W. Kevin SPN Member of the Week Interview
Kevin is a steady personality on social media and a connector of people that also enjoys helping others find their ah-ha moment. He has teaching people how to think for themselves for a long time, so it’s an honor to highlight him as someone you should connect with.
Craig Wasilchak What is your social media mission?
My goal for social media is to gain an audience for a variety of purposes. I like to focus on creating a vast audience that can help others build connections through my connections. Another reason is to build an audience is to have a voice on social/business issues to help bring about change where needed. Finally, I am building a social network that can lead to an opportunity to build a business relationship with my followers.
W. Kevin Ward- The business side
As a certified trainer, the majority of my time is spent training teachers and leaders of all types. My role is to help them use to refine their vision and internal communications. I like to help people streamline their business and implement procedures that improve employee satisfaction. Working primarily with start-up companies gives me the opportunity to help business owners build a solid foundation that will lead to long-term profits and growth.
W Kevin Ward – the personal side
I am an introvert by nature! Some find that surprising given my choice of work. The definition of my name is actually pretty accurate – William (the “W” of my name) means “protector”. Kevin means gentle. People that know me also know that I am a gentle protector.
However, I once was a cocky person and rubbed people the wrong way. I recently wrote an article on LinkedIn about my journey to humble confidence entitled The Story of the Cocky Rooster…(moving from cockiness to genuine confidence)!
I wrote the article to hopefully help others become more secure in who they were born to be. Being more secure in who you really are will help your personal life and it will also help your career.
It was my own problem for a long time and my life really was able to improve as my mindset did. You can not control everything in life, but you can always control how you react to things. We all need a friend, mentor or coach to help us from time to time. A good coach can help with everything from developing one’s confidence in checking ego. A great coach will help you become congruent with your, body, soul, and spirit!
What good causes or charity organizations are you trying to help? My charitable support is primarily through my local church and veteran’s organizations. As a member of the George State Defense Force, veterans are near and dear to my heart. I also have 2 sons that are veterans.
What brings you joy or a sense of accomplishment? The biggest sense of accomplishment is when I see students have an ah-ha moment. There are few better feelings in the world.
What are you doing when you’re not working? When I’m not working I’m usually volunteering or learning. I also like to work on computers or anything you would consider technology really.
What is your fun or unique unknown gift, skill, or talent that you can share with everyone? It has a lot to do with my last answer. I can fix most anything mechanical, electrical, or electric. I also repair jewelry and musical instruments.
W Kevin Ward – An entrepreneur at heart
In some ways, I’ve been an entrepreneur all of my life. Even in my pre-teens, I had different money-making things going on. When I was 9 years old, I had to drag a milk crate around to the side of a car in order to wash windows and earn tips at my father’s gas station. I got the entrepreneurial bug from my father who always had some kind of “hustle” or “side business” going on. I suppose my first “official” entrepreneurial effort was when I started my first business in the mid-’80s. For about 15 years, I was the CEO of a small residential construction business. Currently, I have come back to my entrepreneurial foundation as the CEO of WKW Consulting Services.
Top Social Media Friends
Craig Wasilchak: Who are the TOP 6 Social Media friends that have helped you grow the most on social media? List their name and a single sentence or two stating how they helped you. (I will Tag them if they are on the SPN site as users—please don’t use Mike O’Connor)
Ok, this one is bit touch but here it goes.
William Harrison – He got on board supporting my posts and including liking and tagging all over. He quietly supported me all along the way.
Rob Balmer – He took me under his wing early on and shared about the algorithm and how to be most effective with gaining engagement. He was also great with liking and commenting.
Rodrigo Martinez – He has been a great help and encouragement especially with the technology side and spiritual connections.
Amer Kayyal – He has done a great deal to help me get exposure. He has included me in many opportunities to become more visible.
Judd Borakove – He helped me to get out of my comfort zone using video. He encouraged and pushed me to try it and offered practical advice too.
Jay MacDonald – early on he quietly supported and promoted my posts to help get exposure for them. He was always there quietly providing support.
Craig Wasilchak: What is one piece of wisdom that you received, that changed your life forever?
The need to find and be who I have been created to be. Whatever I’m going to do now and, in the future, I need to always grow as a person, especially in my faith walk. If that is where it needs to be, the other things will take their place.
Craig Wasilchak: How do you find inspiration?
Through prayer, fellowship and time observing the awesomeness of Creation! As a result, I learn from others.
Craig Wasilchak: What would you say to the 12-year-old version of yourself knowing what you now know?
Learn not to worry about what others think and walk in accordance with who you’ve been born to be.
Craig Wasilchak: Quotes make us stop and think. What are some of your favorite quotes and why?
“Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt”– Abraham Lincoln
“I dream of a day when my children will be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin”– MLK, Jr
Reach out to connect with Kevin directly to learn more about him and his habit of helping others.