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Niching in Eating Psychology – Turning Disordered Eating into a Thriving Business

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Chelsea Gross is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach. She helps women break free from dieting, create a healthy relationship with food, and a live a life they love free from rules and obsession.

Her passion for wellness comes from her own struggle with health issues and a disordered relationship to food and her body for nearly a decade. In 2014 she was exhausted and unhappy and knew it was time to make a change - nourish herself from the inside out, and mend her relationship with food. 

She went back to school to study the science of nutrition, the psychology of eating and mindset and created a unique coaching practice centered around empowerment, compassion and ultimately forgiving yourself which is the catalyst to breaking the cycle.
Chelsea uses the power of real food, mindset, and consistent support to help her clients gain true permanent change, confidence and clarity, and peace and calm around food.


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Kendra:            Hello hello everyone, welcome to another episode of the 360 health biz podcast. I'm Kendra Perry and I'm joined by my super sexy and extremely attractive co-host.

Christine:         I didn't care to say that it's very true.

Kendra:            It's very true. So we're pretty excited for today's episode. We have a great guest with us today. We have Chelsea Gross who is an old internet friend of mine I guess, and we're gonna be talking about what we think is a very important topic.

Chelsea specializes in disordered eating. She is a certified transformational nutrition coach, she helps women break free from dieting, create a healthy relationship with food and live a life they love free from rules and obsession. And so, I know Chelsea that you've had a lot of your kind of experience and maybe your passion with this comes from some of your own issues. I definitely stalked you on Instagram, so I know you post a lot of your personal struggle on that. So how did you get into this, like what made you decide to niche out in this sort of area?

Chelsea:          Yeah. So I think I specialize in this 100% because this is my own personal story. So for as long as I can remember so you know, late teens all through my mid-to-late 20s, I really struggled with food, I struggled with hating my body, I was always on this endless quest to lose weight, and be thin, and you know push through hunger and hop in and out of the next-best diet that was gonna fix my life and make me happy.

In a lot of my self work in the last few years, as I've kind of gotten everything together and really broken free, I realized that my issues with disordered eating and hating my body and all of that stuff, stemmed from not liking who I was from a very very young age. So feeling really insecure being who I was. I struggled a lot with anxiety and that was just not accepted in my family, like it was something that I shouldn't be, and so early on I learned I shouldn't be who I am, I shouldn't be like this, I need to change myself, and I didn't feel loved, I didn't feel worthy I never felt good enough. So I think as I got older, food and controlling my weight and looking a certain way and getting attention and getting love, kind of shifted into like this obsession around food and around dieting. And you know this was like ten plus years ago, so no one was out there speaking about this kind of stuff.

The information that I was getting about being healthy was coming from shape magazine or women's health or like and you know, clip on the Today Show or something like that. And so, I really felt totally isolated in my struggles. My relationship with food really stemmed into a cycle that was restriction. So trying to lose weight, trying to starve myself, then I would end up binging at night and then for many many years I would end up purging and then I would beat myself up and then I try to course-correct it and fix it the next day.

So it was just this endless cycle and I was really ashamed of it, and I felt really really alone in what I was going through and so, I had a whole very very long health story that got me into going back to school for nutrition. I started dealing with chronic pain and it was something that I could no longer ignore, I had to work on myself, and that's when I realized, you know, I had a whole career change.

I was previously an actor living out in Los Angeles, which is probably the worst career you can have as someone who has insecurities in her body. But dealing with chronic pain was a really huge wake-up call and so at 27 I decided to go back to school, which is how Kendra and I met when I went to the Institute of Transformational Nutrition and I just stumbled across the program kind of randomly one day online, and again because four years ago health coaching was not. I found the program and I looked to the curriculum and I saw it had a huge focus on the psychology of eating, spirituality of nutrition, and I was so, I gravitated towards it immediately and I knew that it could help me with my own issues, and then would give me like a chance to go on and maybe, at the time I didn't know that it would become what it has become now. But I think I knew maybe deep down that this is something that could turn into like a purpose and a passion and a career.

So long story short with all of that, going to ITN like really changed my life because it brought me into community of people that have also gone through so many struggles, so whether it was dieting or eating disorders, food, their body, autoimmune disease, pain, you know you name it, we met those kinds of people and I finally felt less alone it gave me kind of my voice, it gave me the like the push and the drive to share my story and so I started slowly putting out there like all the stuff that I had been through, and you know, I had also overcome a lot of this which I left out that piece of the story, but ITN was a really big catalyst in my healing of my issues with food in my body and this yeah, doing a lot of self-work on myself too with all the other mental imbalances and things like that with the anxiety and like the insecurity and low self-esteem and all that stuff.

So basically I just started putting my story out there and I knew, if I had felt alone so many years ago then there were a lot of people out there that felt alone now, and I made peace with everything that I went through like those challenges and all those really low moments, because I knew it brought me to be able to share my story, connect with people, inspire people, and work with these women now one on one, and I just think my whole story was really just meant to be. So I chose this niche specifically to help who I was almost like seven or eight years ago, like that girl. So that was a roundabout way of explaining it, but I hope it makes sense.

Christine:         No. I think it's a beautiful story, like I mean, how can you find more purpose and looking back at the previous year and kind of wanting to have that person.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          Yeah.

Kendra:            Yeah. I love that you're sharing that and I think it's a really amazing story and we talk about this too, how your own personal struggle can be a great marketing tool because it helps people not feel alone, helps people connect with you, and we were talking about before we hopped on the podcast, that this is such a common issue, like so many women are struggling with it and, why do you think that is? Like why do you think this has become such a huge issue with so many women in today's society?

Chelsea:          Yeah, well I think now more than ever society puts pressure on us to be perfect, lose weight, to look thin, it's so glamorized, especially with social media and influencers and celebrities and we all know that social media is just someone's highlight reel, they're showing you what they want you to see. And they're posting when they feel their best and they're posting after a workout and they're talking about it and they're posting when they're on their diet or their transformation picture you know, celebrities just looking perfect but we don't realize what's really going on behind the scenes. A lot of people don't realize that people are just showing us their highlight reel, and so they're trying, they're striving to be something that doesn't even exist. You know perfection does not exist, yet we all are perfectionist, most of us are, especially the women I work with that deal with this stuff, deal with disordered eating. They're you know we're trying to meet this standard, putting this pressure on ourselves, it's not even real. But I think you know, like I talked about with my own story like it stems from something deeper.

So nine times out of ten it's not even about the food, like it's not even about your relationship to food, it's probably about some other imbalance in your body. So for me it was like not feeling good enough, like not liking who I was, feeling unfulfilled in my life, like I see this so many times in the clients that I work with will start out by their main issues, their main concerns being you know the dieting stuff and the disordered eating and then just a few sessions and it's like we're talking about something completely different, maybe they're unhappy in their job or their stress within their relationship or they be like a lack of motivation in their life or their unhappier you know. So it's always about something deeper and the other reason I think it's really common is because like I said, we glamorize the weight loss.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          Someone may lose weight and you know, they may have an autoimmune disease, but someone will still complement them and be like, 'oh my gosh, what are you doing you look so good,' and it's like not. So we don't realize that losing weight doesn't always equate to being healthy, like we think that it does. And so people just put this extreme pressure on themselves, and they think that losing weight and like having the perfect body, will make them have the perfect life, and so it's just this whole like misunderstood cycle. But yeah, it's definitely like one of the biggest issues but I guess it's interesting too because at the same time while like unhealthy eating and chronic illness and obesity and diabetes and all that stuff is at its high, we're also struggling with people being underweight and over exercising.

Christine:         Yeah.

Chelsea:          Not eating and dieting constantly you know. So it's very polarizing and I think it's very confusing for people.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Christine:         Not just for people but for us as health coaches.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          Yeah.

Christine:         Before we started, I think how do you, like let's see, if you have other health coaches, for example who get a client for a different reason. So I can imagine that a lot, well not a lot, but some of your target with probably not, they kind of know what's going on you know in a way but maybe not quite ready to face it, so they might have helped in a different area but as I health coach or as health practitioner, you're going to figure out pretty quickly what's going on right. So you were talking about these deeper emotional issues and I totally agree I mean that's like the root cause of this most of the time, how do you know whether you can still help and how do you know whether it's a time when you know with a coach certification for example you are not quite equiped enough? Because that's something that I would maybe struggle with, that the responsibility of going digging so deep, I would actually refer out. So maybe you can help us a little bit with that.

Chelsea:          Yeah, I mean I think if you know this is something that you don't feel comfortable or confident enough to help people with that's a really important thing to know about yourself as a practitioner, as a coach, and these are really serious issues like I said, it yeah it's deeper than the food a lot of the time and we're not therapists and I never claimed to be a therapist. And I think if someone comes to you know just like to go back even to go to like basics of being a practitioner, having a form set up when people book their initial call with you that it asks the kind of questions that maybe would tip you off to see if you are a good fit or not or even when you have that free initial call with someone, like your consultation or discovery call, if you feel like while their issues are far beyond my scope or far beyond my expertise or like I feel like I could help this person but I still think maybe they'd be best suited with someone else, it's like feeling okay enough to yeah, to refer out or to you know suggests to them maybe the type of practitioner that they could work with or just still helping them so that you feel like you're not just like you know, shutting the door on them and leaving them alone, because obviously they're struggling, but yeah, I mean I think for me the messaging that I put out there and you know, like even you know, the statement of what I do like I specifically help people break free from dieting, create a healthy relationship with food, like people are drawn to me they know what I do they know I'm not someone who's just like gonna put them on a diet or give them a meal plan or you know.

So I think as long as you're really specific on who you help as a practitioner and that's all over your website and your branding and your social media, hopefully the right people will come your way and then you can just be clear enough on what you can help people with and if you do need to refer out, then that's okay. A lot of the time I work with people not hand in hand, meaning I'm working with the therapist like speaking with them and engaging but a lot of my clients also maybe have a therapist or another type of practitioner that they're working with. You know, and the type of work that I do I don't claim to like heal people's you know mental imbalances or things like that. I really speak to my clients like a friend, like I'm on their level like that was really important to me when I went out into my practice because I had so many experiences in my past where I felt like I was talked down to and like felt less than, felt misunderstood, like I'm the one with the problem. And so I know a lot of my clients gravitate towards me because they know because I'm so honest about my story they know, she's been through this and I weave that into all of our sessions like I'll say, they say something they're dealing, I'm like you know I dealt with that too, like I used to do that.

