The No Formula Podcast

The No Formula Podcast

By Laura L Bernhard
The No Formula Podcast offers a glimpse into the lives of real entrepreneurs who possess a variety of experiences and backgrounds. Through raw conversations, learn about their passions, journeys, setbacks, and milestones. Join host Laura L Bernhard as she confirms that there’s in fact, no formula, to success.
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#14: Tangible Business Advice During COVID-19, with Wendy Maynard [SPECIAL EPISODE]

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#29: Remove Your Distractions, with Trevor Dunbar
Trevor Dunbar mentors people to experience personal and spiritual growth. His tactic is to schedule wilderness retreats to help them through whatever might be holding them back. Using his 4Ps process, his goal is to send them back to their lives feeling more powerful.  In this episode, Trevor recounts how the 2008 recession turned his life upside down. Before the crash, he was a lieutenant in a fire department, owned a landscape and construction business, and had a lot of investments in real estate. After a business partner turned on him, he lost everything. Trevor tells us all about how he rebuilt his life by working for a valet company and the lessons he learned along the way. Some lessons include how to pivot your life, how to remove distractions from reaching your potential and the importance of building relationships.  So many great lessons in this episode. Be sure to listen and subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
45:35
May 27, 2020
#28: May Houri Takes The Cake
May Houri started her baking business almost 10 years ago. It was her side hustle for the first four years until she was let go from her full-time job. She told me that that was the push she needed to take Chocolata Bakery and Sweet Stuff full-time. Throughout her entrepreneurial journey, she's been featured in Pretty My Party, Elegant Wedding, Bride and Groom Canada and received the Fearless Business Owner award and the One Woman Fearless Women's Summit 2018 award. In this episode, she reveals how she differentiates her business, when she started making a profit and how she collaborates with other professionals in the industry.  Listen and subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
29:09
May 19, 2020
#27: Popping into the Market, with Devon Sevy
After two years of hard work, Devon realized he wasn't passionate about what he was doing. Within one week, he picked up a new business: Popcorn service for corporate events in Montreal. By focusing on SEO, he got his first client from Google within two months. Now, he also opened up an online e-commerce platform that is thriving in the eSports industry. Devon's entrepreneurial journey has just started but he's come a long way. Continue listening to hear his SEO tips, encouraging stories, and how he differentiated his popcorn business.  www.noformulapodcast.com
53:47
May 14, 2020
#26: Take Off with TikTok - Jayde Vincent and Kyle Kaplanis' Journey
In less than a year, Jayde Vincent grew her TikTok account to 1.5M followers. She is now helping brands grow their presence on the video-sharing app, with the help of her step-dad, Kyle Kaplanis. Hear how they grew her presence and her streams of income with TikTok.  Listen and subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
1:04:52
May 6, 2020
#25: Set Yourself Up For Success, with Luis Diaz
After years of starting and building companies, Luis Diaz has quite a few tips for the rest of us. FIVE things to set us up for success: 1) MINDSET, 2) TIMING, 3) MARKET RESEARCH, 4) BEING OPEN TO OPPORTUNITIES, and 5) STRATEGY. He goes into detail about each one. And listen to this episode to hear about the ventures he worked on and why he invested $600,000 into an Animal License Managing Software. Listen and Subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
1:04:45
April 28, 2020
#24: Values over Revenue, with Mompreneur, Marina Byezhanova
Marina Byezhanova has two identities: businesswoman and mother. And her happiest moments are when both of her worlds collide. The recruitment expert co-founded Pronexia and InfluenceHR. She was featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Success Magazine.  In this episode, Marina shares stories about how she immigrated to Canada in her teens; how tough it was to get a job with an unpronounceable last name; and the lessons she's learned in her 10 years of being an entrepreneur. Specifically, she shares the time they had to fire a HUGE client because their values didn't align. And this was at a time when they were growing their business. Definitely, a tough choice, but it helped build their reputation and success.  Listen to hear more from Marina and how she built her personal brand through Linkedin. Subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
55:35
April 22, 2020
#23: Overcoming Addiction and Building 6 Streams of Revenue, with Jeremy Mura
