Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fixing vs Solving Problems

Episode 50
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Hosts: David Begin & Henry Lopez
Topic: Problem Solving

Fixing a problem compared to actually solving the problem. In a small business, we are constantly challenged with problems that must be addressed. For various reasons, we often rely on quick fixes as opposed to truly addressing the root cause or problem. How can we improve this to improve efficiency and productivity in our small businesses? 

This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast is sponsored by Hi-Performance Wash Systems

Monday, July 9, 2018

Small Business Insurance

Episode 196
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Doug Groves
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Insurance

Protect your business with Insurance – what do you need to cover yourself and your assets? Doug Groves, is our guest. He is a small business owner and highly experienced commercial insurance professional. He shares how he got into the insurance industry and valuable tips & advice about commercial insurance for small business owners. Is your insurance coverage more attractive than your business assets?


This episode of The How of Business podcast is sponsored by Oostas Small Business Solutions

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Prosperity Mindset

Episode 195
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Joan Sotkin
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Prosperity Mindset

It’s never about the money, it’s about your mindset. A Prosperity Mindset is the holistic way to grow your small business. Joan Sotkin is our guest. She is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author and podcaster. We discuss Joan's insights on developing a Prosperity Mindset to help you grow you small business and make more money! She believes that there is nothing wrong with you, and they what you really need is not more money but instead for people in your life. 

This episode is sponsored by Oostas Small Business Solution. Oostas is your one-stop-shop for all of your small business needs.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Car Wash Business Appraisals

Episode 49
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Jeff Key
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Appraisals

Car Wash Business Appraisals with Jeff Key. Jeff Key is an appraiser and principal with the Herron Companies. 
Jeff shares his experience and knowledge of the car wash industry and how property and business appraisals are used in the process of developing, selling or buying a car wash business. 


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Remarkable Experience

Episode 194
The How of Business Podcast
Hosts: David Begin & Henry Lopez

Topic: Remarkable Customer Service Experience

David shares his remarkable experience at the Master golf event, and David & Henry discuss how the lessons learned can be applied to a small business. 


Monday, June 18, 2018

Radically Referrable

Episode 193
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Brian McRae
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Radical Refer-ability

Being Radically Referable to build & grow your small business with Brian McRae. Brian is a speaker, trainer, and coach who helps individuals uncover their full potential.
For almost two decades, Brian has built a successful referral-driven practice in the mortgage industry and is using what he has learned to help others experience success. Passionate about professional growth and personal development, Brian helps professional service providers & small business owners across the country build better businesses through events, workshops, and coaching offerings.
In 2011 he founded Mastermind St. Louis, a premier shared learning and networking event that helps small business owners and commissioned sales professionals with green networking strategies, personal leadership, and productivity. He loves sharing what he has learned and is passionate about helping others build their own Radically Referable Small Business.


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Business show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I am excited to have been featured as a guest on Marina Darlow's great podcast show: Systems Meet Humanity.

You can listen to my interview episode here

Marina and I chat about the important of systems to help us grow our small businesses, and the challenges we can all face when implementing systems.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Systems for Business

Episode 48
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Marina Darlow
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Systems

Business Systems to grow your car wash business with Marina Darlow. Marina is an engineer by training, but a small business owner by choice. She has a passion for systems and helping small business owners implement systems to improve and grow their companies. 


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business.


This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast is sponsored by the Carwash Operating System - the Task & Maintenance Management solution for your car wash business. [learn more]

Monday, June 11, 2018

Buying a Small Business

Episode 192
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Carl Allen
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Buying a Small Business

Buying vs. Building – why you should buy an existing small business instead of building your own, with Carl Allen. Carl is an entrepreneur, investor, and corporate deal maker. He shares his experiences in the corporate world, transitioning to entrepreneurship, and the reasons to consider buying an existing small business instead of building one.
He offers a FREE Online Class: “How to Buy Your First Business Inside of 99 Days, CASH FREE!” – find the link to this free class on the show notes page for this episode at The How of Business podcast website


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Business show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Car Wash - Water Savers Program

Episode 47
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Claire Moore
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: WaterSavers Program

In this episode we interview Claire Moore, the COO of the International Carwash Association (ICA), and she shares the value and benefits of the Water Savers Program for our car wash business. WaterSavers® is a recognition program from the ICA designed to help professional car washes promote their environmentally responsible business practices. It is open to all car washes meeting program criteria.