So yeah, so I don't want to feel like I'm like a therapist or that I'm claiming to you know help them with something that a therapist is better equipped to do. I'm just more there is like a non-judgmental safe space to kind of guide them through, like it's more of a partnership when we're working together versus like giving them a prescription and like this is what we're working on.

Christine:         Yeah.

Kendra:            Yeah. Do you ever have men?

Chelsea:          I don't. I've never, yeah I've never worked with the man, I interestingly enough had two guys come to me in the last couple of months, which was kind of just surprising to me because I specifically say I help women. And I also don't think my type of, I mean the thing is, if a man is dealing with, because men deal with disordered eating and all this kind of stuff too. I think we just maybe don't realize that because they're far more, they internalize that stuff far more than women do.

So I did have two calls with guys like I entertained the idea of it. Ultimately like it didn't feel right to me but I think if the future got you know a guy were to come around again and book a call in it we talked and it felt like a good fit I wouldn't be against it but I do prefer to work with women just because I don't know, I feel like I can better connect with because I'm alone as well.

Christine:         Yeah.

Kendra:            I wonder if there's a lot of resources out there for men dealing with disordered eating. I feel like so much of health coaching and so many health coaches are women and we tend to work with women like I feel like, what do the dudes do?

Christine:         I'm seeing a niche there. If you would dude and you don't know what to focus on.

Kendra:            This might be the thing.

Chelsea:          Yeah. Well actually, so I don't think I told you this Kendra, but I'm working now as a success coach with ITN with its Institution of Transformation just like on a remote position a few hours a week, helping people with the enrollment process. So I'm like facilitating incoming calls and emails from people interested in the program and I took that position because I want to put the word out there about ITN and I believe in the program so much and it was such a huge, played such a huge role in my life and I feel like it's not as talked about as a lot of other health coaching programs and what I love about ITN and what helped me so much was like the psychology, the spirituality element.

But anyways, I had a call with a guy who just signed up for the program last week and so I feel like he like he was resonating very much with like yeah, the holistic approach and we had a lot of similarities in our story. So I feel like people who kind of gravitate towards ITN. There's guys in the program like they could go on to help people like this.

Kendra:            And I would love to know like what, if you could like break down your approach of like how do you actually work with women? Like what are some of the key things that you do with people that help like unwind this really unhealthy relationship that they have with food?

Chelsea:          Yeah. So I mean my approach is nutrition, lifestyle, mindset. So I don't go in with like a set plan of like a week two this is what we're gonna work on. I do feel lucky enough to have a pretty intuitive nature about myself you know, because I think I was definitely like destined to do this type of work. So when I talk to someone I can kind of gauge pretty quickly what is kind of the underlying root issue or at least know how to guide our conversations to get those answers that I need and help them to open up slowly again because I really provide a safe space for them to feel comfortable to do so. So that's important for me just in our first few sessions to kind of get to the bottom of, just to see okay this is why you're doing this and then kind of talking through that so that they feel like, 'okay like I'm not damaged, there's nothing wrong with me, I understand, I'm you know struggling with food because I dealt with a lot of anxiety as a kid I didn't feel good enough and I felt safe because I could control food,' or whatever you know their specific story is. So talking that through with them and getting them to see like, there's something wrong with you, you're not alone, you're not damaged, there's hope to break free from all this stuff.

So kind of just getting to that place with them early on where they feel like confident and hopeful. So that's kind of like a big picture more like mindset approach that I try to weave in early on. But the food is also really important like I'm not I think I've had to kind of find my place within this like intuitive disordered eating community to pull from like all different sides because I still believe in real food, I still believe in blood sugar management, hormonal balance. I think all that stuff is really important like eating good quality food that's gonna help to lower your inflammation and keep your blood sugar balance. I think science, learning the science and learning the why behind certain foods that maybe set you off to have more cravings or to binge or you know those foods that really make you feel satiated.

Learning all that helped me and my journey so much I think that was one of the most important things that helped me break free from disordered eating was like eating breakfast, eating healthy fat, eating protein, like getting rid of the artificial crap and like all you know the diet drinks and 100 calorie packs and all that kind of artificial nutrient poor stuff. So I'm really really clear with my client’s even those that have a lot of the disordered eating habits that we're gonna still work on nutrition but I have to just approach it in the right way. So teaching them science is really important because a lot of people have a logical mind and as long as I can understand why they're doing something it doesn't feel as restrictive. It's very different than giving someone like a list of, 'Eat This Not That,' or people that come from dieting or it's like they did, Weight Watchers or like Atkins or you know, how did their calories or track their macros, it's all these just rules and these yes or no's.

And so if you kind of give them the science they feel empowered, they feel clearer, they feel like smart and educated and then they're making those choices because they want to, not because they should. You just talked a lot about that, like that should thing, you know, like.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          It's such a big thing like we all, we do so many things because we feel like we should. I want to shift that, I want people to do it because they want to, it feels good and then you know making that shift to eating more real food, you feel so much more in tune with your body, you can kind of see like, ‘oh I'm feeling a little like mentally depleted, I'm gonna have some healthy fats, or like I just went for a long walk and maybe I'll have some like healthy carbs,’ or like you know, just kind of tapping into those little things, that make you just feel like safer on your journey with food.

And then, yeah, I just have to be sort of careful about the way that I suggest my recommendations. Cause for most of my clients it's I am going to suggest probably, because a lot of people who have disordered eating also have like gut issues and you know other health issues and stuff like that, and so I'm always gonna recommend, like probably going gluten-free and dairy-free. But it's hard because they're coming from this past of rules and restrictions and yes and no's.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          So, I try to reframe it for them and say you know, ‘this is my recommendation and you're going to avoid this food because it feels good and it's that self-love and self-respect,' to like you know, ‘maybe it's causing your migraines, so in order to not have migraines and have a better quality of life that creates more space for you to do the things you like to do, let's just test out how you feel avoiding it but not because it's bad, just because maybe it's not helping you feel your best.’

So it's just like, it's kind of a dance and everyone's different but it's like just being careful the way that I suggest recommendations and then always like layering on to that the mindset of it all.

Christine:         Yeah, brilliant! Sounds like everyone one can implement what you just said, you know, when looking at it, I think that's the way to go. So, do you work mainly online or offline?

Chelsea:          Yeah, I'm entirely virtual.

Christine:         Brilliance!

Chelsea:          Yeah, so I actually went international this year! Very cool. I had a client who, she's from Spain but she was studying abroad in Italy, so I spoke to her while she's in in Italy and Spain and then I had a client in Mexico, and a client in Canada...Kendra. Kendra: Very cool.

Chelsea:          But your homeland and so yeah so that sort of been really really cool, really exciting. Kendra: Yeah, it’s so good how you can do this anywhere, you just take your business wherever you go, you can do the digital nomad thing, you can work for people from all over the world. I think that's awesome, for sure.

Chelsea:          Yeah, yeah.

Christine:         So how do you do your marketing and if we go into business, it's a topic that's obviously very personal, you talked about it before that you use or Kendra was saying she knows you from Instagram. So you're using your story there, but what would you say would be the most successful maybe business technique, business tweak that you used in order to spread your message and get clients in the end, because I mean...

Kendra:            That's what it’s all about.

Chelsea:          Yeah, I mean honestly, probably Instagram has my most successful form of, like turn over to clients and it's just an, the easiest platform for me to share my story and be most vulnerable. I love to write! I've always loved to write and I feel like I have an easy time expressing myself through writing, and so you know, I layered and pieces of my story when I first launched my business and then I would say in the last like two years I just was like, ‘I'm just gonna like share everything,’ and it's really served me and it's brought me my ideal clients too. Because in the beginning, I was still drawing in people that wanted just like 'weight loss' and you know, that's okay.

I have no, like I think it's okay to have weight loss goals still as a disordered eating expert, like I still think that can happen. You know not everyone has to just completely accept yeah forever and not have certain maybe if it's for a health reason those goals I think that's okay, and I think you can approach that in a healthy way, it has to be done in a healthy way with support with the practitioner. But it can be done so I'm not one to say like ‘no, like you never have to think about weight loss,’ but I was just drawing in the kind of people that weren't lighting me up, it didn't it kind of didn't, it just didn't feel right didn't feel like the work I wanted to do. And so I knew in order to draw in more of the people like the clients that I have now but just like light me up so much and like feed my soul, like it's just such so much more fulfilling.

I knew I had to get that really really honest and vulnerable about my story. Luckily I'm not, like I've gotten past the shame of it all, because I know there's so many people out there going through it because I've met them and I think that's what's great about social media is it's brought us, like to each other, it's you're able to connect with people and see people now that are going through it and talking about it, and it's removed a lot of the stigma, that I didn't have that, we didn't have that, like many years ago going through all this stuff like, I said it was like I had magazines or nothing, or friends that like we didn't know we didn't talk about the stuff. Like I was never in friend groups or we were, I was always the only one and everything was such a big dark secret.

So, I think that's what's so great about Instagram is it's like shown us, ‘it's okay, like it's safe just share your story,’ and I've just seen it benefit me and so it's motivated me more to be open and like spurns people will message me on Instagram I don't even know how, there and I don't have a ginormous following, like it's not that big at all. But there's people I don't realize they're out there and they'll message me and they'll say like just, ‘thank you so much for what you share, it's really helped me,’ and it's like, 'whoa really?' Like I didn't realize I had this type of impact you know, it's probably a normal person out there who's not, who lives a right, because you know a lot of us like other practitioners and stuff follow each other and we'll comment and stuff but this is this is just a regular person who probably doesn't interact, but would send me maybe one day send a message, and stuff like that, so yeah, it's just I feel like I was brought to do all this stuff, and so it's kind of like it feels like it's my, it's just what I have to do is to share. And I like sharing because it gives me the ability to connect with people, so yeah, to go back to marketing, I think.

Christine:         Yeah, that's my interest, that's actually a question because I asked about Instagram and you said you like writing, and I'm gonna get wait a minute why aren't you writing? So tell me. Cause, I don't get Instagram at all. Like, I do it, but I'm like, I feel like it's another big thing vortex that is going to swallow me up, so I’m consciously collide to this platform.

I bet a gazillion other people who are listening and who have this Instagram kind of what exactly is it pictures, why is she writing? What does this mean? 

