Sean Tyler Foley

This episode puts the highlights on Sean Tyler Foley. Sean Tyler is a prominent keynote speaker, speaker trainer, and international business advisor who helps his clients share their messages confidently. From the moment Sean Tyler steps on that stage, he engages the audience in a meaningful experience that will have them talking long after the curtain comes down. Tyler is also the author of the Best Selling Book, The Power to Speak Naked: How To Speak With Confidence, Communicate Effectively & Win Your Audience. He is also an accomplished film and stage performer and has been in film and television since 6.

Sean Tyler dauntlessly shares his Underdog journey as to how he reached the pinnacle of success. Among all the topics Sean Tyler and Pamela talked through are the following:

– Who is/are Tyler’s inspiration along his life’s journey?

– What made Tyler decide to pursue a career in art as a stage performer?

– What are the events that he considers his “rock bottom moments”?

– The difficult decision between reigniting his passion or walking away. And why that’s the hardest decision he has to make at the time.

– What lead him into writing his Best Selling book, The Power to Speak Naked: How To Speak With Confidence, Communicate Effectively & Win Your Audience

– In the next six to 12 months, what is Sean Tyler’s next course of action?

Sean Tyler takes us on a roller coaster ride of his life. It’s a story of how a person gets back on his feet despite several downfalls and rock-bottom moments. A story that you shouldn’t miss. Listen, be inspired and empowered.

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Sean Tyler Shares His Impactful Journey to Success

Pamela Bardhi
Hello, everyone, and welcome to another episode of underdog today. I have an incredible guest here with me Tyler, how are you?

Sean Tyler Foley
I’m doing well. How are you today?

Pamela Bardhi
I am doing lovely, my friend. It is so nice to have you here today. I’m so pumped to talk about you your story and all the awesomeness that you’re up to in the world. You know, I always start off with the most complicated question. Kind of some people loves it. Some played it. So here it is what inspired you on your journey to where you are today, my friend.

Sean Tyler Foley
Oh, I have constant inspiration. My mother has been an inspiration since I was little my father passed away at six years old. And watching her raised me and my sister from the time I was six and my sister was two has been a constant. A light in my life at how gracefully she handles pressure. And the fact that I managed to grow up never feeling lacking, I didn’t want for anything. That could not have been easy for her to do it. Looking back I to this day still don’t know how she did and my wife is incredible.

She inspires me hourly, it’s not daily, her drive and determination to be the best version of herself push me to be the best version of myself. And now that we have our daughter who’s six years old, she is a shining beacon for me and definitely home for me. So she is my grounding and my lightning rod and pushes me to be better. So I am never without inspiration. I only need to look two feet to my right or to my left. And I am inspired by what’s going on.

Pamela Bardhi
That is incredible. I love that. I love how you share that. Thank you so much. So it looks like you’re just surrounded by inspiration from day one. And you grew up with a strong mom. The fact that you never felt lack or anything like that. That means she put everything on the line for you.

Sean Tyler Foley
Yeah, no, the sacrifices that my mom made, and continues to make family comes first for her. And my goal is now to be able to give back even a 10th of what she sacrificed. So that I could be in the position that I am to give back the way that I can. So yeah, she’s incredible. And I think if the world had more of my mom would be a much better place.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s incredible. So you got a lot of the source of inspiration from her, which is unbelievable. Now let me ask you, Tyler, what did you want to be when you grew up as a kid? Like, what were your dreams?

Sean Tyler Foley
Oh, I mean, I think like most kids, especially young boys from a very early age, I wanted to be a pilot airplane pilot. And like I had wallpaper that had old biplanes and props planes, even like old Mustangs, like Spitfires and stuff like that. I just love and still do love planes, the pilot was definitely up there. And then I’m sure I went through a firefighter phase because everybody goes through a firefighter phase. When I was in my early tweens, and early teens, I actually wanted to be a marine biologist, and not sure why that became a thing. I was really obsessed with sharks. Like I read Jaws, the actual novel before I ever saw the movie. Was fascinated by the first movie, love the novel love the second novel, too.