This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast show is sponsored by The Carwash Operating System - the Task & Maintenance Management System for your car wash business. [learn more]

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dream Small Business - Dream Lifestyle

Episode 191
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Jim Palmer
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Dream Lifestyle

Build your Dream Business and live your Dream Lifestyle. Jim Palmer is a serial entrepreneur, marketing expert, business coach and author. He shares his life experiences leading to entrepreneurship and how he helps his clients achieve a dream lifestyle by building a dream small business. The goal is to earn more for who you are than for what you do.

Do you need help with starting or growing your own small business? The How of Business podcast is a great resource for all aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Episode 190
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Christina Scalera
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Protecting Your Work with Contracts

Protecting your work with contracts with Christina Scalera. She is an attorney and small business owner who fully enjoys the freedom of location. 

She is the founder of The Contract Shop, and on this episode she shares her experiences - from practicing law to starting her own business. The Contract Shop is a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, wedding professionals, and coaches. 

Visit the show notes page on our website for this episode to receive a 20% Discount on select Business Contract Templates from The Contract Shop!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Straight Talk for Smart Business Women

Episode 189
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Cheryl Leitschuh
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Women in Business

Women in Business face particular challenges. Cheryl Leitschuh is our guest and the author of "Straight Talk for Smart Business Women - Critical Tools to Build & Grow Your Business". 

Cheryl is an entrepreneur, mentor and author. She shares her views, insights, experiences and the challenges women face in small business ownership. Her mission is to help women start, build and grow their own successful enterprise.

This episode of The How of Business podcast is sponsored by Lease Smart - helping you find the right location for your small business, and negotiate the best possible commercial space lease. [learn more]

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Historic Carwash Redevelopment - Part 2

Episode 45
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Dan Kassel
Host: David Begin
Topic: Part 2 - Redeveloping a Historic Car Wash Site

Redeveloping a historic car wash site with real estate developer Dan Kassel. 

This is part 2 of David Begin’s conversation with Dan. Dan is a real estate developer, home builder and founder and CEO of Clearwater Communities. Dan is currently re-developing a historic car wash site, first built as a full-serve wash in 1961, in Southern California. Dan is planning to have this historic wash site reopen as an exterior express wash by the end of the year. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Systems for Small Business

Episode 188
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Marina Darlow
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Small Business Systems

Systems for your small business with Marina Darlow. Marina is an engineer by training, but a small business owner by choice. She has a passion for systems and helping small business owners implement systems to improve and grow their companies. She sees her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs and small business owners get 10-20 more productive hours per week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fueled breakdowns.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

3 Biggest Commercial Leasing Mistakes

3 Biggest Commercial Leasing Mistakes
by Craig Melby

Ready to lease your first office or store, or open an additional location?

Here are 3 very important items that business owners forget time after time!

1) BE AWARE: The super-nice Landlord’s Agent CANNOT offer you the best terms. When 
you call on that “For Lease” sign in the window, realize the relationship you are stepping into! If the Leasing Agent gave you the best deal possible, that would be disloyal to their boss, the landlord, and they’d be breaking serious ethics rules. (Their very honesty PREVENTS them from offering you the best deal. They could even lose their license.) For the same reason, they also can’t show you other properties that might be a better choice, including anything “off-market” which may be coming available. Unless you have a broker working for YOU (ideally with a signed Tenant Representation agreement), you must invest the time to check with all the listing sources available – and dig for “off-market” properties also. 

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2) STANDARD OFFICE LEASES ARE NOT SAFE-TO-SIGN: It's critical that you review every clause in the proposed lease and consider it a Negotiable Item.The landlord’s Standard Lease always has clauses that should be changed or removed, even when they say this is their “standard lease that everybody signs”. It never has clauses that protect the Tenant. Make sure the Lease is reviewed by an expert, and many very important changes will be made which will limit your liability and minimize your risk to various circumstances.

