Bestsellers, Business & The Brain with Otakara Klettke

Bestsellers, Business & The Brain with Otakara Klettke

Bestsellers, Business & The Brain with Otakara Klettke

Otakara Klettke is an international bestselling author of “Hear Your Body Whisper; How to Unlock Your Self-Healing Mechanism”, and newly released “Hear Your Brain Whisper, How to Unlock Your Mind's Potential”. She is also an author of the bestselling children's book series “Detective Bella Unleashed”. She is passionate about anything from nature, whether it's a human, animal, or the whole universe. She is an avid supporter of eco-friendly life and education, fascinated by scientific studies, and an incurable traveler. In today’s episode, Otakara and Monique are talking about how Otakara suffered from many unfortunate health conditions, which kept her in bed for many days at the time. Without anything to watch on TV, and with a massive library her parents had available, she developed a passion for reading quality books. From an early age, she fell in love with folk fairytales from around the world which later on turned into her passion for writing books herself.

HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

[1:31] – Monique introduces her guest, Otakara Klettke.

 

[1:48] – Tell everyone who are you, what do you do, where are you from and where are you now?

  • I’m an author and books are my world.
  • I was born in the Czech part of the former Czechoslovakia.
  • I live in the United States in Oregon,

 

[3:00] – What made you decide to move to the U.S.A?

  • I used to come here at least once a year.
  • I went to Florida and I met my husband who was from Oregon.

 

[4:54] – Tell me about your childhood.

  • I was growing up during communism.
  • I was affected, but not at the same time. Not in a way people think.

 

[23:340] – Otakara talks about how accents make her feeling so excluded.

 

[40:12] – Tell me about the new book and what it’s all about.

  • It is about the human brain. 
  • It’s about how we can tune up our brain into its best possibilities and it focuses a lot on our neurotransmitters and the way the brain functions. 

 

[42:05] – How did you get started writing these types of books?

  • This book about the brain actually follows my first book “Hear your body whisper; How to unlock your self-healing mechanism”.
  • Part of it was based on my childhood. 

 

[1:01:15] – When is your book coming out?

  • July 22, 2020
  • Coming out on international brain day.

 

[1:11:41] – What does efficiency mean to you?

  • Efficiency means to focus clearly and get things done whatever it needs to be in a shortest amount of time.

 

[1:12:32] – Which of the three things would you keep doing over and over again, to get back to success again

  • Dancing
  • Books
  • Traveling 

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    If you focus on changing the chemistry of your brain, you can change how you feel, if you change how you feel you can become more productive, you can become better and do what you love and you can change the things in your life a lot just by tuning up your brain.

    Otakara Klettke

    Efficiency means to really focus clearly and get things done whatever it needs to be in the shortest amount of time.

    Otakara Klettke

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    Operations, Outsourcing & Onboarding with Nathan Hirsch

    Operations, Outsourcing & Onboarding with Nathan Hirsch

    Operations, Outsourcing & Onboarding with Nathan Hirsch

    Nathan Hirsch is an entrepreneur and expert in remote hiring and eCommerce. Most recently, Nathan co-founded FreeeUp.com in 2015 with an initial $5,000 investment, scaled it to $12M per year in revenue, and was then acquired in 2019. Today, Nathan is a co-founder of OutsourceSchool, a company working to educate entrepreneurs on how to effectively hire and scale with virtual assistants through in-depth courses. Nathan has appeared on 300+ podcasts, is a social media personality, and loves sharing advice on scaling remote businesses. In today’s episode, Nathan and Monique are talking about how Nathan bootstrapped 3 different businesses with less than $5k initial investment. The last company hit 8-figures in revenue and was acquired within the industry, a dream that came true. Nathan also shares the journey from the initial investment, to efficiently scaling the business organically for 4 years. This episode is for all of you out there who are entrepreneurs by heart and are looking for inspiration to see, you too can be the one hitting big goals!

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [1:12] – Monique introduces her guest, Nathan Hirsch.

     

    [2:27] – Tell us about who you are, what you do, why you have a German surname and how was it growing up being a Half-German?

    • I am the co-founder of Outsource School
    • My dad’s German and Jewish.
    • I grew up in a town called East Longmeadow in Massachusetts.

     

    [4:49] – Nathan talks about his first glimpse into being an entrepreneur.

     

    [7:50] – Walk me through your experience of school and share a bit about the educational system.

    • College was a fun time. I met some of my best friends. I started my business there, I met my business partner.
    • Did I get an ROI on the degrees? Not, but if I didn’t go to college, then I wouldn’t have met my business partner and who knows where I’d be right now.

