mental health issues based on drug use. We are like, anecdotally, from speaking with community workers, we’re seeing more and more of people who are seem to have an addiction issue first and a mental illness.

Second, even to the point where some people were thought to have a mental illness, when they’re able to get away from the opiates and clean. They sometimes they don’t actually have a mental illness, and they’re able to get into just functioning. You know, they may always consider themselves someone with addiction issues. And they might always need counseling and things on that, because addiction issues on their own are now considered a mental illness. And that can certainly exist concurrently with other illnesses. So it’s a very, it’s a, it’s a tough question to answer. Absolutely, though, drugs impact people’s mental health, and some people do have long term very serious consequences of


Roy Barker  21:23 Is Anxiety Impeding You

So and I don’t want to, you know, kind of go down that rabbit hole too far. But one more question is that, so sometimes we self-medicate with, you know, alcohol, drugs, whatever. But if we weren’t self-medicating could we maybe implored tools that would help us with our mental health. Whereas if we’re self-medicating, we’re not able to use those tools.

Adam  21:50

So the mental mental health treatment has really taken a very progressive approach, which has proven to be very effective. So I should also mention, so in my background, I’m also a project manager, I also do something called Six Sigma, which is process improvement through data management. I’m an outcomes guy, I’m not a Kumbaya, this feels good. So let’s do it kind of person, I want to see if I’m doing something I want it to work, right. So like when working as a community mental health worker, if I went to someone’s house, and all I did was sit and have a coffee with them, and chat, that might feel good.

And I might feel like I’ve done a lot. And sometimes that that means more than you think. But if that’s all that I’m doing, if that’s all I’m bringing to the table, that’s kind of that feel good idea, what I want to do is bring in some of those tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy help the person really to move in the direction that they want. So no matter where someone is out on the mental health spectrum, from very ill to absolutely healthy, there’s always interventions that we can assist with and things that they can do.

So even someone who’s very actively a addicted to opiates, and living with a serious mental illness, there’s things they can do to improve their mental health. And it’s incremental. And the hope is that they get to the point where they say there’s some ambivalence, some ambivalence in terms of saying, you know, what, I do drugs, because I like how they make me feel for, you know, an hour, I don’t have any problems, and I’m living in poverty, and I’m living with all this mental, you know, that centers of my mental illness and all this.

But I wonder if I had a bit more money to go out for, you know, coffees, with my friends, I wonder if life would be a little bit better. And that’s where we can jump in and say, interesting, tell me more about how life could be better if you had more money to spend, and time with your friends. So it’s not quitting the drugs necessarily. That’s the first part of the intervention. It’s increasing their social life, and then that one kind of feeds off together. Okay, interesting. So you don’t have to wait to be well, like, just like, if you had a broken leg, you don’t have to wait for it to heal to start treating it. Right. You got to start treating it in order to heal. Exactly. Okay.


Roy Barker  23:55 Is Anxiety Impeding You

So, you know, this is, I guess, after we come through COVID, you know, what are some? What are some observations that you’ve had over this last year? And then I feel like we’re going through a critical state of reopening, people are getting back. I don’t know, it’s been such a divisive time for a lot of reasons. Is Anxiety Impeding You? But you know, I guess just what are your thoughts on you know, what you’ve seen over the last year versus, you know, what’s, what’s coming up for us?

Adam  24:27

Well, there’s things that I’ve seen and then there’s also studies Luckily, they’ve, they’ve done a lot of work on on kind of where people are at, they’ve definitely seen a huge spike in terms of people identifying as having mental health challenges, and experiencing mental health crises. I know, a company called bridgehouse Asset Management did did some research with a company called navigator.

And they found that 92% of financial planners identify that they work with clients who are having mental health child who have made bad decisions based on their mental So it’s a it’s definitely affecting everyone, what I’m seeing anecdotally Now, in addition to, you know, and also there was things around increases in domestic violence, and that’s often can be due to stress, increasing self harm activities, children experiencing major increases in terms of their anxiety and mental health challenges that they’re having.

So we’re definitely seeing that. And anecdotally, what I’m seeing now is a lot of anxiety around what’s going back to work gonna look like, you know, is it? Is it going to be, you know, us all working out of our cubicles in the same way is it going to be a 5050 kind of thing, I heard a great phrase called COVID keepers, which are, you know, we got a lot, there’s a lot of good stuff that happened during this pandemic, people got more family time, people spend more time with their pets and animals, which actually has a great impact on people’s mental health. So some anxiety around losing some of those things that we might think of as positive.

And as well of how do Is there a way for me to keep both and progressive employers and employers who want to hang on to people are definitely going to have to have those conversations with their employees, because people have been working from home for a year and a half. Now, a lot of them are keen to sit in two hours of morning traffic every day to get to the office to go up and do what they can do from their home office. Yeah, so. So some anxiety around that. And it should be interesting to see.

But I think a lot of a lot of hope people are ready for life to get a little bit more back to normal and to engage. And people who initially thought working from home is awesome. I never have to go into the office, I could work in my pajamas. And isn’t that after a year and a half, they’re expressing loneliness. And most most people seem to want to blend Yeah, certain amount of days in an office, and then a certain amount of days at home to allow that flexibility.

Roy Barker  27:01 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, and, you know, we’ve shown that it can be done in a lot of instances, and I just actually published a piece this morning on my personal website about this, that, you know, because what I keep hearing is a lot of, you know, like a big brush for the door that, you know, people have been talking about that we’ve become used to working from home, and those that want to stay at home are saying, Look, I’m not going back, I’ll just go find another job.

