It’s All About Relationships, with Steve Prefontaine

It’s All About Relationships, with Steve Prefontaine

Episode 238:

Steve Prefontaine is Chris’s brother. Steve started his career at Quaker Oats as a regional sales manager and then moved to Kraft General Foods, before changing gears and working with Bob at Skaff Cryogenics from 1995 to 2018 as Vice President and a partner in the company.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Steve made the leap from working in a corporate job to becoming an entrepreneur and working for himself, and why he prefers being an entrepreneur
  • Why now, during the global pandemic, the added freedom of being an entrepreneur has been invaluable to Steve
  • How working at Quaker Oats and working with a mentor there gave Steve great insights into where he wanted to take his career
  • Why Steve believes that building strong relationships is crucial for any business, regardless of industry
  • How relationship-building skills helped Steve turn a difficult and problematic customer into his best customer
  • Why honesty is a crucial skill that can help you communicate more effectively and build stronger relationships
  • Why Steve values learning new skills, and why admitting vulnerability and being willing to admit you don’t have all the answers is crucial
  • What actions Steve recommends for anyone considering making the jump from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur
  • Why being an entrepreneur takes a completely different mindset from working in a corporate position

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