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3) GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME: Searching for space. Negotiating the deal. Drafting the documents. Pricing improvements. Drawing up plans. Obtaining construction permits. Building out the interior improvements. It can take 6 months easy! Commence your space search and your lease negotiations as soon as possible, and plan for a potentially lengthy process. Giving yourself enough time is the the only way to keep the leverage you need to get the best deal. 

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These are the three biggest mistakes we see business owners making all the time. And these are VERY SERIOUS mistakes which affect your financial life! Just a few of the right words in the right place can make a world of difference to your bottom line, and protect you from negative events that can occur in the future.

About Craig Melby:


Criag Melby is Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), business owner and experienced commercial real estate investor and agent. He currently specializes in helping other business owners find and negotiate the best commercial space agreement possible. He is also the host of the LeaseSmart Commercial Real Estate Podcast and the author of “Site Rite: Practical ways to boost profits with the right site and best terms!”

Craig has been a guest on The How of Business podcast. 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Historic Carwash Re-Development

Episode 45
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Dan Kassel
Host: David Begin
Topic: Historical Car Wash

Redeveloping a historic car wash site with real estate developer Dan Kassel. This is part 1 of David Begin’s conversation with Dan.

Dan is a real estate developer, home builder and founder and CEO of Clearwater Communities. Dan is currently re-developing a historic car wash site, first built as a full-serve wash in 1961, in Southern California. Dan shares his background, his initial interest and introduction to the car wash industry, and how he has learned about the how to build and operate a car wash. He also shares the regulatory process he has had to navigate as part of this historic landmark redevelopment project. 

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Carwash Operating System



TASK MANAGEMENT FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE

The Carwash Operating System is a cloud-based task management software solution designed to help you manage your operational tasks, so you can drive maximum performance at your car wash business.

Maximize Performance in your wash operations...

  • Efficiency & Consistency
  • Visibility & Accountability
  • Increased Up-Time
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
The Carwash Operating System automates your...
  • Repair Work Orders
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Checklist Tasks
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For more information, please visit the Carwash Operating System website

Podcast for Small Business

Episode 187
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Rob Greenlee
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Podcasting for Small Business Owners

Podcasting to promote & grow your small business with Rob Greenlee. Rob is a podcasting pioneer and he shares his unique journey from a marketing career, to broadcasting and eventually hosting the first podcast show. 

Rob is the former lead host of WebTalk World Radio Show - recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting on Sept 15th, 2004. He is currently VP and Head of Partnerships at VoxNest.com and Spreaker.com.


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Business show – The Small Business Podcast.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Start Your Online Business

Episode 186
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Josh Stanton
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Launching an Online Business

Launching on online business with Josh Stanton. Josh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Screw The Nine To Five -  they help unsatisfied entrepreneurs get more out of their life and business through actionable strategies and simple how-to's. He shares his personal journey and how to start an online business or side-hustle. One of his goals is to enjoy a location independent lifestyle.

Searching for help on how to start your own small business and become your own boss? Then The How of Business Podcast is a great free resource for you! You can find and listen to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher an online at our website www.TheHowOfBusiness.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

Food Trucks

Episode 185
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Leo De La Fuente
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Food Trucks

Launching a Food Truck business with Leo De La Fuente. 
Leo is an entrepreneur with extensive experience with brand marketing particularly in the consumer beverage industry. He has owned a successful Food Truck business and is currently developing a new beverage business. If you are considering a food truck business, Leo shares a wealth of knowledge and experiences in this episode.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Car Wash Show 2018

Episode 44
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Eric Wulf
Host: David Begin
Topic: The Car Wash Show 2018 Preview

The 2018 Car Wash Show Preview with Eric Wulf, CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA) and David Begin, co-host of The How of Carwashing podcast. They discuss and preview the up-coming 2018 Car Wash Show in Las Vegas - the must-attend event for car care professionals.

There are countless reasons to attend The Car Wash Show 2018. Whether you're looking to discover new products on the 160,000 square foot trade show floor, network with over 8,000 industry professionals or gain new insights from experts at one of over 70 education sessions, there's something for everyone! Grow your business, conquer challenges and join the community of industry professionals at the largest car care event in the country.

