Regina Huber is on a mission to empower women – and get businesses to leverage women’s emotional intelligence and values such as transparency, sustainability and risk awareness to corporate leadership. She’s the Founder & CEO of Transform Your Performance, and on this advice minisode, Regina talks about mindset and “heartset” as the key to success, plus many more must-listen tips for women in business.
Melinda Wittstock: Regina, welcome to Wings.
Regina Huber: Thank you so much, Melinda. It's a pleasure to be here. I'm delighted.
Melinda Wittstock: I'm excited to have you on too. We always start the Friday minisode with what's inspiring you right now.
Regina Huber: What is inspiring me right now is that every day is a new possibility. I woke up to this inspiration this morning, but I also just recently went through a not so pleasant experience. I had malaria. And when you come out of an experience like that, you just appreciate every single day so much more.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh my goodness. How did you get malaria?
Regina Huber: I was in Cameroon. I was co-hosting a conference for startup and entrepreneurs in Cameroon with two other women. And I spent some time there in Yaoundé, which is a big city, so I didn't really think about getting the prophylaxis. And I did get the yellow fever and that stuff that was required, but not the other stuff. And then I also was a speaker at a women's event for women entrepreneurs, so that was really exciting and was called up really quickly, very professionally. Great experience.
Melinda Wittstock: Well wonderful. And I'm glad you're all recovered from the malaria. Oh my goodness.
Regina Huber: I am too.
Melinda Wittstock: Well you know, and maybe you're past the main challenge because the next question, of course, is what's challenging you right now? So it's no longer malaria.
Regina Huber: No, it's not. What's challenging sometimes is that I am somebody who has so many interests and who wants to do so many things. So I think what's most challenging for me is to really stay focused and not spread myself too thinly. Because I want to do so many things. I want to do work in Africa. I want to do the work here locally. I want to do the work all over the US. I want to do private coaching work, workshops, consulting work. You know? So sometimes it's a little challenging to just really hone in and focus in on what's next and what should be my only focus in the next few months. And that's always been challenging for me because I'm somebody who is very easily bored. I think I always was bored as a kid. I grew up in a tiny little village which was beautiful, but at the same time, there was not a lot of variety in terms of the things to do. So I was often bored. I had, from early on, a huge interest for learning about the world and how other people lived, how other people dance, eat, what they do all day. I think that's also where my passion for diversity really started. Yes, I have a huge passion for diversity, but also for diversity of activities. And that can sometimes be a real problem.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah. It's tricky, you know, when we … as entrepreneurs, we're such idea people. So it's just really easy to generate the ideas and we wanna do it all. But you know, one of the toughest things is getting that focus and really prioritizing and prioritizing our work in such a way that we're getting the most leverage from it as well. What a nice segue into your top three go-to pieces of advice. What have you learned along the way that you think, you wish your younger self had known and you can pay it forward now to female entrepreneurs coming up?
Regina Huber: My top three things are really to … we oftentimes forget to focus on mindset. We focus so much on our actions and we do, do, do all day, instead of just really taking a moment in the morning and taking a moment for ourselves and be centered and go into the day with mindset and heart-set. I actually also really like to focus on my heart, on opening up my heart, on opening up all my channels. And opening up my heart also helps me connect with other people on a deeper level. So this is one topic.
A second topic would be to really reach out for help into your network. We oftentimes, we say that all time, it can be lonely to work on your own. And it is oftentimes when you work from home a lot, like me, who works with a lot of private coaching clients. So I need to sometimes just reach out and pick up the phone and call somebody and say, “Hey, can you help me with this?” Or, “Hey, how are you doing with this?”
A third, you know, for many people now, vacation time is coming up and we entrepreneurs oftentimes do not take a vacation. I think it's so, so important to recharge. And frankly, we were talking about malaria before. The after malaria period, so the one week after getting out of the ICU was really one of my most peaceful moments this year because I just allowed myself, I have myself permission to stop and to be quiet and to not even go on social media for some time, and to just reflect on what is important in my life. And I think vacation is so important in that sense, not only to physically and energetically recharge, but also just to give ourselves permission to be with ourselves.
Melinda Wittstock: This is so true. Actually taking time to be still or have a change of scene. I find that I get my best ideas when I'm not working.
Regina Huber: Absolutely. I often take long walks in the park, and that's when I do have my cell phone with me, because then I just record ideas. You know? So I love walking in the park in the summer. Wintertime is not so much my favorite season, but when the weather is nice enough, I do it too. And I just walk and walk and walk and walk. And either I practice my talk while I'm walking, or I gather new ideas. And I don't do it in a forced way. I just walk through nature and the ideas keep flowing in because my channels are open.
Melinda Wittstock: I like how you said that. Channels being open to really receive inspiration. We are so focused, in the United States, on such hard work. I think it's just the Puritan ethic or something. I joke now. But just because we want to have it all, doesn't mean we have to do it all.
Regina Huber: Absolutely. And you know, I grew up in Germany and it's just the same. I grew up in a family where hard work was in our genes, and it still is. I see it in my siblings. I see it in myself. And that's making it harder to really stop for a moment every single day and re-focus and take a bird's view. That's what I sometimes like to do. I take a bird's view. And I also call it sometimes my soul's view, because then I can see the bigger picture and I'm not so caught up in little details in my overwhelm and in my current situation, and I can see beyond that. And that also is a great tool to get out of overwhelm. So if you are in that overwhelm that you think you don't have enough time, you have to do it all at the same time, then just take a moment. Take a breath. Go into the bird's perspective and look at your situation, and you will see that just totally looks different.
Melinda Wittstock: That's great advice. Anything else?
Regina Huber: I am actually working to get this, and I know it sounds a little bit weird maybe, but I'm working to get this out of the genes of my family. So I'm doing a lot of subconscious work this way. I studied a lot about our subconscious mind and how it works through my earlier holistic healing studies, and also through, of course, neuroscience, which I was inspired to study through holistic healing in the past. As you know, our conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg. It's not even 5% of what's responsible for our behaviors. So we think we are in control, but we are really not. What's in control is our subconscious programming. And as such, it's so important that we really focus on what is in there.
And when I catch myself with all these limiting or belittling thoughts that we have so often, I turn them around. One of them has to do with this hard work, that we can only achieve something when we work really hard and 14 hours a day. And that's what then usually burns us out. So it's not really a good thing. Of course, building a business is not easy. I'm not saying it's easy. It is hard work sometimes, and oftentimes. But then again, we also need to see that mindset is such an important part of it. And that's what I am working to get out of the genes of my family. Because the more we do this work ourselves, the more we do it for others.
Melinda Wittstock: This is so true. So Regina, how can people find you and work with you?
Regina Huber: My website is transformyourperformance.com and also on LinkedIn as Regina Huber. My book, “Speak Up, Stand Out, and Shine” is on Amazon. It's really easy to find with that title. “Speak Up, Stand Out, and Shine.” On Twitter I am @TransformDance. And I also offer a free video series on my website, and you can easily find it on the homepage. Just click on that button and you will get a free video series and also receive my e-zines.
Melinda Wittstock: Wonderful. Well thank you so much for putting on your wings and flying with us today.
Regina Huber: Well thank you so much, Melinda. It's been a pleasure.