And I was fascinated with marine life and particularly sharks and specifically great white sharks. So that kind of made me want to explore the ocean. And I used to watch like all the Jacques Cousteau documentaries and stuff like that. Like I just I was fascinated with it. I don’t know when that kind of dissipated. It was funny too, because I started theatre acting at six years old, and that was never really the goal. I always wanted to do these other things. The acting was just a thing that I did because it was fun to do, and I got to play dress-up, and then about 15 That took over. Ever since all I wanted to do was be an actor and a performer.

Pamela Bardhi
That is awesome. I love the trajectory of all the different things that you went there. As a kid, I wanted to be so many things. Honestly, I knew I think at one point it was Britney Spears. Obviously, that dream gig did not follow through, but at the same thing, kind of like in the performing arts stuff. Then I was thinking about science. Then I took science classes. And I was like, How are those not going to happen? This is interesting as a kid. That’s awesome. And your number one inspiration basically has been your mom. Yeah.

Sean Tyler Foley
Yeah, mom all the way. And she’s kind of the funny thing is she’s always been encouraging. You know, she signed me up for fine arts high school. I even remember the first year that I was in school. So the 10th grade actually did have a seminar on marine biology that she got me into. And I think that might have been that kind of transition point. Because it was, I stopped being as fascinated by it. But there was a recruiter that had come out, I believe, from the University of British Columbia.

And ironically, my cousin actually ended up I don’t know if she went to UBC. But she ended up moving out to the West Coast of Canada and becoming a marine biologist herself. I’ve always thought that funny. It was this goal, goal, a goal for me. Then I was like, man, I’ll go act. We both ended up on the West Coast. And she ended up doing the marine biology and I obviously did the performance. So that’s been that was interesting.

Sean and His Experience in Performing Arts

Pamela Bardhi
That is unbelievable. So it was a walk me through a kind of like your, you’re earlier. So you talked about you entered high school into performing arts school? Yeah. What was that like? What was that experience like?

Sean Tyler Foley
It was really cool. I mean, if anybody’s ever seen the movie or the TV series fame, it was fame. Most of my day was spent singing, acting, dancing, or a combination of the three. And we were on what is commonly referred to as the Copernicus system, which is quarter system. Most schools, right are on semesters, you have four or five classes a day for half a year. And then you do another four or five classes. For the second half of the year, we were split into quarters. So for what would be 10 weeks, we would do two classes a day. So your first class was like nine to noon, and then your second class was like 1230 to four.

If you’ve got a spare you off the whole half a day, or the whole, right, either the morning or the afternoon. For us in the fine arts program. If you were enrolled in the mainstage program, you always got a spare in the morning of the third quarter. Because we would run the performance in April. Most of the rehearsals got heavy, in and around that February, March, April, time. So we’d be up until one to three o’clock in the morning at the school running tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and full months’ time and all the rest of it. It was a really fast pace. And quite exhausting, frankly. But it was an amazing time for me.

Because I was acting professionally starting to get into film and television at that point, I was going to the Fine Arts High School. It’s weird because as a drama geek, normally, you’re kind of the low of the end of the pecking order. When you go to a Fine Arts High School.
You’re one of the lead performers. As the king of the hill, I never knew I was a geek until I got out of school. And then at that point, it didn’t matter. Because you know, you’re out of school. And then I went on to act professionally for another seven years, I think I retired at 25 26. So it was really cool. A lot of people look back on their high school and my wife included, like, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I was so glad it was done.

And if given the chance, I’d never do it again, on the exact opposite. I love it. I’m still in touch with like, we had a core group of friends that went through the programme together. There’s about 20 to 25 of us and we are in constant contact. Many of us don’t even live in the same province state country. You know, with a few of us, buddy of mine, Greg, he’s in Thailand right now got a couple of guys who are scattered all around the world. We’re still in touch, like regularly. And I know every time I’m over in Thailand. Greg’s the first call that I make my buddy Jason’s the second.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s awesome. That’s great that you were able to connect those bonds. And what’s really cool is that’s what you wanted to be when you grew up. Yeah. So like you made it happen, which is so so cool.

