My conversation with Steve Sims is a testament of what someone can do if they put their mind to it.
He has created an incredible company, TheBluefish.com by literally making what would appear to most as impossible, a reality, hence the title of his book – “Bluefishing: The Art Of Making Things Happen“
He ever says during our conversation that he hopes the fact that a brick layer from London could accomplish all of this, that you too can accomplish whatever you set out to do.
You’re going to love his sincerity and how “real” of a person he is. Literally what you hear and what you get and no bullshit!
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Joe: Today, my guest is Steve Sims. Steve, welcome to the show.
Steve: Now, thanks for having me.
Joe: Very excited man, I I’ve been following you for quite some time now. Do you like the title, The Real Life Wizard of Oz? This do you like that? I just want to know because I don’t.
Steve: Now, when it came out, when when folks wrote a big article on me and they named like Elon Musk and Richard Branson, the article was fantastic. You know, the article I couldn’t have done a better puff piece in a show of piece if I had done it myself. But then then they came up with the idea of Titli Me as Steve Sims, the real life Wizard of Oz. Now, this got a lot of people’s attention, but at the end of the day, he was some dodgy pervert that didn’t do anything to hide it behind a curtain. So I thought to myself, I’m not quite sure I like that. But, you know, people people I’m proud to say see to the essence of the imagination and the creativity and not the fact that he was a big forward.
Joe: Right. I want to go back a little bit, if you don’t mind, I know there’s so much I have to ask you, but I also wanted to lay the groundwork. So when anyone listens to this, they understand who you are and what you’re about, where you came from. So it can you give how you became who you are today and what you do.
Steve: Yeah, very simply, I’m the same as everyone else, every entrepreneur in the planet started off by being pissed off about something, whether it be their finances, their life or something, the way it was being done. But I believe the entrepreneurs were kind of aggravation and it’s aggravated oysters to make pose with. First of all, got to be pissed off about something. I was kicked out of school at 15 straight onto the building site in London, and that was my life. And I thought, really, you know, this is my dad, my uncle, my cousins, even my granddad in his 80s was on this building site. And I thought, this is my life now. Of course, I didn’t have Instagram to tell me how inadequate my life was at the time, so I had nothing to gauge myself by. But, you know, I just thought there’s got to be something else. And so, like every entrepreneur, we jump out of the frying pan into the volcano, you know, we just like, well, let’s try it. And then we fail. And then we try something else and we fail at that. We gain all this education. I realized one thing that was my my my true north is a site. I was in the wrong room now as a as a bold bloke, British biker, all those bees. I was in a room with all of those people. You know, I remember going into into the pub at night and throwing the money on the table, knowing exactly how many babies you could afford to.
Steve: And maybe if you scratch get hold, you got two pennies, get one more on each hand out between everyone else. And I said to myself, is this it? And so I had to change the way I had to go into a room where people would demand themselves demanding more impact, demanding more income. And so I didn’t know how to do it, but I ended up building up this Trojan horse. I ended up as a doorman of the nightclub, knowing where all the nightclubs were. Then I started to own my own parties. Then I started throwing parties for other people. Then I started managing other people’s parties. And I went from closing down clubs in Hong Kong to working with someone on his Oscar party, the Kentucky Derby, the New York Fashion Week, the Palm Beach Polo. I ended up working for the biggest events in the planet, and one single film I always had was I would only ever invite rich people to these events. Why? Because I knew what people were like, because I was broke and broke. People can’t afford shit. So I only I would only invite millionaires and billionaires. So I changed the room I was in. And the only reason I did it was because I wanted to walk up to someone rich and go, Hey, how come your filthy rich and I’m not. So I created my own firm in order to be able to ask that question.
Joe: It’s so cold, before we go any further, I have to tell you, now that I’m sitting here across from you even virtually, that I love the way you express yourself and I love dealing with people who are down to earth and honest and say what’s on their mind. And as you know, and you even have some of this on your website, there’s so much fluff in the world today and there’s so much of the facade of I am this person and I do all of this and I do all of that. And it’s just nice to sit with a successful real person. And I really mean that. It just it’s it’s truly an honor to be sitting here talking with you.
Steve: Isn’t that a shame, isn’t
Joe: It is.