Yeah, the market has been good enough. You know, people are short handed everywhere. They’ve had that that option. But I think, kind of going along with this lines of, you know, I think it’s good to ask the question, because you’re right, I think there are a couple there about three camps of people, there’s people like me that I like being at home, I get more done, not interruptions, I get enough socialization, you know, on zoom meetings and talking with family. But there are some people that really, it’s hard for them to function without that social interaction.

And then, you know, working in groups, you get some synergies, things like that. And then, like you said, there those people there be like, I’d like to go in for a day or two, but spend the other, you know, two or three days at home. So, as an employer, I just feel like, you know, we really have to ask this question, and it’s part of getting to know our people. And because I think you, I’m assuming that, you know, we can have some core reactions, you know, based on exactly what you want, and what you’re mandated to do.

Adam  28:29

And you actually, you hit the nail on the head, again, their ROI, which is you got to ask, because the days of, you know, worker number 27643 coming in and punching a ticket and all this stuff. Sure, they still may be environments that that are that work that way. But for a large part, it’s time my if I was to give employers one piece of mail, let me give him two pieces of advice. The first would be implement the psychological health and safety standards. Canada has a national standard that’s optional right now.

But it is a world leading standard based on other countries which have developed the same, but that puts in place that makes sure that the environment is not causing psychological harm. And the second piece of advice would be Get to know your staff. Get to know them really well, get to know who is rushing to pick up and drop off their kids get to know who really loves the break of leaving the home life.

Where it’s very chaotic and coming into the office, you know, get to know who who he who enjoys, like team building events and things of that nature, and who are the people that are really afraid of it and you can start to put together teams that really represent people from every angle, because that’s going to help you to better serve the clients because I can guarantee you the clients are coming from every angle as well.

So like if you take me for example, I love that I can meet with my doctor over with similar to zoom, we have something called the Ontario telehealth network, but it’s similar to zoom was just a little more secure. That’s amazing. Why on earth do I want to sit in a unless I need something physical like checked? It’s great. Whereas for other people, they don’t trust it.

And they’re worried that you know that they’re not able to communicate effectively. And it’s also important that we recognize like, as a man, when I was managing with the Canadian Mental Health Association, if I some stuff I didn’t see very often at all, because they were out in the community all the time. So I could have a quick chat on the phone. Anyone can sound happy, and content for 20 minutes.

Yeah, right. Even often, some of the most depressed people can still pull that off. And if they can’t pull it off on a zoom, they can definitely do it in the text. So it is different than seeing people seven hours a day when you can really see who’s dragging who’s not dragging, who might need a little bit more support that day. So getting in touch with that really getting to know those those staff is is going to be crucial for retention.

Roy Barker  30:51 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, yeah, definitely. And the other part of I like what you say about getting to know your employees, because it was something, you know, when I had a lot of people working for me, I took that time to know, I knew them, I knew their families and knew their wives, their kids, we had, you know, outside functions outside the workplace, because it gave me a good indication, because I had people that, you know, they were just grumpy. I mean, they were grumpy. And that was who they were, versus people who, you know, tended not to be as grumpy.

But you can tell when there was a change in their demeanor, and be able to go out and say, Hey, what’s up because, and not in a threatening way, but like, I’m here to help. Because what we have to, I think what we have to understand is whatever’s happening at home, it comes to the workplace, and whatever happens in the workplace goes home, not many people that I know are able just to check it out the door and say, You know what, I had a really terrible day at work, but I’m not going home and you know, slam the door, do whatever, do whatever people do.

Adam  31:55

Yeah, and there are techniques to help with that. There are things that you can do mindfulness exercises, and things that you could do in your car before you go into your home. I was talking, I’m part of a really cool group that a friend of mine, David Cohen put together, it’s called a mastermind group. And we sort of read different books and support each other and, you know, come up with different ideas. But one of the ones that one of the participants shared was, you know, a lot of people do mantras in the morning, they’ll say, like this, you know, visit my goals for the day, and I’m going to accomplish them in that, but the idea of doing it twice a day, once you move forward, and then once before going into your house.

So before we’re you know, I’m you know, my mantra might be connected to, I’m going to be productive today, I’m going to get everything on my to do list on, and I’m going to make two phone calls to people to try to work on to do some networking, right. And then before going back into the house, saying, I am going to be an amazing partner, I’m going to be an amazing Dad, you know, these are the things I want to accomplish, I’m going to have a one to one conversation with each my kids, I’ve got four kids so that, you know, you got to book the time. And, you know, and that idea of a second manager for to, to help to put some separation between the two.

So at work, it helps you to leave the home life a little bit, even though we acknowledge you never completely Leave it. And when you’re coming home, you leave the work life a little bit even acknowledging that, as you said, you can never totally, but one of the really negative things that’s come out of the working from home, is for people who haven’t been able to set boundaries, maybe they haven’t been taught or they never thought about it, then come come across, instead of working from home, they’re living at work.

So their work is constantly around them. And you know, they’ve got all their computers stuff set up in their bedrooms. So as they’re going to sleep, you know, they’re seeing that there’s emails coming in on their computer and all this kind of stuff. And that can be really detrimental to a person’s mental health.

Roy Barker  33:53 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, and I have to, I’ll check the box on that one. And, you know, it’s even more complicated for myself because I always enjoy what I do. And so, it’s not like a drudgery, like, I gotta go do this. I mean, there’s always some sense of excitement, and, you know, getting things done and being productive. And is, it is a difficult thing to turn that off. We, we’ve just had to regroup, you know, around my house and say, Okay, here’s our definite, hard stop no more, because, you know, I have to admit, the last three or four months, I’ve gotten a little bit out of hand about, you know, being up all hours of the day and night and like you said, you know, phone’s going off in the middle of the night because I deal with people all over the world.

