IAM848- Coach Helps Entrepreneurs Actualize Their Aspirations

Podcast Interview with Marvin Powell

One of the best in the world at delivering on his promise of supercharging the energy, focus, and productivity of small, women, and minority-owned businesses Coach Powell creates consistent winners all over the world! As the founder and creator of the world-famous VisionQuest90(TM) Program, Coach Powell has helped thousands of entrepreneurs for more than 30 years to realize and actualize their highest aspirations. As a master networker Coach Powell is proud to share the best tips and strategies to help anyone create an amazing network of people that stand at the ready to help provide the information and contacts to ensure your success. So sit back, relax, and get ready for Coach Marvin Powell!!

  • CEO Hack: Focus and staying in alignment
  • CEO Nugget: Asking three questions- Who are you? Are you really who you say you are? Are you all that you ought to be?
  • CEO Defined: Leadership – helping people get the best out of themselves

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Intro 0:02
Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place, Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I am CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:29
Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from me, I am CEO podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today as Marvin Pau of the roundtable. Marvin is awesome. have you on the show?

Marvin Powell 0:39
It's wonderful to be here Gresham, you one of my favorite people.

Gresham Harkless 0:42
Definitely, you're definitely one of my favorite people as well, too, which is why I'm so excited and pumped to have you on the show. And before we jumped in, I want to read a little bit more about Marvin Gaye, you hear about all the wonderful things that he's doing as well, and one of the best in the world at delivering on his promise of supercharging the energy, focus and productivity of small women and minority owned businesses. Coach pal creates consistent winners all over the world. As the founder and creator of the world famous vision quest 90 program. Coach pal has helped 1000s of entrepreneurs for more than 30 years to realize an actual lies their highest aspirations. As a master networker. Coach Pao is proud to share the best tips and strategies to help anyone create an amazing network of people that stand at the ready to help provide the information and context to ensure your success

Marvin Powell 1:29

Gresham Harkless 1:29
So sit back, relax and and get ready for Coach Marvin Pau coach, are you ready to speak to the imcl community?

Marvin Powell 1:36
Oh my god, that was a great introduction. I am so ready. Yeah, absolutely. There's

Gresham Harkless 1:40
a mic drop moment, I feel like but what I wanted to do to kick everything off is hear a little bit more on how you got started, can you take us through what I call your CEO story and what led you to all the awesome things you're working on now?