Steve: Really, isn’t it a shame that if you if you if you rewind and listen to it, don’t thank me for being real? And therefore, all you’re doing is validating that the rest of the planet is not. So it should be it should be something we take for granted, we should make someone go. Well, I know what that is all about, but we don’t because people spend so much energy trying to be someone that not you never get to meet them. You go of these shields and as you say, there’s these facades to navigate through all of these Almaz. And you’re like, well, what’s really about I made it. I made a decision very early on and I will get experience three seconds after we needed it. But I remember there was one point in my life that I woke up and like all entrepreneurs, we had that little nagging doubt, oh, should I really be doing this? Should I really look like this? Should I really sound like this and like a moron? I listen to it. And so I changed my persona and she tried to use big words. You know, I, I wore suits. I took my earrings out. I covered my tattoos. I became someone that I thought would be easier for you. What I ended up doing was I made it harder for you to understand me. But he was the weird thing. I had an expensive watch. And if anyone knows me, I’m in a black T-shirt and jeans. Every single time in my life, I ride motorcycles. I do not own a car. I collect motorcycles. I bought a collar this time, I bought a car, I bought made suits, I bought an expensive watch, and then I realized these will for you, I was trying to impress you and all of those trappings and trinkets of, wow, look at me, I’ve got money gained me.
Steve: And this is the doll thing. A lot of clients. And I was making more money with a lot of people I didn’t like, I didn’t like and I couldn’t connect with. So I realized very early on that and this put me actually on a serious note, put me into a mass depression. Thankfully, I came out of the other side so to watch, got rid of the suit, got rid of the car on motorbikes ever since. I want to make it impossible for me to be misunderstood by you. OK, I want you to never be able to sit on a fence and go, well, what’s this Steve Sims about? I want to make it so simple that you can go like some people. I would imagine some people on this podcast have gone down on that guy. I’m gone. And that’s fine with billions of people in the planet. If a few bugger off after 30 seconds, Mumolo, could you still. Fine, but I want to make it very easy for you to know what side of the fence you want to jump on my side, be part of family and community and grow and get uncomfortable or go go about your way. Either way, fine. But there’s nothing in the planet today where some fence sitters and I decided I’m going to make it very easy for you to make sure you know which side of the fence to be on.
Joe: Yeah, and it’s true, I know where I stand with you, I can make a comment on your social media that you always write back. You always say thank you. You always say whatever you whatever. It’s just it feels like a real relationship and it’s and it’s awesome. And that’s the way it should be,
Steve: Be, yes,
Joe: Should be.
Steve: And go good, so everyone out that all you can with your people is you are you connecting with people as the person you think they want to see? It’s a deep question, but stop spending any effort on trying to be someone you know.
Joe: I love it. Perfect. OK, so I know this is going to sound like rush to the audience, but I have you for such a little bit of time and I have a huge sheet of notes and things, and I have to ask you. So the book deal, so blue fishing, the art of making things happen. How did that deal come about? Like you said, and I think 20, 16 is when that book deal happened. How did they come to you and say, hey, why don’t you take all your experiences and what you do and write a book? Is that what they basically said?
Steve: When when you actually start hanging around with people, different people that do things differently and opportunities come at you, OK? And I was at a party up in New York and I’m at the bar doing what I do, drink in old fashions and telling stories. And this this woman was introduced to me and it was a case of Steve telling the story about you. But you and Alan Jonel when you did this with the pope. So I just told a few stories and she came back to me and she said, you know, you should buy a book. Now, we’ve all heard that before. And I’m like a few days later, she actually contacted me. She was part of Simon and Schuster, one of the largest publishing houses in the planet. And she said, no, Susie, we want you to buy a book. We want you to buy a book on all the rich and powerful people all over the planet you deal with and what you do. And I said, do you mind if I did that? I’d be dead by cocktail hour. So I can’t do that. So then we got chatting and I did I did a speech for a friend of mine called Joe Polish at the Genius Network event, and it was like, hey, I got kicked out of school. But this is how I did this with the pope and Elon Musk. And they got wind of this this talk that I gave and came back to me about a week, like went, oh, hang on a minute.
Steve: We don’t want you naming people. We want to know how a bricklayer from East London managed to do this, you know, and so was OK. That makes sense. So I did the book for a variety of reasons. One of them. Actually, both of them were completely selfish. Now that I think about it. Your kids are never impressed with you. It doesn’t matter who you are. Your kids are never impressed with me being able to write a book. I’ll be like, hey, kid, your dad’s an author now, you know? And I just wanted to warn to book. So one of them was personal satisfaction to imitate the crap out of my three kids. The other selfish reason was to get people to stop thinking. Now, that seems the opposite of what everyone’s trying to do. But haven’t you noticed when someone said, hey, we should do this and they go, yeah, that’s brilliant, let’s build a business plan, let’s do a vivid vision and let’s do a forecast. Let’s get an analytical survey. Let’s do a crowdsourced. Shut up. Try it, see if you like it, see if someone wants to buy it. See if someone’s got a problem that your mouth to try something. So I’ve always said, forget about you. I can’t focus on you.