Chelsea:          Yeah, so it's, it's transformed a lot over the last few years. I guess Instagram started like five or six years ago, I think and it was pretty much just pictures. I mean the creators and programmers of Instagram I'm sure did not realize it would turn into what it is today. Which is yeah, a much more like a marketing advertising thing with ads and all this stuff now like it's really turned into something crazy, but yeah, you have to post a picture with every post, but then you can write below it a caption and there is like a.

Kendra:            What's the limit of what you can write in the paragraph.

Chelsea:          Yeah, yes I've written pretty much almost every time I meet I go to that very very end. It's probably like you know maybe like five or six and hair medium sized paragraphs of writing that you can fit into that. So yeah, so just honestly it just kind of like comes to me and I'll write about something maybe that I've gone through or like this and I don't just talk about food I talk a lot too about like mental health or like perfectionism or work, love.

Christine:         Everything in general in a way, but if you do it.

Chelsea:          It's exactly like that yes, yeah.

Kendra:            I was just going to say Chelsea, I've taken so much inspiration from you and how vulnerable you are on social media, because you really, you lay it out there, and you're like wow, this really vulnerable this is really personal but you know, I think it's really important and I definitely started doing more about my own business and it's super helpful. It's a really great way to connect people and bring them to you and help people know that you're the right practitioner for them right.

Chelsea:          Exactly yeah, and that's how I want my clients to feel, I want them to feel like I'm a friend and so if they can connect with me like, if they feel safe because yeah talking about this stuff is not easy. I mean, this is why for so many years I kept it a secret like, I didn't even tell my mom, I didn't tell my friends what I was doing so I was so ashamed of it. So of course, meeting with the practitioner you know who's a stranger, you're not necessarily gonna feel ready to open up to them and just every call. About like binge eating, like that's not easy for most people to talk about, of course not. So if I can put it out there and also to like put my face to it, because most people, I say this all the time to my clients who are going through something and they'll talk to me about and they'll be like sorry you know, just like beating up on themselves about it and I'm like, I dealt with that too and you wouldn't know that I dealt with it.

Like if you just look at a picture of me smiling you're probably like, 'oh wow she's got it great like what a perfect life and blah blah blah.' I have all these like health issues that I'm really open about. So like I struggle with that stuff and then also all this stuff from my past. I feel like if you can put a face to it you know, because we think the person who has disordered eating is this like you know, just this different kind of idea of a person and it's like we're walking around all day helping people with a story whether its food or health or you know mindset or whatever, and so I think just like breaking down that barrier right off the bat helps people feel like yeah, they can trust me and they can see themselves in me and that makes them feel safe enough to open up to me, work through stuff.

Christine:         Great. I love it. I love that, that you use Instagram for that I think it makes a lot of sense.

Chelsea:          We gotta get you using it.

Christine:         I tried a bit. I don't know, it's I'm not very inspired by these things like it's not, I don't know.

Kendra:            We'll get you on their we'll give you some advice, we'll get you on there.

Chelsea:          Yeah.

Kendra:            It's a great platform for like yeah, for sharing your story, for personal branding, for kind of getting out there, it has great features.

Christine:         Yeah, but that's what I talked about as well, like I don't have the typical hero's journey, like I never suffered from the people for the same thing that my people are getting my help with. So it's different I think.

Kendra:            You still struggle with things in daily life right? Like you still have enough day-to-day struggles, like I share stuff about like, you know I always talking about food prepping and I'm like and I really like fucked up this week, and like I didn't food prep but I don't like five times, I didn't feel great like, stuff like that, people want to see that person and that you're not perfect right. Even sharing something like that.

Chelsea:          Yeah. I don't think it has to be exactly what your health. It doesn't necessarily have to be like, the exact thing you're helping your clients with, but anything like Kendra said, like anything that just shows you that you're real. That's what people are craving, realness, because I think luckily people are finally starting to see that there's a lot of fakeness out there and like people not being authentic and you know what's really cool about Instagram and I don't know if everyone knows that there's this whole like more like body-positive movement, if you're not following the right types of people, but because I'm kind of in someone adjacent to that community that's what I feel my feed up with and it's people who are like you know maybe we'll do a side by side picture or they're like this is me like posed and like arching my back and then it's like this is also me one minute later it's like let their stomach out and they just look like a real person and so it's like available to us to see.

Christine:         Is that hashtag body, no hashtag… what is it?

Chelsea:          Well it's like the body positive movement pump.

Christine:         I have to check it out afterwards.

Chelsea:          Yeah. There's a lot of people like that who are coming from like a very restrictive like, a lot of women who may be done like body, like bodybuilding or fitness competitions, who were like so restrictive, so lean, so unhealthy, and then like gained weight back and kind of talked about that journey and show like side-by-side pictures and talk about why it's okay and why they feel beautiful and like, how there's so much healthier now and just kind of like rewriting the social norms and you know, and then like a lot of people talking about like what I talked about with their past with food and their relationship food. Like it's becoming more like relevant, it's out there but you have to like be in that community I feel like to find that, because a lot of people are still following the other stuff.

Like one of the first things I have my clients do is like go through and Instagram cleanse, because a lot of people are following like just these not real accounts talking about dieting and like losing weigh-in and all this stuff and it's like if that's what you're seeing every time you scroll through your feed, you're not gonna feel you're not gonna feel good, so why don't you fill it up with something that would make you feel good. Kendra: Yeah, and it's so ingrained in people from a young age, because like I remember being in high school and trying to lose weight, I was not overweight, I was super fit, but it's like that's what all my friends were doing, we were just trying to lose weight for whatever reason and reading like Cosmo magazine and it's like all about weight loss and like you know it's just like it's so interesting and then now of course you know you talked about the social media like that's where I'm sure a lot of young people and girls are getting from it now. It's just like following you know different people on Instagram that just post like these super hot professional sexy photos and you're just like, 'oh my god like that's like I'll never look like that right.'

Christine:         I think it's not going to change as quickly as we hope you know like Milly is four now and she I'm like oh hopefully will have changed by the time she's going to go to high school, but I'm pretty sure it hasn't, it won't.

Kendra:            It'll always be there I think, yeah.

Christine:         I think it will be there too. So we have one more question for you Chelsea before wrapping up and what advice would you give to other practitioners who are considering niching into disordered eating? Because it's such a specific topic.

Chelsea:          I mean I think like, everything we've just been talking about, there's so many people out there that need your help. If you have a story to share, you just have even a passion to help these types of people, you have to go for it like, people out there need you.

So I think it's just just going for it and not holding back and being proud of your story because it got you to the place that you're at now and it's giving you a gift. Like if you've struggled with disordered eating or someone who's like been up and down in weight, I mean it doesn't have to be as extreme as disordered eating, which really just means an unhealthy relationship with food. So that's yeah, such a huge umbrella of things that could just be someone who's always dieted or just not like their body or always counted calories or whatever. Like that's a gift to be able to share with people, so it's not this like bad negative thing. If you can spin it to be like a positive thing you know. Being real about like the challenges of it of course and that it wasn't like a beautiful time in your life but that it got you to the place that you're at you know. I think you have to do it, you went through that for a reason.

Christine:         I love that. I absolutely love that last sentence. 'You went through it for a reason,' I think that's brilliant.

Kendra:            Yeah.

Chelsea:          Thanks.

Christine:         Alright, I think that's all we have time for.

Kendra:            Yeah, Chelsea where can we find out more about you? Where can listeners connect with you?

Chelsea:          Yeah, so my website is: nutritionwithchelsea.com, Instagram: @nutritionwithchelsea and then I also have a podcast. So my podcast is called: nutritionish that's on iTunes, it's also on our website nutritionishpodcast.com and that's I have a great co-host and we're kind of this the split of science and mindfulness. So science based nutrition and mindfulness. So a lot of kind of what I help people with is like within the messaging of that podcast.

Kendra:            Awesome.

Chelsea:          Probably the main places you can find me. I'm all over.

Christine:         Brilliant. I'm going to follow you on Instagram then.

Chelsea:          Oh thank you, I appreciate that.

Kendra:            Well thanks so much Chelsea. We really really appreciate you being with us today, that was a great topic, so thank you for sitting down and so what else do we need to tell people Christine?

Christine:         Yeah, so if you enjoyed our episode then please stop by our website. You can become a patron of the show, every little helps, we will appreciate it. So we have a patronic account you can go to our website: 360healthbizpodcast.com where you will find a big red button to help us there and to support us and to cheer us on. You can also see us live on or you can see us on our Facebook page which is facebook.com/360healthbizpodcast and we will also have this up on our website so you can see us, you can listen to us, you can read the transcript if you want to.

So all of that is available for you and you will get the links that Chelsea has shared with us there as well, so you can get in touch with her and please subscribe to iTunes and give us a beautiful review, we would really appreciate it. Anything else?

Kendra:            Thank you, that's everything. Thanks so much, have a good day everyone.

Christine:         Have a great day

Facebook LIVE Strategies to Grow Your Fan Base and Get More Clients

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Tools mentioned in this episode:

TOOL OF THE DAY: Practice Better (our recommended client management platform)

Ecamm (the platform we use to stream live into Facebook - best for single peeps - not for interviews)

BeLive (we recommend this platform if you plan to use interviews with Facebook Live - you cannot stream into FB groups)

Zoom (this is our most highly recommended platform but it does have a higher price tag. You will need the webinar add on to stream into Facebook live. It also has the added ability for online meetings and webinars. We love Zoom!)

Evernote (Great for making notes that sync with your smart phone!)

Google scholar alerts (Stay up to date with current health news)

Manychat (Build your first messenger bot!)

 Wavve (Make moving audio graphics for Instagram and/or your podcast)

Temi.com & rev.com for transcription services

 C922 pro stream by Logitech (Our favorite livestream camera)

Blue Yeti (the mic that we both use)


Transcript:

Kendra:            Hello everyone. Welcome to another awesome episode of the 360 Health Biz podcast. I'm your host Kendra Perry, and I'm joined by my super sexy co-host, Christine. And how are you doing today?

Christine:         I'm doing fantastic. How are you doing? You poor little thing. Tell everyone why, if they are watching, which you can do on youtube, on facebook or on our blog. What's going on with you?

Kendra:            I would say I have two things going on with me. One, it's 07:17 in the morning and it's so early, I'm not awake yet. But the other thing is I got a nasty case of poison ivy. So I'm going to try not to itch. My advice to you is to check the grass that you lie on or the bushes that you want to, before you lie on them.