So it’s always so wait, somebody is always open, and you know, during my 24 hour period, so it’s it’s and it’s not only just for me, I’m sure it’ll really improve my health because I’ve got to start you know, getting back out and walking, doing you know, eat and eat and you know, kind of getting back to the schedule, but also helps the family lives because that’s another thing you know, Happy Happy wife. Happy A lot of things to consider.

Adam  35:05

Yeah, definitely the goal is to have a home that’s full of contentment and happiness no matter what the family unit might look like, exactly,

Roy Barker  35:14 Is Anxiety Impeding You

yeah. And, you know, I think the awareness between situational has, because this is where I was kind of trying to think about this while ago, talking about, you know, really getting to know your people, you know, that situational? Then, you know, I guess the people that maybe are having some more chronic, long or acute, that were the chronic issues, more long term issues.

And I think that companies have become very well about providing services for employees. But number one, I don’t think that information has been disseminated enough to let everybody know, but, you know, I have to think that there’s also still a stigma, like, if I have to go tell my boss, and I’m struggling, you know, is he gonna be like, yeah, that, that guy’s on his way out, we’re gonna go ahead and start, you know, looking for somebody new. Even though it’s probably, you know, it’s illegal to do that, I’m sure. But it’s still people are scared about it. So people are scared to raise their hands and say, you know, what, I need help. And I don’t know, I guess that’s probably the biggest message that we could hope to deliver from this, this talk is that don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Adam  36:28

Yeah, and I mean, that’s part of like, when I talk about the psychological health and safety standard, you don’t need a standard to say that I want my workplace to be psychologically healthy and safe, right? Basically, I it means less time off, it means less, or not less time off. But less sick time off from staff means less presenteeism, which is one of the most rampant things right now taking money out of businesses, bottom lines, is people coming to work, but who just mentally aren’t able to, and who if they did take a day off, maybe they could take the time to catch their breath, and to re you know, kind of reset their compass. Often it takes more than a day, and it takes a series of things, but at least to get moving on it.

So do you have a place where someone can say, I really need a mental health day today. And the other thing is around employee assistance programs, which most companies now offer? There was some interesting work done around that where, you know, the question was raised, so if we were a great company, because our staff don’t use the EAP service, the employee assistance program a lot, right? Well, that doesn’t mean that you’re safe.

A great company, most likely, what that means is either it’s an inadequate service, which isn’t I mean, it’s it is insurance companies running, you know, offering counseling and things like that, or it is that staff don’t trust it, they don’t trust the organization. So they don’t believe that it’s anonymous. And that if they call in, because at the end of the day, those EAP services usually offer, or it could also be that staff are unaware of the service and what they can use it for, because most of them offer things from budgeting to like people going through divorce and through everything.

So if your company has very low EAP use, then it means that your staff are these magical staff who don’t experience loss who don’t experience divorce, who never had financial issues, because those are all unworked related things that EAP service can help with. And if they’re not going for that stuff, they’re probably not going for the feelings of burnout, that they’re getting at work.

And some of those other challenges they’re experiencing, or even if they’re having a challenge with a colleague, that’s something you can potentially go to your EAP about and get some direction around. Now you know, how you can, how you can work through it in a in a, you know, I use the word psychologically safe, but we’re really talking about is trying to remove as many things that cause psychological harm in the workplace, right, and trying to put things in place that promote psychological health and having an open a open communication between management and staff. That’s not based on trying to assign blame. It’s based on trying to solve problems. You know, that’s a major part.

Roy Barker  39:04 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah. Yeah, that’s a huge aspect. You know, even with all different aspects of our businesses, you know, a lot of times we spend so much trying to time trying to figure out who to blame that we’re not really focused on finding a solution. And one thing I’ll add to the EAP issue is taking care of aging parents, you know, back in the 60s and 70s. Is Anxiety Impeding You? The issues were, you know, around child care, child birth, things like that. And now we’ve progressed that, you know, a lot of people my age are having to spend more and more time taking care of their parents and loved one. And, you know, it’s, it becomes a real stressor for people as well. Absolutely. And

Adam  39:45

let me give an example with that one specifically of an accommodation that that I did with a staff member who didn’t come to me I went to them, and I could just tell and again, because they were an all star mentioned that you love your work those things. logistic is at risk. In fact, you can make a case that they can be even more at risk of burnout. Because they’re burning the candle at both ends. I know I went through a period where I was way overextended. You know, I’m sitting there doing these trainings with companies, and I’m working on the PowerPoint, and I’m like, I had a broken leg at the time.

It’s three in the morning, and I’m writing about how important sleep is to your, you know, to your health. And, you know, you do run into these cases of the, you know, the cobblers kids have no shoes. But it No one’s immune to it right now. Like it affects everybody. So yeah, we definitely want to make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves so that we can be a president effective.

Roy Barker  40:40 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, and you know, we, it’s a professional has, we had to be careful what we write because I’ve had my partner Terry, she’s like, are you actually reading what you’re writing here? Because you could probably apply that to your life.

Adam  40:52

I’m not gonna say that my partner has ever said that to me, and arguments or anything, but certainly none of us are perfect all the time. Yeah. So having your own words thrown in your face anxiety? about listening? Yeah, making sure you understand the other person first. And exactly.

