Oct 19, 2018
Shownotes and links for this episode can be found at http://sarahsantacroce.com/episode65
Seven years ago, Devon Smiley was sitting in her cubicle, daydreaming of spending a month in Paris when her inner voice said, “But you’re not that type of person.” Today, Devon has gone rogue with her own business as a negotiation consultant and she LIVES in the City of Lights. How did she learn to overcome those limiting beliefs and thrive as an introverted entrepreneur?
Devon serves as a mentor for solopreneurs and professionals who are sick of settling and determined to negotiate for what they deserve. She’s distilled nearly 15 years and $5B of negotiation experience into actionable advice that helps her clients ‘make the ask’ with confidence. Devon has been featured in Glamour magazine and the Chicago Tribune and worked with elite companies like Mars Chocolate and Rolls-Royce. Devon also does pro bono work with nonprofits including UN Women and The Clinton Foundation.
Today, Devon explains how she transitioned from front-line corporate negotiator to her current role in mentoring small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. She shares her introverted superpower to identify important information and design strategy accordingly. Devon also discusses how she has procrastinated her way out of opportunities over the years and what she is doing to get more comfortable with networking. Listen in as Devon describes the AHA moment when she realized the limits she was placing on herself and learn how she has overcome the negative inner voice that was holding her back!
"Today I will do what others won’t…so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”
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