Hayya Lee of The Big Idea with Coach Hayya Lee is the spirited personal coach helping women entrepreneurs find their footing and reach their goals. She spoke to us about the inspiring experiences of her career, what you can do to find success, and what her podcast has been able to offer her both personally and professionally.
Do you mind introducing yourself?
My name is Hayya Lee and I’m a certified professional coach, and master practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index assessment. As the founder of PersonalizeAndProfit.com, I help women entrepreneurs and business leaders to define who they really are and thrive. I host The Big Idea radio show for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs every Friday at 12p ET on Spreaker.com.
Great to meet you! How did you start podcasting? Had you already been doing it before coming to Spreaker?
Spreaker was my first foray into podcasting, and I started podcasting on a whim, actually. I had been thinking of doing it for many, many months, but always ended up putting it on the backburner. I took the leap partly because I was tired of hearing myself bring up the idea and then not do it. The final impetus came when, for the millionth time, someone pointed out that they loved what I had to share and asked me to share it on a bigger platform.
They were right! How did you find Spreaker?
I found Spreaker through a web search. I’d heard of the other popular internet radio platforms, but being the curious person that I am, I wanted to look around to see what else was out there. I loved Spreaker because it is so easy to get set-up and start broadcasting, and it has the features I need.
How did you become a coach for women entrepreneurs?
Well, first of all, I became an entrepreneur quite unexpectedly and way before when I thought I would be one. It happened after I was laid off from my last marketing position with a company. That job wasn’t the right fit for me, so I was quite happy that I didn’t have to return to it another day. Glad as I was, I still had to figure out what I was going to do to earn a living. Just at that time, while at lunch with my mentor, she pointed out to me that I had a gift for communicating with people, and helping them to open up, and suggested I look into coaching.
I started out doing purely life coaching then my business evolved into focusing on women entrepreneurs and leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit. I looked at my own journey, and the challenges that I encountered and overcame, and realized that I wanted to help others have an easier time of overcoming their entrepreneurial obstacles. In talking with other women business owners, I found that they were going through many of the same things I had gone through, and wanted help to get through it. What I understood was that many women entrepreneurs—unlike what I was seeing with their male counterparts—were challenged, and somewhat intimidated by what it meant to “put yourself out there.” I found that a lot of women assumed that the assertiveness and self-confidence that they needed to succeed in business was synonymous being overly aggressive and self-serving. And as we all know, that’s not true—they are totally different things. I decided to focus on women entrepreneurs because it is my mission to help as many people as possible to realize and step into their gifts and uniqueness, and then use them to create success on their terms. In other words, “Define who you really are and thrive!”
Great story! What are your best tips to give to women starting in any professional field? Are they tips that can go for men, too?
Even though my outreach is aimed at women entrepreneurs and leaders, I also have male clients who the message also appeals to and who I love working with.
So on to the tips and advice…I have three that I want to share and they apply to both men and women. The first piece of advice I’d give to any person starting in a professional field is to know yourself and what your non-negotiables in life are. I find that many people get sidetracked by “shiny objects” like money and titles and then lose track of what it is that truly makes them fulfilled. Let me say though, money is important. It is a tool that when used properly, creates the security we need and gives us the freedom to serve more and make an even bigger impact in our chosen field.
The next bit of advice is to focus on building relationships with people and always look for ways to add value, and be helpful to others. People never forget you for that and it just feels good to do it. Also, no matter what field you’re in, people do business with people they like, so if you haven’t built a relationship, chances are you’re not getting their business…not for the long-term anyway.
My final tip is to be courageous and put the blinders on when you’re following your dream. Following your dream can be a lonely road, but it doesn’t have to be. If you surround yourself with people who will encourage and uplift you, it’ll be a much more joyous path. Spend as little time as possible in the company of naysayers and complainers because they will sap your valuable time and energy…this means saying “No” to having some people in your life. Realize that when you commit to following your dreams, there are going to be people who don’t support you. Do it anyway. Your opinion of yourself is the only one that really matters.
Any favorite success stories you’d like to share?
There are so many, but there are a couple I’ll highlight. One was a client who came to me for life coaching. She was working at a company and hated her job–she wanted to be out of there like yesterday! She also wanted to start her own business and wasn’t sure where to start. Within a few weeks of working together, she experienced several huge breakthroughs and long story short, ended up loving her work. Not only that, we worked on building up her self-confidence to the point where she has crafted her dream position and is negotiating with senior leaders at her company to make it a reality. In addition, she now has a plan for finishing up a project that had been hanging over her head for a long time, and which will culminate in her launching her business. Huge wins for her!
Another memorable success story is a gentleman I worked with. He was good at what he did, but didn’t feel fulfilled by it. He felt that he had to put aside his personal passion in order to be a success in his business in the financial services industry. In our work together, he realized that he could very well incorporate his passion for helping young foster children into his business in a way that was financially beneficial for his clients, him, and the organizations serving the foster children whom he cared so deeply about. It was absolutely beautiful to hear him light up when he realized that he didn’t have to cut off a part of himself in order to be successful, and that he could have fun and feel fulfilled while making his money!
Being able to help people like these two phenomenal individuals is a huge part of why I love what I do.
Amazing stories! Do you use Spreaker’s interactive features to chat with your fans?
I’ve used Spreaker’s chat box to take questions from my radio show listeners as I’m broadcasting. It’s a pretty cool tool and I love that I can interact with listeners out there!
What do you do to reach listeners? Do you rely on social media, or do you use other channels of communication?
I use social media a lot in my business. Every Tuesday I send out a newsletter to my email list and within the newsletter I also promote my show on Spreaker. On the day of the show, I usually send out tweets in the hour leading up to it letting people know that I’ll be on the air, who my guest is, and what we’ll talk about. Once my guests are confirmed, they also share it through their marketing channels with their audiences. I also post about my show in my LinkedIn updates and groups, as well as on my Facebook business page at http://www.Facebook.com/HayyaLiving. Oh, and I’ve embedded the Spreaker mini-player on my website homepage so that people see it every time they visit http://www.PersonalizeAndProfit.com.
Has this podcast helped you professionally?
Yes, it certainly has! It has also helped the guests who have appeared on my show in their respective businesses in the form of more visibility and clients. I find that having the podcast has helped to build my credibility because it gives people a chance to get to know who I really am, how I think, and to consistently receive a ton of valuable information. So they know that when they come to me as a client, incredible value is what they’re going to get.
Excellent interview, Hayya, and keep broadcasting and inspiring others to be great!