Simple Tips

Roy Barker  41:11 Is Anxiety Impeding You

So what are some tips that you would give I know, there’s, it’s a wide category, you know, we’ve talked about like, maybe that the financial person in that sales role, or the real estate person or lawyer, and then we’ve also talked kind of about managing individuals in the workplace. But you know, what are some tips that you could just throw out there that could help help everybody some, in terms of things they could do for themselves, yeah, themselves, or even relating to others better.

Adam  41:41

So, um, when it comes to things that people can do for themselves, mindfulness is an evidence based, very useful set of body of knowledge, it can be all kinds of different aspects, one that I use a lot is box breathing, which I’ll just explain, because it’s been so so simple, I actually did it just before we started our conversation, it’s a way that I like to get myself into either peak performance, or sometimes just to transition from one activity to another.

And what I like about box breathing, especially when I’m training companies, because some of the companies I work in, they have quite a, you know, a high energy staff, maybe they’re working in, you know, where they’re pushing stocks and bonds and that kind of stuff. And the energy is different than in the nonprofit sector. Right. And it’s kind of like a hurrah, let’s go, let’s go and that.

So I like box breathing, because it like people who do yoga are familiar with it. But it’s also used by navy seals in the States by SWAT teams by police. It’s, it’s just very effective, right, and I’m talking about right before they breach a building. So if you’re, if you’re so tough, that mindfulness isn’t for you, because you’re you know, you this tough person and everything, you have to be tougher than a navy seal, if you’re going to tell me that this breathing exercise can help you, right.

Is Anxiety Impeding You? So it’s basically just picture building a box in your in your mind, you breathe in, it’s all the breathing zone through your nose in and out, you breathe in for four counts, you hold it for four count. And as you’re breathing, you’re kind of tracing this box in your head. So you breathe in for four count, hold for four count, breathe out for four count, hold for four count.

And you just keep doing that in a cycle for a few minutes. And it really helps to drop the anxiety and to get your breathing in line. It helps with like your parasympathetic response, and all these sorts of things. That you can be clear and focused on what you’re doing, you don’t want to end up in a panic, right? So it can be very, very useful that way. So that’s, that’s one technique that people can use.

The one that nobody likes, is diet, and exercise is very effective at helping everybody in terms of how they’re able to manage stress. Yeah, um, probably the most useful one is just reach out, reach out to the people around you, I guarantee you’re not the only one struggling. If you reach out to someone, and you don’t get a productive response, don’t let that stop you from reaching out to somebody else. You know, there was one I did a I presented with someone from the Canadian Medical Association.

They presented this amazing slide, they said, if you want to see what stigma looks like, look at this slide. And it said, How many doctors would support a colleague who came to them with a mental health challenge, and you see this bar on the bar graph up at like 95%. Then it said, How many doctors would go to a colleague with a mental health challenge? Is Anxiety Impeding You? And it was like 20%. And that’s exactly what stigma looks like this fear of, and it’s not that stigma is not real. You could go to your employer and your employer absolutely could you know if they’re not progressive or knowledgeable on mental health issues, could do something that goes against your human rights, your your your rights in the workforce, and sometimes you do have to go that route.

But what we want to do is obviously reduce reduce that stigma, but that idea that so many people are willing to help. And so few people are willing to ask for it is a real paradox in our society. And hopefully, we’re moving towards more and more people saying, you know what I am, I am going to talk about this. But when it comes to self disclosure, you know, you do have to gauge Dude, you know, do you that’s why trust is so important. You know, and also, again, going back to that idea of anxiety is the enemy of professional relationships, if you’re a manager, your staffs anxiety is a problem, you want to get that down as low as possible, so that you can have a productive relationship, and then they’re more likely to come to you with a challenge.

So around that, that idea of the, you know, the sandwich generation of people taking care of kids and parents. So I have the staff member who’s great, but I could tell was exhausted and it was we, you know, didn’t seem to be caring as much about the work. Is Anxiety Impeding You? So I could make a judgment and say, Oh, they don’t care about the work anymore. They’re jaded, it’s time to get rid of them, or at least write them off as an effective staff member, whatever, I had the conversation with them, they had an elderly parent. Is Anxiety Impeding You? And they said, We got, you know, we got an hour for lunch.

And I appreciate that it’s flexible, and I can take it when I want. But it takes me 20 minutes to drive back to my house where I like to, I have to check in on my parent, or you have to check in on my father, I have 20 minutes. And then I got to race back here. And I’m not even getting Time to eat anything and all this. So we said we looked at the requirements of the position and said, Well, why don’t you take a two hour lunch and work an hour later? Right? And they said, Oh, that would be that would really help. You know, on some days, except there are days that I’ve got to pick up my kids and I can’t work an hour later.

And I said, Okay, well come back to me with some ideas, right. And they came back with a schedule, they got everything done. They put in the same hours as everybody else. And a complete 180 back to being an all star on the team. Yeah. And they went actually on to a leadership position. So yeah, it’s communication and trust can be very powerful. But it’s got to be earned on both parties.

Is Anxiety Impeding You

Roy Barker  46:57 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Right? Yeah. And that flexibility, because it’s funny, you mentioned that paper that, you know, that I just published today mentioned that about it, I know we have deadlines, and we have meetings, there are certain things that happen a certain time that we just have to be present for. But if you’re writing a report, or if you’re doing some analysis, typically, you know, if you’re in the early or middle stages of a project, does it really matter if you do that at 10, in the morning, or at eight at night, you know, whatever, whenever you can be productive.