Christine:         I have never even heard of Poison Ivy over here. I don't know if it's a thing in Europe.

Kendra:            Maybe it's not. I used to get it all the time as a kid, because it was everywhere. We were always in the forest. It hasn't even been on my radar, but I'm pretty sure that's what's going on right now. Anyways…

                   We're excited to bring this episode to you guys today. We're going to talk about facebook live, so that you guys can generate a larger social media following, create more fans and get more clients. I think facebook live is a very valuable tool and if you're not using it, you really need to start getting comfortable and working towards hopefully using it in the future. Before we get started, we decided that for every episode, we want to give you a tool, something that we found really helpful in growing our business.

                   We will be giving you a tool of the day and today's tools of the day is PRACTICE BETTER. This is a client management software that I use and it really changed things for me. I think you tried it too Christine, but it didn't quite work for being in Europe.

Christine          Yes, exactly. I tried to sign up for trial version and it doesn't work in Europe.

Kendra:            It's really great if you're in Canada or the US. It basically puts everything into one place. My clients can schedule and create accounts. I can upload my lab tests or any documents I want to send them, through shared documents. I can send them invoices, I can create payment plans, I can pretty much do everything. When I got it, it actually allowed me to cancel several other subscriptions I was paying for at the time, because it really encompasses everything in one. They are a really great company, because they do listen. I've messaged them and would ask why isn't this a function? The next day, they literally made it available for us to use or they would add it to their next updates. They do listen. So if you're in there and you feel like something's missing, definitely reach out to them!

Christine:         That is so cool! Let's create this amazing platform and once you have all the kinks worked out, you can open it to Europe!

Kendra:            Absolutely! The creator, Natalie Ligorworld, who is a health coach herself, created it because there was nothing out there that really worked for health coaches. I think a lot of the available platforms work better for people, who own spas, gyms or yoga studios, but not so much specifically to people, who are consulting and working with clients online. So, it's a great tool. I highly recommend it and I hope you guys check it out.

Christine:         So, Kendra, we are very confidently talking about facebook live,

Kendra:            as we were going live on facebook,

Christine:         yes! I'm checking for comments from time to time. So if you see my eyes darting that's just me looking at my phone, to see whether you send us a comment. Please do say hello, send us a wave and we'll mention you here. If you watch the replay, then still comment.

               We've been both using facebook live for quite a while, but we have some listeners, who don't use facebook that much and who are not too aware of facebook lives. Let's quickly go through it. What exactly is it, why should you use it for your business? Maybe, if you're camera shy, we can even think about how you can use it; but why it might a good idea to look into the camera and have people see you. So I leave you the floor first.

                     Sure. Facebook live is basically just streaming live video onto your facebook page. If you have a business, you hopefully have a fan page. You're educating people, delivering value via live video on facebook. Yes, that sounds really scary and when you first start doing it, it's definitely going to be awkward. It's not the most comfortable thing. If you go back on my business page about two years, you can find the first live videos I did, where I don't look comfortable. I had a whole script written out, I prepared for it. I was freaking out and then, today I can just hop on a live video, spew off something about some topic I want to talk about and create value that way.

                   I would say that you do need to be using it. Even if you're really uncomfortable being on camera. Just start to toy with it, to experiment with it and start to slowly get comfortable; because when it comes to growing your fan base on facebook, live videos get the most reach. It gets the most organic reach, which means non paid access to your ideal clients. Most types of posts don't get a lot of engagement or you need to pay for them to actually be able to have them be worthwhile. Video views get out there. Facebook wants to be known for live video and they've been competing with youtube. They are going to push that type of post more out into the feed than any other post. So I think that's, probably the number one reason why you need to care and why you need to be using it.

                   I also think it is a great way to build relationships. Trying to build trust and rapport through text and copy is good, but I think that video piece, where you are almost looking into someone's eyes, showing your personality, being your genuine authentic self, really does help. People want to get to know more about you and they could become potential clients. I also think it's a great way to position yourself as an expert in your niche or whatever that is, because you can get out there, you can show your knowledge base and if you do want to run video view ads you can. Getting that awareness and your stuff out there is really cheap. It's not as cheap as it used to be. I think it was one or two cents per video view. Today it's probably somewhere around five to seven cents and now you can actually optimize for ten second video view vs three second. So I think that would make it a little bit more expensive, but it's still really cheap and a really good way to get yourself out there in front of new people, cold audiences, people who haven't seen you before, so that they can start warming up to you.

Christine:         Yes, it's just different. People love video, they just stop and use feed. So that's definitely what you should do. Here are a couple of things that I would suggest for those of you, who freak out about recording a video. First of all, it doesn't need to be complicated. You can literally take your iphone and start going live from there. It doesn't need to be perfect at all. However, I would say that you need to look a little bit at who you wanted to talk to. If you are someone, who wants to sell high end, then you need to reflect it to some extent. I invested in a very cheap Amazon kit. I have a lightning kit and I always try to look somehow made up. Today I'm wearing pants, but it's been known that I haven't! What can be seen, should be tidied up.

                      One of the things that can be a bit sabotaging you and making you nervous about facebook live, is that you see how many people are actually watching you live. You see a little eye popping up and then another and another... 500. For me it's usually not that many. I have more people watching later; but when you see three people and suddenly it goes down to one, you immediately wonder, what did I say? What, where did I go wrong? Why am I so boring? Most of the time, it doesn't have anything to do with you. I tend to not look at that at all and I tend to not look at the comments. Try not to be distracted and just look at my camera lens. So, I just look at this little dot.

Kendra:            I really love that you mentioned that, because I think when you first do live video, now when you have a really small fan page following, there might be zero people watching the video. That's okay, because it doesn't matter what happens when you go live, it really matters what happens afterwards. Facebook continues to push that video into the newsfeed and then you can turn it into an ad. When I started out, I had literally zero people watching. It doesn't matter, just roll with it. Pretend you have a great audience in front of you.

Christine:         Exactly or just pretend you have one or none, if that makes you more comfortable. Even if it's a 'worst comes to worst' situation, you can get some really cool teleprompter apps for your ipad and it's like Kendra said, she started with a script. Do the same thing. Practice and you can record yourself. Then you can take the recording and you can just put it into google, because you have google voice that is basically doing a transcript for you or you can use a software like temi.com, where you can get cheap transcripts done and then you put it into your prompter app and you just read it. Make sure to try to do it naturally. So, if you're really insecure, why not start with that? You don't have to go pro right from the bat. Try to feel comfortable first. You can even set up a fake page, where you practice going live a couple of times before. It's totally up to you, but there is a difference between going live and just posting a video. We've seen that the algorithm prefers you're going live. It even is pushing a live video vs a video that you prerecorded and then upload to facebook.

                         So there is a lot to say about going live!

Kendra:            Yes and I liked what you said at the beginning. It doesn't need to be fancy. I've definitely seen some experts out there saying you need to invest $300 into the site. Well, I can't. I've used my phone right from the beginning. I had nothing. I had no lights. If you look at my old videos, you can barely see my face. I'm sitting in the dark.... but you know, what is interesting?! I did this video about year and a half ago on CBO and it's a terrible quality video. No lighting, from my phone, just horrible. But it has 10,000 views on youtube and it's my most engaged video! People comment and love it and I get clients coming to me from that video. It's a really crappy looking video, like completely ghetto, but it doesn't matter. It's about the content, it's about the value that you put forward. Get started on your iphone or your android and then eventually you can invest in some light and invest in a better camera. That can happen with time.

Christine:         Some people don't want to aim high and they just want to be a normal people person. The social media examiner has made a survey this year, and the videos that convert the best on facebook and probably on other platforms as well, are the ones that are taken vertically, not horizontally! We wouldn't have said it, but vertically is really okay. I just have a couple minutes, so I'm just going to do a quick video and it works really well for those people. So, if that's you, if you're someone, who just has an idea and wants to do this on the spot, then go ahead and do that. I also know people who plan for that. If you're someone, who's under pressure, 'Ooh, I don't want to do this every week'. I know that some people plan five topics and we're going to talk about which topics to use, and then they take different clothes. They go to different locations, but all in one day. They do their first video, they change their outfit, go to a different location in their house or neighborhood, do the second one and then just spend one day, but they have five weeks covered. So it's awesome.

Kendra:            Very cool. I think really in the end you just need to do it. There's no way to prepare for it or be more comfortable without just doing it over and over and over again. I never thought I'd be comfortable in live video. It made me really uncomfortable, really nervous. Now, I do it multiple times a week. It's totally fine. I think when you want to get started with facebook live, there are a lot of really easy topics to cover, that will help get you engagement and help bring people into your live video or your recording. One thing that I do and that works really well, is a weekly Q & A. I allow people to submit their questions and then I answer them on a live Q & A.

                     That is actually my most popular live video and I do it every week at the same time. People know they can send in their questions and that provides a lot of value to people. I get a lot of good feedback about it. If you don't have a big enough following, maybe people aren't going to be submitting you questions. Just listen to what your clients are saying. When you work with clients and you hear the questions they asked, write that on a post it or make a little note with evernote or similar and use that question as the topic of your next live video. What kinds of things you cover in your live videos Christine?

Christine:         Pretty much the same. Either a spur of the moment thing, but most of the time it is client related questions or when I have clients on the phone, who inquire to work with me, that's where I write things down. Something that I do as well, is I check what's on the news. Recently Elan Musk from Tesla was in the news quite a bit about his sleep issues. So that's something that I would pick up on, in order to get traction and in order to be picked up by other blogs and so forth. That might be something you can look into too.

                I also recommend that you sign up for Google scholar alerts. You will get new research sent to your inbox about whatever your topic is. I have sleep as my topic for Google scholar alert and I think it's every four days or so, I get the newest articles on sleep research into my inbox.

                        If I don't know what to say about a topic, I will just check what the newest research is and I will use that for example. Most of the time it's client questions and don't be afraid to use the same topic twice. I know that we are all scared about being repetitive, but actually it doesn't matter. You will always find a different spin on things, use that. So I think that's also a good tool to use.

Kendra:            Yeah, that was a juicy tip. I didn't even know about that. I'm super excited! I also love that about using something trending. Recently Hawaii band sunscreen, so I talked about that and then I think there was that debacle, where all these articles were saying that coconut oil causes heart disease and people freaked out about that. That sort of stuff you see trending in your newsfeed or what other people are talking about on social media, are great things to address. I love what you said too, about being repetitive and not worrying about it, because I repeat the same things over and over and over again. Keep in mind that you're following your fans, like they're not experts. Like they need to hear this stuff multiple times before it really sinks in. Also keep in mind that not the same people are always going to be watching your videos.

