307: The Secrets to Winning in Business and Life with Winn Claybaugh

Today Winn Claybaugh joins me on the podcast! Winn is the dean and cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools, the author of Be Nice (Or Else!), and the founder and host of MASTERS Audio Club. Winn is such an amazing human, and such a motivational rockstar! His philosophy, ethics, and all around mindset is so high energy and wonderful. You are all in for a total treat today, because Winn shares just how to raise your energy, and determine what you are actually in the business of, PLUS, how to overcome blocks.


Question Highlights:

  • What did the beginning of showing up look like for you?
  • How you start asking questions to mentors?
  • What is something that can help build a better culture, and have people stay excited?
  • What do you do intentionally to help you get into a better headspace?
  • What are some big blocks that people have when they work with you, and how do you help?
  • What do you do when you receive criticism or rude encounters?
  • Where do you let it be okay to disappoint people?
  • What do you share about the transitional period of friend groups or family changing?
  • How do you heal your inner turmoil?



Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!); the host of MASTERS Audio Club, a popular beauty-industry audio series with worldwide subscribers; and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for Winn’s book. A national speaker for major corporations, Winn has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. His clients include Southwest Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, and many others. A business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division.


Recognizing his immense contributions to that industry, in 2016 American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” Recognizing his leadership of the Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual FUNraising campaign, Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013 and he received Thirst Project’s Vision Award in 2015. In 2017 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards and recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity with those less fortunate.


In 2018, Winn received the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking’s (CAST) Visionary Leadership Award. Under his leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 110-plus Paul Mitchell Schools have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $19.7 million for multiple charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.winnclaybaugh.com.

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