Amy Lee Miller Podcast Transcript

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Amy Lee Miller Podcast Transcript

Amy Lee Miller joins host Brian Thomas on The Digital Executive Podcast.

Welcome to Coruzant Technologies, home of the Digital Executive Podcast.

[00:00:12] Brian Thomas: Welcome to The Digital Executive. Today’s guest is Amy Lee Miller. Amy Lee Miller is a recruiter and a hiring coach and consultant. After several years recruiting, she wrote and published her first book, Ready, Set, Recruit, a hiring manager’s guide to recruiting with confidence. She helps leaders and organizations identify and eliminate unnecessary inefficiencies in their hiring process and make lasting hires with confidence. Equally passionate about helping others identify and pursue a meaningful career path, she offers one on one coaching, helping professionals overcome challenges and achieve their bigger goals. Her second book, Where’s My Mustard? How to Let Go, Attract, and Achieve, A Quest to Self-Empowerment, teaches readers how to empower themselves and become unstoppable.

Amy also offers motivational speaking and success workshops focused on heeding your intuition to better hone your focus. Amy lives in Manhattan, New York.

Well, good afternoon, Amy. Welcome to the show.

[00:01:10] Amy Lee Miller: Good afternoon, Brian. Thanks so much for having me here. Excited to be here.

[00:01:13] Brian Thomas: Absolutely. Thank you. Thank you for making the time. And I know you’re an hour ahead of me, so I appreciate your flexibility this evening hailing out of the great state of New York. So again, thank you.

[00:01:23] Amy Lee Miller: Absolutely.

[00:01:24] Brian Thomas: So, Amy, jumping in here. We want to get your story out to our audience, 40 countries and beyond. You’ve got quite the career in sales, recruiting, you’re an entrepreneur, author, and now the owner of Troika Talent Acquisitions Coaching and Consulting. Could you share with our audience the secret to your career growth and what inspires you?

[00:01:44] Amy Lee Miller: Absolutely. I love that question. I would say. The secret is following what drives me. I’m really strong at listening to my instincts and paying attention to except for the areas that I’m not. And then in those parts of my life, I’ve gotten myself into trouble, but I’m really. I can’t make myself do something I don’t want to do.

And that’s a really strong quality because it keeps me moving in the direction that is right for me. So, it helps me to better align my priorities and follow my ambitions and go in the direction of what drives me, what excites me. And so that has been That ultimately led to the start of my career in outside sales.

And the drive for me was always to achieve more, but also too, to have a greater sense of freedom. And so, with each career endeavor in each next step, I’ve achieved that, more freedom. And I wanted to be an author since I was little, I love books, I love writing and who knew my first book would be on recruiting, but that’s just another example of you take the first step of something that interests you and then the next and then ultimately you find yourself on your path.

[00:02:51] Brian Thomas: Thank you. I appreciate that. And you’re right. Our passions take us a lot of different ways, of course, and I’m not, your story is beautiful. I love how you’ve transitioned over your career. But, if you look back the fork in the road, you might see one fork in the road when you start out, you’re trying to look ahead.

But when you look back, you’ve just have a really interesting career for everybody. If they look back and see all the different routes they took and where it’s taken them. And a lot of times people struggle with what they’ve done, but in the end it’s all something that made them stronger in what they’re doing.

So, thank you for sharing your story today.

[00:03:24] Amy Lee Miller: Yeah, absolutely. I did leave out one part of your question. So just I’ll circle back real quick if that’s okay. As far as what inspired me. Well, I guess part of that is the drive for freedom. But then also I love writing. I love self-expression. I love writing. I love speaking and I love helping others. Through both of those entities. So, if I get to do a little or a lot of that each day that lights me up. And I also… I love stories. I love interviewing. I love hearing what drives other people to when somebody says. Well, this is what I’m doing, but I really want to be doing this. I get really excited. I like to encourage people to pursue what’s meaningful to them and help them realize that they can.

[00:04:03] Brian Thomas: Thank you, Amy. Appreciate the share. That’s awesome. So, Amy, we’re going to jump into the next question here, and we just talked a little bit about your career and the different routes it’s gone, but you’ve accomplished quite a bit in your career.

And as an author, you now have two successful books published under your belt. Which is very, very cool. I love that. It would be timely of you. If you could share with us a message or two about your second book which is called Where’s My Mustard, How To Let Go, Attract and Achieve – A Quest to Self Empowerment. Maybe you can jump into that a little bit.

[00:04:34] Amy Lee Miller: Yeah, absolutely. Well, the mustard part I’ll leave that a mystery. The reason why it’s called that is somewhere within the book. So. If somebody’s curious, they can dive in and find out why I call it that, but it’s interesting or ironic. I guess I should say that I’m now talking about and teaching letting go and how you can actually achieve more with less effort when you let go, because I can tend to be and definitely used to be a bit of a control freak.

I was really growing up. I wasn’t very happy about some anxiety and some depression. So, I went into Achiever mode. I learned that I needed to have control over something and accomplishing things made me feel good. And so that’s a positive thing, but also a perfect example of how sometimes there’s good in our bad and there’s bad in our good.