Sean Tyler Foley
One beautiful thing about it is particularly when you’re in the arts. There’s a lot of exploration of self, to begin with. So it really allowed me to know who I was like. I’ve had a very core understanding of who I am as a human being for a very long time, which I think a lot of people don’t have. For me What was a typical experience is not typical for most people. And I constantly have to remind myself that not everybody went to a Fine Arts High School. B, not everybody was exposed to the kind of different thoughts and different doctrines that I was able to look through.

Not everybody has had the chance to explore themselves as human being. Then as a character and really explore human emotions the way that I was exposed six years old. And really got to delve deep into my formative years in my teens. Particularly being on stage and being vulnerable like that, at a very early age at a very influential age. There’s no wonder that the bonds that we formed as friends on that stage. And in that program have lasted as long as they have because they’re entrenched in my DNA now.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s incredible. I just love the various experiences and like you just said, that bond, I’ve never heard of a high school gang sticking together that powerfully ever.

Sean Tyler Foley
Interesting thing is from that core group, we have some incredible high achievers. I know a good friend of mine, Alec Harrison, I don’t know if you won, or if he was nominated. He’s a composer. So he was in a band because we’d always do musicals, and he would do the keyboards. And everybody just knew Alec was Alec. I mean, he was always a savant on the keyboard anyway. It was no wonder when he went on to create his own music studio. And compose music for various different either films or commercials or documentaries, and he’s done a lot of stuff. Danny Trejo, who is like, really famous as the actor who portrays machete in the films.

Robert Rodriguez basically made Danny Trejo, a household name, he has a documentary on him called Prisoner number one and my buddy Alec composed music for it. And it was it’s hilarious to like you turn it on, and you see your friend’s name, flash across the screen. Same with my buddy David gallon, he’s still acting in Vancouver regularly I was acting for a long time. We’ve had some amazing guys go to that program that is run their own video game companies. And the number of high achievers that came out of that program is astonishing. All of the people that I went to school with are doing really well.

And that’s the other thing like you hear about these high school reunions, and oh, you know, Tommy, he got that. Debbie’s twice divorced with seven kids, or whatever it is, we don’t have that we’ve got people who are just solid citizens, amazing human beings. And even the ones who have been married and divorced, have divorced in some of the most amicable ways. Like, my one friend, I’d never heard of it before was nesting. So when he and his wife split up, they just they literally came to an agreement. They’re like, you know, this isn’t working, we’re probably better off as friends. We don’t want to do a disruption to the children.

So we together are going to find different houses. But this will be the communal house, this will be the house that we raise our children in. Then on the days where you have them, you’re at the house. On the days where I have them, I’m at the house now. On the days that we don’t have the AMIGO to our residences so that the children don’t split up. And when I was like, why not do that. So like I said, just, you know, I am proud of everyone that I went to school with, without exception. And I am blessed to have them considered friends.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s incredible. There’s a specific type of energy there, which I think is really, really cool. I mean, you all support each other. And it seems like everyone’s been able to stay true to who they are. Because of that be successful in their life, I really believe that when you’re connected to your higher self, of who you truly are deep down like, there’s no losing. Like you all supported each other. And so it makes total sense, you know?

Sean Tyler Foley
Well, I think one of the keys to being connected to your higher self is knowing who you are at the core, before you can rise, you kind of need to do the work in the depths. That was one of the great gifts that I got from that school was being able to do that internal work, like who are you? What makes you tick? And if that makes you tick, now, who is this character? What would make them tick? And what traits do you share with that character that you can draw upon? One of the great lessons that I learned in theatre was reinforced when I worked with Dr. John Demartini.

Then again, when I’ve gone and studied with Tony Robbins, and men like that were the fact that you know, we are not a thing as human beings, we all have these characteristics. We all have these traits. And at any given time, we can be bad and good at the same time. Or we can be jealous or supportive and like we’ve all experienced these emotions. They’re not unique to all, that person over there is like that. No, no, I’ve felt that way too. And when you can start realizing that we’ve all felt the ways that we have we’ve all done things we probably shouldn’t.

