Joleene Moody is a former video journalist and television reporter turned transformational speaker, author and Passion-Shift coach. Using her experience in talents both behind the camera and in front of it, she helps writers, coaches and entertainers create speaking gigs and profit from their creative passions. She’s also the host and producer of the Rapid Fire Coaching blog, a budding playwright and the author of Memoirs of Normalcy. She’ll make you laugh. She’ll make you feel inspired. She’s the founder of Joleene Speaks.
You can soar. You can really make it work. But you have to be willing to do the work. – Joleene Moody
Joleene spoke about being a risk-taker. She talked about having the drive and the courage to go after her dreams of being an entrepreneur. The road has not been easy but the flexibility and the freedom has made it all worth it. You have to be willing to invest in yourself and your craft in order to see it succeed. There are times you will fail and times you will see great success. You have to be willing to try everything you can to make it possible. Own your business. Make it your own and no one else’s.
Joleene’s One Idea
She started as a television reporter for 10 years but actually didn’t like it much. She wanted and knew there was something more. Joleene is very independent and works much better on her own. What started the idea was doing an interview with a speaker who was hired to speak in front of 600 people. “If I could embrace something like that, I could create and design my own schedule, my own life, my own salary essentially, and be able to do all the things you said in my intro.” She wanted to live her own life and build her own dreams. She gave her five weeks notice at her job, not knowing where she was going next, but curious to see where it would take her. At the very beginning she knew she wanted to be a speaker and wanted to shift people from the corporate world and into their own world. Her first speaking gig was for a hundred dollars, in front of a women’s Christian conference. There she discovered her “sweet spot” and never looked back.
“I chose to do this coach, consultant, speaker because it gave me the ability of a freedom.” Joleene teaches entrepreneurs how to “..find or create speaking engagements to generate a five figure payday.” She shows them how to convert a four to six hour workshop into five figures; big money without working a lot of hours.
Lessons / Struggles
“You need to spend money and be prepared to lose it.” She paid someone to create everything for her webinar but it turned out to be a flop. She lost a lot of money but she learned that kind of marketing wasn’t for her. You have to find the one that works for you.
“When we’re working a job we don’t love, we write the story in our head that we can’t leave that job because we have a family or home we have to take care of.” People are so fearful and unwilling to take risks. They would rather take the easy route. You have to be risk-takers.
“You’re going to invest and sometimes it’s not going to work. But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to work.”
“Give yourself permission to test different marketing and spend money and understand sometimes they’re not going to work but that’s part of this process.”
There’s a different balance when becoming an entrepreneur. You need to be patient and know that nothing’s perfect. Some things will fail.
“You have a strength and a mind, every single one of us that can do amazing things if you let it and you trust yourself.”
You don’t need to be rich to be successful. Sometimes freedom and flexibility are more important. It’s yours. You control how much money you make.
5 Moves To Start A New Business
- Put your website up.
- Website should be clean and well-functioning.
- Have beautiful business cards, depicting your branding.
- Get yourself branded.
- Put yourself out there in front of as many people as possible every day.
Memoirs of Normalcy: Journey from Sedentary to Extraordinary by Joleene Moody
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield. Individuals need to be responsible for their own business. It’s not anyone else’s responsibility.
Secret To Success
“PERSEVERANCE. Even when I thought this was the stupidest idea that it sucked, that I was going to go broke, going to go crazy, I stayed with it.”