Libby Gill, Bestselling Author, Brand Strategist, and Executive Coach
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Listen to this interview to learn:
- The one behavior to change that so many business people get trapped by
- How two clients with similar backgrounds and challenges but drastically different results inspired You Unstuck
- The differences in risk perception between business owners and business workers
- What steps were taken to improve visibility through keynote speaking
- The vital importance of delegating (and what idea to adopt to master this area)
Read the Show Notes from this Episode
- 1:30 Gill describes her early years doing odd jobs, including being a hand model for Fancy Feast cat food, before working in the television industry.
- 2:17 “I want to be where the decisions are being made, where I have more control over my career.”
- 2:40 “In 5 years I went from being the assistant in this little PR department in this production company to being head of publicity, advertising, and promotion for 5 divisions of Sony.”
- 2:51 “Raise your hand and figure it out later.”
- 3:20 “Chaos breeds a lot of opportunities.”
- 3:51 Gill discusses her chaotic youth and the journey she took to regain her confidence.
- 4:29 “Who we are is still inside, and if we can stay in touch with that, and kind of fan that little flame, then we get back to who we really are.”
- 4:57 Gill recounts how she started her own business, and how she picked up on how some people were ready to grow their business and embrace change, and others just weren’t there yet.
- 6:12 “I wrote You Unstuck to look at all the ways I had worked with clients with clients and all the things that I had observed that helped people accelerate change.”
- 7:21 How being a health columnist led to Gill developing a fascination with human psychology.
- 8:34 “In the entrepreneurial world, not only are you in charge of fixing the copy maker or whatever else comes up in your day, but your pipeline, and your payroll, and your cash flow are dumped at your doorstep.”
- 9:25 “You better pick up the phone and start calling people and prospecting and figuring out how to get the greatest value to your clients or your business will soon be gone.”
- 10:40 “How much time do you market vs. how much time do you service your clients?”
- 11:10 “When you have the luxury and the freedom to pick the projects and the people that you work with and you get to work with the good guys of the world, it’s quite thrilling.”
- 12:03 How working in television taught Gill to work fast and think fast and how to thrive under pressure.
- 13:27 [On why so few people take strides to hold themselves accountable] – It’s common sense, but it’s just not common practice.”
- 15:11 “How do you add that leverage? How do you add a layer that you’ve never done before, whether it’s putting yourself on the line, bringing an accountability partner, a coach, someone into the mix, adding systems…”
- 16:15 “I’ll often back into a deadline. I’ll commit to something without really having it quite together yet but knowing if I commit to doing this thing, this project in 6 weeks, 2 months, or a year from now, I’m going to get there.”
- 16:49 The importance of adding short deadlines for productivity.
- 17:34 “We all get stuck in something at one time or another.”
- 17:43 “If you’re not stuck at some point, you’re not taking enough risks, you’re not challenging yourself at a high enough level.”
- 18:55 “While it’s much easier to solve other people’s business problems or branding dilemmas, it can be very hard to look at yourself at a level of objectivity and scrutiny that you need the outside world to give you.”
- 19:20 “Honesty with affection and well-meaning behind it is really a wonderful thing.”
- 20:22 [Paraphrasing Gloria Steinham] – “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
- 21:17 “We need to find ways to make our message sing, to make our websites jump off the page. In a world where we’ve got four seconds to capture somebody’s attention, how do we do that?”
- 23:14 Gill explains why you don’t have to do everything yourself.
- 24:26 Why you should frequently ask yourself the question, what am I doing that somebody else could be doing?
- 25:04 Why delegating is essential to keep yourself from stifling your own growth.
- 26:22 How to use think-time to recharge.
- 27:25 Where entrepreneurs most need the help and the push.
- 28:32 How Gill was incremental in Dr. Phil’s rise to fame.
- 29:05 “Don’t undervalue yourself, and articulate the expertise that you bring and own that expertise.”
- 30:22 Capture the Mindshare
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Libby Gill is an internationally respected executive coach, brand strategist, and bestselling author whose clients include Nike, Disney–ABC, Comcast, and many other Fortune 500 companies. An entertainment industry veteran, Libby spent fifteen years heading public relations and corporate communications as senior vice president at Universal Studios; and vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the PR/branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show.
Libby’s new bestseller, YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life, recently won an Independent Publishers Award. She has shared her success strategies with the Today Show, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.
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