We’ve all done things that we should. We’ve all not done things that we shouldn’t do. And we’ve all not done things that we should have done like we’ve all experienced the huge being conditioned together. We are not. We’re unique individuals, but our reactions and our emotions are not unique to us. They are universal truths and being able to tap into that and realize that I can connect. I had to play Oh, just the most horrible, horrible character in a true-crime drama called Sex, Lies, and murder. And the guy he did horrible things, absolutely horrible things. But I understood I could empathize with the character from a father standpoint.

So this character that I played, was married very violent towards his spouse, and they got married very young. He was slightly older, and she was like, just barely 18 I think he was like 20 to 23. They had a daughter gave her up for adoption. 18 years later, the daughter reconnects with the Father, they meet online. Somehow the daughter comes, they invite her back into the family to kind of reconnect her adoptive parents are supportive of it. Because they want her to connect with the family. So she leaves her adoptive home, comes back to her birth parents’ house. The father and her end up striking up a very inappropriate ancestral relationship. She gets pregnant, they have the kid, they try to get married, which is illegal and so an arrest warrant goes out for them.

Because this father does not want to lose his family, he ends up killing the daughter. Her adoptive father, their son, the son that the father and she has had together. And then after phoning his mom, say that his mom needs to send the police to his house where they will find his dead son. And that he’s done these horrible things. I am the polar opposite of that. But I could find within that character, what that motivating driving factor is. It was in an inappropriate relationship. But he really I think, truly loved I hope, I hope I have to believe because that’s how I played it, that he actually really did love his daughter and their child.

Because you had to come from a place of love for that. I can’t imagine that it would have come from a place of hate. So you have to understand that and you have to understand the despair. He thinks that everything’s being taken away, his wife is as full of cops on him because he’s doing things that he shouldn’t do. He thinks that he’s going to lose it all. And the only solution that he sees is this one way out. Horrible as it is, I still had to connect with that. He’s not a good guy. But I could find a connection within it. Because I know what would motivate me. And I was one of those.

Well, what would life have to deal with me for me to make those same decisions? And it’s when in that it’s that character exploration? Because I can’t say that I would make the same choices. But I definitely understand the desperation. That would make me make poor ones.

Pamela Bardhi
Right. That’s super cool. I mean, that’s just fascinating. It’s absolutely fascinating, different ways that you can connect with characters and within the self. And it’s really interesting because I always do look at actors sometimes. And I’m like, like, how the hell can they play that role? You know what I mean? Like, you just, it’s just it’s a really cool thing to hear it from in that perspective. It’s super, super cool. Then you were acting for a while to Tyler.

Sean Tyler Foley
Oh, yeah. No, for for a long, long while. So from six to 25. It was basically that’s how I made money. And then at 25, I kind of got bored and jaded with the craft, it’d become a job. Like before, it was just fun. Yeah, growing up, it’s fun. And even the first couple of years I was in Vancouver and acting was fun. How cool is this? I’m making money. Living in downtown Vancouver and the West End. I have an apartment that overlooks the beach. Like I was living the lifestyle. It was awesome. Absolutely awesome. But then, you know, it started to become a grind. Oh, gotta pay the rent, and you got to I got to go to this audition.

You got to do this workshop, got to do the scene study, got to do this networking. Gotta go. And I had kind of, I’d gotten so complacent with it. Like, I still remember the day I decided to retire. I had gone to an audition and at this point, I moved away from the West End. I had a girlfriend and she had a wonderful son and be closer to him because he stayed with his grandparents most of the time. And then we live at her parents’ place and it was in Penticton which is three hours inland from the coast of Vancouver. It was a great situation. Penticton is a beautiful place to be and especially when you’re an actor and you’re only working 3 5 10 days a month.

You know, you go in, you do your work, come back out and I’d gone for an audition was Big Show. I’m almost positive. It was scary movie three, and I’d gone in done the audition was on my way back. I was almost out of time reception because the Penticton is in the mountains. And my agent phoned and said, they want to see you back for a callback. Normally, callbacks are like two days, three days a week later, I was like, okay, when she’s like in an hour. I’m like an hour and a half away from the studio, I can’t make it back. She’s like, well just get there when you can get there. I was literally at this point where I’m about to lose cell reception. And I’m one exit away from not being able to turn around for almost 45 minutes.