Christine:         Absolutely. The last thing I would recommend is don't necessarily hold back in your facebook live. If you do a specific topic, just say pretty much everything that you can educate. In the end we do this obviously to get people to follow us. Every other video, I will do a very clear call to action, which means I ask my audience to do something. We call that a call to action or CTA. Something that has to do with your business. It could be ‘check out my blog’. You would say ‘go to my website’. If you have an opt in, which means the free gift, that could be a checklist or a free video series, anything like that on your website that people give you their email and you will give them the gift in return. So it's not really a gift, but rather an exchange. Every other video I would do that. The foremost idea is to give. To really help them out and then every other time, why not ask for something back. Life is not just about giving, it's also about receiving. Don't be scared to do that. My call to action, you can usually go by the blog post or I ask them to go to my website and sometimes it's also just to get in touch with me and send me an email and I will give them my private email address. There are many different ways. Kendra, she is much more into this, than I am. I do this maybe every five times. Kendra does it more consistently, but it has actually to do with commenting. So maybe we can talk a little bit about that and how that can turn into magic.

Kendra:            Using commenting?

Christine:         Using the bots.

Kendra:            Oh yes, I love the bots.

                        We will actually have a full episode on chatbox coming up pretty soon. One of my favorite topics to talk about. Basically a bot, it sounds really creepy and weird, but it's pretty awesome. Think of it like an email list, but instead of using email, you're using facebook messenger. Christine, I think you use something different than me. I use MANY CHAT, because you can get a free account. What do you use, Christine?

Christine:         I use MONKEY BOT.

Kendra:            So there are a couple of different options out there, but basically you can connect one of these chatbots to a facebook post. It can be a live or some other posts, where you ask people to comment. A recent one that I did, I released a new free energy guide to help bring women more energy, help them get rid of fatigue and I've been trying to promote that. I did a facebook live on different ways to boost your energy. I had a chat box connected to it, where they had to comment with a certain word and then I send them that opt in or freebie through facebook messenger. They just had to comment 'guide' and when they comment 'guide' that triggers the chatbox and then through facebook messenger, they get an automated message, 'hi, here's the thing that you signed up for' and then they can access it that way.

                        I think that's a really powerful tool, mostly because with facebook messenger is on people's phones. For email most people are going to go on their computer, but typically with facebook messenger most people get a notification when they get a message. So you are right into their phone. Messenger bots actually have a significantly higher open range. About 80 % vs 20 % with email. You can reach more people, which is cool. You can have a little bot subscriber lists. Once a week, I usually send people stuff like, 'hey, this is what I'm up to, this is what I have going on'. If you're going to do many chat or the monkey bot, you have to keep in mind that it is a little bit more invasive. You really need to ask permission more often and you need to always let people know how they can unsubscribe, because people are still kind of confused by it. You don't want to be messaging them incisively. What I typically do, I say 'Hey, I have this going on... do you want to learn more?' And if they don't, they click 'No'.

Christine:         That's a good idea. Like 'I have a new blog post, do you want to check it out?’ And then they have the choice to say yes or no.

Kendra:            Yeah, not like, 'Hey, this is what I'm doing and just inundating them with this big message. That turns people off, freaks them out a bit. But it is a really good way, because if you get them on your list, you can eventually get them on your email list.

Christine:         Exactly and you can blast them. They called it a blast, so you can send them a promo once a month, once every three months, which is fine and totally okay if you don't do it too often and it's super effective. I would just use it sparingly, because it is a very private space. For all of that, you need to get the people in your system first and facebook lives with free gifts, where people just comment is amazing. It's just so easy.

                     So we had a couple more things that we wanted to talk about and that's how to position a product or a service. Let's say you don't want to be an old school infomercial: 'oh, here's the brand new car that you can use for...' We don't really want to do it like that. People are going to be turned off by that. There is a certain way of kindly presenting your product, which could be a course, a product, a cream, a supplement or your service, in a way that's just understandable and likable. Kendra, I believe you have a couple of ideas on that.

Kendra:            Yes, I think there's kind of a smooth way to do it. I think anytime you're trying to sell or position a product or service on a facebook live, you do need to start with bringing valuable content. That should be the purpose and that should be the bulk of the video. It should be that very engaging, valuable content that the viewer is going to be like, 'wow, this is awesome'. You want to come up with your topic, present that topic, tell them a little bit about it; but then you want to help them understand that they have that issue or this is actually a problem, because I think with health stuff, some people might not know that it is an issue.

                         

We've used hormone imbalance a lot as an example, because sometimes women don't know they have a hormone imbalance. They know they have PMS, but they don't realize that's their hormone. So you may need to educate them. 'Hey, PMS is a hormone imbalance, and this is not normal. This is not something you should be going through every month. It tells us that something's wrong’. Then you want to deliver that really good content, which again, should be the bulk of that video. I also like to tell a story in there. Weave in a story of myself or maybe a client, who had this issue and then kind of show how either myself or that person was able to overcome it, and get that positive outcome. I think that helps people relate, because maybe they'll see themselves in that story or they'll say 'oh my gosh, you can help people. Maybe you can help me!'

                         

Also, I've been using this a lot and I think it works really well for you. Which is how to lead into the pitch in a way that's not really in your face; but rather, 'hey, so now you know that you have hormone imbalance. You might be wondering how to actually fix it. I have this free three-part video series or this cheap course or whatever it is that can actually help you fix that.' Then of course obviously making it easy for people to sign up and get it. Having that link, making it streamlined. Maybe you connect your chat bot to the comments. I find that kind of dialogue works really well. 'I have this problem and I do want to fix it, so what do I do?' You can then say 'Hey, I have a solution!'

Christine:         Exactly. So that's how we do it. So for example, today we would say 'if you want to get more tools, like that set of practice tool and more ideas, then you can go to our website 360healthbizpodcast.com and you can download it for free!’

                        That would be an example of how we would do this.

Kendra:            Yeah and I think with your facebook lives, I'm always plugging in my freebie. I'm not in people's face about it, but for every live video I started with 'Hey, I'm Kendra Perry, this is what I do, this is who I help and if you want to learn more about me, hop to my website or I have this free lead magnet, whatever it is, this is where you can get it', and then I might mention it again at the end, but it's very noninvasive. I'm not a whole video. It doesn't surround around that. But I think you need to keep telling people that it's there.

Christine:         Yes. Don't be shy. You are helping people. There is information that they don't know about and you share it with them. That's it. Don't feel guilty about it. The other thing is, facebook lives are incredible for content creation and I would suggest that you go to our episode that we have with Jamie Palmer. It's on our website as well. Really go and have a look. She goes into detail as to how she uses one facebook live to create 20 pieces of content within an hour. I will to try to break it down very quickly and you can already implement that today.

                        It's basically what I do and I have seen an increase of people going to my website by 600% in the month of August. It's been massive since I've started implementing her strategy. What you do, is you do a facebook live like this and you can actually check out our website, because that's what we are doing. We do our facebook live then after that you uploaded to youtube, so it's already on two platforms. This video is then going to be embedded onto our website, so already on three, we're going to use the audio of this video to be transcribed by temi.com or you can also use rev.com; both are similar. Rev is a little bit more expensive, but it's still only a buck a minute, but a bit more accurate.

                        Then we have our assistant going through the transcript making sure that there aren't too many typos and that everything makes sense. That then is our blog post and our newsletter. Then we use another platform called missinglettr. Missinglettr is checking for new posts. It's taking the content out and it's taking snippets from that content and all we have to do is go through these snippets and pick nine that we like for example, and then we just tell missinglettr to schedule that out throughout the year. So two are going to be posted pretty quickly and then we have them scheduled to go out every three months more or less for a whole year. So it's just out there. All of these pieces of content are done and it doesn't even take an hour to be honest and you are everywhere.

                        We create a graphic that we put on the page, that you can use on pinterest or other social media and that's it. You have all of that done within half an hour. If you have an assistant it's even better, but you don't need to. It's actually not that much. But that's all you can do with just one piece. Something that Jamie also advised for instagram, which I adore, is wavve. They basically do sound cards. You have soundbites on a card so that you can post it to instagram and people can listen to a snippet. Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! So there's so much you can do. You can use the video for instagram or a piece of it for instagram and then tell people if they want to know more, they can click here. On linkedin you have 10 minute video limits, so there's lots you can do with this and it all stems from this one piece of content.

Kendra:            That's a great episode and I feel that episode was helpful to both of us and hopefully helpful to everyone else. You shouldn't be reinventing the wheel. When you have an online business these days, you have to be on so many different platforms and it can be overwhelming. But if you're smart about it and you use this sort of content creation strategy and really utilize these live videos, I mean that's your content! I do two live videos a week. That is a ton of content that I can turn into so many pieces of content. I never have a shortage of content to push out there.

Christine:         Exactly. Now the last thing that we might want to talk about is, I think we're going to do a complete separate show on facebook ads, where we're going to tie in facebook lives; but if you are someone who has been doing video via your phone, maybe via your app or webcam and you want to step up, then this is just at hoc, we didn't plan for this. Let's look a little bit of the tools that you might use. Personally, I always suggest to get a high end or a good webcam that goes up to HD. I have a logitech. I think it's a C9 something...

Kendra:            I think I have the same one. It's the C922 pro stream by Logitech. I don't think it was that expensive. It was under 150$ and it looks good. Look how good we look right now!!

Christine:         Yes, we do! Especially if you want to do podcasts. 70 - 80% of the podcasts nowadays are also video. They are doing the same thing we do. They put it on their youtube channel as well, so you want to look good. It just makes it so much more professional. When I see an interview or during the summit or anything and it looks amateurish, I immediately connect it to less money, which might be me just judging, but other people would judge and be as shallow just as I am. So I think it's really, really good to invest into a proper Webcam and into a tripod to hold it. The other thing that is key is your sound. A lot of podcasts actually ask you to have decent mics. I have the Blue Yeti that I use all the time.

Kendra:            I have that too! We're twinsies!

Christine:         See there you go! Then the last step, something that I really started using only a month ago, but I love it, are these lights. I have two soft light boxes here.

Kendra:            Do you have the big box lights?

