Client Story: Dresden De Vera

 

Dresden founded Throw Snakes Tours. Why? To showcase the positive values of Portland, Oregon to travellers in hopes they'll plant these seeds when they return home.

Because of Applied Ideals, my tour guide company went from zero bookings to making $1450 in the last month.
— Dresden De Vera

the catalyst

   @ThrowSnakesTours     Dresden is on a mission to spread Portland's values around the world.

@ThrowSnakesTours

Dresden is on a mission to spread Portland's values around the world.

I was in a dejected rut, trying to get my tour guiding business off the ground. I wanted to be making a living doing what I love, which is showing people around my city.

Because I felt I was floundering in my business project, I really hesitated in investing what was to me a large sum of money into a project that hadn't been working out. So right after investing in Applied Ideals business coaching I felt that I was throwing a Hail Mary to get my project on track.

THE EXPERIENCE

  Throw Snakes (verb): to do something memorable and unexpected.     Throw Snakes Tours  provides tours of Portland with it's biggest fan. Interact with locals where the locals go.

Throw Snakes (verb): to do something memorable and unexpected.

Throw Snakes Tours provides tours of Portland with it's biggest fan. Interact with locals where the locals go.

But after the first business coaching sessions, I recognized how necessary failure is to the growth process.

Also having someone remind me of this periodically helped make me emotionally immune to mistakes.

I think that Daniel's perfected a listening style where he can embody my dilemmas, see what I've tried, and see how to approach issues differently. The solutions he comes up with tend to work.

THE BREAKTHROUGH

The first month I got my first paid tour and made something like $20. The second month I started to establish myself, and I made $400. And now... in the last thirty days I made $1450.

  Dresden did a photoshoot with another satisfied Applied Ideals client --  Don Derosier of Space Hero Mission .

Dresden did a photoshoot with another satisfied Applied Ideals client -- Don Derosier of Space Hero Mission.

I also benefited in that I now believe in my ability to seize opportunities is a transferrable skill that has resulted in successful side projects.

I learned a ton: passion is not enough. You want to love your customers, not just your service. You’ll have more success if you LOVE people, and you want to help them. Be passionate about the project AND the customer. It’s more than sales, it’s about making other people’s lives better. So much.

I would definitely recommend Applied Ideals to entrepreneurs hoping to make humanitarian impacts. Daniel operates from a place of wanting to help others, and his advice is best suited for people who resonate with that sentiment.

Even the most creative, most outside the box problem solvers would benefit from his insight. He has consistently offered solutions which only in hindsight seem so obvious.

Daniel, I look forward to continuing to work together!

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