I remember at that moment, not wanting to go back for a callback. And there are 10s of 1000s of actors who would pay just for the chance to have an audition, let alone a callback. Here, I was so complacent and so jaded with the industry that I was like, Oh, this is gonna interrupt my drive, and I just want to get home. You know, I just want to get home. At that point, I knew that something needed to change. I either needed to reignite my passion for it, or I needed to step away. And I chose to step away, which, ironically, then ignited my passion for it. Being able to step away and I actually ended up moving altogether. I moved out to Toronto stopped acting for almost a decade.

I really didn’t get back into it until my daughter was born. And because she was so cute. Every parent says that my daughter is legitimate as a model. So I know that she’s cute. She’s been on film and television since she was 11 months old when she was born. I set her up with an agent and then had to take her to set and have to take her to auditions. My agent kept saying they need somebody to play her dad.

So it started as a commercial, I got to be my daughter’s dad. Film a couple of times. And then it was just so much fun being on set again. Now I can do it on my own terms. What made it hard before was if I didn’t get the gig, I didn’t pay my rent, I didn’t eat. There was a point around 2003 when I was crushing it and was homeless at the same time.

You know, that’s such a weird place to be at, where you’re getting all of these jobs, but the money hasn’t come in yet. And you’ve been kicked out of your house, and you’re running out of places to couch surf. And I remember for a week, and I was so thankful to be on the west coast. Where the climate is nice and has late spring, early summer. Because I slept on a few park benches for a week of my life. And I never want to go back. But again that you know, you need those rock bottom moments to realize what you need to do.

Pamela Bardhi
Right? My goodness. And so isn’t a really interesting way maybe to the world that looked like you’re crushing it. But deep down there was this going on? How did you move past that? How do you stay motivated at that moment?

Sean Tyler Foley
I mean, a park bench is remarkably motivating. I remember probably about the third day, fourth day in, it was raining. I’d stolen a jacket from a friend’s house from his roommate because it was waterproof. And I didn’t have a waterproof jacket. So I’d kind of lifted it from the closet, after saying goodnight because they’d said I couldn’t crash on the couch. So they alright, I’ll go find another place, whatever. And lifted, this jacket was raining. And there were these two guys who were behind. It came kind of behind me I was down along the beach area or in the west end of Vancouver.

And I could hear them talking about trying to figure out if I was asleep or awake or what my deal was, and the things they wanted to do to me. And I did not want them to do said things. So I just kept my eyes shut hoping that they would just go away, which luckily they did. At that point, I was like, I don’t care what my pride is doing. I’m going to find a place and reach out to my buddy Dave. He couldn’t help out because he was doing pilot season down in LA. His roommate was like, No, I’m not having that guy come, and then a complete act of desperation.

So my buddy, Matt, and his mom heard us on the phone and she’s like, where is he? Where’s Tyler? I’ll go get him and she drove down from the north shore. Picked me up and brought me home and fed me, and let me have a shower. And I will forever and a day be thankful to that woman. There’s absolutely no way that I can pay her back. I will try for 1000 years if I can. Matt, he’s a good kid. He’s actually in New York right now working for he was working for Marvel. And I don’t think he’s working for Marvel anymore. But he does. He’s in production. They’re doing really good for themselves. So pretty proud of him.

Pamela Bardhi
That’s unbelievable. Thank you so much for sharing that. I mean, honestly, wow. And to see the thing is like looking at you and you sharing your story and everything that you’re up to and like your successes and all that. I would put a million bucks on I’m like, Nah, that didn’t happen to Tyler. There’s no way. Right and that’s what’s so remarkable. And thank you so much for sharing that because the journey is never easy. It really never, never, never is and situations like this do come up. But nobody really talks about it. Right?

