Overcome Challenges in Business Development | Let’s Talk BD Podcast Ep. 3

by | Apr 19, 2022

How do you overcome challenges in business development? Find out how to do this in the 3rd episode of Let’s Talk BD Podcast.

Working in business development is no easy task. There are many business development activities that you have to do on a daily basis.

They take time to complete. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to tick them off of your list consistently.

But, what can you do to avoid this? What are some steps you can take to overcome challenges in business development?

To learn more about this, we invited Julissa Polanco to our third episode of the Let’s Talk BD Podcast.

On the Let’s Talk BD Podcast, we interview business development professionals and startup founders to share tips and strategies they use in their daily work.

Julissa is a speaker, coach, and project manager with many years of experience. She provides insightful ways through which we can overcome challenges in business development.

Episode 3: Beyond the limits

Sometimes, life may not go as planned. In fact, often we may have to change location, career, or develop new goals. There’s a lot of uncertainty.

Uncertainty can be a good thing. It can inspire you to be curious and think outside the box. But, often, it’s challenging for many reasons.

Let’s have a look at Julissa’s journey. Julissa’s personal and professional life story is nothing short of fascinating.

From a very young age, her goal was to become an architect. People noticed her passion for drawing very early on.

Aged 18, she moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic. The move was a new experience. At the time, she had just finished high school and she spoke no English.

But, she had to find her way into society. One of the main difficulties she faced was adapting to the New York school system. Another main challenge was the language barrier at work.

Nothing unusual for someone starting out in a new city. But, it points out an important fact:

Communication is central to everything we do.

Communication skills can help us build connections, do our job successfully, and achieve our goals.  So, when we’re faced with such scenarios, it makes it more difficult for us to progress.

Coming from a country with relatively low pay, she had to make sacrifices and find ways to succeed in the dynamic world of New York City.

How to overcome challenges in business development

One of the most awe-inspiring things about Julissa’s journey is her persistence to succeed.

She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Later, she continued her higher education by completing an Executive Master’s Degree.

High tuition fees and financial restraints didn’t stop her from achieving her educational goals.

At college, she joined an executive mentorship program and in the meantime she taught at the Sunday school, working with teenagers aged 13 to 17.

Education and training are important in business development. Specifically, they each play a role in how we learn and practice the work that we do.

Education is very important for Julissa. In her words: “A degree opens the door for you”. And in fact, it opened a whole new world of opportunities.

She joined corporate America until July 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic found her in the midst of an important professional crossroads. She had the option to continue working for her company, or create her own.

She decided to create her own business.

Julissa started coaching and helping people structure their coaching services. According to Julissa, everyone deserves to have an education. But, often they lack information and resources. So, she wants to create opportunities for the youth.

Her experience shows how important it is to get an education for success in business development. But, importantly, how to find your purpose and use it to help other people.

Overcome challenges in business development: Staying connected

Julissa’s career has greatly benefited from the help of other mentors. She keeps in touch regularly with people she shares much in common and she mentions how important it is to text or call people who inspire you. They can be friends, professionals, or mentors.

As a result, her advice is to identify someone to look up to, to start knocking on doors, and to volunteer.

Those who are just starting out in business development can find this tip very useful.

Success in business development is dependent on learning. The more we learn, the more we grow professionally. So, learning by doing is a great way to become a more successful business development professional.

That’s why most business developers seek out training programs. They want to empower themselves and find new ways to improve their performance and productivity at work.

Getting a mentor can be highly beneficial for you. Because business development is uncertain, mentors can educate you to find solutions to problems.

An important aspect that Julissa mentions here is gratitude. So, be grateful for the help that you receive. This is crucial in business development.

It gives you a sense of satisfaction and it inspires you to do more. And, in fact, most mentors love giving back and sharing their knowledge.

So, leverage this and use it to advance your career. The most important thing is to be persistent and consistent in your work. And not let any obstacles prevent you from reaching your goals.

More takeaways

Listen to the podcast to learn more about:

  • Finding your calling and purpose
  • Becoming a lifelong learner
  • How to become a legend

Do you want to learn how to overcome challenges in business development?

