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IBG 48 – Julienne DesJardins – Measuring Success by Your Own Standards


If your business is just one of many things going on in your life, it can be discouraging to compare yourself to other entrepreneurs who can devote more time—and grow more quickly. Julienne DesJardins argues that the best way to avoid those comparisons is to focus on the metrics you set for yourself and take pride in the business you have built.

Julienne is the mompreneur behind DesJardins Digital. She serves as a strategist for small business owners and aspiring freelancers, helping her clients design and implement email and social media marketing campaigns. She also supports new freelancers and VAs through coaching and strategy calls. Julienne is a Certified ConvertKit Expert with digital marketing expertise, and she holds a master’s in public administration.

Today, Julienne shares how she transitioned from the nonprofit world to that of freelancing. She walks us through her business model, explaining the benefits of shifting from one-off projects to retainer clients. Julienne discusses the pros and cons of being able to work independently for long periods of time as well as the way she schedules her day with respect to her natural rhythm. Listen in for Julienne’s insight around recognizing your value as an entrepreneur and measuring success by your own standards.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Why Julienne chose entrepreneurship for the time freedom.
  • How Julienne made the transition from one-off projects to retainer clients.
  • The struggle around comparing your business growth to others.
  • The mompreneur’s need for a support system of some kind.
  • How Julienne leverages her introverted strength to work independently.
  • The challenge Julienne faced in being reintroduced to collaboration.
  • How reading Lean In inspired Julienne to start her own business.
  • How Julienne came to recognize the value she provides through DesJardins Digital.
  • How Julienne respects her natural rhythms and adjusts her schedule accordingly.
  • How Freelance to Freedom helped Julienne establish processes in her business.
  • Why Julienne recommends the Google suite of products.
  • How Called to Create explores entrepreneurship from a faith-based perspective.

Jennifer’s favorite quote

“I may walk slowly but I never walk backward.” -Abraham Lincoln

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Julienne’s Website

Julienne on Twitter

Julienne on Instagram

Solopreneur Strategy Facebook Group

Julienne on LinkedIn

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Freelance to Freedom Project

Google Products

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Called to Create by Jordan Raynor

Sarah’s Book List

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IBG 47 – Jennifer Corcoran – Tooting Your Own Horn: Self-Promotion for Introverted Entrepreneurs



“[Presenting to large groups] excites me and terrifies me in equal measure, but … it’s worth smashing through your comfort zone.”

Self-promotion can be difficult for introverts, especially those of us who happened to grow up in a culture without Show & Tell. We’ve been taught to be humble, to avoid exaggeration. So how do we learn to take advantage of opportunities to share our talents, grow into a more forward-facing role, and make a significant impact?

Jennifer Corcoran spent 20-plus years helping other people shine as a personal assistant, executive assistant and office manager before back surgery gave her the time and space to reflect—and that’s when My Super Connector was born. Through her business, Jennifer helps professionals, entrepreneurs and businesses increase their online presence, implement a social media strategy, and maximize their credibility and brand integrity. Jennifer has been recognized as CV Magazines’ Social Media Consultant of the Year, WeAreTheCitys’ Rising Star, and ‘Queen of Social Media’ by Eventopedia and Executive Secretary Magazine.

Today, Jennifer shares how she went from social media novice to online branding authority, building a business in the digital space where she feels most comfortable. She walks us through her business model, discussing her surprise in enjoying one-to-one consulting and workshops over strategy audits. Jennifer offers insight around her strengths in writing blog and social posts as well as the challenges she faces in promoting herself to secure new clients. Listen in to understand why Jennifer is pushing herself to take advantage of public speaking opportunities and increase her impact as an introverted entrepreneur!

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Jennifer’s comfort in the online space as an introvert.
  • How Jennifer’s training led to confidence in social media and online branding.
  • The challenges around knowing and showing your worth as an introvert.
  • How Jennifer generates revenue via strategy audits, one-to-one meetings and workshops.
  • How Jennifer is pushing herself in the areas of public speaking and video appearances.
  • How to leverage a strength in written communication through blogs and social posts.
  • How Jennifer’s back surgery led her to create My Super Connector.
  • The value of the introverted inclination to show up consistently and connect others.
  • Why Jennifer recommends the Haute Stock image library.
  • What Personal Branding for Brits taught Jennifer about self-promotion on social media.
  • Jennifer’s pride in her personal growth through her first year as an entrepreneur.