 Jeremy Mura is a Graphic Designer from Australia. At the young age of 25, he’s overcome a drug addiction and built six streams of revenue. With help from God and a good support system, he believes his success is the result of a strong mindset and taking action. In this episode, Jeremy exposes the opportunities of creating wealth online, how he leverages them, and how he manages so many projects. He also reveals what source of revenue makes the most money! Subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
41:40
April 14, 2020
#22: Being Happy On A Budget, with Christine Teh
Everyone can use financial direction sometimes. Financial Coach, Christine Teh gives us tips on how to financially transition from corporate job to entrepreneur as well as tips on how to get out of debt.  Her mantra, “love money and it will love you,” helps keep an abundance mindset, but she reminds us that money is just a tool. In this interview, Christine reveals how she grew her LinkedIn network to over 25000 people in under 6 months. She tells us about her jump from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur. She also gives advice for new entrepreneurs and the methods she chose to grow her business. Visit tehfinancialcoaching.com to work with Christine or connect with her on Linkedin. In the meantime, keep listening to hear why Christine works her hardest in the first two weeks of every month. Subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com
52:11
April 8, 2020
#21: The Comfort of Radio During The Pandemic [BONUS EPISODE]
What comforts you during tough times? For many Montrealers, it's listening to a familiar voice on the radio, like Morning Show Host, Terry Di Monte from CHOM 97.7. I interviewed him about how radio is impacted during catastrophes like COVID-19. "[They want] Montrealers speaking to Montrealers about Montreal," Terry said describing how radio brings people together, especially during a crisis.  Terry also reveals how he maintains a balance between being entertaining and being empathetic and stresses the importance of working together to get through this.  Then I asked him, "Do you think the pandemic will have a lasting effect on the city?" He explained that the pandemic will affect the restaurant industry in Montreal. And that, is a huge part of the culture. How do you think the pandemic will affect your city? If you're a radio fan, you don't want to miss this episode.  www.noformulapodcast.com
25:01
April 6, 2020
#20: Boost Your Productivity in Less than 15-minutes [BONUS EPISODE]
What would you do with 5 extra hours a week? Habit development coach, Scott Rust, talks to me about developing good habits to remain productive. As most of us are confined to our homes, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks Scott! So what do we chat about? How to develop discipline How to react when you fall behind on tasks If people should use productivity tools If we should have a reward system (Spoiler Alert: He said yes!) Scott also broke down the Art of Energy Management and how distractions can fall into one of the following: You have control over but it’s not fun You have control over and it is fun You don’t have control over and it’s not fun You don’t have control over but it’s fun Listen to this episode because Scott addresses how you should deal with each one. www.noformulapodcast.com
13:18
April 3, 2020
#19: How to Keep Corporate Family Together while Social Distancing [BONUS EPISODE]
Luis Diaz, a Communication Specialist at Lexington Strategies and Professor of Strategic Communications at McGill University, sheds light on how to keep your corporate family close while social distancing.    As a crisis management specialist, Luis admits that there was no way we could have fully planned for COVID-19. However, there are strategies and tactics to make sure you keep your employees on board.   As soon as the pandemic hit, companies needed to make a plan (how to continue delivering services, how to manage employees, etc).  Then, practice open communication. No one knows what's happening, why lie about it? Being transparent is key.  Lastly, implement guided leadership. Explain the plan and why decisions were made over others.    Luis also explained how to keep employees engaged if the pandemic lasts a long time.   Communication  Purpose  Looking out for one another   At his company, they even incorporated a social aspect (cocktail hour) for the employees. It turned out to be very successful and helpful.    Watch the entire interview to see how Luis Diaz helped the employees he needed to lay off. And his opinion on Wells Fargo insisting their employees go back to work during the pandemic.    Like and Subscribe!   www.noformulapodcast.com
19:06
March 31, 2020
#18: B2B Sales During The Pandemic [BONUS EPISODE]
In this special episode, Jason Bay, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Blissful Prospecting discusses B2B Sales Strategies during this tough time.  He reminds us that selling should not stop at this time. However, the concept of providing value to your customers and prospects is more important than ever. How do you do this? He emphasizes that we are all going through a similar situation, so be empathetic. And, talk to your customers. Figure out their current pain points and see how you can help.  During the interview, Jason guides us through how he would approach sales for a service agency as well as a software business. He even identifies the underlying problem as to why people get sales wrong. Definitely worth a listen. Rate & subscribe! www.noformulapodcast.com Reach Jason here: https://blissfulprospecting.com/
