Being an amazing teacher can make a difference in the lives of the people that the teacher has touched. Becoming an amazing teacher can be taught, but some people just have an innate ability to share knowledge in a way that deeply resonates. Today’s guest is one such person. In fact, his wife who is trained as a teacher even thinks that his teaching abilities are exceptional.
James Wedmore is the Founder of Business By Design. He is a true leader and a true teacher who has helped me tremendously. James has always had a passion to teach. When he learns something he cares about, he pours that passion into his teaching. He began with an online bartending school, and moved on to his true passion which is teaching You Tube and video marketing. James is a teacher that really cares, and he tries to break complicated topics down into an understandable level while still keeping the information actionable enough the students will actually be able to use it.
In this episode, we talk about his love for teaching and his business, but we also learn how he discovered how important mindset is for entrepreneurs to be successful. Today, we talk about limiting beliefs, doubt, self-sabotage, and all of the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects that need to be in alignment to succeed. Along with creating products and building a business around those products and more.
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[04:53] When James was in school if he learned something he was passionate about, he immediately wanted to share it with others.
[05:47] James first online business was an online bartending school. He would learn something and then teach it.
[06:24] James is most known for teaching You Tube and video marketing.
[06:50] He also went to film school, so this powerful medium was a great subject.
[07:29] He has created over 15 products about everything video related.
[08:06] Now he focuses on how to build a business teaching on Business By Design.
[08:37] The two sides to business include the technical how-tos and the mindset.
[12:22] How our conscious awareness is like a flashlight and we see a limited view.
[12:55] As we go through life, we tend to stop moving the flashlight around. This leads to filtering outside information.
[13:37] Looking for confirmation of what we already know or being willing to broaden our information.
[14:24] The shadow side to mastery.
[17:32] How awareness is the most important part of being coachable.
[19:43] The importance of intuition when making decisions.
[21:15] Coachability is about trying stuff on and then deciding to buy it.
[22:38] Having attachment for your own advice as a teacher.
[28:05] Challenging someone to be coachable is a great motivator for action.
[28:45] Distinctions between a coach and a teacher. A teacher is a teacher and coach is both.
[30:19] Blindspots are the things we don't know even exists. A coach can help identify the blind spots and suggest minor adjustments.
[32:37] How the transformation is in the transaction.
[36:35] How it is not bad to feel pressure to create an amazing product that adds value and more.
[41:14] Teaching is the transference of knowledge, but a coaching enables you to put that knowledge into practice through experience and action.
[43:49] People can be transformed through a launch without buying.
[45:41] Leaving an impact either way.
[47:07] How discoveries and breakthroughs come through action and experience.
[47:39] Having an absolute commitment and supporting a breakthrough year.
[49:18] Seeing each client as perfect. Nothing is wrong or broken.
[50:16] Speak to the higher part that is flawless and not mired in self-doubt.
[51:21] Detaching from yourself and your role. Don't say things to sound smart of look good. It's OK to say you don't know.
[52:32] As a coach, never rob your students of a lesson.
[53:27] Our answers have way less impact than if the student comes up with it themselves. Ask better questions.
[55:55] Entrepreneurs do not need permission unless you give it to yourself in the form of validation.
[01:02:16] Being a coach is about getting things more clear than they were before. Clarity, action, results.
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Natasha Vorompiova is one of the OG members of Fearless Launching. She has also taught me a lot about the systems that our businesses need at different stages from day one to when we start expanding and hiring people.
Natasha is a consultant and systems strategist who creates systems for growth oriented businesses. She is the woman behind Systems Rock where she helps clients establish systems for completing tasks with ease, marketing consistently, and onboarding effectively. Her past focus was on solo business owners, but now she focuses on businesses with small teams and helping the teams and the businesses grow.
We talk about having business systems in place and providing structure to allow team members to do their jobs effectively. We also talk about being an impact amplifier by amplifying the impact of each team member, so that the businesses impact is strengthened as it grows. Natasha has also graciously agreed to answer questions, so feel free to add your questions to the comment section.