Jennifer’s favorite quote

“’We are in the glory days of the introverted entrepreneur. Because of technology, there are so many ways to build a company now, talk to people and make connections in the business world; all without leaving your desk.” -Gary Vaynerchuk

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

My Super Connector

My Super Connector on Twitter

My Super Connector on Facebook

Jennifer on LinkedIn

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

Haute Stock

Personal Branding for Brits: How to Promote Yourself, Raise Your Profile and Get Ahead … Without Sounding Like an Idiot by Jennifer Holloway

Enterprise Nation

Sarah’s Book List

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Lisa Wells

Bonus Episode: Delegating for Introverts with Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells

Lisa R. Wells is a marketing, operations, and systems guide for coaches, consultants, and virtual assistants. As a consultant and trainer since 2005, Lisa currently offers time-saving one-on-one consulting, proven forms and ebooks, and practical courses to grow your business and simplify the marketing and technical side.

Lisa has been on my podcast before (episode 18)

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Why delegating is especially hard for introverts
  • How having a virtual team or just a Virtual Assistant can make introverts feel less lonely
  • That you can start out small, you don’t immediately need a full team
  • How teaming up with a Virtual Assistant should be seen as an investment, not a cost
  • Why you need to plan for delegation before you need it
  • Our horror stories when starting with delegation
  • Why good communication is SOO important
  • That you need a backup plan!

“To thrive in your business only do what ONLY you can do”

Join us for our 7-Day ‘Delegating for Introverts’ training

You’ll get:

  • a daily delegating prompt via email
  • access to our private FB Group (questions, encouragement etc)
  • 2 live training calls with Sarah and me (best practices, 5-steps to effective delegation, strategies, you get to ask questions)
  • Lots of encouragement, accountability and much looove

Now is the time! Click below to join us for the 7-day ‘Delegating for Introverts’ training.

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IBG 46 – Tom Schwab – Reach Ideal Clients Through Podcast Interviews as an Introvert


“Ten thousand Twitter followers won’t help you when you’re broken down on the side of the road. But a few good friends will.”

The introverted tendency to build deep relationships with just a few people may seem like a disadvantage when it comes to marketing a business. But Tom Schwab argues that the tools of technology allow us to build meaningful relationships and establish trust while reaching hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of potential customers—through podcast interviews.

Tom is the founder of Interview Valet, a concierge-level Podcast Interview Marketing service that helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs get featured on leading podcasts in their area of expertise, targeting prospective clients and turning listeners into leads. Tom sees marketing as a conversation, and he contends that podcasts are the ideal format for introverted entrepreneurs who excel in building meaningful relationships: Share your heart with the host, and reach a much wider audience in the process!

Today, Tom shares how his experience in the Navy led to a love of connecting with other people. He explains the impetus behind Interview Valet, discussing how the service allows entrepreneurs to get in on the conversations their ideal customers are already having. Tom describes how his ability to listen and remember puts people at ease, why he builds in time to recharge at conferences, and how he invests in himself through a consistent morning routine. He also offers insight around how Play Bigger taught him to focus on being different rather than trying to compete with others. Listen in and learn how Tom seeks to learn something from every person he meets, embracing the idea that what’s ordinary to you is extraordinary to others!

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Tom’s take on marketing as a conversation with someone.
  • How introverts can use the power of the internet to connect with ideal customers.
  • How to get in on the conversations your ideal customers are already having.
  • How Interview Valet helps entrepreneurs get featured on podcasts.
  • The findings of the Interview Valet study, The 2017 State of Podcast Interviews.
  • How Tom’s ability to listen and remember puts people at ease.
  • The introverted tendency to build deep relationships.
  • How podcasts allow you to build trust with potential customers.
  • The value in repurposing content.
  • How Tom builds in time to recharge at live events.
  • His insight that what’s ordinary to you is amazing to others.
  • How Tom’s morning routine allows him to invest in himself.
  • How he uses Zoom to connect with people all over the world.
  • How Play Bigger taught Tom that ‘competition is for losers.’

Tom’s favorite quote

“The customers have the answers
We just need to be smart enough to know right answer when told.”

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Delegating for introverts

Interview Valet

Interview Valet on Facebook

Tom’s Website

Tom on Twitter

Tom on LinkedIn

Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah

The 2017 State of Podcast Interviews

Podcast Guest Profits: Grow Your Business with a Targeted Interview Strategy by Thomas M. Schwab

The Gallup Strengths Finder

Zoom

Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead and Kevin Maney

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Sarah’s Book List

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IBG 45 – Ann Brown – Overcoming the Fear of Visibility as an Introvert

Ann Brown had been hiding behind her laptop. Terrified of getting out there and being visible, she spent her days writing blog posts that no one was reading.

