Jess and Margy are the co-owners of Interview Connections, the first and leading podcast booking agency. This is the podcast to teach you how to transform your business and life with the power of visibility and strategy! On today’s episode, Jess gets the chance to talk with Interview Connections client Spencer Snakard about confronting visibility blocks!
Spencer Snakard is an executive transformation coach, trainer, and speaker. She works with visionary entrepreneurs and transformational leaders who are on a mission to make a major impact, helping them to break through barriers to their next level of success while loving life every step of the way, and without giving up what matters most to them.
She has trained and coached in personal and professional development for nearly 25 years. Her transformative programs cause profound and lasting shifts in participants’ lives by getting to the heart of what drives us, what holds us back, and what it takes to be truly fulfilled as spiritual beings having a human experience.
Jess asks Spencer, “What are people confronted with when they get consistent visibility?” “Sheer terror, my friend.”
Spencer explains that a lot of fear is at play when you start working on your visibility. We’ve all witnessed people getting torn down when they put themselves out there. Spencer knows that it’s a practice. You have to start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Every time we put ourselves out there we’re stepping into this bigger audience, a bigger platform, and a bigger way of being seen. You will be facing and confronting fear when you grow and that’s just part of the process.
Jess wants to know, what is the fear that people are confronting when they work on their visibility?
That fear is unique for everyone. Spencer talks about the fears of looking bad, saying something wrong, and the feeling of being out of control. When we start building our visibility, we’re giving up a perceived sense of control. Once we put ourselves outside of our bubble, we’re exposing ourselves to a lack of control.
As you get visible you start to think, “What do people think of me?”
A difficult block that people run into when they’re becoming visible is comparison. “Comparisonitis” is an extremely human thing that we all fall victim to from time to time. Asking ourselves, do we measure up? And having that feeling of not being enough.
Spencer recommends being vigilant about your mental state and what kind of energy is coming into your space. If someone is disempowering you, let it go. Stop filling your mind, heart, and soul with it. It’s so important to pull away from comparisonitis and feeling like a fraud. When you’re visible, you can feel someone’s energy if they’re standing in their power, or if they’re not.
Spencer has some great tips on how to show up powerfully for your podcast interviews!
Spencer recommends first having some clarity around how you want to be showing up. You don’t want to be showing up in a fake way, by putting on a show and wearing a mask. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be showing up real, vulnerable, and authentically? What is my message and how am I bringing it?”
Spencer loves being able to interview on podcasts because they are long-form and she can really have that space to go deep. Interviewing on podcasts can help you find some clarity around the question: what is the gist of what I want to say here?
Both Spencer and Jess remind listeners that you know so much more than the people you’re sharing with and you really should own that.
Spencer argues that you are everything you need to be. You are perfect for all that you are and for all that you are not. You are everything you need to be right now. Stand in that and own that. All those fears and doubts wither away when you own that. It’s a very different way of looking at being visible. Everything you need you already have, so own that!
Spencer helps her clients to get to the root and the heart of their identity and who they think they are. Then Spencer has her clients ask, “Is it true?” Your thoughts are not facts. People tend to fall into these doom spirals of everything that could go wrong. Spencer asks, “What if we start going up spirals and think about what could go right?” Start looking at all the great things that could happen, the potential and possibilities.
We are so quick to look at negatives, what if we start celebrating successes and wins and what we’ve done great?
Jess then asks Spencer about some breakthroughs she’s had in her business since becoming visible.
Spencer realized that she needed to start tapping into her strengths. She was able to recognize that the execution of tasks is not one of her strengths. Spencer is all about vision and potential and possibility and relationship building, not about the carry-through of the nitty-gritty.
That’s part of why Spencer hired the team at Interview Connections to book her on podcasts. She knew that she needed to get on podcasts but she also knew that her strength is not in the carry through of that task. Spencer wanted to let someone else who is masterful at that task do it for her and she’ll just show up powerfully on podcasts.
If you want to learn more about Spencer and how she helps entrepreneurs and leaders overcome mental blocks, you can head to transformingmillions.com for a free one-hour Masterclass!