So, it can be very useful to be aware of. Okay. How is this positive quality holding me back? And I was really tight with my time, for example, and as a result, not maybe creating room for people and opportunities that were trying to show up to maybe help me along my path. But also, we can really be set and pushing, pushing, driving, driving in one direction and without paying it just with a determination to succeed. Cause I hate giving up. That’s one thing about me, but when we’re going in the wrong direction, then that’s a good time to give up. That’s when giving up makes sense. So, in letting go, the lesson there is to pay attention to how you’re feeling. Okay. That I’ve set this goal or I’m trying to make this situation work, but wait a minute, how is it actually making me feel?

So, when I learned to let go a little bit I. Achieved a lot more with less effort. And then I mentioned, not being super happy as a kid and struggling with some deeper challenges, anxiety, depression, I was always on this quest to feel better. So, researching self-development, how can I invest in myself today?

And I learned all of these little steps along the way. And ways to invest in myself. And I really had to depend on myself to feel better, which is my biggest accomplishment because now I’m happy almost all day of almost every day, but when you, when we learn to give ourselves what we need, that’s true self-empowerment.

So also, the book is some parts of my story and my journey to place where I wasn’t feeling that great to being truly self-empowered. So, I want to teach others how to get there faster. And I believe my book can help people do that.

[00:06:58] Brian Thomas: That’s awesome. Thank you, Amy. And people love that the most is something they can resonate with or understand more.

And telling a story is always the key to get people involved in what you’ve done. And that’s just amazing. So, thanks again. Amy, we are a tech platform, as you know, podcast platform. I’m a technologist geek, right, but doesn’t matter who the guest is. We always ask if you’re leveraging any of that new and emerging tech out there. And if not, maybe there’s a cool tool or app that you find useful and you might share with us today.

[00:07:30] Amy Lee Miller: Yeah, absolutely. I love technology. I wouldn’t say that I’m up and up on the forefront and the most emerging technologies. But the thing that’s so great about technology is we’ve got so many resources right there at our fingertips.

And I’m a big do it yourselfer. But I also recognize when I need help, I can be resourceful, and I can go find somebody that already has a processor system. But when you learn to it. Seek out the resources on your own. That’s again, empowering and you can really become unstoppable because nothing can stop you.

So, my favorite technology platform is YouTube because you can hop on there and learn how to virtually do anything. So, I have built multiple websites. I feel like mine right now is pretty good. Each one gets better and better. I’ve taught myself how to use a final cut pro, and I wanted to start my own YouTube channel and edit and post videos.

I’ve. taught myself how to put on webinars, and each of those are just a few examples where I hopped on YouTube, you get stuck with how to do this, you hop on there, how do you do X, boom, there’s a bunch of videos, you find one put on by, somebody that resonates with you, and a minute later you know how to do it.

So, I like YouTube.

[00:08:38] Brian Thomas: That’s awesome. And yes, YouTube is the king of, DIY, right? Do it yourself. And I think that’s awesome. I think we’ve all spent countless hundreds of hours on there, whether it’s for relaxation or entertainment or learning how to do something. So that’s awesome. I’m so excited.

To hear that you built your own website. I think that’s awesome when people go out and do that themselves. So, thank you. Yeah. So, any last question of the evening, can you share something from your career experience that would be helpful for those listening this evening, looking to grow their career in either coaching or entrepreneurship?

[00:09:11] Amy Lee Miller: Absolutely. I would say, well, if somebody is already ready, they know their direction. Cause my first piece of advice would be to start listening to yourself. And lead go in the direction of what lights you up and turn away from what does it because a lot of times folks who want to be an entrepreneur want to shift their career, maybe coaching maybe to another kind of business or just maybe a different industry.

They want to know. How are they going to do it? They let the house stop them from ever getting started. But first you have to listen to that. You know, what is it that you really want and then get curious about it. And you can start rather than worrying about the how, how you’re going to get there.

Just one step at a time, because you don’t have to jump off a cliff and quit your job. If today if you want to start something different, but you can start with just one hour a day. And then what happens when you focus, when you learn to better prioritize, what is meaningful to you, starting with maybe one hour a day, or maybe four hours a week, depending on your schedule, you feel more fulfilled.

And so you feel more excited and focused because you’re doing something that. That excites you. And then so pretty soon that hour becomes two because you end up creating more time in your day because you’re more focused because you’re not working with a distracted focus because you’re giving yourself, what you need and set smaller milestone goals when we’ve got, it’s pretty daunting to say, okay, I’m going to write a book.

But if you get a process and you say, okay, I’m going to, on this day, I’m going to sit and brainstorm on all of my knowledge that I want to put into this book, and then you take it to the next step. So, step by step, and we don’t have to know the full path of how we’re going to get where we’re going, ultimately, and that’s a really great thing because we can’t know.

I like Thomas Carlyle’s quote. He says, go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you’ll see further.

[00:10:57] Brian Thomas: I love that. And I appreciate you sharing a little nugget like that nugget of wisdom, as I call it. You’ve shared a ton of gems this evening throughout the podcast here, which we totally love that it will resonate with somebody in our audience.

So, thanks again, Amy.

[00:11:10] Amy Lee Miller: Absolutely. I love that. That’s the point. Empower and inspire others.

[00:11:14] Brian Thomas: Absolutely. Amy, it was a pleasure having you on today and I look forward to speaking with you real soon.

[00:11:20] Amy Lee Miller: Thank you, Brian. Thanks for having me.

[00:11:22] Brian Thomas: Bye for now.

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