1 Million Cups Interview with Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody a former television reporter turned comedic speaker and coach for creative minds presented for 1 Million Cups Syracuse at Syracuse CoWorks.

What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?

Absolutely nothing. It wasn’t an understood desire when I was working as a news reporter. I knew I wanted to be a writer and speaker, but to be frank, I never even heard the word entrepreneur until I decided to be one. After that, it was no holds barred.

What was your worst entrepreneurial moment?

I would have to say it was when I lost $15 thousand dollars on a failed marketing strategy, shortly after my $15 thousand dollar investment with a horrible business coach went awry. While I recognize that these kinds of things happen, I never dreamed they could be such exorbitant amounts and so closely together.

How did you gain clarity and know what steps to do next?

It’s difficult to predict what the results of certain investments will be. I know in the future, when I invest in a marketing strategy of that caliber, I will be sure to ask questions like, “What’s going to happen if I don’t get the results you say I’ll get? How will you handle it if this doesn’t work out for me?” And to get those in writing. 

What did you get out of presenting at 1MC?

I thought it was a simply amazing experience. I’ve never had a scenario where I’ve been able to present and get feedback so professionally. It was great. And I was very much open to receiving it. I also made great connections and am slated to sit down with some folks for conversation. Entrepreneurship is about connection. I found a high level of energy with the participants in the room that made me feel hopeful and renewed.

How can someone reading this help you?

Wow, what a great question! I am always looking for places to speak, most especially, conferences or events that pay their keynotes. I am a dynamic, enthusiastic and entertaining speaker. One of my favorite things to do is to feed my enthusiasm for life to the rooms I speak in. So any recommendations in state or out of state would be fabulous.