Sean Tyler Foley
Yeah, no. And again, I’m grateful and blessed because it was a reminder that everyone needs help. I see that I have no idea how my mom did it and I, to this day, legitimately don’t. But I do know that she had a whole hell of a lot of help. You know, we had an entire community rally around us one of the nice things about growing up in rural Alberta and particularly small town. Everybody knows everybody, and you know, a good Christian community, everybody helps each other. And my mom was no exception.

We had a lot of people rise up and reach out and help her. And it takes a village to raise a kid. We had an entire town stand with Matt and his mom, who was another reminder of there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Most people are very willing to give it provided you don’t take advantage of it. You know, if you’re grateful for what’s doing like Mrs. McInnes. She didn’t even blink, she let me stay there. I think I ended up crashing, literally sleeping on the floor beside Matt’s bed for like three months. Just until I can get my feet under my ground under me. And like I said, I was working. Like, during that time I was working a lot. It’s just the checks didn’t come in.

Part of the problem was seen, the checks would come in, but the one agent that I had. So I had a background agent who would get me my stand-in work and my extra work and photo double work and stuff like that. And I have my principal agent who would get me the acting gigs where you actually get your name and your credit. And the acting gigs were few and far between. But I was doing really good as a stand-in photo double. But the one agent, you had to pay your commission to get your check. I was making 234 $1,000 a week, I didn’t even have 20 bucks to give her. So I had to wait until I got my principal gig so that I could get that money.

And so then I had to film the show, get that money and then go and get my checks for my extra agency. You feel like a baller though, when you’ve gone from park bench to 40k in your bank account. Because you got the one gig that got your checks out of jail. And then it was great because I could go back and get the apartment and be really wise with my money. It taught me some great lessons on budgeting, which I’d already learned from my mom.

But it kind of I was like, I’ve always had an emergency fund after that. I was like this is I get stressed out when I have less than five figures in my bank account. It really, really bothers me. You know, even if it’s only for a day or two, and we dip in like I’m my own overdraft. Or if I see four figures in the account. I’m like, Oh, we’re broke. It’s like, I don’t know what your problem is. Like, you don’t understand. This is not happening. Oh, yeah. The wrong trajectory for that bank accounts to be.

Pamela Bardhi
Oh, that’s awesome. And I mean your journey. I just can’t get over it, you are super inspiring, truly. Like, it’s just amazing to see how far you’ve come from that too. It’s like this Hollywood guys. Because I can’t tell you like how many people that I know are looking to get into the industry or like acting. I was at Hollywood at one point, just like networking out there because I knew I wanted to do things of influence someday. And I didn’t really know what that route looked like.

Now kind of find my way through the podcasts and stuff. And so that’s growing. But it’s just really interesting because there’s like this whole mirage of like, if you’re an actor, and like you’re doing gigs as you said, it’s like you’re living the dream. And it just at the end of the day could just look like smoke and mirrors right now. Which is crazy. And so when you shifted out of acting because you had mentioned that you transition out what was kind of the next move for you

Sean Tyler Foley
Go back to school. Yeah, everybody ever told me you need I needed to have a real job. And there was about a five-year period of my life where I believed that a real job is that nine to five working for somebody else, punching a clock. All the things that even when I say it right now make my soul cry. I started to believe it. You know, as I said, I’d had that scare in around 2000 to 2003. Where I could see where an inconsistent form of income had its detriments. There was an appeal to a steady trickle of income. And part of that was upgrading my education because at that point, I only had a high school diploma.

And so I had a nice chunk of money, you know, 2000 from 2003 to 2004 was very good if you ever look up my IMDb. Those were my years when I was on top. So I had a really nice, padded bank account and I wanted to invest in myself. So I went back and went to school and got educated, finished up that started my own company, that company failed miserably. But it got me even more educated on what to do and dabbled again after that failure with the stability of working for somebody else. And in 2015, the whole world shifted for me. My wife and I built our dream home together, got pregnant. We took possession of our dream home in September, got pregnant in November, and I was laid off for the last time and February 5, 2015.

