I met Patsy Payne a few years ago in a team environment. If I were to describe her in just two words, I’d say team player. She can be a team leader or a team member depending on the situation, but definitely a team player.
Patsy Payne is a lady involved in many activities, both online and offline, and most involve team work. Let me tell you something interesting I bet you didn’t know. While we exchanged a few words before the short interview, she told me about her schedule for the day. One particular element caught my attention: “robotics volunteer”. So I asked her more questions about it and told her I’m going to mention this in the interview’s introduction.
When she’s not online, one of the things Patsy has on her schedule is being a volunteer to help a school team build a robot which plays a game. The robot—built from a kit—is man-driven by joystick, also has a remote-controlled claw and communication uses two cell phones. I would say that’s a cool school project, but probably not unusual in a place also known as Cyber City, right?
Since my first attempt of an interview with Patsy in March 2016, she evolved big time in her online endeavors, with a very solid foundation and without burning out steps. Let’s re-discover Patsy now.
Hi Patsy, thanks for coming back to Adrian's Interviews! Let's take a trip down the memory lane first. How did you first came accross traffic exchanges and what made you stay?
My friends Brenda Broyles, Char Smith and I met on skype and decided to create a surfing team to help each achieve referrals. In those days there were what were called Surf to Earn. Ran surf bars and were paid CASH. Of course those days are minimal now. I enjoy the relationships and friendships in the traffic exchange communities.
Yeah, I remember those surf bars... You branded yourself as a "konnektions konsultant" for years. For our audience, what does this involve?
Konsultant = Dictionary definition: someone who advises people on particular subject:
a management/financial/computer consultant. I specialize in LISTENING.
Konnektions = I listen to what resources people have and what people need. I connect the two either via skype or email. Sometimes facebook.
So, you practically pay attention and connect people who need something with those who can fill that demand. Next question: Why have you decided to take the very next step in the traffic exchange world and please share with our readers what was it?
I took two steps, I was offered an admin position in April 2017 with Dewayne Goodwin. Things were really swinging, (although I still have much to learn in the admin arena) then an opportunity came my way to partner with Geri Gertsner.
Geri owned Jaguar Hits. She was admin for Elizabeta. Elizabeta decided to sell “SoftFruit Traffic” and “Supernatural Hits”. WE had a team discussion and decided that a partnership between Geri and I would be a next logical step.
With much discussion and discussing pro’s n con’s Geri and I formed a partnership called “Unique Marketing Koncepts”.
How easy was it to make the decision and then, by comparison if you can, how difficult seemed the learning curve and the amount of routine work? Was it more or less than you expected when you had started?
When I first started it seemed overwhelming. There is soooo much to learn. Then as I became comfortable with “checking sites” “scheduling emails” I am comfortable at this level, however there is still soooo much more to learn.
So, now you are the co-owner of Jaguar Hits, Supernatural Hits, Soft Fruit Traffic, and Social Den (together known as “Unique Marketing Koncepts”), alongside Geri Gerstner. First, congratulations for the finalized negotiations! How does it feel to be an owner and how much does it count to have an experienced owner like Geri at your side?
Geri has taught me a lot about “Ownership” versus “Admin”. Mixing the two can have challenges. Time Management is a critical aspect in mixing the two responsibilities.
What tasks do you do as a co-owner, that you don't or didn't do as an admin?
I wasn’t coordinating “promo’s” as an admin at Dewayne’s sites. Now I am responsible for coordinating “Promo’s” and creating XML’s.
I know you're in a hurry, anything you'd like to say and I haven't asked you?
YES, there is a person in this story that has contributed to my success. Her name is Kay Brasher and she continues to mentor/train me.
OK, thanks for for being with us Patsy!
What can you take home from my interview with Patsy Payne? Here are a few key points:
- “I specialize in LISTENING. I listen to what resources people have and what people need. I connect the two either via skype or email. Sometimes facebook.”
- Patsy worked her way up to being an website owner and hasn’t burned out steps. Practice makes… better: “When I first started it seemed overwhelming. There is soooo much to learn. Then as I became comfortable with “checking sites” “scheduling emails” I am comfortable at this level, however there is still soooo much more to learn.”
- “Time Management is a critical aspect in mixing the two responsibilities.” (i.e. ownership and admin)
- Patsy partnered with a more experienced owner, Geri Gerstner, allowing her to learn more and saving her of big mistakes.
- Patsy has a mentor: “Kay Brasher […] continues to mentor/train me.”