Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chip Eichelberger, Founder of GetSwitchedOn.com, located in Knoxville, TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am THE ENERGY SOURCE for the typical boring conventions and primarily Sales Kickoffs events. I have been hired over 1000 times in the past 29 years for clients like Apple, GM, Lennar Homes, Lenovo, and MassMutual. I do customized, engaging workshop-style opening and closing sessions to help people get clear on what is important and what they are neglecting, inspire a more compelling vision, and mindset, and switch on their performance to increase personal performance, productivity and revenue.
Tell us about yourself
I worked with Tony Robbins for six years, ultimately becoming his international point man in the UK and Australia. I formed my own company in 1995 and have been driven to make a difference ever since. I have pivoted because of the pandemic to help companies drive healthy habits in their employees. I am launching EmployeeWellnessVideo s.com shortly. I help make good wellness programs great.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Helping hundreds of thousands of people make new decisions to improve their lives.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Surviving the many economic challenges over the past 25 years that impacted the meetings industry - 9-11, Global Financial Crises, the Pandemic. Always finding a way to make it happen.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Pick unique ways to stand out and be different with your offering. Do not be me too. As Jerry Garcia said - You do not have to be the best. Just me, the only one who dies what you do. Everyone does not have to like you.
- Talent is overrated. You have to be a plugger and do the work consistently.
- Use leverage. The tendency is to try to do it all yourself. Use the expertise of others and free agents on Fiverr who have skills you do not.
Where can people find you and your business?
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