The Car Wash Show Dates: April 25 - 28, 2018.
Learn more at the ICA website: www.carwash.org 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

3-Day MBA Online Summit

3-Day MBA Online Summit

Equip yourself with business strategies from some of the brightest minds in the industry!

Join us for this FREE online event. Participate for all three days, or pick and choose the online sessions that are of most value to you.

Learn and grow your small business!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Avoiding Business Blunders

Episode 184
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: R. Shawn McBride
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Avoiding Business Blunders

Avoiding Blunders that can kill your small business with Shawn McBride. Shawn is an attorney, author, speaker and small business owner. Shawn shares his entrepreneurial journey, from attorney and CPA, to starting his own firm and writing several books for small business owners. In this episode we discuss his book "Business Blunders! 10 Dangerous Business Mistakes and How to Protect Your Business So It Can Thrive!"

Monday, April 2, 2018

Engagement Story Telling

Episode 183
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Jeff Loehr
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Storytelling to Engage

Storytelling to engage customers and investors to launch and grow your small business with Jeff Loehr. Jeff is a business owner, speaker, consultant and investor, and the founder of Engage - a consulting firm which helps businesses with how to engage their market. Jeff shares his personal journey and insights on for to use effective storytelling to launch and grow a small business.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Critical Thinking Skills

Episode 43
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Hosts: David Begin and Henry Lopez
Topic: Critical Thinking Skills

Developing Critical Thinking Skills to grow your car wash business with David Begin and Henry Lopez.

How to help your team develop better critical thinking skills to help you grow your car wash business. The discussion includes the root causes of why this skill is often underdeveloped, and specific tips and techniques - including the 3-2-1 technique - to help you and your staff develop and improve critical thinking skills.

This episode is sponsored by Hi-Performance Wash Systems - Car Wash Equipment Parts, Service and Supplies.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Killing Sacred Cows

Episode 182
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Garrett Gunderson
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Financial Myths

Killing Financial Sacred Cows with Garrett Gunderson. Garrett is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and an expert on wealth building strategies for individuals and small business owners. 

Garrett is Founder and Chief Wealth Architect of Wealth Factory, and New York Times bestselling author of “Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity”. He has personally helped countless business owners create efficient wealth strategies that fit their unique strengths.


Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Business show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Carwash Manager's Minute #6

Episode 6
Carwash Manager's Minute
Host: David Begin

Do you tend to focus on the 1% of things or situations that are negative at your wash? Do you easily lose sight of all that is going well at your car wash?

This is a common challenge for many wash operators and owners. As entrepreneurs and small business owners, most of us are also perfectionists

It's important to learn how to focus and appreciate the 99% of things that are probably going very well at your business. It takes effort, but with self-awareness and practice you can learn to see that your team and your wash are usually delivering a remarkable experience for 99% of your customers. And that's a great accomplishment!

In this episode David shares some simple tips that you can implement to help you improve in this area - the result is an increase in employee moral and in your happiness and enjoyment of being a successful car wash operator

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3-Day MBA - Online Summit


Join us at the 2018 3-Day MBA Online Summit!
Scale your Small Business!

Looking for ways to scale your small business? We have an exciting online event that seeks to help you take a step forward to achieving your goals.
It’s called the 3-DAY MBA 2018 virtual summit.

Henry Lopez, Serial Entrepreneur and host of The How of Business Podcast,
will be one of the presenters at this event. 

Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Location: Online

Monday, March 19, 2018

Creative Entrepreneurship

Episode 181
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Summer Felix-Mulder
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Creative Entrepreneurship

Creativity & Entrepreneurship with Summer Felix. Summer is a serial entrepreneur, author, and founder of The Draw Shop.

She shares her journey and how to become an entrepreneur while also being a creative person. At her company The Draw Shop, attention-holding whiteboard videos are made for the world’s best minds and companies. She is also the host of her own podcast, "The Get Genius Podcast".

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BraveHeart Business

Episode 42
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Randy Long
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Business Exit Planning

Business Exit planning and preparation with Randy Long. Randy is a small business owner, financial planner, attorney, consultant and author. He shares his life experiences and valuable insights on planning and preparing for your car wash business exit. 