This struggle to represent ourselves is a common problem among introverts who feel real anxiety about selling what we do to other people. But if you’re not selling, you have a hobby—not a business. How did Ann break through that wall and allow herself to be vulnerable and visible?

Ann is the founder of Happy Being You, a business coaching program for sensitive introverts. One of the UK’s leading experts on overcoming the fear of visibility, Ann is passionate about helping introverted entrepreneurs get out of their own way, attract paying clients, and make a powerful impact on the people they are called to serve.

Today, Ann shares the personal tragedy that led her to establish her coaching program. She explains how her mind works as a sensitive introvert and how she leverages patience, tenacity and focus to be successful. Ann offers her take on promoting yourself as an introvert, managing overwhelm and overstimulation, and bringing yourself back into balance. Listen in for the story of Ann’s breakthrough and learn what inspired her to overcome the fear of visibility and cultivate a thriving business.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • How Ann’s mind works as a sensitive introvert.
  • How personal tragedy led her to create Happy Being You.
  • The difference between having a skill and establishing a business.
  • Ann’s take on selling your business as an introvert.
  • The online coaching model she uses to generate revenue.
  • The value of group coaching programs for introverts.
  • How Ann leverages patience, tenacity and focus to be successful.
  • Why it takes time for introverts to build trust.
  • How she manages overwhelm at networking events.
  • Ann’s strategy for limiting the overstimulation caused by social media.
  • How an AHA moment around making a video led Ann to her niche.
  • Why it’s okay to show up as yourself and take imperfect action.
  • The personal habit that brings her back into balance each morning.
  • How Why We Sleep transformed the way Ann prioritizes her time.

Ann’s favorite quote

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Happy Being You

Ann on Twitter

Ann on Facebook

Ann on LinkedIn

Ann’s Free eBook

CloudConvert

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhD

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Ariana Huffington

Sarah’s Book List

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IBG 44 – Milana Leshinsky – Creating Events That Work for Introverts


‘I was so bad at sales, I had to learn marketing!’

How do you initiate conversations and make connections—when approaching people isn’t your thing? Self-described introvert Milana Leshinsky brilliantly positions herself as a center of influence, and the people come to her. Though it surprises some to hear it, Milana actually creates her own events so that she doesn’t have to compete for attention, but simply attracts the people who respect her as an expert in the realm of online business.

Milana came to the United States from Soviet Ukraine 25 years ago as a classical musician. She started her first business as a web designer so that she could work from home while she raised her children, and went on to become a serial entrepreneur, inventing the telesummit and building a million-dollar coaching business. But when she began to suffer from anxiety, she knew it was time to take a step back and reflect.

Milana made the difficult decision to walk away from the business, handing the reins over to her co-founder. She spent the next 12 months figuring out what drives her and designing her new venture, Simplicity Circle. Now she is leading a simplicity revolution for coaches, authors, speakers and entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses with ease. Milana helps people identify their talents and design a business around their natural tendencies, so that her clients make money just by being themselves!

Today, Milana discusses the role introversion played in her decision to pursue online entrepreneurship and the way she designs events to accommodate introverts. She shares her understanding of simplicity as a question of alignment and the value of employing the right business model for your personality type. Milana offers insight around the significance of spaciousness, the way she uses Facebook Live as a teaching tool, and the telesummit as an ideal format for introverted entrepreneurs. Listen in and learn how to get around the discomfort of networking by establishing yourself as an authority in your field.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • The role introversion played in Milana’s choice to pursue computer programming.
  • How online business accommodates introverts in a big way.
  • How she designs events to serve introverts.
  • The idea behind Milana’s new venture, Simplicity Circle.
  • Her understanding of simplicity as a question of alignment.
  • How Simplicity Circle helps clients design a profitable business around their talents.
  • The value of employing the right business model for your personality.
  • Her talent for creating products and programs.
  • Milana’s strategy of attracting people as an expert in her niche.
  • Why the telesummit is an ideal strategy for introverted entrepreneurs.
  • Her insight around the significance of spaciousness.
  • Milana’s take on using Facebook Live to share or teach.
  • How Seth Godin’s book inspired her to create value through ideas.

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Simplicity Circle

Coaching Millions: Help More People, Make More Money, Live Your Ultimate Lifestyle by Milana Leshinsky

BeLive

Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin

Sarah’s Book List

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IBG 43 – Victoria Whitfield – Use Your Empathy Without Losing Yourself


Most introverts are quite good at communicating with others and connecting with people on a deeper level. But how do you cope when that ability starts to feel overwhelming? When other people’s energy starts to intrude on your own? When you wish you could just care a little bit less?

