In this special two-part episode of Chris Collins Unleashed, we sit down with friend and CEO of Bluefish, a personal concierge service for VIPs and Executives, Steve Sims. In this first episode, Steve unravels some of his secrets for how to create and sell unforgettable experiences.
Amongst the mind-blowing stories of setting up a dinner in the Accademia Museum of Florence, under the statue of David and being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, Steve discusses his essential tools for building a business where the experience is the commodity. Key to his success are ideas such as under-promise over-deliver, the challenge of self-marketing, letting others add credibility, and the strategies to build and have access to a highly exclusive network.
Steve’s book, Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen is available now!Also available on:
In this episode of Chris Collins Unleashed, we discuss one of our favorite topics: Gamification. It’s the ultimate business hack and its implementation has long been a core part of our business turnaround process. In fact, I am so passionate about it, it is the subject of my Amazon best-selling book, Gamification: Playing for profits.
But what is Gamification? In this episode, we break down the components of the system, and explain how it works and why it works. Through years of teaching these techniques, we have run into some hilarious situations that you don’t want to miss. By the end of this episode, we can promise that you will want to implement Gamification into your business and turn it into a profit machine.
Today, we re-visit a topic we covered a few episodes back: work/life balance. In this follow-up episode, we re-examine the topic through the lens of an entrepreneur who has prioritized their business and growth of their career over just about everything else. How can you maintain a healthy home life when you’ve made this commitment? This is often very difficult…but we’re here to share our tips and help you strike that balance to your best ability.
Entrepreneurs are notorious for working countless hours to achieve their business goals. When fully grinding, 18 or even 20 hour days are becoming more commonplace. While devoting these extra hours towards your venture, another aspect of your life suffers directly. It’s sleep. And it’s more important than you think.
Today, we look at the science behind it, and for those who refuse to decrease their business hustle, we give you the essential tips to help keep your mind fresh and your body healthy during these long days.Also available on:
In today’s episode of Chris Collins Unleashed, we weigh in on the current political climate with the recent seemingly league-wide NFL player protest. We take a look at how perspective influences decision-making, highlighting the importance of understanding the full story before trying to fix things. As a leader, you need to take a 10,000ft view of your business to have a proper understanding of biased decision-making within an organization.
In this episode, we take a look at the hair styling and beauty industry, focusing on how salons can dramatically increase profits. 8 out of every 10 hair salon businesses will fail. These are primarily family-owned, mom & pop businesses shutting down, so we want to give them the upper hand, and the ability to turn things around. A few simple changes can boost the margins, improve customer retention and allow the stylists to work more efficiently.Also available on:
In part two of Unleashed with Freddy Negrete, we learn about his rise in the ranks, tattooing Hollywood stars and opening a shop of his own in Santa Barbara. Freddy touches on the mistakes he made with his own shop, that even lead to a lawsuit. Diving into business, Freddy explains his own strategy for working with clients and we share some advice about pricing. From opinions on numbing cream to the psychology of pain, and even a crazy tattoo contest, the stories continue in part two of this fascinating interview.Also available on:
In part one of this special two-part series, we sit down with legendary tattoo artist, Freddy Negrete, to talk about the business of ink. From Freddy’s time in jail, where he learned the art of black and gray tattooing, to his apprenticeship with Ed Hardy, to smoking lovelies (a potent mix of pot and PCP), no stone goes unturned in this raw interview with one of the greatest tattoo legends of all time. Freddy shares the life-changing tips he received from mentors like Ed Hardy and Mark Mahoney, transitioning from a Chicano gangster into one of the most respected tattoo artists in the world.Also available on:
Rapid growth of your business is good, right?
In this week’s show, we discuss the problems that business’ can run into when scaling too fast. Various issues include hiring systems and cash flow issues. If you have a business and you want to scale and grow, you need to approach and execute in the right way. Use our advice and avoid running into any costly mistakes along the way.Also available on:
From Uber to Apple, Hobby Lobby to Chick-Fil-A, we’re seeing major corporations and leading business figures sticking to their political stances in this turbulent governmental era. In some cases, political and religious beliefs have changed the course of an organization’s day-to-day operations, and in other cases, influential business figures have engaged governmental operations, to (at times) much displeasure of their very own customers.
Also in this episode, we also seek to answer the question of whether our currently-polarized American political system is failing the common small business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, and hardworking Americans.Also available on: