Jaime Jay welcomes Simon Whitbread to today’s podcast. Simon is the founder of The Business Conversationalist. Tune in to learn how you can optimize your business conversations and get the results you want!
The Start of a Journey
Simon used to work for a large insurance company in the UK. He loved working on things that inspire, develop, and grow people.
People start a business, and replicate what they do in a corporate world but as a self-employed person.” -Simon Whitbread
He launched his own business about 6 years ago, and spent the last 4 years sharing the importance of conversation and relationships within small businesses.
From Corporate to Individual Credibility
Over the years of being an entrepreneur, Simon learned several timeless lessons. One thing was the sense that organizations do business with organizations.
It wasn’t off the back of my own credibility; it was the organizational credibility.” -Simon Whitbread
Once you start having your own journey, all the credibility you had from the corporate world disappears. That’s when you start building your own credibility. Build relationships off the back of who you are.
Challenges to Growth
One of the challenges that Simon encountered as an entrepreneur was the importance of structure and politics. He shares that when one becomes self-employed, that means nothing to anybody.
It’s the individual personal stuff that makes the biggest difference.” -Simon Whitbread
Another difficulty was pricing. There’s a struggle in moving from a steady salary to an unpredictable pay. Simon discusses how this was so.
Listen to know how you can optimize your business through The Business Conversationalist. Connect with Simon Whitbread at email@example.com. Remember to let Simon know you heard about him on Stop Riding the Pine!
Here are the highlights of my conversation with Simon Whitbread if you are in a hurry:
- Who is Simon Whitbread? ([5:07])
- Lessons learned from differences? ([7:18])
- Dealing with pricing? ([9:22])
- Dealing with expectations and clients? ([12:03])
- What is The Business Conversationalist? ([13:56])
- Significance of conversation within an organization? ([19:50])
- Simon’s Breakaway Moment? ([26:40])
- Simon’s piece of advice? ([36:43])
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