Asking for Referrals and Building a Strong Client Base | Carmen Hunter

How can you build a stronger community? Carmen shares amazing tips!

Carmen HunterCarmen Hunter is my guest for this week’s episode and she and I have a lot in common. Carmen first started out as a personal trainer and then slowly transitioned to being a health coach. She now helps others who are fresh out of school to become better practitioners.

Carmen is really on a mission to help guide the new and inexperienced through their wellness journey. She admits during the podcast that she didn’t have a support system and that the first couple of years were incredibly hard for her. I could completely relate! I also think this is why she is so driven to help others, fresh out of school, find their place in this world. There’s so much more key insights to take away from Carmen’s interview, so tune in!

Key Insights & Aha Moments

*Don’t forget to ask your current clients for referrals

*Carmen has been a health couch since 2010.

*Carmen is not an overnight success. It took years of mistakes to find her way.

*Carmen believes it’s important to teach someone who is unable to pay, for free, as a way to give back.

*There’s such a huge gap between getting out of school and actually implementing your practice.

*Health professionals just didn’t want to share important information within the industry.

*I had to find resources and information outside of the wellness community when I first started out.

*Afraid to share information? Stop! This industry is so big and there are so many people who need our help.

*It’s a disservice to each other to not share information and potentially not help someone else outside of your local zip code.

*Let your town and local community know who you are. Get your name out there.

*Getting referrals online is a different story, but what worked for Carmen was sharing her story and sharing her mistakes.

*Sometimes all you have to do is ask for referrals.

*Carmen saved time by creating a template that covered five of the foundational things about health.

*I love that Carmen took the time to slow down, so she could use it to go faster later.

*As we try to help others, don’t forget to also help yourself along that journey.

*How did having the support system help Carmen? It completely re-sparked her energy.

*There’s so much information out there that sometimes it’s hard to find the real and reliable methods.

*People think they don’t know enough, but that’s simply not true!

*We should never be afraid to say we’re still growing or that we don’t know or understand.

Maven Moment

Carmen talks about being alone throughout her wellness journey and this is something I could also, sadly, relate to. The first few years are always hard, but it’s even harder without the support from your colleagues. Your friends and family are sometimes not the best place to look to for support either, because not everyone is able to relate to our desire to become entrepreneurs or to help others on a more meaningful level.

So, I can’t stress enough how important it is in the wellness community to really support each other and share both our successes and our dark moments. You’re not alone! Just by finding others in your industry, it can save years of mistakes and feelings like you’re the only one out there.

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