Steve: I can. And I thought to myself, if I can demonstrate in this book that a great line from London is doing this, then you’re already out of excuses. So selfishly, I wanted to create a world that there were more doers than who is in the planet. There’s a lot of who is out there. There’s no substance. So selfishly, I wanted to piss the kids off on. I wanted to create more people to be aggravated enough to go. Well, I have it’s dark. I can do it. And it came out, as you say, I got the deal in twenty sixteen book, came out in seventeen and I thought to myself, well and I got paid nicely so I thought, I don’t know if anyone’s going to believe it, I got to buy it. Because when you look at the industry of books, there’s thousands of books coming out every week. And I thought and I know this is really going to appeal to anyone so suddenly. Schuster, they send me, which was weird because I’d always wired me my Bothaina, but they posted me a two and a half gram check and they said, we want you to go to Barnes and Noble and we want you to sit there with a pile of books and a couple of bottles of champagne and signed books. Now, is this is this a video podcast was just an audio podcast about.
Joe: It’s both.
Steve: Ok, so for those people that don’t have the pleasure of seeing me. Let’s let’s be honest, a Saturday afternoon when you’re walking around with your kids, there is no way in God’s green earth you’re going to go, well, he looks nice and friendly. Let’s go and find out while you’re
Steve: Going to avoid me like the plague. So I thought, I can’t do that. I’m going to end up drinking. Champagne is all going to go well. So I thought to myself, no, not doing that. So I went down to a local whiskey bar and that that I happened to have frequented a couple of times. And I said, look, here you go. I’m going to sign this, check over to you and turn the lights on when we run out of money. And they went and saw I invited a bunch of my friends again, if you demand of you and your circle, you end up with pretty good friends so that everyone from like Jim Quico had a son and had a great, great and all. But Jesse and I had a whole bunch of really cool people that were in there that also have big followings and pretty well not invited to Lewis House, a whole bunch of people from there. And we literally just stuck a pile of books at the end of the bar because we were told we had to be a book launch and just basically go home for the night. And here’s the funny thing. I never even had a website announced in this book, you know, because I’ve never done a book but called Insomnia Hotta, Sneaky Little Buggers that they are. They did a secret video of the night, which I was told was to get Bilo footage for a new video for Kolhatkar. They did this incredible, unbelievable video of my book launch and put into the music of Dreman by Eversmann is one of the best tunes in the planet and gave it to me. And it was tremendous. And what they did was they went around all of these people going, hey, what do you think of Steve doing this book? Now, if you go to Steve de Sims, don’t come, you know, not trying to sell you anything.
Steve: But if you go to our website, we put the video on the front page of the website because Simon Schuster said you’re not even not even promoting the book. You have to promote the book. So I went, oh, I’ll stick this video up. Now, the video at the beginning, everyone’s like, oh, it’s such an honor to be here. Steve’s done really well. He’s what? It’s all bullshit. It’s all kind of like I’m sober and I’m on film, so I’m going to say something nice about him. And then as the video gets old, obviously the night gets old on the old fashions get going on and like with that bleep bleep bleep. Oh, bleep. And he’s just to use it. And I just tell myself that’s real. That’s that’s low people about a couple of drinks in him. And now that just kind of like screaming at me and swearing and I just thought, that’s Leo. So I put that up. And the funny thing is that video. Launched it, people suddenly saw I wasn’t trying to hide behind any kind of misconception of perfection, that this was as good as it gets. And now the book’s been released and translated into Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mandarin, Chinese, Korean. It’s now Polish and it’s now being translated into Russian. And it’s called World Wide as a best seller. It’s in credible how this is taken off and what it’s done for me and for those people that I’m now able to communicate with, shake him up a little bit, get them uncomfortable, and then spit them out into the world to be more impactful.
Joe: Yeah, it’s it’s great and it’s truly a Steve Sims book launch, like people should take note that that’s why it’s so cool to meet you and to be talking with you. It’s like this real, real, real thing. And that’s what I love. It’s just it’s completely refreshing. So ask why three times what does that mean?