Sensei Victoria Whitfield was born an empath. Naturally intuitive, she has always been sensitive to the emotional energy of others. But a gift like Victoria’s can come with some negative repercussions, and for years, she suffered from severe depression and emotional overwhelm. 11 years ago, she committed to studying reiki and meditation as part of a personal healing journey. As friends and family noticed a positive change in Victoria, she began to share the reiki techniques as a hobby. Eventually, a business-minded mentor encouraged her to make her passion a profession, and she has been practicing full-time since 2013.

Victoria’s business, Natural Intuition, seeks to educate and empower driven, heart-centered entrepreneurs and corporate professionals to create the life of clarity, confidence and calm they crave via holistic stress management techniques like reiki and meditation. Today she explains the fundamentals of reiki, discussing how the practice helped her cope with emotional overwhelm. She gets into the details of her business model, sharing her integrated approach to working with individuals, groups and teams both on and offline.

Victoria covers her greatest strength as an introverted entrepreneur, the ability to listen and observe, as well as her biggest challenge, that of being a ‘control enthusiast.’ And she offers advice around developing a consistent daily ritual and leveraging digital tools for accountability. Listen in and learn to use the gift of empathy without losing yourself in the process.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Why Victoria uses the title of sensei.
  • The fundamentals of reiki.
  • How the study of reiki helped her cope with emotional overwhelm.
  • How Victoria’s hobby of teaching reiki evolved into a business.
  • Her diverse business model of in-person, online, one-on-one and group sessions.
  • Her integrated approach to working with teams.
  • How Victoria leverages her personal default to listen and observe as an introverted entrepreneur.
  • The significance of listening to yourself, to others and to spirit.
  • How connecting to nature gives her a sense of comfort, inspiration and wonder.
  • The challenge around being a ‘control enthusiast’ and the long steady process of letting go.
  • How developing a consistent daily ritual allows Victoria to get into the productivity zone.
  • How she employs the WinStreak app to take massive action in her business.
  • The way Jeff Walker’s book allowed her to see introversion as a strength.

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Victoria’s Website

Victoria on Facebook

Victoria on Twitter

Victoria on LinkedIn

Victoria’s Free Gift: Meditate in 5 Simple Steps

Zoom

The Good Life Project

Abraham-Hicks

WinStreak App for iOS

WinStreak App for Android

Natural Intuition Now: Uplevel Your Life by Awakening Your Innate Spiritual Senses by Sensei Victoria Whitfield

Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online, Build a Business You Love, and Live the Life of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker

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IBG 42 – Calvin Correli – Persistence is Everything


‘Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.’

–Calvin Coolidge

Both of Calvin Correli’s parents were programmers when there were only five computers in all of Denmark, so it is no surprise that he learned programming early. As an introvert, he took solace in the predictability of computers and went on to study computer science. In May of 2010, he founded Simplero, an all-in-one software solution for coaches, authors and speakers who want to sell courses and content online. Calvin’s SaaS platform does email marketing, automation, billing, landing pages, and even offers a complete website solution.

Beyond Simplero, Calvin pursues music, spirituality and personal development. In his business and personal interests, he sees persistence and consistency as the key to his growth and achievement. Today Calvin explores the cultural differences between his home country of Denmark and his current home in the US, discussing why he appreciates the talkative nature of Americans despite his introversion. He explains how his experience with marketing online courses led to the creation of Simplero and how the platform generates revenue. Calvin speaks to his introverted strengths and weaknesses, sharing how his resistance to reach out presents a challenge, while his discipline to stick with a project for the long haul contributes to his success. Listen in for Calvin’s insight around music, online security and developing a consistent routine.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Calvin’s early experience with programming.
  • Why he appreciates American talkativeness.
  • The features of his all-inclusive online course software.
  • How Calvin generates revenue through Simplero.
  • How his understanding of marketing online courses led to the creation of Simplero.
  • How persistence contributes to his success.
  • Calvin’s introverted resistance to reaching out for help.
  • The role music plays in his life.
  • Why consistency is the key to mastery.
  • The importance of using a password manager like 1Password for internet security.
  • How our thinking is to blame for any suffering we experience.