17:54
March 28, 2020
#17: COVID-19 from a Nurse's Perspective [BONUS EPISODE]
Oncology Nurse from St-Mary's Hospital in Montreal, Melissa Montuori, is in good spirits despite the chaos surrounding COVID-19.   She reveals that there is, in fact, a shortage of masks, visitor restrictions at the hospital and that there may be another spike in cases.  She describes what it's like to be completely isolated to help protect her family and her patients.   She reminds everyone to please stay home unless you want to donate blood as there is a shortage.     Get more information from Melissa by following her YouTube Channel: youtu.be/2LO9YXVO4vc   Follow her on Instagram @nurse.melll   www.noformulapodcast.com
12:56
March 27, 2020
#16: Marketing during the Pandemic [BONUS EPISODE]
The answer is not to scare everyone into thinking your product will save them from the virus. Shocking! I chat with Salvatore Migliara, Founder of Rul3 Media, Creative Marketing Agency, to understand how to approach marketing during the trying times.  As an entrepreneur himself, he suggests providing as much value to your customers as possible. During this time of uncertainty, showing up for your customers, regardless of the time you put in, will help build credibility and trust. So when everything quiets down, your customers continue using your services.  If the pandemic lasts for several more months, Salvatore believes that marketing will adapt to the terms and regulations of what we are allowed to do. Regardless, it is ideal to maintain and even boost social media content to keep your brand top of mind. To ask questions: https://rul3media.com/ www.noformulapodcast.com Instagram @noformulapodcast Facebook @noformulapodcast Twitter @nfpod
11:14
March 24, 2020
#15: How the Canadian Government is helping during COVID-19
Want to know how the Canadian Government is helping your family and your business? Here is a 10-minute round-up of what you need to know, with CPA, Chartered Accountant, Evan De Poli. Note, regulations, policies, and funds are changing daily. This episode was recorded on March 21, 2020. Some takeaways: 500,000 Canadians applied for employment insurance in the last week. Government seems to be able to help those who are qualified Wage subsidy from the Canadian Government is 10% of salary for a 3 month period. Businesses get up to $25000 On top of that, there is $10 billion to be distributed to small businesses. There is a low-interest rate but can be worth saving your business contact Evan if you need help accessing this) Compensation is available for those who are sick If you need help, accountants are working via telephone For links to everything mentioned in this episode: https://www.ckbw.ca/2020/03/22/need-help-heres-how-to-apply-for-ei-covid-19-related-benefits/ If you need any more information please contact Evan De Poli on LinkedIn.
09:34
March 22, 2020
#14: Tangible Business Advice During COVID-19, with Wendy Maynard [SPECIAL EPISODE]
Wendy Maynard, B2B Strategist, and Marketing Consultant reveals tangible advice on how to carry on from a business perspective, during COVID-19.   What do I ask her?  1- Should businesses close shop until everything settles down? 2- Is it worth chasing government funds while you're trying to get new clients? 3- Should entrepreneurs and small businesses cut costs where they can? 4- Should employers lay off employees? 5- What are some business opportunities at this time? 6- What do you tell business owners who are freaking out?   Ask Wendy more information here: www.businessprofitengine.com Share this information!   www.noformulapodcast.com
12:59
March 20, 2020
#13: We're Coping with COVID-19 Better Than We Think, with Luz Marina Lopez [SPECIAL EPISODE]
Psychotherapist, Luz Marina Lopez from West Palm Beach Florida sheds light on how people are already being affected by the "social distancing" and isolation. She reminds us that we are already great at keeping contact with the people we love with social media. So, although we are physically apart, we are helping each other get through this. We just need to continue helping each other.  She continues to explain that our fear and anxiety are rooted in all our unanswered questions. "What's going to happen to my job?" "How long will this last?" She recommends focusing on things you like to do,  taking advantage of the time to be innovative and collaborating with like-minded individuals to help you solve problems you might be facing.  The need to adapt to change is another reason we are emotionally distraught. Lopez reveals that it's one of the hardest things to do. She suggests focusing on new activities that will take your mind off of what is happening.  Like, rate & subscribe!