Steve: We’re in a world today where we’re very scared of telling you what we want, you know, if you say to someone, hey, you win a million dollars this weekend, what are you going to do? They’re going to go, oh, I’m going to get a Ferrari and I’m going to get a hot tub. And all of the Hawaiian Tropic goes are going to come and sit in the hot tub with me. And you gotta scrape. But three months down the line, what are you going to do? And then it’s going to be things like, well, you know, my school, my kids school does no basketball court. I’d really like to help them. You see, people have a knee jerk answer and then they have the real core and people don’t want to tell you what the core is. So this is what I do. People will say to me, and he’s a chip on a trick for everyone out there, basic communication and in fact, is heavily used by the FBI. I know it sounds funny, but it is just the basics of communication. And when anyone ever says to you what they want, respond in the same right and tonality and speed that they’ve said. Now, let me give you an example. I really want to do this. And you go, oh, that’s really fantastic. And then you drop it. You go, Oh, that’s really fantastic. But why? And when you drop that tone.
Steve: They in their head, they go, oh, they recently bodily wise, if I sat in front of you, you know, the body language, you can see them like sink down a little bit more because the gods know up when the chest is out and it’s all raw. But then they sink back and they go, oh, that’s a good question. And they they then go, well, actually this happened. And in fact, probably rather than going on about that, I’ll give you a story as an example, if I might. So I was working with John for about eight years, and we had an office at the time in Palm Beach and I wasn’t in the office and I get this call come through to me from one of the team and they said, hey, Steve, we’ve got a guy on the phone from New York and he wants to meet some Elton John. You know, you need to speak to him because you’re the one that’s going over to be without one on that time. And I just found out what he wants. Right. So I answer the phone and I said, hey, hey, hey, hey. I want to get a picture out of John. Match the technology. Oh, that’s fantastic, that’s great. Why? So then he comes back with well, he’s you know, he’s one of the last living legends, he’s an icon, he’s brilliant. I want to get a photograph with him off my desk.
Steve: He’s going to die soon. And, yeah, that’s two things. One, there was no direct response to my question of why. And secondly, if, you know, if he never matched my knowledge, well, he carried on with his excitement. So I said to him, oh, that’s fantastic. I’ll come back to you. Let me see what I could do. And I hung up, never got his email, never got his phone number. There was no real driving call. It was all very superficial. OK, so then about a month later and we’re about a month and a half away from the party now, one of the girls at the office contacted me. She said, hey, we got this guy from New York on the phone, wants to meet Elton John. I don’t think it’s the same guy as the other one because I already contacted him and said, we don’t touch this guy. But I’m wondering if this is might this charter can I do it because you wouldn’t respond to it? So in my head, I’m like, oh, well, I’ve got to get rid of this guy as well when I put me through New York and comes on the phone. Hey, how are you doing? I said, all right. You know, I hear you want to meet sound, John. He went, Yeah. What mean? So I want to have a chat with him. So I said, Oh, that’s fantastic.
Steve: Brilliant. I said, Why? And he went, oh, and he had to think about it, but still had a bit of bravado about it, is that all? Well, he’s a he’s an iconic he’s a legend. I want to meet him and have a chat. Going to get a picture with him. There’s things. Now, I could see he was stumbling. So I said to him very quietly, and as Chris Voss says, you’ve midnight boys, I said to him. What things? And just shut up. And a different man came back on the phone. And this is all he said. So when I was a kid, my dad used to take me to school and he used to bring me back from school whenever my mom, it was always my dad, he’d take me to bring me back. Now, the car, we had a cassette player in it and the cassette was jammed and it was Elton John’s greatest could play, but it couldn’t eject. So all the way to school. We would be singing our lungs out to Elton John on the way back from school, we’d be singing our lungs out of Elton John now. Then he got a new column. This car had this CD player in it. So he bought Elton John’s greatest hits. And again, we would sing our lungs out all the way to school and sing our lungs out on the way back. And then I started to get into high school for the first couple of years, he still had to take me and pick me up.
Steve: And I used to jump into that car so fast because he would have one job blaming before it even got in the car and I would stare out the window with mass embarrassment as my dad some his lungs out all the way home. And I would say to my mom, can you make you stop singing anyone jump a Clydeside just like she’s thing and all the way to high school and all the way back, you will be like by sunlight, slam the door quickly so no one else can hear Elton John coming out of the door. He said that my dad died about twenty five years ago. I’ve got kids, I’m married, and I’ll be traveling to work where we’re going on a vacation, going down to take my wife out for dinner one night. He said the radio will be on, he said, and Elton John to come on the radio. You sit in for the next three and a half minutes, my dad is sat in the seat next to me blaring his lungs out to John. I want to thank him for bringing my dad back to me every now and then for three minutes at a time. That was it, there was the why, there was the call, he was too embarrassed to tell me that story at the beginning, so he hid behind the always great bring in all the bravado.