Christine:         Yes.

Kendra:            That's what I have too!!

Christine:         I literally just went to Amazon and I looked for a lightning set. It makes you look good and I'm going to reveal the truth here. Kendra and I will do this via zoom and zoom has a filter that makes it look good so it just smoothens you out.

Kendra:            You go to video settings and then you just enable 'touch up my appearance'. It just smooths out your skin tone. I love this, because I use zoom with clients and sometimes I look really haggard, but then I get on zoom and I'm like 'I look good'. This is awesome.

Christine:         You look like a model out of the 20's. So yeah, we're giving you the truth here. We actually look like we are a 100 years old.

Kendra:            Totally! You wouldn't even recognize us in person.

Christine:         But yeah, go with what you got. It does make a difference. I get slightly annoyed, when I see videos with super low sound quality. I think it's fine if you do it on your personal channel or in a group amongst friends, like I'm in a mastermind group, where it really doesn't matter. However, if you want to do it on your professional page, try to do it as professional as you can. Impressions count. You never know who's stopping by. It might be someone who's looking to have you as a guest on TV. So if they see you 'ou..., she already looks good in her amateur studio, what is she going to look like on a TV platform?' Oprah might be stepping by and say, 'Ooh, looking good. I want her on my platform.' But I think it’s step two and three, after you started to do this. It's a good investment.

Kendra:            Don't be afraid to be yourself. Be professional, but whatever that means for you. Don't try to be someone you're not. I tried to be really professional in the beginning, but I swear. I'm kind of crass, I am really blunt. That's me and definitely since I started doing that, it attracts more of the right people to me. I have people tell me 'oh my God, you have a potty mouth. What a dirty mouth. I would never follow you' and I'm like 'good riddance'. I don't care. This is who I am. If you are my client, I'm probably going to drop an f bomb in our meetings, so you better be okay with that. So it's good to put it forward, but be professional and be yourself.

                        It's okay to make mistakes and stumbled over words. Facebook live is not about perfection. It's just about delivering content, being yourself and showing a bit of your personality. I think that can be really powerful. There was actually one more thing I wanted to mention. This is something I see people doing all the time and it drives me crazy. It's seeing people go live on their personal page for business. I think it's because people obviously have a bigger following on their personal page, so they get way more engagement. They get way more people showing up, but it's a waste of your time, because you can't do anything with that. You can't create an audience out of that. You can't create an add out of that. You can't track those people and I know it's also against facebook guidelines. It's against their terms of service. You cannot use your personal page for business. They can shut you down, but I haven't seen that happen before, but it's a possibility. Yes, you are going to get more engagement on your personal page, because you probably have a thousand friends vs like…

Christine:         Oh, it's great for your ego but not for your business!

Kendra:            Yes, exactly!. Just don't do it! Accept the fact that maybe for six months to a year of you doing live videos, you may only have like zero to five people showing up. Even now with me, sometimes I do videos and I only have four or five people online.

Christine:         It also depends on the time of day, the weather and it literally depends on what people are in the mood for. Don't take it personally.

Kendra:            Absolutely. So yeah, don't feed your ego by going on your personal page.

Christine:         No, absolutely. Feel free to share the video from your business page to your personal page. Feel free to do that, but don't go live on your personal page for your business.

Kendra:            That's actually really good advice. If you're just sharing it to your personal page and people engage with it that way, you can track those people. You can turn those people into an audience. But you can't do that if you're just doing live on your personal page.

Christine:         What else? Oh yes! A couple of more things. So you can obviously go live from your facebook page itself, but you can also use third party tools. So things that Kendra and I are using is a software called ECAMM. I use it when I go live on my facebook page on my own; but it's not ideal for interviews. So when it's just the two of us, we use ZOOM. It is a little bit more costly, but we have the filter and then you also have a platform called BE LIVE. You have different ways of doing it.

                        Another little tidbit is that you can use your phone to have guests on your facebook live. So the trick though is that when you go live and let's say I wanted to go live with Kendra, I would start going live and once she looks at the video I would see view and I would see that she's looking and then I have the option to tap on her name and to add her to the video.

                        Now here's a little interesting piece of information. If you're holding your phone vertically, then there's just going to be a tiny window popping up on the right hand corner with Kendra space, but if you hold it horizontally you will be side by side and I think you can even add more than one person. Sometimes when you don't want to invest into zoom but you want to do interviews, just tell people that they have to be on a mobile phone too. That is a little hack you can do before you might want to splash out on zoom, that is a little bit costlier.

Kendra:            Yeah. Zoom definitely is pricey, but that's a really good tip. I've done that a few times with people and it works well.

Christine:         Alright. I think that's all we have time for today. Don't forget to stop by our website and if you want to support us, we are members of the patron pages, so you can become a patron of the show. We would really appreciate it if you liked this episode. If you learn something new, if you want to give us a round of applause and just a little tip for our cupcake money, then step by. There is a big red button on the bottom where you can support us. We would really enjoy it and we would be really, really happy. We will be back in two weeks’ time on our facebook page and we're going to post an interview with...

Kendra:            Chelsea Gross. We were talking about disordered eating. Chelsea is a friend of mine. I met her at a conference a few years back and she's turned her issues with food and disordered eating into a really thriving business. It's a really good episode and I think it's a really good niche to focus your business on. We'll be putting that out in a couple of weeks. Make sure to leave us a review on itunes. If you liked the podcast, give us a five star review. Let us know what you like, what you don't like, but hopefully just what you like. We would love that, because that helps us get out to more people. More people are going to see us, we'll be able to help more people and help more health coaches grow their business, if people are giving us good reviews on itunes. So we really appreciate that.

Christine:         Absolutely. Get in touch. We have an email. If you also have maybe a tool that you want us to review and maybe present to our audience then get in touch with us as well. We're open to that too and don't forget that we have our tool kit with all the tools that we've been using up until now with suggestions and links on our website for free.

Kendra:            Yes and it honestly will help you save so much time, if you are using the proper platforms. It can take so much time to research this stuff and figure out what to use. We pretty much reviewed everything, put everything into the toolkit with every single online subscription platform that we're using to make our lives easier, so that we can spend more time actually growing our business and doing the things that we want to be doing, rather than just being stuck in the trenches.

Christine:         Go ahead and check that out and we will see you in two weeks. bye!

How to go from 1:1 to group coaching successfully featuring Nagina Abdullah

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How to go from 1:1 to group coaching successfully. . . and the perfect pineapple 🍍 !


Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for ambitious women and founder of the website MasalaBody.com. She teaches women how to eat delicious food to lose weight and skyrocket energy. She has taught hundreds of women how to lose up to 70 pounds. Nagina has been featured in Business Insider, People.com, Huffington Post and on Fox News.


Christine Hansen:    Hello everyone and welcome to the 360 Health Biz Podcast. Today we are live on our facebook page 360 Health Biz Podcast and we are here with a fabulous guest and friend of mine, Nagina Sethi Abdullah. We're going to talk about continuous education and business.

Nagina, thank you so much for joining us. I'm super excited that you are here, and I think we'll just start off with what you do and what is super important, how you got into it.

Nagina Abdullah:      I'm so excited to be here. I am a health coach for ambitious women and the way that I started is not that I had a background in nutrition or weight loss, but I actually personally lost 40 pounds after trying and struggling my whole life to lose weight and be healthy. I had tried every single thing out there and then I started trying something that was kind of new, things that I hadn't done before and it worked like a magic bullet. I started adding protein, I started lowering my sugar and I just started feeling full, using slower carbs instead of fast burning carbs and I lost 10 pounds in the first month and then I went on to lose 40 pounds in nine months. It was life changing, transformational. It actually happened after I had two kids and while I was working in a demanding job, working over 60 hours a week and traveling all over the place.

For me to drop 40 pounds after being a mom, when I had this preconceived notion that after I was a mom, I would just keep the weight on and maybe gain more, just because that's what I knew from around me, was really, really a surprise. Everyone started asking me how I lost the weight. They told me that they couldn't believe I just had kids. By my daughter's first birthday party, I had dropped 40 pounds. I got to 20 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I started sharing what I was doing with everyone around me. But what I started learning, when I was telling them what I did, interestingly enough, nobody actually listened to my advice. So, I would tell people and they were like, how did you lose that weight? What did you do? I would tell them what I did, and it was like their mind would go blank. They would say, well, I can't do that. I need to eat, I need to eat this kind of carbs and I need to eat my dessert or I just can't do that. And so, I was like, well, you asked me how to do it and this is it.

You do have to make some changes. I started learning about the psychology of teaching people to change their behavior. And it's not as easy as telling people do this or do that; because it'll give you lower calories or whatever. It's not about the facts. It's actually about appealing to people emotionally and connecting to their stories. I learned about that psychology and since so many people were asking me, I decided to start a blog and start writing to people and practicing how I was teaching people to change their behavior, while giving out the recipes people had been asking me for; just sharing tips and tricks. I started a blog masalabody.com, which is still my blog and I also thought it would be a really great way for me to start building something on the side of my full time business.

It really came to fruition after I became a mom and while I was working 60-hour weeks, but I didn't know if I can keep doing that forever. I didn't know if I wanted to do that when my kids were 5, 10 and 15. So I started to explorer if there are any other things out there and I realized, if you have a skill or if you know something that other people want; you can monetize that skill.

That is why I started with the fact that I didn't have a nutrition education, but I did teach myself a lot of information. I experimented on myself. I got results on myself and then I started my blog and we can talk more about how I actually started getting 1:1 clients and teaching them and creating a system that now works for hundreds of women.

Christine Hansen:    There are two huge things straight off the bat. The first one, you didn't have the typical three gazillion health coach diplomas or certificates as many people have and they still don't feel equipped enough and secondly you talked about it. I think those are two massive points that a lot of people struggle with. Even if you tell them; well, did you ever post something on your personal facebook page that you actually do this? So I think there are two huge points there.

Kendra Perry:           Yeah and I think it's interesting, because I feel that, the lack of education, is the reason why people don't put themselves out there. They're like, 'oh well, I'll do it once I get this other certification or this degree or this or that', but in the end everyone's an expert in something and we can all teach something to somebody else and really that's all you need to be able to do. Put your services out there and help people. So I think that's awesome that you just went for it.

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Christine Hansen:     Exactly. I think with weight loss people saw it, so you have proof straight away. Did you ever feel, 'oh, maybe...' this typical impostor syndrome of 'who am I to actually share this without having a degree?' You did it the other way around, you did your research later. At any point, did you have these voices that so many people have?