If you you know, have like that taken that the extra time for lunch to be in a good mindset. The other thing I think it does, or it’s done for me is I feel gratitude to my employer. Yes, I want to make sure I give enough back that you can see that. I do appreciate, recognize and appreciate what you’re doing for me. So I don’t mind giving a little bit extra important to remember

Adam  47:52

that. If you look at loyalty to employers, it’s probably at an all time, low and high right now, depending on how well your company navigated the COVID experience, because I think that it did remind people because we you know, millennials and, and, and younger, you know, some of the gen Z’s and stuff like that, statistically, I’m not stereotyping statistically, they job hop a lot more than like, you know, boomers is doing and even, you know, you could argue that Generation X is sort of the last group who really thinks in terms of, I’m going to have a 30 year career at this company, right, a lot of people are doing gig work and moving back and forth, and all this kind of stuff.

So to build that loyalty does mean that you’re going to reduce your, you’re going to improve your retention rates. And any study that you look at retention is the is definitely a goal, a piece of gold that you want to you want to be able to mind. Because every time you bring in a new staff, it’s not just bringing in new staff, it means that you’re adding to the existing staff, a training world. Is Anxiety Impeding You? So they also start to get more burnt out and you can end up in these vicious circles.

Again, we mentioned nurses before, nurses get burnt out, like the the amount of people are sort of like, okay, you this group can do this, and this group can do that. And nurses, well, you guys just have to figure out a way to do it, right, whether it’s COVID, whether it’s anything, it’s like find a way and get it done. So nurses would burn out, they end up on stress leave, which means you’re now you’ve got a lowered Lord number of nurses. Well, then they get burnt out because they’re doing the work of an extra person. And you’ve brought in a new nurse who has to be trained, so they’re also trying to train and then you lose another nurse to it.

By the end of it. You have nurses who’ve only worked there for six or seven months training the new ones coming in because everyone’s either leaving her on leave, and it really becomes quite detrimental. If you translate that to a for profit company. You can see how that would really you know, you’re just say what you end up with is dirty water. And what I mean by that is if you take a clean fish and you put it into dirty water, you don’t end up with clean water you end up with Dirty fish, you’ve got to clean the water. Yeah. And that’s that environment of how we support each other and sort of what the lines of communication look like.

Roy Barker  50:08 Is Anxiety Impeding You

And if that goes on long enough, I think also what you see is a breakdown in processes and procedures, because nobody was here to really train me correctly. And now I’m training you, and I’ve got maybe half the story, you know, and it just as we do this consistently over the long term, it gets to where, you know, we have zero knowledge transfer, and people aren’t doing what they need to do in the job itself.

Adam  50:35

100% and ultimately, how management then deals with that says a lot about the emotional intelligence and the the expertise of the management, because if they just start blasting people for making mistakes with procedures that they were never properly shown, you’re gonna lose good employees, right, and you know, who sticks around the worst ones, the ones who are just phoning it in, who don’t want to go anywhere, and all that, but you know, what, even they can be engaged and, and, and fired up and active.

Because at the end of the day, people want to contribute, people want to be passionate, no matter what the work is, you know, finding that Zen that just love of doing the tasks, no matter if it’s a mundane task, or a complex task. and engaging all those people is just about finding out what their Why is, you know, why do they come to work? What is it that they get out of it? Is Anxiety Impeding You? You know, why? What gets what gets them excited, and then putting in the house.

So how can we shape your position, so that you’re doing more of the things that you love, which is going to help us doing less of the things you don’t love, like documentation, and, you know, data entry, and all that kind of stuff, and let’s get creative. And when you have a workforce that’s, that’s engaged, they drive, you don’t need to pull them, right, they push towards it.

Cost of Employee Turnover

Roy Barker  51:47 Is Anxiety Impeding You

I don’t think a lot of companies realize the actual true dollar outlay for turning over employees, you know, some of the lower level employees, it can cost, you know, five $6,000, to turn them over. And as you start working up to professional C suite people, it gets astronomical, but it’s not a line item on an income statement. So, I think a lot of times people just disregard it, but they don’t understand the true impact. dollar was and then also, you know, as we bring people in, if they’re toxic, they, they can poison the pool as well, kind of, like you said, the dirty water. So, you know, one of my sayings is always, you know, be an employer of choice, don’t be an employer of last resort, because right, then get you in trouble.

Adam  52:36

All right, and also, how do you put a price on losing an individual who is starting in the mailroom, and who 15 years from now was going to be one of your maybe C suite people with all this great experience, you’ve been led by great managers who’s now been conditioned to have, you know, great instincts, and as well as having good knowledge of policies and procedures and how to do change management, because they’ve seen it. Right. But when they left after six months, because you know, it wasn’t there in the wind somewhere else.

Roy Barker  53:07 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, exactly. Adam, we appreciate you taking time out of your day, there’s so much to cover. I know, we probably didn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg. So I’m gonna give you an invite to you know, please come back and join us. And we can delve off more into this. I think it’s so important. I think it’s a pivotal time because of, you know, just honestly, when, when the COVID started, I thought we might see a lot of misbehavior, I don’t know how else to say it, you know, like criminal activity and fights and things like that.

But we did not think because people were home, we were separated. And then also there was that level extra level of support by governments to help with the unemployment. But now, it seems as all of this is going away, and we’re getting back to normal. I know, you know, around in where I live in the Dallas area, the road rage, the shootings, all of these violence has just really taken off over the last month or so. I mean, like to crazy levels that all these local police departments are having to come out to make, you know, statements to address it. It’s so bad. Yeah.