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[03:17] Natasha was in my very first Fearless Launching community. She is a woman who has her systems down.
[05:06] Natasha is a systems specialist and architect. Until recently she has been working for solo business owners.
[06:00] A few months ago she shifted her focus from solo business owners to business owners with small teams.
[06:51] As teams grow, the old ways of doing things stop working. Owners need to communicate as a team so that they aren't the bottleneck of their business.
[07:40] Natasha is an impact amplifier by allowing business owners to amplify the impact of every team member.
[08:14] How impact gets diluted without systems and structures in place. It holds people back and doesn't allow them to do the work that they can do.
[10:37] The evolution of her Systemic Success program prompted Natasha to begin focusing on teams and business growth.
[12:31] Owners with larger teams had a different set of challenges.
[13:54] Working with the larger and growing teams allows Natasha to have a greater impact.
[14:28] Her systems create an environment to enable teams to perform their best.
[15:41] Her clients may have something in the way that allows team members to reach and perform at their potential.
[16:45] Clients don't want to go through the hiring and firing process until they find a mind reader. This is where systems come into play.
[18:09] Natasha works with clients who have teams one-on-one and with their teams.
[22:05] Teaching business owners how to get out of the way of the team members. Having systems to support the team.
[22:53] Using proper document and project management tools. Allowing the business owner to step back and let things get done.
[25:16] Problems with implementing systems and an adjustment period to trust the system and handle the new free time.
[29:38] Establishing time management and balancing systems when starting out.
[30:15] As the business grows there will be client facing systems and relationship building and marketing systems.
[31:20] The last piece is the systems for the team such as communication, leadership, and teamwork.
[33:58] The magical number of three. When you triple your team you need to inspect your systems. After adding 3, 10, 30, or 100 people, you need to restructure your systems.
[39:07] Create systems for things you repeat in order to not waste time doing the same thing over and over.
[46:37] Communicate your vision so that your team will own it.
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We all want to get more done or work harder, so that we can grow our businesses, launch our products and services, and have a happier life, but we don’t actually want to work harder. If this is how you feel about building your business, you are going to love my chat with Business Coach and Consultant Jenny Shih. Her focus is on helping women start, grow, and streamline their online service based businesses.
What I love about the way Jenny works is that whatever she puts out into the world, she does it with high integrity, massive respect, and in a super solid way. People say they like having transparency in their businesses, but Jenny conducts her business in a respectful modest style that really stands out. She does things on her own terms with what is right for her life.
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[04:03] Jenny's focus is on people who provide services and want to market to a worldwide audience.
[04:33] Working smarter not harder and doing it on her own terms.
[04:49] Making It Work Online is the current program she is working on and she plans to systemize her business.
[06:46] Jenny refined her process working one-on-one, then she created her Make It Work Online group program.
[08:23] People learn how to create packages and what to charge and how to find clients.
[10:47] Jenny's launch process and how she strives for continual improvement.
[12:09] She launched her virtual group with a webinar and a 3 part video series.
[12:47] Each launch she tries something new and steps up the process for each launch.
[17:19] Using the principles and art of marketing in the 3 part video series to make it effective.
[19:18] How competitive the online world is and how much effort is required for a solid launch.
[20:12] Constantly raising the bar of marketing to stay relevant.
[25:31] Work is required to be successful, but be practical and smart about how you are going to work.
[26:15]Being smart and wise about delegation and what we work on and what we say no to.
[26:52] Have clear limits about how you are willing to work.
[28:28] Having the most lucrative use of your time.
[29:08] Understanding the big picture of your business and make the smart decisions. There is no one size fits all answer.
[33:35] Asking what is your ultimate goal?
[34:15] Asking what is the most urgent and then question that.
[35:53] Systematizing anything that can be systematized once you know it is worth having a system in place.
[41:08] How avoidance can make our work more difficult.
[44:48] Working smarter is about getting curious and asking the right questions.
[45:31] Asking what is important and why.
[48:31] Making conscious deliberate choices.
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