Expert Insights: Abby Marks Beale on How to Learn Better

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Name: Abby Marks Beale

Expertise: Personal and professional productivity and America’s #1 Speed Reading Expert

What inspires you to teach/coach people? I used to HATE to read! When I was in college, I thought I was the slowest reader in the world and chose not to read any more than I had to. Then after college I learned some simple strategies for getting to the heart of any reading material without wasting a lot of time or energy. That was 25 years ago and I continue to be passionate about sharing these “secrets” with those who are interested! I have added other topics in the arena of time and email management and work-life balance. All necessary skills for feeling satisfied at the end of every day.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? I have learned from many people, through motivational speeches, books, articles and through networking. I have this incredible desire to be knowledgeable about many things and I enjoy listening or reading anyone’s words who make sense and resonate with my passions.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try again! There is no one best way to make it in business but you are guaranteed never to succeed if you don’t keep trying!

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick?
Again, there are many I would love to learn from! I wouldn’t turn down any opportunity from anyone in my areas of passion who have made in roads or are successful.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? I love to see their faces and to be able to show them physically what better reading looks like. It personalizes it. It’s the next best thing to being there

Expert Insights: Ronii Bartles on How to Find Your Niche

expert-insightsName: Ronii Bartles

Expertise: Operations Marketing/Branding

What inspires you to teach/coach people? The Ah-ha moment. The look in people’s eyes when they get it and it all clicks. When I work with clients I feel like I preach, preach, preach but I love it when 6 months or a year later we are having a cocktail at happy hour and they are talking about a project they are working on and how the other parties involved just don’t get it and they look at me and say, “they need you”. Its because they get it now and I have taught them well.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? One of my bosses (the Senior Partner) at a marketing research company I worked for (who is still my client). He founded the company on his own and grew it to an 11 person company. He told me one time that in any business you need a finder, minder and grinder. That no one person can truly be all 3 and you need to find people’s natural strengths for one of those 3 areas and you will all be successful together.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? Niche into a special skill and then do it better than anyone else. Having a general knowledge of your field is great but having a special skill makes you more in demand, you can charge more and is a more concise message for potential clients to comprehend.


If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick?
Oprah. With an empire like that she must superior time management skills and drive. I’d like some of that.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? You can see the expression on their face in real time and I can see when they are comprehending what I’m trying to teach. I get to see that ah-ha moment.

Expert Insights: Erica Diamond on Helping Women Thrive in Life

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Expertise: Helping Women Thrive in Life, Entrepreneurship and Motherhood

What inspires you to teach/coach people? The satisfaction I derive from seeing my clients improve, grow and flourish in their lives is what fuels me. It’s why I do what I do.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? I would definitely say my father. He taught me the art of the hustle – which has never failed me to accomplish my goals and dreams. Did you know studies show that willpower contributes to success more than intelligence? That’s some powerful stuff.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? If we’re talking building an online presence, I would say BE YOU. No one does you like you… your unique voice is what will bring you eyeballs, and then dollars.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? Oprah, baby! She has what I am building – a full multi-level platform to help women and change the world.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? Obviously, I enjoy meeting my clients as a first choice. I can touch them, feel their energy and vibrations. But video works beautifully and I coach women around the world in business startup, marketing and sales strategies, and life coaching right over video.

Expert Insights: Luisa Lucia on the truth about the Fashion Industry

IMG_2081Name: Luisa Lucia

Expertise: Personal Styling

What inspires you to teach/coach people? I’m the type of person that can’t keep knowledge to myself, especially if it’s related to something I’m good at, interested in, or passionate about.  My mother has been a dedicated high school teacher for 40 years.  I’m a natural teacher and I’m certain that’s something I inherited from her.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? When I started out styling in LA, I encountered a number of ‘eccentric’ industry personalities.  As an intern and as an assistant, I would say I definitely worked for some people who weren’t very nice or who didn’t (care to) offer much guidance.  Eventually however, I found my way to assisting a celebrity stylist who blew me away with her positive, caring attitude.  That’s unusual on the celeb side of the industry, and I was incredibly grateful to be working for someone who displayed kindness in almost every situation.  As a result, I respected her so much more than anyone I’d previously worked for, and I was that much more motivated to do a great job and take on whatever she needed.  Ultimately, I learned the power of kindness in an industry where too many people are arrogant and superficial.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field? Be prepared to work hard and don’t give up!!  Working in fashion is very competitive, and styling in particular is a demanding field.  It’s easy to get discouraged, so you really have to be passionate about what you’re doing.  It may take years of interning and assisting before you build a name for yourself and become successful in your own right.  Also, it’s not all creative, if you don’t have good business sense  you might find yourself struggling.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? Truthfully, I learn more from working with clients than I ever did learning under someone.  It might sound silly, but personal styling is a very ‘personal’ experience.  Every client is different…each one has a unique perspective, unique needs, and a different set of circumstances.  I tailor what I do to the individual, so I learn from every client that comes my way.  It’s something I enjoy and find very refreshing.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? Live video makes virtual styling so much easier!  I’m often asked how one styles ‘virtually’ and my answer is always to start with a video chat.  Styling is visual, and again it’s also about making a connection.  That’s challenging over the phone, but in a face-to-face video chat scenario, you get a better sense of who you’re working with.  And if a client has questions about a particular shirt or pair of shoes, they can literally stick them in front of the camera so you can take a look and give them advice.  Plus the ability to send shopping links via instant message is also useful.