Marvin Powell 1:50
Oh, my God. Um, I think I've been preparing to be an entrepreneur my entire life. Um, I started out my first gig. And I'm gonna say I'm going to call it a gig was when I was hustling newspapers, at 10 years old for The Washington Post on the Washington star then, and later on, I picked up a route several routes with the Washington Post, I won several contests and trips. And I just fell in love with sales and services, and delivery of sales and services. And I went on from there to literally became what I call the drive thru King at McDonald's at the local McDonald's. There in Oxon Hill, Maryland, I really love working there, I would get in here, and it would be my delight to upsell every customer that came through that drive. I mean, if you can't do that, Doctor, you didn't buy anything more. It was because you just didn't, you just didn't, I don't know, I, I couldn't do a good job. But I did a good job, everybody was going to add a little something extra to that order. And so I got really used to helping people understand and provide benefits and services. And I took that on into college school and into my my first started my financial career when I first started at the Prudential financial services, probably looking at around 1996 or so. And I was in the financial services industry for 16 years, I literally taught entrepreneurs and business leaders how to use insurance and financial products to make sure they were optimizing everything they could, from a financial point of view for their businesses, whether that's going to be for business succession, or moving forward and just growing, accumulating wealth. So I really, really enjoyed that really enjoyed it so much. And I started to, especially in the latter parts of my career as a financial agent and investment advisor, that kind of good stuff, I literally began to understand that there was my hands were tied as to how much I can actually help entrepreneurs and small business leaders. And they were just my love My passion, I've gone to school to prepare to work with them, I'd understood everything if I get three degrees in economics, sociology, and African Studies. And so I just love being able to share what I know in my wisdom about certain things and I've learned so much more, you know, you graduate from college, you think you know, everything. But then, you know, you actually, you know, sit down and start working in a career and you learn so much more. I was blessed to be offered the opportunity to work under Dr. Steven Covey and learn the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and be willing to be one of the people who are certified to use that information to train and develop others in the company. And I just, I just fell in love with personal development. And I'm helping people understand what they need to do to maximize the value of their gifts, whatever they bring to the table, whatever, you know, they've learned and created, you know, it really can be turned up and dialed up if you understand you know how to and so I created processing programs. And today that's what I do. I create programs and processes to help people really dial up and effort with dial up and energy and focus and create maximum kinds of productivity that can lead them into that next trajectory in their lives or business or careers. And that's really what's necessary is to tap in to, you know, their God given talents and abilities, and be be, be ready to ride that all the way to the future. And that's what I love doing. I love working with people about that right now. And that's what I do in my company. So today, I've got several programs, products and services that I participate in my love is my passion is the roundtable, as you mentioned earlier, that's the CO partnership between myself and my good friend Mr. Corton, we get together on a regular consistent basis to really figure out ways to help business leaders strategize to learn will be called the art and science of net working, because most entrepreneurial ventures or most networking organizations want to get together, they just slam people in the room and they say, Okay, now introduce yourself and see what you come up, come back with. That's a horrible way to to network. Because one way if you haven't learned that, really, the techniques and the strategies, you need to use the network, effectively, you go to waste your time, is no one's gonna listen to you, no one's going to pay attention to you, no one's going to follow up with you. And you're just not going to have a good strategy in place, I can help you win. And this is so important. Because five times success is really at the root of this strategy program. You know, we've already done the studies with neuroscientists and sociologists, and, you know, economics, economists have done this research over the years and determined that most people who are successful are successful, not because of their knowledge, skills and abilities. In your case, aids are important, right? Don't get me wrong. But if you're not successful, because of those things, you're successful, because the people that know you, like you, and trust you, and even more, so you can multiply that number from five to seven, if you add accountability into the mix. So there's two things that we have to learn that nobody teaches us. Growing up, there's no courses and accountability and relationship building professional relationship building, that you can learn and go to really come up with a strategy, it's going to help you win. From the time you were in elementary school all the way through your professional career. This is a skill, that's an essential skill to professional and Human Development, that if we don't get it any time in our lives, then we just lose out on any opportunities. And if you understand compound interest, as a former financial adviser, I focus on it right? If you don't learn to network, you start your career. And you go through your career, 2030 years, and you still don't know how to network, you have missed out on tremendous opportunities that people have had have locked up in them. Everybody that you meet has information, and gifts that can be used at your disposal, you just have to learn how to unlock those secrets and unlock those opportunities. And that's what we teach you the roundtable. So I love doing that.

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Gresham Harkless 8:00
So would you consider your ability to be able to see that what I call your secret sauce, which is something you feel kind of sets you or your organization apart and makes you unique,

Marvin Powell 8:09
it really boils down to my passion. And my passion and my gifting is to really help others find their passion and find their golden nugget, you know, what is it that they can ride off into the sunset and create,

Gresham Harkless 8:25
I wanted to switch gears a little bit. And I want to ask you for what I call a co hack. So this could be like an apple book or a habit that you have. But what's something that makes you more effective and efficient. It's really about what you said earlier, it's like is that is that focus and that staying in line, I want to ask you now for what I call a CEO nugget. And this could be a word of wisdom or piece of advice, it might be something you would tell a client or if you happen to a time machine, you might tell your younger business self.

Marvin Powell 8:53
So I learned this, this nugget. And this is how this is really the secret sauce to the genius for me. A long time ago when I was taking a course in, in pan African Studies at Kingston University, a gentleman by the name of Maulana karenga, who is the founder of Kwanzaa came by organization. And he hit me in my right between my eyes with this with three questions. And these are the three questions that I still ask myself today. And this three questions that still help me focus and stay energetic in moving forward and every possibility that I can. On the questions are number one, who are you? Number two? Are you really who you say you are? And number three, are you all that you ought to be? So Dr Corrina says that these are the questions that ancient Africans ask and remain and keep asking way before Socrates or you know any of the great Plato Aristotle hated great Greek philosophers. So to ask him those questions, you know, ancient Africans who are already dealing with those questions and ask him a question. And so I asked myself Those questions on a regular, consistent basis. And I review the answers that I give myself and the answers that I share with other people. And those those doing that helps me stay focused, it helps me stay energetic helps me stay on point helps me stay aligned. So I don't get hijacked by other people's thoughts and ideas and all that kind of stuck with, I'm really focused on, you know, why I was here, why I was born, what what's my purpose? What's my mission? What am I going? And, and more importantly, you know, what are the values that I want to carry forward? And I want to live my entire life around.