Adam  54:19

Yeah. And it’s, uh, you know, when we see a crisis, like, you know, when the world was running out of toilet paper, everyone was on the rest of buying toilet paper. We immediately think okay, the solution is, we got to get more toilet paper accessible to more people. Is Anxiety Impeding You? Well, right now we have a mental health crisis, because everyone’s gone through a traumatic experience, however, they experienced some people have good stuff happened. So not so good.

But everyone’s going through this weird like, you know, a lot of anxiety and, and that sort of peace. And right now what we need is mental health support. We need the government to maybe increase funding for counseling and things of that nature. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t make it any less real. That’s the crisis that we have right now. And it does, because governments aren’t really stepping up in this regard, it does come back to employers, but also to all of us to really develop those skills.

And that’s part of why some of the work I do is directly with companies. But a lot of the work that I do is directly with individuals, because there’s a lot that you can do, even if your workplace isn’t going to change. There’s a lot that you can do to take care of your own mental health to make you more effective. And to make a clear decision on, you know, maybe that’s not the workplace where you want to thrive. Right, but and then go find it.

Roy Barker  55:32 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah, because it’s out there. And I think we could, we can even be better for those people around us, you know, we can recognize better when people need help, maybe we don’t have to make them ask us, but also removing that stigma, to be sure, ask for help, if you need it. And then also employers to be aware that, you know, there’s some fragile individuals out there right now that we need to really seek to understand what they’re going through what we could do to help them, it’s going to be an important time going forward, for sure.

Adam  56:05

And those are likely to be officers of the future, because like you said, it builds that loyalty. Yeah. Right. When somebody helps you out, you want to do you want to show that you appreciate it? And that that’s really how you build psychologically positive workspaces.

Roy Barker  56:19 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Four Sqare Breathing

Yeah, you know, the other thing I was gonna mention earlier, I forgot was the talking about the four-square breathing. But I’ve never really thought about that between events. So I’m going to try to do that, you know, as switch gears, because what I started doing in at night, well, I’ll do it in the morning. But then I added the evening one, just to kind of clear my mind for sleep. And it’s been very effective just to sit quietly, mindfully. And so I think that would help a lot with that anxiety of transitioning, you know, as we run through our day, just to take a minute to go through that exercise before we start that next task.

Adam  56:57

Yeah, especially like, if you’re driving to work, and you start getting all you know, wound up, because you know, you’ve got to confront somebody when you go in, and you’re afraid it’s gonna be, you know, someone who doesn’t take feedback well, or something like that. And so you’re really anxious, before you get out of your car, you just take two, three minutes, do some box breathing, and you approach everything differently. When I do live trainings, it’s commonly something that I’ll get everyone to do, right after the break.

And it really brings everyone back into the room and you know, it leaves, the phone calls that they had to make at the break and all that kind of stuff, it helps to transition out of that. And, yeah, it’s it’s very helpful when they did want to mention it. Actually, if you do that, I think it was 20 minutes a day, they actually say it changes how you breathe, in general eating. So you’re taking longer, deeper breaths, and you’re anxious, and you’ll experience lower anxiety as a baseline. Okay, so it’s pretty amazing. Yeah, cuz

Roy Barker  57:49 Is Anxiety Impeding You

I know, it’s something I’ve found out about myself is I’m usually a very shallow breather. And I think that’s something that we really need. I’ve been told, you know, to work on, taking those deep breaths, making sure we’re getting enough oxygen flowing around because it doesn’t even have to be a tense situation. But just more something, when you’re really when I’m really engaged, and really paying attention to what I’m doing, you know, you kind of forget that and you just, I’ll catch myself taking shallow breaths. So

Adam  58:19

you want to get in that flow, where everything’s where your body feels good, your brain feels good. You’re working, you’re working, you’re working. Then when it’s time to stop working, though, you know, you say, I’m really excited about this. And I can’t wait to get to it tomorrow, because I’m spending the rest of the night with my family. And that’s what I’m going to have.

Roy Barker  58:35 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Right, right. All right. So what is a habit? Now, we’ve talked about a few in this in here. But what is a habit that you just couldn’t do without in your daily life, either professionally, or personally, the one habit that I could not do without you.


Adam  58:58

I can tell you, I think that for me, it is honestly, just how I use that space between reactions and responses. I learned more about myself. In that time, too I see my own biases come out. And there are so many different types of, you know, conscious and unconscious bias, and we’re always kind of trying to work through and it’s changed how I interact with my children, how I interact with my partner, Kristen, it’s really, I would say that’s the biggest one is the idea of just not reacting all the time.

And like just taking that opportunity. Now in addition to that, certainly the days I exercise are a lot better than the days I don’t. The days that I’m eating, non-processed healthier foods are a lot better than the days that I don’t and I actually the other big one just in the last few years, is I finally got sleep with something I struggled with for a long time. And I finally got my sleep under control. So I do get a minimum of eight hours of sleep a night now. That’s really made a big difference. And that’s from having a sleep routine.

Roy Barker  1:00:04 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah. And I think that’s important in that reactionary part. Because, to me, sleep is my trigger for everything, it’s for eating bad, it’s for not exercising, it’s for not drinking water, because now all of a sudden, I need coffee or soda pop to, you know, keep you on that, you know, keep your energy built up. And so that’s usually the start if I don’t get it. And so that’s been one of the things that, you know, as we’ve implemented, trying to cut things off at a certain time is making sure to get that rest very, very good.