Learn more from Luisa on popexpert: https://www.popexpert.com/luisa-lucia

Expert Insights: Bethany Perry on Balancing Science & Intuition

_mg_4046_600x1000_0_0Name: Bethany Perry 

Expertise: Holistic Health & Lifestyle..specializing in the brain

What inspires you to teach/coach people?  I have a deep love and compassion for all of humanity.  My desire to share the wisdom of science balanced with intuition inspires me as true change and health can be attained!  I especially have a desire to help those who have a great deal of weight to lose.  Though hormonal issues, fybromyalgia and ADD are a large part of my repertoire, I lost a brother to obesity when he was only 48.  He is an inspiration for me to carry a torch to help others help themselves and their families.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? My Father, Frank Perry…he taught me to never stop learning, never stop loving and never stop following your passions and your dreams!

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field?  Never give up, people need you!

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick?  This is very difficult for me to choose.  I believe if I were to choose someone currently living, I would choose The Dalai Lama or B.K.S. Iyengar.  As for people who have passed, it would be a very difficult choice between Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa.  Ultimate though would be Jesus Christ:)

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? I find several benefits, the first being no need to spend time commuting.  I also find that different coaches have specialities that may not be available in the client’s area.  Meeting over live video allows the client to find their ideal coach around the globe.

Learn more from Bethany here: https://www.popexpert.com/bethany-perry

Expert Insights: Jeff Katz on Paying it Forward

964991_10151441051906958_1713674873_oName: Jeff Katz

Expertise: Business Development with an emphasis in Sales & Marketing.

What inspires you to teach/coach people? I’ve been fortunate to have some great coaches empower me along the way. I am both inspired by and take great pleasure in paying it forward and extending the reach of my personal and professional experiences, especially when it contributes to the success of another person’s goals.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? My father, who was recently inducted into his Alma Mater’s Business Hall of Fame, frequently reminds me to provide value and to become indispensable.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field?  Write down your limiting beliefs and throw them in a fire!

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? I would ask Steven Spielberg about leadership, storytelling and executing a vision.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? Face-to-face communication establishes a connection that a phone call, email, or tweet will never compete with!

Learn more from Jeff on popexpert: https://www.popexpert.com/jeffskatz

Expert Insights: Kathryn Foley on the Human Emotional Experience

db748dc5a9127791029baf6b47565c81profile_picName: Kathryn Foley

Expertise: Eating Psychology, specifically emotional eating

What inspires you to teach/coach people? Emotions inspire me, and the breadth and variety of Human Emotional Experience. I found that for most of my life I kept things within a certain bandwidth, and letting go of those boundaries and letting myself feel was profoundly healing for me. I love to write my own stuff, and I really love to work with clients and hear how their lives unfold when it comes to emotions.

When I work with clients, I always remember this one buddhist lesson I love: it says that I can use my finger to point out the moon, but my finger is not the moon, and you don’t need my finger to see the moon. I don’t teach or coach because I have a “way” that works; I coach because there’s no wrong way to have a body and there’s no wrong way to live your life, and I’m committed to reminding people of their innate wholeness. It matters to me that there be a safe place on the internet or in real life where people can come and just _be_. The wisdom, the grace, is available to everyone.

My other big motivator to coach is that I would love for people to stop counting themselves out. I see so many people both with my health coaching business and at the gym I own who convince themselves that they are “wrong.” Wrong because of their behavior, habits, symptoms, wrong because of age, or their fitness ability, wrong because of their gender or their background. One of the biggest soul lessons I think we need to learn while we’re alive is how to show up for ourselves. How to deal ourselves into the game and truly decide with awareness and courage the life we want to create for ourselves.

Who was one of your most influential mentors and what’s one of the most important lessons you learned from them? This question is harder for me to answer than I expected it to be. I have a friend named Jacob, and I’m not exactly sure how we met, but it was in college. Most of the time we spent together was spent as workout buddies, but he was a little further along the path of mental health than I was, and I’ll never forget walking across the gym parking lot with him, trying to explain this hard thing that was going on in my life, and I just kept trying to rationalize it and logic it out. He took me by the shoulders and told me, with absolute sincerity and wholeheartedness, that the fact that I was bothered by this situation was reason enough; I did not need to prove the validity of my hard stuff. That’s the first time I ever really integrated that message, and I’ve never forgotten what it meant to me to hear that.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in your field?  Plan to get a coach of your own eventually. I see a therapist, I’m in a business course to help me build my business, and I keep in regular contact with other health coaches I studied with. I know you’re good at your topic, but that may not translate to building and maintaining a business. Ain’t no shame in that game. Get help.

If you could pick one person to spend an hour learning from (they could be anywhere in the world) who would you pick? So many people. The name that comes up for me time and time again is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Philosopher Scientist. I can’t get enough of him, and it stirs my soul to hear (or read, as is more often the case for me) his thoughts on science and the Universe.

What are the benefits of meeting clients over live video? I think it changes the dynamic of the conversation. Listening is so much more than just the words I hear; it’s the tone, voice inflection, body language, looking to see if the words match what someone is truly trying to say. It’s easier for me to relax into my intuition when I can use many senses to be with someone, and I think my advice is better.

And I’m sure we’ve all had that english teacher that made us take off our hats in class because “they eyes are the windows of the soul,” but it’s true. Seeing someone’s eyes, letting yourself be seen, is profoundly healing and valuable. It’s a different level of intimacy.

Learn more from Kathryn on popexpert: https://www.popexpert.com/kathryn-foley