10:45
March 18, 2020
#12: How the Coronavirus is affecting the Canadian Real Estate Market [BONUS EPISODE]
Is the novel Coronavirus delaying your search for a new property? Mortgage Broker and Founder of North East Mortgages argues that this is the time to be looking and making offers. As the Canadian market is experiencing a seller's market,  buyers have faced bidding wars in the last few months. However, with the Coronavirus, more people are staying home and delaying investments. So, there are fewer buyers in the market right now. In this bonus episode, Terry Kilakos also warns buyers that once the Coronavirus settles down, the number of buyers in the market will increase drastically. Other key points Terry addresses: The number of foreign investors should remain the same, regardless of the pandemic Businesses will still need to pay for rent, even if business has slowed down The Trudeau government announced that it will help small businesses but no one knows how and when that will pan out Overnight bank rates have dropped over the last week but that doesn't mean rates will drop for end-consumers Terry doesn't believe this shift in remote work will affect renting office space Like, rate and subscribe The No Formula Podcast! What other questions do you have for Terry?
14:38
March 17, 2020
#11: How to get Funding, with The Founders of Zetane
Hear from Guillaume Hervé, Patrick St-Amant, and Jonathan Magoon, Founders of Zetane; an easy way of demonstrating your AI projects.  The founders just received funding of $500,000 to grow their team and get their technology in the public eye. But this didn't happen overnight. Years of hard work and sacrifice led them to where they are today.  Listen to this interview to learn about their journey, how to get funding, how to validate your product and actionable tips for entrepreneurs taking on a new venture. Listen, rate and subscribe! Read the interview here: medium.com/zetane-blog/feasting-on-peanut-butter-in-a-basement-an-interview-with-the-founders-of-zetane-b061feb0019
1:10:55
March 10, 2020
#10: Overcome Obstacles, with Maayan Gordon
Constantly making up excuses not to follow through? This is the story you need to hear. From being homeless to starting many successful ventures, Maayan Gordon is a Social Media Consultant, Speaker, and Glass Blower. With over 1.7 million followers on TikTok, Maayan has built several loyal audiences by always providing emotional value. In this episode, she reveals tips on growing a TikTok account, how she navigated entrepreneurship after dropping out of college, and how her curiosity has opened doors to new opportunities. She also tells us how she is building passive income and how she and her husband literally blew themselves up. Literally.  Listen today!
1:14:08
March 4, 2020
#9: Reach Millions, with Digital Expert, Ryan Sprance
Are you trying to grow an audience? Digital Expert, Influencer and Founder, Ryan Sprance shares his story of how he built audiences of hundreds of thousands of people. It started out as a side hustle, but when his employer found out, he got fired. Now, Ryan reaches 5 million people every single month. He Founded thestylishman.com, and Kaihatsu Media. He is a Founding partner of Awestruck and contributes to Forbes Magazine. We talk about it all in this episode. Listen now to hear about his conversation with Tim Cook, how Gary Vaynerchuck influenced his choices and about some of his failed projects. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast! www.noformulapodcast.com
1:24:48
February 26, 2020
#8: Importance of Self-Leadership, with Eloïse Gagnon
You have all the wisdom you need within you, according to this week's guest, Eloïse Gagnon. After practicing Tax Law for 15 years, she made the decision to change career paths and started coaching. Eloïse admits that it took over 2000 attempts to realize that her value proposition and goals were not clear enough to land any clients. With perseverance, she redefined her mission statement and narrowed her target audience. It was only then that things started to pick up. Eloïse also tells us about the daily habits she put in place for optimal success. She discusses the importance of being intentional and having gratitude, the role of self-leadership, and several other tips to guide your decision-making process. If you need inspiration or a push in the right direction, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast! Visit www.noformulapodcast.com
1:03:33
February 19, 2020
#7: It's Not All Sunshine & Rainbows, with Chris Carpini