     

    [12:21] – What made you decide that you don’t want to follow your parent’s steps?

    • My aunt influenced me a lot.
    • I got to see my aunt start her own business.
    • I gotta see her upgrade nicer houses as her business grows.
    • I got to talk to her and learn from her.

     

    [15:27] – Which of the life skills do you think are the most important one when it comes to outsourcing?

    • Focusing your time and having a priority is important.
    • No matter what you’re doing in life, you have to have time management skills. You have to have the ability to prioritize.

     

    [16:56] – When you started outsourcing, what was it that you were looking for in the beginning?

    • At the beginning, I just needed help.
    • I learned from scratch, and it took me years to build out my interview process. My on boarding process and my training process through a lot of trial and error.

     

    [18:35] – Do you only hire people in the Philippines or do you actually hire worldwide?

    • I like to divide up hiring into three levels. The followers, the doers, and the experts.
    • I hire followers from the Philippines
    • And I hire doers and experts from different countries.

     

    [19:16] – What do you think makes them the best followers?

    • They learn English at a very young age.
    • They have a great sense of family, which is good if you are creating a good culture and a good team.

     

    [21:11] – What are the things that would piss you off the most about this industry?

    • Not treating the VA well.

     

    [34:17] – What do you think are the great perks to offer to a team that’s not on a payroll?

    • They get the flexibility to work remotely.
    • I’m also flexible when it comes to days off.
    • We’ve thrown Christmas parties, where we’ll pay for the food. We’ll pay for everything and they’ll get together.

     

    [40:01] – When you start working with entrepreneurs and outsourcing. What question would you wish they would ask you more?

    • I like to focus on system and process questions.

     

    [44:32] – What does efficiency mean to you?

    • It’s all about figuring out what hours in the day I’m most productive doing things. And what I can get done to move the needle.

     

    [46:36] – Which of the three things would you keep doing over and over again to get back to success?

    • Networking
    • Going on podcasts
    • Partnerships

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      Focusing your time and having a priority is incredibly important.

      Nathan Hirsch

      You have to have time management skills, you have to have the ability to prioritize.

      Nathan Hirsch

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      Self-Awareness, Systems & Support with Loic Alix-Brown

      Self-Awareness, Systems & Support with Loic Alix-Brown

      Self-Awareness, Systems & Support with Loic Alix-Brown

      Loic is one of the CEOs and Co-Founders at Flick, a SAAS solution to help entrepreneurs, content creators, and small businesses find the best hashtags to reach their target audience on Instagram. In today’s episode, Loic and Monique are talking about how being efficient with money and a small team helped him turn his agency from being in debt to a highly successful software company in only 18 months.

      HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

      [1:33] – Monique introduces her guest, Loic Alix-Brown.

       

      [1:58] – Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about who you are, where you are located, what you do?

          • My name is Loic Alix-Brown.
          • I’m half French, half English.
          • I am the head of the product of flick.tech.

      [2:59] – Where did you grow up?

          • I was actually born in London.
          • I did go to a French school. 
          • My whole education was French.

      [3:44] – What was your childhood experience growing up in London?

          • I was very lucky to have a sort of very close parent to me who did take very good care of me. 
          • I have quite a sheltered childhood.

      [5:29] – Loic talks about why he decided to start working by the age of 16.

       

      [7:44] – Where do you think does this mindset come from?

          • Part of it was school and just a general dynamic between myself and my friends.
          • We always push each other quite hard in a nice way.

      [10:26] – How did you get started in building a drone?

          • Did some research from youtube videos.
          • A detailed blog post about how to build a drone.

      [13:57] – Loic talks about the very start of his digital marketing journey.

       

      [17:55] – What has been enabling you with your mindset to go faster and further with this company?

          • There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it.
          • I’ve been very lucky with the people I’ve met. My business partners are absolutely amazing.

      [30:27] – Loic talks about how he managed to organize his time between school and a building a business.

       

      [39:03] – What does efficiency mean to you?

          • Efficiency is just making the most of the time you have.

      [39:28] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again, to get back to success?

          • Finding my current co-founders somehow.
          • Optimizing my organizational skills a lot earlier. 
          • I’m cultivating this idea of accountability.

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      Planning is the biggest thing. It just gives you freedom

      Monique Lindner

      Efficiency is just making the most of the time you have.

      Loic Alix-Brown

      Once you know what you do when you do it, and you just do it, it’s gonna be so much more efficient, and it gives you so much time back.

      Monique Lindner

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      Remote-Work, Recruiting & Resilience with Anna Shcherbyna

      Remote-Work, Recruiting & Resilience with Anna Shcherbyna

      Remote-Work, Recruiting & Resilience with Anna Shcherbyna

      For the past 8 years, Anna has been working in Operations and Recruitment for both major companies and remote businesses. She currently, runs a remote-focused recruitment agency that helps companies hire top remote talent via a done-for-you service. She is originally from Ukraine but is currently location independent. In today’s episode, Anna and Monique are talking about big goals, both personally and professionally to bring value to the remote working community.

      HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

      [02:07] – Monique introduces her guest, Anna Shcherbyna.

       

      [04:13] – Tell everyone first, what are you doing? Where are you from? And who are you?

      • My name is Anna.
      • I am originally from Ukraine.
      • I run a remote agency, It is specifically helping online businesses hire remote teams all over the world.

       

      [05:20] – How do you go about finding remote teams?

      • It’s such a unique process, in my personal opinion.
      • So what we do is we fully try to understand and, what we’ve done is we’ve figured out which job boards in which locations we can actually go to to find those specific people.

       

      [12:00] – How can you evaluate the values of the people who are applying? And do they actually apply themselves? Or do you headhunt? Most of the people into the funnel? How does it work?

      • In terms of how we find them, the actual job boards or locations where we’re finding candidates are also the same locations where we can invite candidates.
      • In terms of values, I’d actually even pull that back a little bit and say, personality, culture fit.

       

      [30:29] – How did you experience growing up? Did you grow up in Ukraine at all?

      • I was born there.
      • it was a really hard time. I actually had a year where like a gap year when I was I think 16 or 15.

       

      [54:50] – What does efficiency mean to you?

      • The team creates efficiency.
      • I’m extremely passionate about a team because I truly believe that the reason that I got to be efficient in my business is with a team.
      • Surround yourself with people who are better than you at what you need them to be.

       

      [1:02:09] – If you would have to start all over again which of the three things that you’ve done has been so successful that you would be doing them over and over again to get where you are now?

      • Learning that team can support me has been a revelation.
      • I’ve been able to grow my own skills and learn because of the people in my life.
      • People are the key to success. 
      • If you want to go fast, go alone if you want to go far go together.

       

      AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT

      IN THIS EPISODE

       

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      Sometimes we learn from our own mistakes. Sometimes we learn from other people’s mistakes.

      Anna Shcherbyna

      Take care of the team, the team takes care of the business.

      Anna Shcherbyna

      If you want to go fast, go alone if you want to go far go together.

      Anna Shcherbyna

      Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

      Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

      Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

      Abby Walla is an award-winning Actor/Writer/Entrepreneur in Hollywood. She has acted in top TV shows & movies on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, ABC and more. She coaches entrepreneurs to become confident & authentic on camera to attract their dream clients and make their competition irrelevant using the "Crushing It On Camera" video techniques. She also built a 6-figure Digital Marketing agency on the side in under a year while traveling the country promoting her film on the film festival circuit. In today’s episode, Abby and Monique are talking about setting strict priorities and how to be okay with the fact that there are days that not everything is going to get done. And that this, besides many surprises, is just part of running a business.

      HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

      [02:19] – Monique introduces her guest, Abby Walla.

      [03:48] – Let everyone know what are you doing?

          • So I am an actor and a writer living in Los Angeles, California.
          • I am also an entrepreneur.
          • I have a business called Crushing It On Camera where I teach entrepreneurs how to be awesome on camera.

      [05:10] – How did you split your time between being an actress, an author, and your business?

          • Even if your career is going really well there’s typically a need to have some other income involved.
          • It gave me an amazing opportunity to start my business, I’m really passionate about it because I’m able to do what I love

      [07:21] – How did you work with the things you planned and then suddenly you get a call for a casting and then everything is different?

          • It’s challenging when it comes up because I just have to totally shift gears and then commit to what’s right in front of me.
          • It was important not to actually block out every hour of the day because it would be like, too hard to like move things around.

      [10:57] – During our work, what did we figure out about health issues and how were we able to integrate them as well?

          • Health stuff is crazy because sometimes it happens and you can’t see it coming and then sometimes it just like, snap your fingers and it’s there and you were not expecting in.

      [15:53] – Monique and Abby talk about hiring and delegating.

       

      [23:14] – How do you show up yourself on camera when you actually don’t feel like you’re 100%?

          • The motivation that I need is like focusing on the value that I’m going to give or the impact that I’m going to have like trying to take the focus off of myself and how I’m feeling and on, the purpose of what I’m doing, that helps motivate me more.