Steve: But you’d have never got to it if you hadn’t have used you in a Sherlock and gone. Why what why is also the most aggressive, combative word out there? For some reason it pisses people off. I get people text me and DM me and Facebook message me and they go Sim’s. I see you in L.A. I’m going to be in L.A. next week. We should get together for a beer. I want to buy you a steak and all I will respond with is why. And the amount of people get, well, I heard you acculturate the dick, you know, and they will get offensive and right. And then I’ll get other people going. Good question. I wanted to discuss it. I want to talk about this. I wanted to bring this. I wanted to say thanks. And that is my wife. The older you get, the more you need the why. This guy was a perfect example without a job of what he’s true. Why? What is true call was now with that. I was able to go to Elton John telling the story and got them to meet, and it was a very Tavey wonderful moment, this very powerful moment. But that was that was a perfect example of how the wide drives to the core. Without the coal, you haven’t got a connection. It’s all superficial.
Joe: Yeah, that’s a great story. Gosh, the next one never be the first call.
Steve: Yeah, I’m really crappy introducing myself, and I also think it’s pointless, so what I’ll do is if I need to get in touch with you and I come in and I say, hey, you know, hey, how are you? My name’s my name’s Steve Sims. You know, we got a chat. I know the Pope and Elon Musk. Richard Branson. I’m a big deal. Can I be on your podcast? You’re going to be like, this guy’s a dick, you know, I want nothing to do with this guy, you’re going to go straight past any of the information I’ve given you and just come to the assumption of a self promoting full of himself. Egotistical prick. Now, let’s change it, let’s say like next week, you’re talking with one of your buddies and your buddy says, oh, have you heard about this guy called Steve Sims? He’s worked with John Elon Musk. And the guy is a big deal. He says word for word what I said. But all of a sudden, you’re now interested, you’re kind of like, oh, you know, can you make an intro? And then when you do get to speak with me, I’ve already got all this credibility. So I haven’t got to so much so I can be humble and sit and go, yeah, what do you want? Oh, I’ve got to focus. Well, let me see if I can do all of that shit, because I’ve already got the credibility. So I noticed years ago there is much more powerful and it’s much more brief of a conversation if you’re riding on someone else’s credibility and connection and introduction.
Steve: So if I want to meet someone, I’ll look at whoever else is in that circle, who do they respect and get them to make the introduction and then they will contact me. Oh, yeah. You know, Jimmy, tell me to call. You got you’ve done some weird things, though. Yeah, I have. But I want to do my next weird thing with you. I tell you what, so you can have that kind of conversation. If I’m at a party and someone stood next to me and they say, hey, what are you doing? Based on that body language, based on how they’re asking the question will be based on how I respond. So I’ve said to people before, I own the valet company in this park and all the cars here, oh, I to work for the security. I’m undercover. I own a petrol station just down the road. I’ll come up with all of those kind of things to find out. So did I want to stay there and still have a conversation? If they do, great. You know, but then is it something that I think I want to do business? I want to say actually, do you know the best thing? You know what? You over there. I’ll get you a drink, you go nostalgia what I did. And then I’ll get a job and of course, I want to be like, oh my God. And then of course, they’ll be back down. Oh, yeah. And you’ll have that kind of thing that I’m always very careful to be very calculated on how I get introduced and who introduces me.
Joe: Yeah, it’s that theory of the circle of influence type thing, right, that for four, then three, then two, then one. And so the more you can have those people talk about you. By the time you reach the person in the middle that you eventually wanted to be, maybe introduced to or do business with you, you’ve been built up so big you don’t have to say a word.
Steve: You have to say nothing. I’ve had people literally phone me going, Oh, Billy, Billy told me to give you a call and I’ll be honest. How can I help you? And I haven’t had to sell myself. I haven’t had to talk about. I’ve had to do none of that. So if you become the solution to someone else’s problem, you ain’t got to worry about any of the shine.
Joe: Yeah, all right, so this is the last one of those three bullet points that I when I they caught my eye, I wanted to make sure I asked and you already alluded to this one, but you said, don’t be easy to understand. Be impossible to misunderstand.
Steve: There’s a confused client will never give you his checkbook, and so I noticed years ago that anyone that’s ever heard the term, the big C. knows it stands for cancer. OK, the big C in business is confusion. So you say I alluded to earlier, you alluded it to even earlier than that.