Adam  1:00:34

What I think of it almost like a video game. So think of it think of it as though you have an anxiety meter, right. And just like in a video game, you know, you’ve got that big green line, and the more times they hit you, it goes red, red, red, red, red, and then you got a problem. I think of anxiety the same way. So I looked at my own anxiety, and I say, Hey, where is it at? What’s one thing I could do today that could bring it down? Because I know that’s gonna help my professional relationships.

And then when I’m interacting with someone, I think, well, what’s one thing I could do to bring their anxiety down, and I really picture it, like, almost like a meter in the course, I think there’s actually a slide where it looks that way. And you see, sort of an anxiety meter and how you can help to influence people to be more productive, which, whether it’s colleagues or whether it’s clients, or it’s yourself. What’s better than that, right, being more efficient with your time being getting the results that you want. Is Anxiety Impeding You? Some people think it’s slower, because you have to take that extra time in the beginning.

But it’s like any investment, you take the extra time in the beginning, and then things start going because you know, so it does that expression slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Right? They use that in the shooting sports a lot. When they talk about movement. I’ve done a little bit of work with the police and things like that. So I’ve adopted some of their their turn turns of phrase, but it’s 100% true, you take your time, in the beginning, you do it right, you get to know exactly what you’re doing, you find out exactly why someone is motivated to do what they do. And then you work on the how, and then you bring it forward, and things start start moving very differently.

So if the month is gonna pass, and you’re gonna make $10,000, but you did it with 100 different clients, and you didn’t really get to know any of them. And next month, you have to find a whole new set of 100 clients, but he lost most of them. Or you can make $15,000 with 50 clients, because you’re better able to meet their needs and get them to where they want and they want to stay with you and they want to work with you forever. Well, even though you spent more time with that 50 isn’t it more efficient? Isn’t it more productive? Right? And that’s, that’s the goal.

Wrap Up

Roy Barker  1:02:36 Is Anxiety Impeding You

Yeah. Yeah, definitely for sure. All right, how can people reach out and get a hold of you? Is Anxiety Impeding You? And also, is the is your training course available? Just to everybody? Or do you? Is it something you present in person?

Adam  1:02:52

So I do live training with usually organized by companies. So through, it’ll either be their HR department or sometimes it’s just different people within an organization, you might have seen me talk, I do a lot of talks on mental health in the financial advice relationship. However, to give an example, so my company was taking off, I had all these conferences booked. That’s when I said, Okay, I’m gonna leave, I can’t, but you know, I’ve had two jobs my whole life, I’m gonna go down to one job.

And, you know, this was in, you know, a couple years ago, and three months later, COVID hit, and all the conferences were canceled. And I said, Well, I kind of missed work, you know, having a pension and things of that nature. So I started thinking, Okay, I’ve got a pivot here. And luckily, everything picked up virtually. So now, like, it doesn’t feel quite the same. But I presented in Vancouver, I just do it from here from my office, which is in just east of Toronto. But so then I developed some online offering so that I could still reach out to people and they can get the information without having to sit in a group and without having to come in and and do it. And the nice thing is the feedback is people love that it’s self-paced.

So I have mental health for professional relationships is my largest course it only takes about seven hours to go through. It’s accredited by a couple law societies, the human resource professionals Association, financial planning Canada, registered insurance brokers of Ontario, so a lot of people who earn continuing education credits, it’s either pre eligible for or almost 100% of the time it will be eligible for if they submit them. And that’s the big one that focuses in on those skills that we talked about of both de escalating so when things are getting heated and then motivating.

So how do you help somebody to move forward and focuses on understanding awareness and skills so you could have a big background in mental health, you’ll still get a lot out of the course or you could have no background in mental health and you’ll still get a lot out of the course it’s designed that way. And also that you can take it at your own time so it takes them About seven hours to go through, but we give you 120 days to complete it, because it’s designed for professionals.

And then there’s also a couple free offerings on there. One is a really short one, which I recommend all your listeners give a try, which is a burnout scale. It just says how burnt are you it’s got a picture of a guy with a horrible sunburn on. And it uses an evidence based tool in there. And you can actually see kind of where you rank in terms of should you be spending a little bit more time on your on your own mental health. So I have those online courses. And then I do live training.

And I also do public speaking at various conferences and things of that nature. That’s way to get in touch with me is either by email at Adam@QMHIconsulting.com, which stands for Quality Mental Health Interventions, Training and Consulting. So Adam@QMHIconsulting.com or if you track me down on LinkedIn, I’m always happy to make new connections. I love LinkedIn, because then you actually get to know a little bit more about the person as well, who’s connecting.

And if you go to mentaldiversity.com. So mental. You know, we think about diversity, usually we’re thinking more in terms of potentially, you know, skin color, religion, things of that nature. Here, we’re really talking about mental diversity in terms of how someone’s cognitive ability is, you know, on that day, how are they experiencing the world different from other people. So if you go to mentaldiversity.com, that’s where you’ll find the online courses. And I thought, to encourage some of your listeners to sign up if they use the code, Roy 50 they’ll get 50% off of the mental health for professional relationships course.

So yeah, so hopefully, and that’s Yeah, so hopefully, that’s something that people will take advantage of. All I ask in return is, uh, you know, give an honest review. Because we learned so much from that. It’s really, it’s really helpful. Okay, great. Well, we

Roy Barker  1:07:01

appreciate that. And just to challenge everybody to reach out and look at this material, it’s so important now is probably never been more important than it is now. Just, let’s see how we can help each other out where we can all just, you know, try to get along and survive. That’s what we want to do. And I think, you know, you mentioned that we just want to be heard. So we need to be good listeners as we go through that process as well. Is Anxiety Impeding You?

