Michael Barbera Founder of Barbera Solutions018 - Dwayne Paro welcomes Michael Barbera to today’s podcast.  He is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors. His areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing and long-term business strategies. Michael is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list, ABC’s Shark Tank and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. In 2015, the White House recognized Michael for his contributions to entrepreneurship. This work includes development and validation of consumer emotions, consumer behavior, product placement, consumer interaction and business growth strategies. Michael is a member of the APA, SIOP, SJDM and the National Speakers Association, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Psychology. He has a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs: entrepreneurship and executive management.

Serving our Great Nation (3:05)

Mike joined the military when he was 17 years old with both parent’s signatures.  Grew up from a patriotic family.  He decided to be a Calvary Scout and did many positions over his 15 years in the military.  He evolved into leadership and this quality has carried forward into his career.  He believes the military made him who he is today.

Transitioning to Entrepreneurship (6:48)

Mike was an entrepreneur at thirteen and was a drummer in a rock band and was very successful in growing the endeavor over the next few years.  He was able to create and grow an annual concert that was later key to being sought for a merger and acquisition by a larger entity.  He did small consulting work through his military career, which he was able to carry into a transition out of the military.

“Consulting is as easy or complex as you want it to be.”

Three skills that really has helped him as an entrepreneur that he learned in the military; leadership tactical patience, aggressiveness, ability to have thick skin.

“What is it that you enjoy, is a key question when in transition”

Confidence is instilled in the military and you use that to your advantage.  Shrug off the no’s and negative situations to keep moving forward.

“Don’t be scared of entrepreneurship”

When the playing field isn’t level I make it level and set out the honeypot.  This draws them to you.  Changing the default is key.  How things are worded changes the reaction and results.

Networking and establishing a great vocabulary can really help entrepreneurs to be successful.

How to Contact Mike (31:45)

Mike’s Website



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