Five Questions with Jerry Pradier

I am a business optimization expert. I help business owners and managers achieve their fullest potential by increasing sales, reducing costs, improving employee productivity and satisfaction and growing their businesses efficiently and effectively. I do this by coaching business owners, managers and supervisors to improve their organizational and interpersonal skills. I learned many of my skills while serving as an officer, pilot and senior leader in the U.S. Air Force.

I’m currently writing my second book entitled, The Art of the Sales Pitch. I just started my YouTube channel, JerryTheFixer, where I present bimonthly advice on all aspects of business management and growth from experts in their fields.

I’m also finalizing the creation of a CASA ( office for the Colorado 9th Judicial District.

Recently, in recognition of my lifelong achievements and charitable works, His Imperial Royal Highness of the Kingdom of Ghassan bestowed on me a knighthood.

How do you bring ideas to life?

First, I pride myself on my time management skills. These skills are imperative for anyone who has many goals and wants a reasonable assurance of completing them. Although I am not 100% efficient during my waking hours, it is my goal and I seek to improve constantly by setting daily goals.

In addition to skillful time management, I use three techniques for bringing ideas to life:

1. If I’m trying to envision a concept that is new to me, I start mind mapping to acquire a deeper understanding of concepts.

2. I explore new and controversial ideas with my partner who is sure to challenge them and force me to justify or modify my ideas to make them better.

3. When embarking on a business concept, I start by writing a business plan. I learned the value of planning as an Air Force pilot. The few times when I didn’t create a flight plan, the missions were not very successful. During one almost disastrous flight, I made a commitment to plan faithfully from then on. I believe that creating plans  helped me to create successful businesses while I was in the Air Force and after my retirement.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Since this community is replete with creators who want to successfully monetize their ideas, the most appropriate book for them is my book, Financial Success: Ten Shortcuts to a Profitable Business. It takes readers from their current levels of expertise as entrepreneurs or managers and gives them insights into the intricacies of successfully starting and running any business.

What is one piece of advice that you’d like to give?

Realize that with only a little tweaking to your outlook on life, you can have IT ALL: integrity, talent in one’s chosen field, achievement of your important goals, loyalty of friends and co-workers and love for what you do. All it takes to have this success is a love of self and the positive attitude that you can achieve anything you commit to doing.

What is one idea that you’re going to bring to life in 2012?

I am in the process of leveraging my skills and upgrading my certifications to provide a comprehensive suite of tools to help my clients progress in overcoming mental, physical, emotional and spiritual challenges. My goal is to help others reach their fullest potential by using multidimensional strategies.


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