In that year, my wife and I went from making multiple six figures to making less than $20,000 in 2015. Because I was laid off and she was on mat leave, and can’t go from a six-figure income to you know, what ended up being, like, 10%, it’s just too much on the budget. So we lost the dream home. But we got the daughter, and I vowed at that point that I again, I’m not letting other people control my destiny. I don’t care about the reliability of a nine to five paycheck because they can pull my job, I can’t fire myself. So what do I do so that I’m in control of my own destiny? And at that point, I started total buy-in.

And that company has been thriving now for what seven years, it’ll be the anniversary of total buy-in, or was the anniversary of total buy in February. So I’m just lucky and blessed to continually have those lessons that guide me. Like, yeah, it sucked losing the house, but I’ll tell you, it’s given me a drive in the new house is even better. So we’re able to provide for Kenzi in a way that I don’t think we would have been able to if I just stuck working for somebody else and punching a clock. You know, if I need to pay for a thing now I literally go, okay, school is gonna cost 40,000 this year.

How do I make 40k and we just break it down and then I go in and make that Okay, okay, I want to have new goalie gear. And I do want to have new goalie gear cuz I love me playing my hockey goalie gears, I went into how to price out 6500 bucks. I was like, okay, so how do we make that? That’s one coaching client for me. Okay, so I reach out to my team and I go, Okay, we need to onboard somebody in the next week. Because Tyler wants to go play hockey, and I’m tired of feeling the pucks. So we onboard, private coaching clients, I will get my hockey.

Like, I love that freedom. Now, it isn’t always that easy. There have been times when I have really, really struggled, especially in the last two years. I mean, I make my living right now doing live events, I can’t do live events. But to be able to do some virtual coaching, to be able to still show up virtually do these kinds of things. I don’t need to be anywhere to sell books, the books sell themselves and it’s nice to be able to say that I’m a number one best-selling author, like that feels cool. That’s fun.

Pamela Bardhi
Yeah

Sean Tyler Foley
I mean, I don’t know what else to say other than I have been very lucky to have been doing what I’ve been doing. And everybody asked me how I do it. And instead of saying the same advice over and over and over again. Or saying the same thing and seminars over and over and over again. I just recorded myself saying the things that I say over and over and over again. We transcribe that and got into a book. I’m lucky that people like the book power to speak naked, probably because of the title. If it isn’t, the title is because of the cover. Because everybody looks at that and they’re like, Ah, good cover. Gotta grab that. So I’ve been really, I don’t know, just I lucked into it. I’ll be really honest, I lucked into it.

Every time I see that number one bestseller. It makes me giggle. Because I don’t even know what it means. Like, Yeah, you made number one on a list somewhere and you get to stick that on your book. I’m impressed that anybody ever reads it? To be honest. I’m like, and it’s funny. I was playing today, playing hockey today. And one of the organizers had bought my book and we were warming up on the ice. And I’d done the warm-up and done the labs and taken some practice shots. I was really sorting myself out. You know, I had my mask up on like had, I had like gloves off. I was getting the water as having a drink. And the owl, who is the organizer skated up to me. He’s like, Yeah, so I’m halfway through your book.

I’m like, Oh, yeah. He’s like, I’m loving it. I bought another copy gave it to my son call. I’m like, oh, yeah, he’s like, he can really use it. It’s funny and he’s going on, and he’s talking about it. I’m like, inside, I’m beaming. Like, I’m just glowing. Because it’s somebody read my book. I wouldn’t book probably because I spoke my book. And I know everything in it. So I’m, like, boring, boring. But I’m always so in awe. And I’m always so grateful that anybody bought my book. Let alone enough people to make a number one best-selling author out of me. Just to be able to stick that as a moniker is always, that’s just cool.

Pamela Bardhi
That is so cool. Oh, my gosh, that’s incredible. Tyler and so like, now what are you up to in your world in the next like six to 12 months, what’s happening,

Sean Tyler Foley
We’re trying to get back to normal and my normal being live events. You know, the world is in flux the way that it is. And live events being welcomed and shamed all at the same time. I was supposed to be in Dallas last week, that got postponed from being postponed from the summer as well. Now we’re looking like it won’t be until March or April, I have an event in Florida when we are done our call. I will be getting on the call with the team. And doing the initial strategizing for that. We’re locking down the venue this week. So that’s exciting that March will be in Florida.