Adam  1:07:26

Which makes us better communicators and more likely to be heard by others. So it really is one. That’s why I love this word. It really is one of those things where like, there’s no loser, it’s a win-win across the board. Exactly,

Roy Barker  1:07:37 Is Anxiety Impeding You

exactly. Alright, Adam. Well, thanks so much. We appreciate it. that’s gonna do it for another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. course you can find us at www.The Business of Business Podcast.com we’re on all the major podcast platforms, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Spotify. If we’re not on one that you use, please reach out I’d be glad to get it added. We also are on all the major social media networks typically hang out more on Instagram. Is Anxiety Impeding You. So reach out and engage with us there. Also, a video of this interview will go up on our YouTube channel when this episode goes live. So go over and check that out. Until next time, take care of yourself and take care of your business. Thanks so much right

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The Challenging And Rewarding Task of Sourcing High Demand Nurses During A Pandemic

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The Challenging And Rewarding Task of Sourcing High Demand Nurses During A Pandemic Featuring Kelli Christina

Sourcing high demand nurses. Talk about a demanding job. Sourcing nurses for high-demand, nonstop positions during a pandemic. Asking nurses to step into a highly volatile position not knowing if they would ever get any time off and hoping not to become infected with the virus as they went about their business helping others to survive during a very scary time.

About Kelli

As a woman in today’s world, Kelli Dennehey Christina attributes her success to her hard work, education and determination. With 20 years of specialized medical recruiting experience and 10 years in business management, she is currently the CEO, owner, and director of recruiting for KD-Staffing.

Ms. Christina created KD-Staffing on the idea that “recruiting is an art.” She has perfected her skills in this “art” through a number of managerial and leadership positions since the start of her career; she became a restaurant manager and a boss at nineteen years old. Before she started a career in recruiting, Ms. Christina obtained a bachelor’s degree in business, hotel and restaurant management from the University of North Texas.

With 30 years of career experience, her advice to younger generations of women entering the workforce is to remember the importance of education. She also advises them to be strong-willed and to never give up.

Kelli Christina is an international best-selling author, public speaker, CEO and business coach current day. Ms. Christina has worked part-time government projects for ten years. She loves “making a difference” on today’s world.


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Profitability and Social Responsibility: Doing Well By Doing Good Is Possible

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Profitability and Social Responsibility Doing Well By Doing Good Is Possible Featuring Lynn

Profitability and Social Responsibility. Some business leaders tell you they can’t be both profitable and socially responsible. I think they are saying they can’t maximize their bonus structures by making decisions that have positive social impacts. A growing number of business leaders are dispelling this myth by leading with profits and social responsibility.

About Lynn

Lynn Yap is the Founder of Actv8 Network, whose mission is to increase the participation of women in technology, and entrepreneurship. She started her career as a corporate attorney, graduated from the Wharton School with an MBA, and worked in investment banking.

Her curiosity led her to write about businesses as a force for good. The Altruistic Capitalist culminates conversations with leaders at for-profit corporations, entrepreneurs, and investors, and her personal experience.

The Altruistic Capitalist

Are you tired of hearing that companies can’t create a profit and make a positive impact simultaneously? The Altruistic Capitalist looks to spark change in conversations in board rooms, offices, and schools to turn the focus from sales, profits, and returns to the impact good business can have on people and the planet.

Through her interviews with prominent business leaders as well as her personal experiences in the business world, author Lynn Yap offers ways to rethink capitalism, create a positive impact, and do meaningful work. Y ap looks to tackle questions like:

  • Where do people and planet enter into the equation when businesses calculate returns?
  • How can we turn a profit while also creating a sustainable business with positive impacts?
  • How can companies scale impact to provide benefits to the environment and community?

This book speaks to leaders, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and innovators who want to change the relationship between business, our people, and the planet. We can no longer rely on governments and non-profit organizations alone to solve our social and environmental problems.

As we look urgently to the business world for solutions, this kinder, more mindful brand of capitalism just may provide a pathway out.

ACTV8 Network


ACTV8 fosters sustainable and authentic connections between companies and local communities through co-learning programmes.

We develop interactive programmes that cultivate a mindset for continuous learning and teach lifelong skills of creativity, empathy, leadership, collaboration and storytelling.


Over three months, teams of students and mentors work together on community improvement projects through workshops and online mentoring sessions. At every stage participants learn new tools and skills to support them in creating solutions to resolve social themes that they care about.


Throughout the programme, members from our company partners act as mentors for the students and from it, learn and practice new skills alongside the students. Participation in the programme enhances the mentors’ communication and problem-solving skills improves relationships within the social and workplace community, and increases engagement in the workplace.


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Peace Or Chaos: Where Are You Headed? Make Space For Yourself and What’s Important

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Peace Or Chaos: Where Are You Headed? Make Space For Yourself and What’s Important Featuring Femi Doyle-Marshall

Peace Or Chaos: Where Are You Headed? What is your vision for your business and your life? Are these things cohesive or divergent? You can either be working toward peace in your business and life or you will be headed for chaos. It’s a choice that we make every day. Choose wisely as your decision will stay with you for a longer period than you may think

About Femi

Femi Doyle-Marshall is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, author and founder of REBOOTX Academy; the go to source for entrepreneurial personal and professional development.

He works exclusively with coaches, super entrepreneurs and experts who are needing to breakthrough clarity, confidence and money blocks to build a better business and life.

Femi is obsessed with studying and applying patterns that produce personal and professional breakthroughs to create transformative, long-lasting growth and success for himself and his students.


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