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Simplero

Calvin on Twitter

Calvin on LinkedIn

Calvin on Facebook

Calvin on Instagram

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

1Password

Loving What Is by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell

I Need Your Love—Is That True? by Byron Katie with Michael Katz

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IBG 41 – Josh Haynam – Empathy, Entrepreneurship and Product Improvement

The introvert’s ability to listen and truly empathize with others makes us good entrepreneurs. How so? Well, the best way to improve a product or service is to sit down with your customers and have a conversation, to gain an understanding what is and isn’t working and respond accordingly. In fact, that is how Interact Quiz Builder became the user-friendly platform it is today.

Josh Haynam grew up poor in Central Valley during the height of the recession. Inspired to do something different to earn an income, he started his own business installing lawns at the age of fifteen. Though the work was difficult, he loved the act of creating something out of nothing, and Josh’s entrepreneurial spirit was born.  In college Josh joined forces with a friend experienced in web design, and they started a business building websites. When a client asked them to create a quiz for lead generation and it realized a remarkable 75% conversion rate, Josh knew they were on to something.

Interact Quiz Builder was founded in January of 2014 and four years later, the tool is used by more than 30,000 businesses including The American Red Cross, Tony Robbins, and Forbes. Today Josh shares the evolution of Interact Quiz Builder, explaining its subscription model and how emotional intelligence and active listening led to product improvement. He discusses his particular challenge as an empathic introvert who wants to make everyone happy—in a world where that’s just not possible. Listen in for Josh’s advice around learning from people who are ‘a few steps ahead’ on the path you want to take.

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Josh’s early entrepreneurial experiences.
  • How he developed a persona to handle phone conversations.
  • His experience learning to adapt on the fly.
  • How Josh came to create Interact Quiz Builder.
  • How the Interact quiz-builder generates leads for online businesses.
  • Interact’s traditional SaaS platform subscription model.
  • How conversations with users led to product improvement.
  • How the introverted traits of active listening and perseverance serve Josh well in business.
  • Why Josh is focused on honing his skills in leadership and communication.
  • The importance of identifying what is truly important and what to let go.
  • Josh’s advice around using LinkedIn to connect with people ‘one step ahead.’

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Interact Quiz Builder

Josh on Twitter

Josh on LinkedIn

Pixabay

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

How Saying ‘No’ Can Help You Grow

Sarah’s LinkedIn Blog Post

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

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IBG 40 – Kamila Gornia – Marketing What Makes You Different

At times, introverts feel pressured to act like extroverts for the sake of acceptance. But Kamila Gornia argues that owning what makes you different and marketing those unique qualities provide the key to creating a successful, sustainable business.

Kamila moved to the US from Poland at the age of 13. Desperate to assimilate, she hid the pieces of herself that were not ‘normal,’ and made some poor choices in the name of acceptance and approval. Her introverted tendency to hide and do her own thing pushed against her need to be liked, and Kamila struggled. She started to find her way back to herself in young adulthood as her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start her own photography business as well as a health blog.

Through those projects, Kamila began to recognize her natural affinity for marketing and eventually started her own coaching business. Today she is the Blow Up, Scale Up marketing strategist who helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses and become online leaders. She is passionate about teaching her clients and community how to leverage their own natural abilities and personalities into strategic marketing campaigns.

On this episode, Kamila explains how she generates income via a diverse array of revenue streams. She speaks to the benefits of being curious and self-aware and the risk around getting too comfortable with being alone. Listen in to learn about the email marketing tools available to online entrepreneurs and how to own your uniqueness and build a thriving business!

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • How moving to the States at 13 affected Kamila.
  • Her obsession with assimilation and acceptance.
  • Her early entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • How Kamila came to recognize and own her facility for marketing.
  • Her mission to give clients the tools to create thriving businesses.
  • How introversion is viewed differently in the US versus Europe.
  • Kamila’s focus on working with groups (i.e.: mastermind, accelerator).
  • How she generates revenue through courses, events, retreats and a membership site.
  • Why she prefers to work with small groups over one-on-one clients.
  • How confidence plays into Kamila’s ease in interacting with people.
  • How she leverages the introverted tendency to be curious and self-aware.
  • The danger of getting too comfortable with being alone.
  • How her ‘medium woo’ morning routine creates the foundation for her day.
  • The benefits of Infusionsoft as an email marketing and CRM platform.
  • How Be Obsessed or Be Average motivates Kamila with the ‘no excuses’ mentality.
  • Why she is inspired by her clients’ commitment to their work.

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Kamila’s Website

Kamila on Facebook

Kamila on Twitter

Kamila on Instagram

Kamila on YouTube

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

MailChimp

AWeber

ConvertKit

ActiveCampaign

Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

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