Randy is CEO of Long Business Advisors, creator of the BraveHeart Planning Process and author of the book, “The BraveHeart Exit, 7 Steps to Creating Your Family Business Legacy”. His unique business perspective, built upon an extensive background of more than 30 years of experience in law and finance, enables him to help business owners build and transition or sell their business, allowing them to create a family business legacy.

This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast is sponsored by Hi-Performance Wash Systems

Monday, March 12, 2018

Stand Out & Get Noticed!

Episode 180
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Jesse Cole
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Stand Out & Get Noticed

Stand Out & Get Noticed to grow your small business with Jesse Cole. Jesse is the owner of two college summer baseball league teams, author, and an expert on standing out and getting noticed to grow your small business. 

Jesse is the owner of Fans First Entertainment, who owns and operates the Savannah Bananas and the Gastonia Grizzlies (college summer baseball league teams). Jesse and his teams have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, and multiple times on ESPN. Cole is an in-demand speaker and author of the newly released book “Find Your Yellow Tux- How to Be Successful by Standing Out”.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Commercial Leasing

Getting Small Business Owners the Best Space at the Best Terms. 

Before you select the site for your new business, and certainly before you sign your next commercial lease, get the advice you need to avoid significant issues and save money

Craig Melby, founder of Lease Smart, is an experienced commercial real estate expert. He helps his clients locate the best locations for their new small business, and helps them through the lease negotiation process. 

Craig has been a repeat guest on The How of Business podcast, and we are thankful that he has shared his latest appearance on our show on his own podcast: Listen Here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Badass Your Brand

Episode 179
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Pia Silva
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Badass Your Brand

Branding without the BS to help small businesses grow with Pia Silva, an entrepreneur and author. Pia helps service business owners (but this episode is valuable for all small business owners) improve their branding to grow their business. 

Pia is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and badass! She is a partner and brand strategist at Worstofall Design where they build "Badass Brands without the BS”.

Pia is a Forbes contributor and author of "Badass Your Brand: The Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit". She has blown minds at spots like the Million Dollar Women Summit and Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses and has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time Management

Episode 41
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Hosts: David Begin & Henry Lopez
Topic: Time Management

Time Management & Prioritizing skills with David Begin and Henry Lopez. How to use the “Three Things” technique to help you get more done and grow your car wash business. 

David Begin is a serial entrepreneur, co-owner of Wild Blue Carwash with three locations in Colorado, past President of the International Carwash Association, and co-host of The How of Carwashing podcast show.

Henry Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, co-owner of Wild Blue Carwash in Aurora, Colorado, and co-host of The How of Carwashing and The How of Business podcast shows.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Scrappy Lanuch

Episode 178
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Russ Perry
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Scrappy Launch

Scrappy creativity to successfully launch & grow a small business with Russ Perry. 
Russ is an entrepreneur and author. He shares his life journey, the early business failures, and using a scrappy approach to launching and growing his latest successful business. 
Russ is the Founder of Design Pickle and author of "The Sober Entrepreneur". He spent eight years building businesses that yielded zero in profit, and now in less than three years he has grown Design Pickle to $500,000 in monthly recurring revenue and 135 team members. Russ's recent success almost never happened though because he had been hiding something: he was an alcoholic, and it almost ruined his marriage, business, and life.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Carwash Manager's Minute

Episode 5
Carwash Manager's Minute
Host: David Begin
Topic: Value & Entitlement

Do you or your wash employees have an Entitlement Mindset or an Ownership Mindset? 

To grow as an individual, business owner or leader, we need to develop the right outlook - we need an Ownership Mentality and a focus on delivering value.

The Carwash Manager's Minute is a series of educational and informative short videos to help you operate and grow your carwash business.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Buyer Enablement

Episode 177
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Deb Calvert
Host: Henry Lopez
Topic: Buyer Enablement

Buyer Enablement to accelerate the sales cycle and grow your small business with Deb Calvert. 

Deb is an entrepreneur, sales and leadership expert and consultant, and founder of People First Productivity Solutions. Henry and Deb chat about her new book, "Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen", and focus on the topic of enabling buyers - so that they can "act" - during the sales process.