Ever feel like you're trying to accomplish someone else’s goals? Meet Chris Carpini, Co-Founder of the Emerging Markets Program. After entering an accelerator program right after university, the pressure to grow the company was intense. Unfortunately, this pressure negatively affected how they were making decisions. On top of that, the other co-founder wanted to leave the business and the government’s no-fly list affected the international-based business that almost led them to bankruptcy. Chris gets candid about the challenges he faced and opens up about what he’s learned along the way. You don’t want to miss this episode. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast! Visit www.noformulapodcast.com
54:41
February 11, 2020
#6: Build a Million-Dollar Company, with Laura Roeder
How do you make a million dollars in revenue in one year? Laura Roeder, Founder of social media management tool, Edgar, did just that. After many years of managing social media for clients, she realized a gap in the market and launched Edgar. By combining her marketing skills and her email list, Edgar grew very quickly.  We spoke about: Laura's journey to creating meetedgar.com Managing a remote team SaaS companies Why you shouldn't "be nice" in business What she thinks is the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast! Visit www.noformulapodcast.com
49:39
February 5, 2020
#5: Follow Your Mission, with Paul Simard
As an entrepreneur, has a career change ever crossed your mind? It’s possible you may want to consider intrapreneurship. It’s a concept where individuals exhibit entrepreneurial skills in a job where they work for a company. For Paul Simard, he knew his entrepreneurial skills would elicit a positive impact by working for the UN Refugee Agency in Canada. Yes. He put his business on hold to further his mission of bringing people together. His journey led him to utilize his entrepreneurial skills. In other words, intrapreneurship. Contradiction to popular belief, he also addresses how the younger generation should not hyper specialize in any single domain.  If people want to specialize in anything, he thinks it should be learning. Listen to his journey and how he used reverse interviews to guide his path. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast! Website: https://www.noformulapodcast.com/
44:30
January 29, 2020
#4: Five Myths of Entrepreneurship Debunked, with Samantha Kris
Samantha Kris recently earned the title of Best-Selling author for her book Bossing Up. As a guideline to how she changed her life and became a Success Coach, she reveals personal events and wisdom that got her through her toughest challenges. My favorite part of the book is her perception of Imbalance. Yes, the opposite of work-life balance! She also debunks five myths about entrepreneurship. For example, how entrepreneurs are scared to put their ideas out in the world because they think they need to get it right the first time. Oh, also, I ask her about her experiences bungee jumping, swimming with sharks and sky diving because I just had to know more about that! Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast today!
1:00:26
January 21, 2020
#3: Redefining Mentorship with Mortgage Guru, Terry Kilakos - Part 2
Who is your business mentor? In the second part of Terry Kilakos’ interview, he reveals his definition of a mentor. In contrast to what I believed, Terry Kilakos tells me that you do not need to know a person for them to be a mentor. He looks up to Tony Robbins, Andrew Carnegie, and Napoleon Hill, to name a few. He believes his mom’s words of wisdom encouraged him to build passive income. He also reveals that figuring out what works for you is essential in your success. Listen to the second part of Terry Kilakos’ interview to hear more about how he structures his day and his advice to entrepreneurs. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast!
41:55
January 14, 2020
#2: Saying YES to More Opportunities with Serial Entrepreneur, Terry Kilakos - Part 1
As a teenager, Terry Kilakos wanted to be a fighter pilot for the Canadian Forces. So, how did he end up as a Serial Entrepreneur working in real estate and financial services? There were certain people that drastically redirected his path. But it was saying yes to opportunities that ultimately led him to find his way.  He said yes to working for the neighborhood pharmacy at 9 years old. He said yes to promoting his business on the radio. He said yes to taking real estate classes when he had no intention of becoming an agent. Listen to the first episode of this two-part interview to see how taking chances paid off for Terry. Subscribe to The No Formula Podcast!
54:19
January 14, 2020
#1: What To Expect From The No Formula Podcast
Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to check out what The No Formula Podcast is all about. In this short episode, I go over what you can expect from The No Formula Podcast, a little bit about me, why I started this podcast, how I came up with the name and how this podcast is different from others.  If you have any questions visit noformulapodcast.com JOIN THE LINKEDIN COMMUNITY: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8846380/ - Laura L Bernhard
12:42
January 14, 2020