Entrepreneur Interview – Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown has been an entrepreneur all her life. From a successful 12 year career as a Realtor, to an international sales and marketing director, Kerry is known as the Small Biz Expert and Strategist. She is a wise, results driven, inspiring and kick butt coach.
Kerry is a Licensed Advanced Professional Business Coach and Certified MasterMind Executive Coach with 25+ years’ experience speaking, coaching and training. Kerry was most recently awarded Coach of the Year – Western North America Region by the Professional Business Coaches Alliance, an alliance of over 100 licensed professional business coaches.
Entrepreneur Interview Q & A
1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do?
My company name is Success Biz Coach, a Business and Leadership Coaching, Consulting and Training Company that I’ve owned for 18 years.
2. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see?
I was looking for a career change 18 years ago and hired a coach to help me determine my next steps. I loved the process and one day he said to me that I should consider becoming a coach! My initial training was as a personal/life coach. I saw the world of personal development offering people inspiration however there was no long term change in behavior. That is the value and opportunity in coaching as it was a very new profession at the time. I started attracting small business owners, entrepreneurs and service providers, and realized that they also wanted to learn business acumen, and wanted answers to their questions on how to create a successful business. I then went on to receive my Professional Business Coach and Advanced Professional Business Coach certifications. Along the way I also received an Executive Coaching certification. What I offer my clients is a unique combination of business, leadership and personal coaching which is needed in the market. Small business owners are practical and want bottom line results from the time and money they spend on anything, including coaching. I have also added to my business model programs for the very small solo entrepreneur and service providers who are financially strapped, but desperately need what I have to offer. My Passport to Growth Academy programs offer them the same coaching and advice I give my 6 and 7 figure clients in small group or self-paced programs.
3. What have been your biggest challenges?
All the challenges that a solo entrepreneur has: learning how to delegate, getting past spending money on my business, setting aside time to work on my business, figuring out the business model that works best for me. Time management of course. The good news is that eventually I overcame them!
4. What has been your greatest reward?
Seeing breakthroughs in my clients and seeing their businesses thrive.
5. If you could change something, what would it be?
The mindset that says, “I don’t have the money to pay for coaching”, when in fact they can’t afford not to.
6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be?
Seek advice and help from those whose only agenda is to have you be successful. Well-meaning friends and family and novices in business who give advice can unfortunately send you down the wrong path.
7. Social Media. Yay or Nay?
It depends. If your ideal clients are on social media, then of course you have to be there. Mine are; both for my 1:1 coaching and my 1-to-many programs.
8. How do you market your products?
Relationship marketing is one of my key marketing strategies, a weekly Google Hangout show called HangOutWithCoachKerry – all the videos are on YouTube and on my web site, guest interviews on podcasts, radio shows, both internet and radio, and social media.
9. Is your business a service or a product? If you are a product, how do you handle production?
10. What is unique about your business?
My unique combination of education and training; personal experience which also allows me to mentor clients; my 1-to-many programs.
11. Sell me your product/service.
1:1 – Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who struggles with business development, sales conversion, HR issues, business systems, lack of time for strategic planning? If so then it is time to work ON your business not just IN your business and hire a trusted advisor who will help you gain clarity on what is the cause of your challenges, help you design the strategy and tactics to transform your business and the accountability to keep you on track and focused on the right things in your business.
1-to-Many programs – Are you a solo entrepreneur or service provider that is overwhelmed and frustrated working long hours and still don’t have the results you hoped? The Passport to Growth Academy programs offer you an affordable, easy to consume option to learn what it really takes to create a successful business, how to manage your priorities and create a sustainable and enjoyable business on your terms.
12. How can people get in touch with you? What’s your website/Contact information?
- Website: http://HangOutWithCoachKerry.com
- Email: Kerry@SuccessBizCoach.com
- Phone: 250-658-1904 ext. 2
- Social media: twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn; KerryBrownCoach
- Google+: HangOutWithCoachKerry