      [27:48] – Should you actually show up at all if you really don’t feel like it or should you look back on what actually happened and show up afterward?

          • I do think we have to put our self-care first. And sometimes that means we need to have the internet off and our phones away, and we just need time for ourselves to heal.  

      [34:36] – So tell me about your program, Crushing It On Camera, what is the essence of entrepreneurs and business owners usually go wrong?

          • People just don’t prepare that they want it to come across like they’re doing it on the fly and it’s natural and conversational, but then they don’t even do any preparation.

      [47:28] – What does efficiency mean to you?

          • The smartest way to get to where you need to go

      [48:14] – What are your top three things that have gotten you from where you started to where you are now that you wouldn’t want to miss for the ongoing journey?’

          • Believing that it’s possible.
          • Hiring coaches and mentors.
          • Not being afraid to put the work in,
          • Take care of yourself (well, a bonus one)  

       

      AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT

      IN THIS EPISODE

       

      [04:42] – How Monique helped Abby to finally get everything scheduled & ‘under control’ –
      https://www.moniquelindner.com/work-with-me/

      [31:08] – Course on Becoming a boundaries badass by Mark Groves –
      https://mark-groves.mykajabi.com/boundaries

      [50:37] – Abby’s Facebook Group For Entrepreneurs on Camera –
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConfidenceOnCameraForEntrepreneurs/

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      Being hard on what the priorities are, and then just being okay with the fact that there are days that not everything is going to get done, and that’s okay. And that’s just part of running a business.

      Abby Walla

      The pain is what brings you to your power.

      Monique Lindner

      I do think we have to put our self-care first. And sometimes that means we need to have the internet off and our phones away, and we just need time for ourselves to heal.
      Abby Walla

      Funnels, Fire & The Fuel of Life with John Ainsworth

      Funnels, Fire & The Fuel of Life with John Ainsworth

      Funnels, Fire & The Fuel of Life with John Ainsworth

      This is the man who built automated funnels for over 10 years. The man who helped people increase their revenue between 25 - 300%. The genius, John Ainsworth. In today’s episode, John will talk about how people take action when they are in the right emotional and mental state to do so and how people are way more likely to buy from someone if they've bought from them before and got good value.

      HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

      [01:14] – Monique introduces her guest, John Ainsworth.

       

      [02:16] – Tell me a little bit about where you are right now and what you’re doing basically?

      • What we do is we help people who are selling info products like online courses.
      • We help people to figure out how to set up email marketing, the sales pages, facebook retargeting.

       

      [05:03] – How do we get started with an info Product Funnel?

      • Building trust with audiences
      • People will take action when they are in the right emotional and mental state to do it.
      • After that, they’re definitely ready to buy something else from you.

       

      [12:20] – For people who haven’t been doing that before, where should they be starting and what shouldn’t they be doing?

      • If you’re already selling something it should be easy
      • You can do it in teachable, WordPress.

       

      [14:04] – What do you think is the most important thing was the email marketing?

      • One thing is to send to people who bought the tripwire send them a couple of emails,
        reminding them about the offer of buying the main course from you.

       

      [20:28] – How do you work with your team?

      • I’ve got a team of four people.
      • Every week I do a planning session, and I’ll go through and I’ll figure out what needs to get done this week.
      • Figuring out my “why” really trying to narrow down and understand why is it that I’m doing this, what is my purpose? What am I trying to achieve?

       

      [26:46] – Monique talks about the seven levels of why.

      • If you don’t cry, it’s not your why.

       

      [32:20] – How do you actually define efficiency?

      • Trying to make everything run elegantly as like cutting out all of the bits that don’t need doing. 

       

      [47:58] – What are the top three recommendations or advice or things that you would do if you have to start over again to be not working hard, but efficient and still getting to your goals?

      • First – find out what people really want
      • Second – look at the journaling
      • Third – being willing to be emotionally uncomfortable

         

        AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE

         

        [13:07] – Teachable – a platform to produce and host your course on:  https://teachable.com/

        [13:10] – Wordpress – A CMS system to build websites and online stores on with the best plugins & templates available on the market:  https://wordpress.com/

        [32:58] – The 80-20 principle – A helpful method to be able to prioritize life & business better  – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/1/80-20-rule.asp 

        IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

        People will take action when they are in the right emotional and mental state to do it

        John Ainsworth

        The biggest foundation for your motivation is your motive

        Monique Lindner

        I think one of the things that have managed to do well, is willing to be wrong
        John Ainsworth

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