Steve: When you actually remove all the confusion with what it is you do and who you are. You make it very easy for the other person to now make an educated decision on whether or not you’re the person they want to do business with, hang out with whatever. OK, so stop trying to confuse your clients. Here’s the classic mistake. Hey, I’ve got a new business. Let me get a website. Let me get a guy to buy all the copy for the website with words that I could not even spell. I could not even say. But hey, they make me look smart and the person who reads it goes OK with this person’s obviously ex a dictionary or, you know, was was was an English major in Oxford. And then they get you on the phone. You’re like, Hello, Bob, how can I help you? And they go, well, hang on. I mean, there’s a disconnect. And that’s the problem. You want to make sure that you have full transparency, who you are, what do you stand for? What do you do? What is the solution that you provide to whose problem? So if you’ve got all of that transparency, you are impossible to misunderstand. But people try to be something they lean against cos they don’t own. They take photographs on jets that have not left the runway. They talk a good talk of bullshit and bollocks and a distortion. And people look at you and here’s the thing. You’re never, never going to get someone phone you up. Hey, Steve, I was looking at your website. I’m really confused what it is you do. What is it you do? You’re never going to get that.
Steve: People are going to they’ve got a problem. They need a solution. That’s what being an entrepreneur is an entrepreneur. It’s for people to outsource their problems to. And you then send them an invoice to do so. It’s complicated, but that’s the world of an entrepreneur. So if you make it very confusing as to who you are, what problems you solve, then you’re not in business. And so that’s why I’m a great believer that you’ve really got to focus on the clouting. I’ll give you a classic one. People, if you if you open up your social pages, link to Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, whatever, and you look on there, you look on LinkedIn and you’ve got to you’re going to sue on and you’re all looking smart and debonair. And then you go over to Facebook and it’s Girls Gone Wild, just sitting there with a mix on the edge of the beach. And, you know, your confusion people. And you never want to confuse people. And there’s a lot of people out there I like to call them idiots. They look at LinkedIn and they go, well, you have to do that LinkedIn because it’s more professional than Facebook. Facebook is the largest business advertising platform in the planet. So why is linked in the business, want to not know Facebook, that’s the first thing. Secondly, because you are a genius and you think you have to be buttoned up on LinkedIn, but you can be in real bad Bahama shorts on Facebook. Why is it that Apple is not why is it that Nike is not, why is it the Samsung Chevrolet? Any brand out there is the exact same on thing as they are on Facebook as they are on Snapchat, as they are on Twitter? Why? Because you are who you are, why start confusing your clients by being two different people if you love wearing suits? I wear suits on all platforms.
Steve: If you love when Bahama shorts web Howard Schultz on a new platform, but don’t be two different people. It breeds confusion and understand the social is nothing more than a platform of consumption. If I don’t want to get too deep into it. But if you got 10 people together and you said, hey, what’s the news tonight? And then we’re going to talk about nine o’clock tomorrow. And nine o’clock tomorrow, you would still be talking about coronaviruses, potential riots. New laws coming in, you know, stimulus packages, the news would be exactly the same. But then if you ask those 10 people what news station did you look at that would go well, KTLA, ABC, CNN, BBC, these are all points of consumption for the same news as for social platforms or whatever you post on Facebook, post on LinkedIn, whatever is posted on LinkedIn, post on Twitter. This is nothing more than points of consumption. I know people that go, I don’t want to watch Facebook, OK, whatever I’m posting on Facebook, I’m going to post on Twitter, so I’m still going to get you so. Don’t change to be anybody, they’re not the big brands don’t do it, so why did your smart arse tell you that it’s a good idea to do it makes
Steve: Them say.
Joe: And for everybody that’s listening to this or eventually watching the YouTube video, the prime example is just go to your website, go to go to Steve’s website, and you’ll see that exactly the person you’re seeing hearing here is exactly who’s on that website. The tone of the copy that’s on the website is you throughout the entire Web site.
Steve: And that’s that’s there’s a lot of people that go and get copyright is OK. They miss the point and again, I don’t want to get too deep into this, but they miss the point of what social and websites are for. That’s a generally and ignite a conversation. So I thought I’d come to you and I start speaking Japanese to you, and you don’t speak Japanese. End of conversation, if I get somebody to put together a copy onto my website that makes me sound articulate and overly smart and overly iino on everything, you may go or don’t like the sound of this guy or worse, you might go. I like the sound of this guy. And then you reach out to me and you suddenly find that I am nothing like that person. So what you should do is download a copy, and I love copy, copyright is a great we going to copyright is not the time. I think everyone should look at copyrights in the future. But when you’re doing basic critical copy for, like, your website. Puke, count your thoughts and then get somebody to tweak your thoughts, don’t impose it, just correct the grammar, correct terminology, maybe reframing a bit, but that’s what I did. I call it verbal puke. I will literally I’m one of the ways that I do it is I’ve got this thing like a smart phone, like everyone in the planet has one foot away from them. I record, I push the cord and I go, hey, welcome to the world of Steve Sims. I’m here to tell you about this. And I will talk it through and then I will send it over to one of my assistants to get it translated and then to adjust it for grammar and correction and flow that you should always leave your website, your most important initial point of conversation with words that came from your head, not somebody else.