And we’ll finally get the power to speak naked event back out to the public. Because I’ve missed it. The last time I did one was would have been November or October of 2019. So it’s two years ago. Now, since the last time, we did the two and a half-day training seminar, and I miss it. I miss the people and I miss hearing the stories one of the great things about being on the underdog podcast is I get to tell my story. And you get to hear all of these stories, Pam, and I think that’s fantastic. But for me, that’s where I get the joy is training people how to be really good public speakers. I’ve 36 years of industry experience being on stage and entertaining people. Being a performer and to be able to see people go from you know, right 77% of the world.

Apparently, it has some form of anxiety around public speaking, and to see people go from their tight, tight shell, and I’m terrified, I can’t even do it. Well, my story doesn’t matter, nobody would want to hear me, I don’t even know what his story would be. I don’t even know how to tell these I don’t, how don’t I can’t do it the way that you can. In two and a half days, see these people walk across the stage and just crush it on men. And the stories that you hear that just make your soul sing and weep and burst with laughter and with sorrow like just it’s what I live for.

I am so waiting for the opportunity to do it again. Because I would love to see the event in Florida sellout. If we can get all 300 parts in the seats, that would be amazing for me. And if we can replicate that so that all 10 events, if we can get first of all back to doing 10 events a year, that’s gonna make me happy. And if we can feel the 10 and if we can touch 3000 lives a year, again, and get that back up and rolling so that people can get their stories out. Paul, that’s the next 18 months Pam and I’m on jonesing for it. I’m excited.

Pamela Bardhi
Oh my God, that’s awesome. I love to hear your passion for the work that you do too. I can feel it, I can sense it and I can see it. It’s really incredible. Tyler, you’re an absolute Rockstar, man. Let’s be such a rockstar now like the world needs to know where to find you so that they can connect with you. And hopefully get in all those seats at all your awesome events and just hear all about you. Because it looks like it’s coming back soon. So everyone’s got to be ready for you.

Sean Tyler Foley
Well, Pamela, if I may get formal? Yeah, I will tell them but I would ask that they do me a favor first. That is if they’re enjoying coming on and listening to your show of their regular downloader of the underdog podcast if they are finding value. If they’re finding inspiration, right, like you’re doing this so that people can know that. Yeah, we’re all underdogs at some point. But we’re also always we’re going to be a champion at some point too. And that the journey is part of the great joy of doing it. My story sounds fantastic because I was at rock bottom. If I hadn’t been at rock bottom, the story wouldn’t be fantastic. You need rock bottom, but you also need to hit the heights. And so they’re finding that inspiration.

Each time they download your show, they listen to the guests that you bring on week after week after week. Because I know it’s not easy doing what you do, I want them to hit pause right now on whatever device on whatever platform they’re listening to. And give you a five-star review and leave a comment, tell you what episode had the most impact on them. What guests did they love to hear that they’d love to have come back on? Give you some feedback so that you can tailor this to your audience so that you can do better for them. But they can only you can only find out if they comment and give you the five star review. So give a five star review, leave a comment.

If they’ve done all that, and they want to know more about me, by all means, go over to seantylerfoley.com. And we’ll have our calendar up there. We have all my social media there, if anybody is interested, I run a free group on Facebook for aspiring and professional speakers to learn more about the craft. And it’s free to join and all that information is on the website or they can go to endless stages, and searches on Facebook. I’m more than happy to just pour my heart into that community. We run a live training every Tuesday for 20 minutes, where I give you everything I don’t hold back. If you want to know you ask the question.

And I unload 36 years of industry experience so that you can learn to be the best public speaker that you can. So the website seantylerfoley.com, they want to search endless stages. They can get it there, they can just jump on Facebook and look for endless stages. And that’s the best way to reach me.

Pamela Bardhi
You are amazing. Thank you so so much for being here today my friend. I appreciate you tremendously and just thank you for the impact that you’re creating on this world. Your positive energy in the lives that you’re changing just thank you.

 

 

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