Nagina Abdullah:    Absolutely. I really did have it. The voice that came from me is that I had done it, but I didn't know if it would work for other people. So that's the first thing. I didn't know if other people would get the same results as I did. And second, I didn't want to come off like I was bragging or pushing myself up, because I had achieved something. A lot of times if you achieve something, if you talk about it, people don't always support you. Either there's jealousy involved or they just think that you did something, that was because of your body or your genetics or something that you got naturally and they just don't actually give you the credit for it.

I just didn't really want to put myself out there. I didn't share on facebook. It was a major fear of mine to share on facebook right away, because that's where all my friends were. I didn't want to be like, 'oh, I lost 40 pounds. Look at me now. Oh, I'm so good.' I didn't want to act like that. What I did to get over this and I think it's really key, because I don't think I could've done it myself, is that I actually took a course in how to create an online business. I just followed the rules and this is what you do and if you want to be successful in online business, just do this. For me it took the emotion out of all of the me feeling I was bragging or me feeling why would it work for anyone? I said, look, I've seen other people build successful online businesses and I think I can do it too. If they can do it, I can do it!

A quick story about my first website, that really speaks to what we're talking about right here. This initial fear of putting yourself out there. When I started my first version of my website, it had a picture of healthy food on it and it had garbanzo beans that were really delicious. A lot of the food that I ate to lose weight, was really delicious and it had flavorful spices. I never thought I was depriving myself, when I was losing weight. To me that was the biggest part of my weight loss. I loved what I was eating. So I put up a picture of these garbanzo beans and in my training course I got feedback that, yes, the garbanzo beans are exciting for you, but really people are not desiring spicy garbanzo beans! They’re really desire is to lose weight. So put a picture of yourself on the front of your website.

That was very, very difficult for me to do, because like I said, I didn't want to act like I was bragging and that I thought I knew everything. But then it was just no emotion, this is what you do to be successful. So, I did it and the first day after I did that, I then posted my website on facebook and I said I started a website to teach you how I lost 40 pounds and to give you all the recipes I used. Click here to subscribe. The first day I got like 50 subscribers from facebook and then in the first week I got 101 subscribers. It was because I positioned myself right and I appealed to my burning pains and I put my fears back and I served other people. Other people, who actually wanted to lose weight, they wanted the tips and they want someone to help them. If I have that, why don't I share it? Why do I have to keep it inside; because I'm scared of people thinking something about me?! I'm just going to stop myself, not only my own success, but other people's success as well.

Christine Hansen:That's a huge sentence! And two main points here: I love that you said I just took a course and it took the emotion out of it. Love it! I think you can probably take all kinds of different courses, but you may share which one you took, of course. That's a huge one. Also the photo thing. When you go somewhere, I think it's so important that people see you. Especially as we are in a service based industry, where people buy from us and if you have food there or just a landscape, they need to know who you are. They need to look you in the eye as much as it's digitally possible.

Kendra Perry:       I think those before and after photos are just showing this is where I am now. So much of, I love the Garbanzo bean thing, that just made me laugh! When you first said it, I was like, 'oh yeah, garbanzo beans... I don't know about those!' People need to connect with you and they need to see that you've done it and then you need to make it about them and show them that 'yeah, you can do it too and this is how you do it.' So it's finding that fine balance between sharing yourself, without oversharing and still making it about them and serving them and showing them how you can help them.

Nagina Abdullah:  Exactly! One of the things I actually always use and I found is the most powerful thing in growing a business and getting clients and getting more people, is really sharing your story vs. saying eat more protein and eat less sugar, because it keeps you more full and it regulates your insulin. That does not connect, but it's the facts! It's actually right. But, when you say things like, I struggled my entire life to lose weight and then I found something that helped me and it just knocked the weight off, without me even trying that hard and I felt so energetic and so lively and so youthful and I just never thought I'd find it, but I did. I mean I'll tell more detail about my story and all the struggles and the things I can do now that I could never do before. Those are the things that people really resonate with and that is more powerful than the facts and the nutrition.

I do teach the nutrition, but people don't really need to know all that information upfront. They just want to know your story and what to do.

Christine Hansen:    Yes, what to do. Give them a task. Give them the recipe. They don't care whether it's because of protein or less sugar. It's going to work, I'll just do what she said; like you did with the online course. People just do what you said with your protocol. Now you also put a really, really amazing spin on it though, right? Instead of having just another weight loss program, you focused on your spices. Was that something that came because you just started to add spices or was that some research that you did? I believe spices are your main program? 'Spice yourself skinny’.

Was that something that you found and said, 'uh actually this is unique'! Because you probably didn't start out with the idea that spices would be a hook.

Nagina Abdullah:   That's a great question and it is something that is really niche about what I do and that separates me from other people in the health industry. It is really key to find what your spin is. What is your thing?

In the beginning my spin was busy, ambitious women and I still do serve mainly ambitious women. But I also have an added elements for my online program, which is spices. The way that I found this, is actually part of growing my business. When you take some steps, it leads you to more things. The way I grew my business in the beginning and got people to know about my website, was that I did a lot of guests posts.

I wrote articles for other blogs and other news sites. From the smallest to the biggest, it didn't matter. Whoever would accept me, I would write for them, just to get my name out there. I wrote an article for a major health website (Mind body green) and it took me seven times to get published there.

Christine Hansen:    You need to count at least seven times to get published. I'm at number 3 and then I just gave up and got in through an interview with one of their writers.

Nagina Abdullah:     You need to keep going. You can do it! So I sent them seven articles. Not only did they not publish my article, but I didn't even hear back from them. They just made a thing that said we received your article, but I never heard anything.

But one of my first articles that got published from them, was called 'These 5 spices helped me lose 40 pounds'. It was just something that I wrote. I had written six other titles and other articles and you actually have to write the whole article for them. You don't just write a pitch. I wrote six whole articles, none of them got accepted. This one got accepted, but not only did it get accepted; once it was published, I got 1500 subscribers from them.

Christine Hansen:    And that's not an easy feat, let me tell you! Having posted on tons of sites, getting even one subscriber for an article is not bad. So getting that many is just amazing!

Nagina Abdullah:     It was like the holidays. I felt like, 'oh my God, what else could I want?' I just saw all my numbers going up, up, up, up, up. I couldn't believe it. That was the first hint that there was something about spices. I didn't even know it at that time, because I was publishing so many different things. I went on to talk to a network with different media people and people still always asked me about my spices. They said, can you come on and do a segment on spices? Can you show us some dishes with spices?

It was something that had been so normal to me that it didn't stand out to me. I grew up with spices and it was just the way I ate. To me what was more exciting, was that I was adding more protein and taking out sugar. That was really interesting to me; but that's not what the world was thinking that was exciting.

When I was ready to create my first program, I was looking at all that feedback; at what my guest posts made popular. What's the media that I've gotten? What are people liking out there? It wasn't only about what I think, it was also about what the world was responding to. So it was both of these things. You have to see what people are willing to pay for and they were.

For my first launch, I had been growing my list, I had actually around 5,000 people on my list. My goal was to have 5,000 people on my list, before I launch my first group program. I had a $20,000 launch in that first time, with 'spice yourself skinny'. I had tried other things before that, that hadn't sold as well. So it was really this spin on this thing that was appealing to people I had tested in different methods.

Kendra Perry:         And that's so important. We're interested in what we're interested in; but you have to ask your audience what they want and it's a really smart way to go about it. In the end what you think is interesting, like you said, the carbs and the sugar wasn't appealing to other people, but the spices is awesome! I love that because I think you can take any boring healthy meal and make it amazing, if you just use the right spice combinations. I think people think healthy eating is so complicated, but I always talk about how you could make a bomber meal in 15 minutes and you can change it constantly with the same ingredients, you just need to know the spices. So I think that's super awesome!

Christine Hansen:    And it works! I'll do a live testimonial: I lost 10 kg / 20 pounds few years ago. I need to do it again. Especially after the summer! My mom was like ‘oh, you're pregnant again!'

Nagina Abdullah:      Christine was a star spice yourself student!

Christine Hansen:   So I need to do it again. I will do my pre-pictures later today, big time! It works and was so good. I did it together with my husband and I still use a lot of philosophy from that for my clients actually. Just telling them about spices, because I think especially in Europe, a lot of us don't use that many spices. So that is also something culturally that you can bring from your background to a society, that's just not as used to spicing things until you use them. So that's fantastic.

So let's talk a little bit about after you went public. You have more and more people interested, you started to work with people 1:1, I believe. When was the time when you thought group programs, what is it? How can I do it? Any best takeaways? Or maybe things you said that didn't work as well. What would be your key takeaways when you have a newbie listening, that has some traction and is maybe thinking group program is my next million. What would you tell them?

Nagina Abdullah:   Okay. Well I actually wanted to create a system. I wanted to create a technique for people and if you start by teaching 10 people or 20 people or more, you will see that everyone is different. It's a lot to understand all at once.

I started with 1:1 coaching. I had a technique that worked, it worked for me. But now I needed to teach other people and when I did 1:1 coaching, it helped me understand the nuances of different personalities, different lifestyles and different food preferences. I could respond to that in a 1:1 way and I didn't have to create a lot of resources ahead of time. I didn't really know what to create. I created along the way for that one person. With my next client I was able to understand the differences.

So really going through 1:1 coaching was a way for me to learn about my market and get paid for it. Get paid highly for it, because when you're doing 1:1 work, you can charge a lot more, than when you're doing a group program. So it's basically p x q; price x quantity = revenue.

If you have a small quantity of people, if you're just starting your list, you can charge a higher price because you're giving that 1:1 customized service and people will pay for it. Then once you start getting more people, you can lower your price because you're not giving all that 1:1 customized service, but you can scale much easier.

My plan was that I wanted to have 1:1 clients and grow my email list, while I was having 1:1 clients, so that I could learn about my clientele, learn about what they like and what they don't like. Meanwhile, I was creating a system and I didn't even realize it. I was seeing what was working. What worked for my clients was menu plans, because my women are very busy and ambitious. Telling them exactly what to buy at the grocery store, telling them what to eat, when they go out and then some mindset work and some kind of other motivational support.