Joe: Yeah, and your website is exactly the perfect example of that, so everyone has to go look at your website because I think it’s refreshing. Again, everything about you is refreshing. So I have less than 15 minutes with you. So I want to just talk about a few things on your Web site so that the audience understands. So Sims distillery is the first thing, which is your online community, right?
Steve: It’s my community, I wanted to build a community for people that wanted to ask me questions, ask a private community questions, we do live Facebook Amma’s where people come in to answer that question. So if you’re a member of seems to still be and you go, hey, I’m having a problem with problem of finding a good copywriter or what’s been a tick tock of Instagram, or should I be doing more videos or should I be doing more static postings? I will literally bring one of my friends in and will do a forty five minute live AMA where you and the other seems to still be members can physically ask these people questions and get results out of your answers.
Joe: Awesome. OK, we don’t have to go into this, but I know that you’re a keynote speaker. I’ve seen different things for you, but I just want the audience to know everything about you. You also offer private coaching, OK? And then you also offer this private 30 minute phone call that you’ll do with people. Right? OK, and then you have the same speakeasy, which is the thing that I think is really interesting, which to me it’s like a two day roundtable mastermind. Is that a good description of it?
Steve: Now, how much do you know about it?
Joe: Well, I just I you know, from when I was going to maybe a 10 to one here in Scottsdale, that happened not too long ago, sort of looking at it, it was me. It felt like a master mastermind, like you were going to go around and everyone
Joe: Going to
Joe: Sort of.
Steve: Did you actually know about Scotsdale? And
Steve: I’m putting you on the spot here, so
Steve: All of the information and you knew for a fact about Scotsdale.
Joe: I think the only time when I looked at it, I just potentially knew the dates and the cost and that it was going to be capped, that I don’t know if it was at the time that one might have been capped at like twenty five people or something like that. I don’t think it was 40, but I don’t remember.
Steve: So the point is that we actually we run these speakeasies as a reverse mastermind, so what we do is we tell you the city, as we did Scotsdale, we didn’t tell you where it was going to be. We tell you it’s two thousand dollars and we give you the dates.
Joe: Right. OK,
Joe: I passed because
Joe: All I knew. OK.
Steve: Yeah. And but we don’t tell you who’s going to turn out. We don’t tell you what you’re going to learn. We don’t tell you any of those things. And the reason is because everyone signs up, we reach out to them and we would go, hey, thanks for joining up. Thanks for with the speakeasy. What’s your problem? And we want to know what our problem is and if they come back and they go, well, I’m having a problem gaining credibility or I want to get more viewers or I want to, can I go into coach? You know, I want to do more speaking gigs. I want to when we can find out what our problem is, then I know who to bring in to actually teach and train Joe in that two day event to physically answer the problems they have. So I work in reverse. There’s no point in me saying, hey, come to my event. I’ve got this person, this person, this person, because you may go, well, I like those too, but I have no idea who those three. I want to know your problem and then I’m going to bring people in. And by not telling anybody what who’s going to be there, even the attendees. The whole speakeasy mentality is that you don’t know what’s going on, you just know that the people in there both teach in training and attend these. I’ve got to be creative disruptors of rock stars because it takes that mentality to come along to one of my events and we cap them all at 40. We capture one in Scottsdale at 40, although we only had thirty six turn up because there was some flight issues, because I think we had that big Texas storm coming through at the time. So sadly we lost about four people, but we capable of 40 next ones in San Diego, the 19th and the 20th of July. And that’s all, you know. You know, that’s that is literally a.
Joe: All right, cool, the deep dive is when you would come to somebody’s organization and do a full day of onsite consulted,
Steve: That’s that’s that’s the that’s the call where we actually go in and find out what’s going on, it’s very shaky, you know, it’s very disruptive. It gets a lot of people uncomfortable because we really go in there and try and tear down, you know, why people are doing things, what they’re looking for as an outcome and usually to see where the disconnect is on those.
Joe: Great, and then you also have your own podcast, which is the art of making things happen. And do you is most of the people, from what I can see in the sort of entrepreneurial space.