Then, join our personalized learning platform and become a business development pro!

How do you overcome challenges in business development? Find out how to do this in the 3rd episode of Let’s Talk BD Podcast.

Working in business development is no easy task. There are many business development activities that you have to do on a daily basis.

They take time to complete. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to tick them off of your list consistently.

But, what can you do to avoid this? What are some steps you can take to overcome challenges in business development?

To learn more about this, we invited Julissa Polanco to our third episode of the Let’s Talk BD Podcast.

On the Let’s Talk BD Podcast, we interview business development professionals and startup founders to share tips and strategies they use in their daily work.

Julissa is a speaker, coach, and project manager with many years of experience. She provides insightful ways through which we can overcome challenges in business development.

Episode 3: Beyond the limits

Sometimes, life may not go as planned. In fact, often we may have to change location, career, or develop new goals. There’s a lot of uncertainty.

Uncertainty can be a good thing. It can inspire you to be curious and think outside the box. But, often, it’s challenging for many reasons.

Let’s have a look at Julissa’s journey. Julissa’s personal and professional life story is nothing short of fascinating.

From a very young age, her goal was to become an architect. People noticed her passion for drawing very early on.

Aged 18, she moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic. The move was a new experience. At the time, she had just finished high school and she spoke no English.

But, she had to find her way into society. One of the main difficulties she faced was adapting to the New York school system. Another main challenge was the language barrier at work.

Nothing unusual for someone starting out in a new city. But, it points out an important fact:

Communication is central to everything we do.

Communication skills can help us build connections, do our job successfully, and achieve our goals.  So, when we’re faced with such scenarios, it makes it more difficult for us to progress.

Coming from a country with relatively low pay, she had to make sacrifices and find ways to succeed in the dynamic world of New York City.

How to overcome challenges in business development

One of the most awe-inspiring things about Julissa’s journey is her persistence to succeed.

She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Later, she continued her higher education by completing an Executive Master’s Degree.

High tuition fees and financial restraints didn’t stop her from achieving her educational goals.

At college, she joined an executive mentorship program and in the meantime she taught at the Sunday school, working with teenagers aged 13 to 17.

Education and training are important in business development. Specifically, they each play a role in how we learn and practice the work that we do.

Education is very important for Julissa. In her words: “A degree opens the door for you”. And in fact, it opened a whole new world of opportunities.

She joined corporate America until July 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic found her in the midst of an important professional crossroads. She had the option to continue working for her company, or create her own.

She decided to create her own business.

Julissa started coaching and helping people structure their coaching services. According to Julissa, everyone deserves to have an education. But, often they lack information and resources. So, she wants to create opportunities for the youth.

Her experience shows how important it is to get an education for success in business development. But, importantly, how to find your purpose and use it to help other people.

Overcome challenges in business development: Staying connected

Julissa’s career has greatly benefited from the help of other mentors. She keeps in touch regularly with people she shares much in common and she mentions how important it is to text or call people who inspire you. They can be friends, professionals, or mentors.

As a result, her advice is to identify someone to look up to, to start knocking on doors, and to volunteer.

Those who are just starting out in business development can find this tip very useful.

Success in business development is dependent on learning. The more we learn, the more we grow professionally. So, learning by doing is a great way to become a more successful business development professional.

That’s why most business developers seek out training programs. They want to empower themselves and find new ways to improve their performance and productivity at work.

Getting a mentor can be highly beneficial for you. Because business development is uncertain, mentors can educate you to find solutions to problems.

An important aspect that Julissa mentions here is gratitude. So, be grateful for the help that you receive. This is crucial in business development.

It gives you a sense of satisfaction and it inspires you to do more. And, in fact, most mentors love giving back and sharing their knowledge.

So, leverage this and use it to advance your career. The most important thing is to be persistent and consistent in your work. And not let any obstacles prevent you from reaching your goals.

More takeaways

Listen to the podcast to learn more about:

  • Finding your calling and purpose
  • Becoming a lifelong learner
  • How to become a legend

Do you want to learn how to overcome challenges in business development?

Then, join our personalized learning platform and become a business development pro!

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