I kept building my list. I had my number at 5,000, like I mentioned before. So right before I got to 5,000, I started crafting ideas for an online program. When I sold it, I sold it at a much lower price than I was doing for my 1:1 work. I had much, much bigger numbers. Also, before I moved onto my group program, I wanted to really get good at selling 1:1 services, because I didn't want to skip anything. I didn't want to say, okay, I know how to get a couple of clients. I actually wanted to create a system. So, I created a system of having $10,000 - $15,000 months with 1:1 clients for weight loss and it took me time to get there.

The first year I was able to get a client here, a client there; and then the next year I started getting more, but I wasn't able to have those consistent months and I really wanted to be able to know and train myself to get really good at one thing, before skipping over and getting to the next thing.

So, now I know how to sell 1:1 coaching and if I ever needed to, I could go back to it, but I'm not planning to. I do take on some clients once in a while, but now it's all about scaling. Now I'm doing the same thing with online programs. I have a program that sells, but now it's like how do I get it to scale and keep repeating what do I do to grow this online business in a scale-able way, where it's not all of my time involved all the time.

Christine Hansen:     I love it, especially if you ever find out, please tell us!

Kendra Perry:      I think that's awesome, because you can reach so much more people with a group program and you can scale. When you start out, it is really good to be doing the 1:1 clients, so you can learn; you can see what people want, you can see the questions that people are asking. But at some point it can get really draining. It can get exhausting. So when you move to more of a group program, you can reach more people, help more people and it may take some the pressure off a little bit from 1:1 clients.

Christine Hansen:Also, I think what is super important about your program, is that everything's there, but it's not unnecessary fancy schmancy. You get your pdfs, you probably had help to design all of them, so that you didn't have to do everything on your own. You have a super engaged facebook group and that's pretty much it. There is no over the top kind of app or anything like that. It's really straightforward, which I really liked as well. Did you have any help doing that? What would you recommend people to maybe think about or maybe avoid, even though it's trend?

Nagina Abdullah:     I love that question. That is such a great point that you're bringing out. We look at other courses and other things online and it looks so fancy. It looks so perfect and there are professional studios and cooking studios and workout studios and you really don't have to do that. I am a big case for that. What people really want is the technique. If you have more of a connection with them or you're giving them what they want, that's all they care about. The fanciness can come later. The people you see online, they have been in the game, they didn't just start like that. You can go back and look at their first stuff and it was not like that. Everyone perfects over time. It's like that saying: 'Don't act like you're 40, when you're not 40.' Just act like you're a beginner. Act like you are starting out.

I do have a VA that works for me part time and so I would create the recipes, a menu plan, groceries and she would then put it together. She would do the formatting and put it nicely together. I'm not good at that stuff anyway, so I outsource that and that really helped me. What is amazing about a group program and when I say group program, this is all online. I didn't have any phone calls. I did have a facebook group, where I was in and once a week I sent out a meal plan and a guideline and resources for the week. That was only a pdf. But the best thing is it's repeatable.

So I have launched 'spice yourself skinny' seven times and it's not like doing it all over again. I did make it better and better every time. I perfected the recipes, I added vegetarian and vegan restaurant. But it was over the course of seven launches. Now I have a program that I feel is amazing, because I just spent time to improve it vs. having to do it one off every time.

That's one key thing and the other thing is, I actually created a new program recently, which is called 'tiny changes, big weight loss' and this is a video-based program. I did it based on a lot of other programs, I've been seeing, but they're all in these professional studios. If you get my program, it's the opposite of professional studio. I am on my zoom camera giving really structured advice, but it's from a zoom camera, from my computer. Then I also did a module on 'how to eat while you're traveling to lose weight'. I show people how to eat on the airplane, airport and in restaurants. I brought my iPhone on the airplane and filmed myself, while people where around me and people love it. People are like, 'oh my God, nobody has done that!'

So it's not about the fanciness, it's just about doing it and giving people information they want to know and it the format doesn’t matter, especially in the beginning stages.

Kendra Perry:       I love that.

Christine Hansen:    I love it. I totally do to. It resonates 100 gazillion times. I know people, who don't make money, that rent a villa for a day, that costs them a couple of grant, just to film there and it's just like you don't have the basis yet, you don't have the list and it's not like anyone is just going to come because you're invested in it and that's not how it works, you know? So I really love this. It's a really nice getting down to earth kind of talk.

Kendra Perry:    It's so true. The first few times you launch something, it may not be a success. More than likely, it's not going to be a success. In my first launch I lost money. I learned a ton and I made it better. So you shouldn't really be investing everything you have, to make this perfect thing, that may not even do well and you may find out that you need to change over time or maybe go a totally different direction. I also think people like that non-curated stuff. I think people are sick of the perfect person with the perfect body, the perfect pineapple or whatever. They just want to see you! Who you are. Pineapple... On the airplane just talking about really good content. It's about the content and not the look. I don't know where the pineapple came from!!

Nagina Abdullah:   Sounds good though. The perfect pineapple!

Christine Hansen:  You better get the website, theperfectpineapple.com

Nagina Abdullah:Yes. It's absolutely true. People don't want that. They don't need the perfect thing. Also what you're saying about improvement is so key. Instead of looking at your first launch of something or you're first putting yourself out there as, this is what it is, this is the end. Instead looking at it as this is the first step for me to improve on and get better and better. It's a whole shift in mindset that actually I think drives success, because it's so important to know that you're on a journey. You're not just going to reach there right away and that you are going to fail along the way and that's part of the journey. So plan to fail.

Christine Hansen:  Yeah, I totally agree, and I just really advise people also to be aware of their budget. I just recently had a launch for my DIY program and I allocated a budget of $200 for facebook ads. I didn't use anything else. That was basically my whole budget and it converted really well. I made four times the revenue. So, it was $800, which is totally fine with me, because I was just testing this baby out. Seeing if there is any interest, if it is working. $200 I can live with if it didn't, but I did a really great return on my investment. So now if you had invested that much more, it would work. Now I can tweak it and relaunch with a new budget and take the first in a return of investment and reinvest that to make bigger ones. So be really cautious about this, because the big guys play with huge budgets that you cannot compare with in the beginning. You will at some point. But I think that launches can seem so enticing and if you want to make it perfect, you would have to get 10 different audiences with five different ad sets, which then all cost you $5, but then it just cueing to this huge thing. So I would really say be smart about this and make sure that you start small and just test if it's working. We talked about this last time. You don't know what you don't know and you might think, you know, but actually you don't.

Nagina Abdullah:  That is very true. A lot of times if you start with 1:1 coaching, you're actually making money. Then you can reinvest cash that you made from your business, instead of taking money from something else. You're actually making money and you're investing in your business. You can make money faster and then invest it to grow your business, when you're doing 1:1 coaching, as a way to learn and also to create some capital.

Christine Hansen:  And I would absolutely say, as you did, take the resources that you created for your 1:1 clients, anonymize them and use them for your program. It's not work. You have the resources already. You might need to free them up a little bit. You need to take out names and stuff, but it's the same stuff. So the more clients you have, the more resources you have to put into your program in the end. So it's never a waste of time or work.

Kendra Perry:   And pay attention to what your people are asking you. Every time someone asks me a question, I write that question down, somewhere in a little document. You can do a post it. Just pay attention to the questions that you're getting asked over and over and over again, because that's a great content for a group program. See what people are really confused about. What people are always asking me. So that should be in the program.

Nagina Abdullah:   So true. When you're doing 1:1 client work or if you even have your first version of an online or group program, that are exactly the things I realized how I changed and improved my materials. So many people were asking me for vegan and vegetarian menus and I tried to just put it into what I had, but then so many people were asking me, so I was like, I have to actually create a whole new version and that informed the direction of where I was going. That's just one example. It happens all the time. Keep listening to your audience and adding. Maybe sometimes it's like a whole different product that you get an idea for it because it was asked about.

Christine Hansen:   So what's in store for you for the future? Is there going to be an 8th, a 9th and 10th launch? Anything new on the horizon? You have your new program, is that available yet? Tell us all!

Nagina Abdullah:   Yeah. So I'm excited to talk about what's next. I will be relaunching 'spice yourself skinny' next year. I was relaunching it every three months, but now I'm going to be launching it once a year only and I have another program, which I have started, I've launched it once and now I'm going into it again in September. It is called 'tiny changes, big weight loss' and it's about how to make changes that are not overwhelming, but that are sustainable. How to be able to eat at home, as well as be a woman of the world and be able to travel and work wherever you need to work, while still maintaining what you're eating and loving it. So that's a video-based course.

So that's what I'm working on. Then I have something really exciting coming up. I don't know the timeline yet, but it's going to be something pretty different than what I've worked on before. This is because I'm just working on growing my product suite. Now that I have tested out how to create my first product, I'm just doing more products now. But then the one after this, is going to be around getting more energy. Really how to get more energy. There may be some exercise and sleep related information in it. Getting more energy vs weight loss. But now it's also the energy. Those are two real motivators for busy, ambitious women. How do we accomplish both of those?

Christine Hansen:Or how to lose weight without actually being exhausted doing so. Because weight loss, it's just, 'Oh my God, it's going to be some tedious'. It is a really smart move. I'm super, super excited about this.

So your website is masalabody.com. You also have a free gift, which we're going to include in the links on our website 360healthbizpodcast.com. You can serve by and look at the episodes and you will find ours with Nagina. Anything I forgot Kendra?

Kendra Perry:        I think we've got everything. Also, we would like to let people know about our patron page. If you guys want to support our mission and help us continue to bring great podcasts to you a couple times a month, you can support us on Patron. Even for as little as $1 a month. It doesn't have to be a lot, but we would appreciate literally anything.

If you like our podcast, leave us a review on iTunes. We would love to hear your feedback and if you leave us a review, we'll read it on air. We would very much appreciate that. It just helps us get this information out there and help us help more people, just like you.

Christine Hansen:   And make money while making other people healthy. Isn't that amazing? Nagina, thank you so much for being here and for being so honest and just telling us the way that you build this stuff and sharing this. I'm super, super, super grateful. Thank you so much.

Nagina Abdullah:   Thank you for having me. I loved talking with both of you.

Christine Hansen:  Good. Well, we're going to record again in two weeks. You're going to catch us live on facebook, same time, same place and then if you miss it, you can see it afterwards on our facebook page or you can listen to us on iTunes and spotify... I don't even know where else.

Kendra Perry:      You can find us pretty much anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Christine Hansen:  All right. Well thank you so much. That's it for this week. Have a great day!

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