Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sylvain Hache, Founder of NextLevelPublicSpeaking, located in Montreal, QC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
NextLevelPublicSpeaking.com helps introverts have more confidence, Charisma, and presence on stage, on camera, and in meetings. Clients range from camera-shy coaches afraid of doing their first Facebook lives to TV Hosts & International keynote speakers.
Tell us about yourself
As an ex-chronic stutterer, I know firsthand that every 10% improvement in communication can double the quality of your life. I know what it feels like to have a message inside you that needs to come out to the world, but you somehow lack the ability to do it. Now that I have suffered through decades of pain, stress, and humiliation and found my way out, I feel it's my moral duty to help others level up for their own sake and for the sake of those who need to hear their message.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is making more in a month doing something that I love, what I feel is meaningful, and that my clients love, than I used to make in a year doing a job that I hated, which was sucking the life out of me and taking me for granted.
One reason I quit that job is that I was basically paid to white lie all day long, and I just couldn't take it anymore. I now teach people truth-based story selling, storytelling, and story teaching, and I get to stand in that truth every day.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Starting, running, and growing a business are three totally different things.
Before you start, make sure you have systems and messaging in place so you don't get burned out by the fulfillment and so that people actually get what you're selling when they hear about it. Running the business takes at least ten times the effort you think it will, and it might take up to three times the time you think it will take to get to the point where you can breathe and look long enough to the future to start making long-term strategic decisions. If you're stuck working in the business most of the time, you can't work on the business, which brings you to the third step of growing.
Most mistakes you will end up making have been made by millions of people before you. What you need in the beginning is different from what you need in the end. Invest in coaches, mentors, masterminds, alliances, and tried-and-true in-the-trenches information, not some random dude talking from his mom's basement on YouTube.
Where can people find you and your business?
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