Steve: Yes, but not somehow you think you see, I’ve had priests, I’ve had gang members, I’ve had lifers, I’ve had prostitutes, I’ve had Fortune 500, I’ve had rocket scientists. I have many, many different range of people on there. But as I said at the beginning of the show, at one point or time, they were pissed off and they were aggravated and that’s what caused them to then go into a different world. So, you know, we’re all entrepreneurial, but I’m not running Fortune 500 companies or CEOs. They come from very, very wide and almost ran on. Something will happen to me. I saw that Megan Merkl interview recently a while ago, and I did a deconstructs on the power of branding that could have been done if we’d have had and still in the royal family and how brand wise it was a for and again with her leave in the royal family. So I’ll often just go in there and spout about things that I’m up to that have come to my mind, of course, to piss me off. And I need to vent.
Joe: And then on top of everything else is if you didn’t have enough to do you have Sim’s media, which to me looks like you’re basically helping anybody, any entrepreneur or any person with their branding, the PR, their marketing podcast book launches product launches. Right. So you because you’ve done all of this stuff, you’re like, hey, I can help. So you have Sim’s
Joe: Media as well.
Steve: I’ve done it for everyone from Piaget to Ferrari to major events to major influences, and I find the way people work media quite often is wrong. They have a Field of Dreams moment. Hey, I’m going to pay for an article in Forbes. They get the article in Forbes and then they sit there by the phone thinking, OK, Reinier, bugger. And it doesn’t work like that. So I’m a great believe. Again, media is one thing, but what you do with it is everything. So the way I work kind of works. So now what we did was about three years ago, we started allowing clients to actually operate under the way that we worked. And then it was about six months ago that we physically launched Tim’s media and able to get you to where you wanted to be given the message you want to be given.
Joe: Awesome. I love it. OK, Henry, your son, does he work with. Is he part of your team?
Steve: Yes, and he’s branching out to a new thing, and I laugh because, again, your kids grow up going, Oh, Dad, you don’t know day, you don’t know I want to follow you. Yeah. And they love you. And then they go to school where for eight hours the school teaches them. There’s only one answer. And if you don’t get this answer and you don’t take the white box, you failed. And then they come home to an entrepreneur who doesn’t even know where the box is. And there’s 20 different answers and each one of them is making them half a million dollars, you know, so it’s a real disconnect. And he had trouble with that. And he was studying engineering, which was a very analytical profession. And then he would come on to his dad, who Cyprien old fashioned talking to someone in Korea and suddenly getting wired one point to be able to do something. He’s like, how can this be? You know? So eventually he actually said he wanted to just flow around to a couple of the events that I was speaking at. And then he suddenly sort to see the world of entrepreneurial being a lot more challenging to him. And now he’s actually gone out. And it’s it’s beautiful to see how he’s come from the analytical world. And he’s now taking what he knows about that. And he’s very driven, focused on results. And he works in Sim’s media and he’s launching his own group. So I’m very proud of it.
Joe: Ok, so he’s actually doing some of his own things. He’s not just
Steve: He is, he
Joe: It, OK,
Steve: Want to you want to you want to basically build people up to be good enough that they can leave but treat them so well they don’t want to. So it’s good to see him out on his own. I’m
Steve: Happy with that.
Joe: Awesome. OK, so we’re out of time. One quick question. If you only had one motorcycle, which brand would you choose?
Steve: Oh, that’s the nastiest question
Joe: Know, I knew I knew it was going to
Joe: Because I see all your bikes lined up, I see because I see your Harley Norton, I’m like, Oh man, what’s your what’s his favorite?
Steve: Oh, this is kind of weird because if anything, it’s probably the least exclusive exclusive of my bikes, but I bought a Harley Street glide about a year ago and it’s the only comfortable to up bike. I’ve got Zoom. My others are single seat is all that will Elbaum comfortable. So this is the only one that my wife can come on. So I would probably say that one because it’s the only one that me and her can actually get out and do. Our tacker runs up to Santa Barbara or.
Joe: Perfect. OK.
Steve: Tough question, tough
Steve: Olival question.
Joe: I will I would have had another eight of those like I already you’ve already explained your favorite drink. It sounds like it’s an old fashioned but
Steve: Yeah, it is.
Joe: But I would have a ton of I wish I had more time with you. I so enjoy this. I’m going to put all your links in the show notes so that anyone listening to the podcast will see them in the show notes and on YouTube. And I will make sure they know where to find you. This has been a complete honor for me. I again, to meet you even virtually, and to have a real person who’s doing real things at a real honest level and not leaning against a Lamborghini that you don’t own are sitting in a shell of a fuselage of a plane that doesn’t even fly for photos. It just means a lot to me. There’s something about it. And I hope to meet you in person sooner than later. I hope to attend one of your events, and I really appreciate it. Thanks so much for being here.
Steve: Thank you. Thanks for having me.