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Gresham Harkless 10:35
Yeah, that's so powerful. And it's so funny, because those three questions a lot of times you think it's like the square root of pi or equals mc square there, I really complex questions, but a lot of the questions that really help you with alignment are for one, it's that simple. But it's something we often don't do. We don't take the time to really make sure we answer those questions that make sure we're asking that on a regular to make sure we don't get hijacked, as you said. And I think that when we understand that it starts to manifest itself and the decisions that we make the the organizations that we're a part of, and what we try to start and build. So I think that's definitely a powerful nugget. So I appreciate that. And I wanted to ask you now for what I call my absolute favorite question, which is the definition of what it means to be a CEO, or open a different, quote unquote, CEOs on this show. So Marvin, what does being a CEO mean to you? To me,

Marvin Powell 11:26
it's about leadership. It is, it is all about leadership, leadership, leadership. And I will tell you, um, it is about helping helping people get the best out of themselves, you know, so when you have a whole team of people that you're leading, and they're all working together to be better than they could have you ever been by themselves. Now, you're a real leader, now, you're the kind of leader that people, you know, it's going to be hard when people find things that they really should do outside of you, it's gonna be hard for them to separate themselves from your leadership, because you're so they're so connected, and they feel so valuable. And they feel such such possibilities, because you are there as their example, you are there as a guide to guidance and directing you or they're providing you with vision and possibility and hope. This is what leaders do. And this is what great CEOs always have to do. Because you can be a CEO, you can be a great CEO, fourth quarter, you know, face the numbers around, you know, do some things that aren't going to make the numbers look good, and all that kind of stuff, and you'll be great, you know, stock options, everything will be working really well, for about a quarter. But then now, you know, when the real game starts, when you know, you have to do it again, and again. And again. And again. That's gonna require a whole different, you can't do that by counting, oh, you have to do that, by actually plugging into people and helping them find their Mojo. And helping them find their Mojo was not your mojo, suckers. Who I never said that before we

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Gresham Harkless 13:08
go put that on a bumper sticker for sure. And I think that's a phenomenal kind of definition. Because I think, you know, like you said, is being able to make the impact that by being around you and being under your leadership, or with your leadership, maybe a better way to say, the the people or the organizations when get to the level that they could. And I think that as you kind of talked about wanting to be able to win and wanting to be able to execute in order to win. That's not something you do for just one day, it's not something you do for just a quarter is consistency over and over. And over and over again, we see it in sports, we see it in business, as those that are consistently able to show up and went on a regular basis are really those phenomenal CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, whatever. It's how we might give, but it's the consistency with that leadership there. Thanks.

Marvin Powell 13:51
I'll say one more thing about that. I don't want to talk over you or anything, but I just forgot to mention this. And this is very, this is so important. It might be more important than anything else. In my mind. I'm the CEO who considers himself or herself a servant leader is the best the people that really think along the lines of collaborative leadership, not the authoritarian or totalitarian type of leader. But the but the collaborative leader who considers himself a servant leader is going to be better and longer lasting and more sustainable that any other

Gresham Harkless 14:32
Yeah, and it's so powerful. I'm glad you added that in because I feel like I ties everything in to how you even started, you know, with your SEO story and in the newspaper as being of service and McDonald's and all of those different aspects is all about giving and being able you're able to be of service and provide value to people. So truly appreciate that definition. I appreciate your time even more. What I wanted to do is pass you the mic so to speak, just to see if there's anything additional you can let our readers and listeners know and of course how best they can Get a hold of you and find out about all the awesome things that you're working on.

Marvin Powell 15:03
So, um, I am not going to send people to, you know, all the technological solutions and the passive, you know, kind of situation that helped them in contact with me, I really want to contact people. And so what I want you to do if you want to, if you want to reach out to me, Call me, call me at 703-201-4267 or text me at 703-201-4267 because that's the best way for me to actually engage and interact. You can also join me on LinkedIn. Look at Marvin leap, Marvin L. Powell, Marvin, Coach Powell on LinkedIn, and you'll find that there's a whole bunch of Marvin pals out there, but there's not a whole bunch that look like me to talk like me. So I should be pretty easy to find on LinkedIn or Facebook or anything like that. You just want to passively engage with me use one of those tools, right? But if you really want to talk if you really want to share if you really want to figure out how to take that next step in your life or your business. You probably should give me a call. And I'll answer. All right, look forward to talking to you.

Gresham Harkless 16:05
Awesome, awesome. Thank you so much. Again, Coach bow. What we'll do is we'll have the links and information in the show notes as well too, to make it even easier for people to get a hold of you passively or on passively. That's even the right opposite word. But I truly appreciate you again and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Outro 16:19
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