Roman Ivanov is on a mission to connect the world through business, personal development and self-discovery. Ready for some entente cordiale? Of course you are.

#1. So, what’s your favourite word?

Blue.

#2. What gets you up in the morning?

My fiancé at 5am. She’s an early bird. We both are.

#3. You know what they say about early birds, don’t you? They get tired later. What do you truly, honestly think of social media?

I honestly truly think it’s a big distraction and it’s a mess. But if you use it right, it can be a powerful tool to build a business.

#4. Kindles or books?

Books. It’s got to have a hard cover.

#5. What do you think is the biggest challenge to your industry right now?

The low entry point. There are a lot of people who claim to be a coach but it takes a lot of work to succeed. If you are in it for the long-term, you literally marry this career. It’s can be a challenge.

#6. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be many things. I had wild ideas. I remember I wanted to be an actor, I wanted attention. I realise now that in one way, I am an actor – I’m on the personal development stage.

#7. What led you to your current career?

My mother. She inspired me to get into the personal development industry. She’s a wise woman.

#8. Can you use your favourite word in a sentence?

I wear blue t-shirts quite often.

#9. Cool. Now can you make it rhyme?

Blue, blue for you. It’s not cruel.

#10. No comment. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Persevere and follow your fears; conquer them.

#11. What’s the best thing anyone’s ever done for you?

When we’d just started to date, my fiancé invited me for an ice-skating session. Very romantic.

#12. Bless. Tell us, what’s been your ‘career-defining’ moment?

Every day it’s happening; every single person I interact with helps me along the journey.

#13. If you won a big award of some kind, who would you thank?

I sometimes visualise receiving an Oscar; how I ‘d say thank you to my beautiful mum for all her hard work. I see the crowd crying. I’m crying too.

#14. Just don’t do a Gywnnie on us. Can you give us a timesaver of the day?

I recently started to practice something. I wake up and write in my journal anything that comes into my head. I believe it somehow develops creativity and empties your head from non-useful thoughts.

#15. Where do you see your industry in 24 months?

Mainly on social media, on the internet. Personal development events will become online using VR technology.

#16. Where were you 24 months ago?

I was just launching my first business in the UK (coaching).

#17. What’s an interesting fact about you?

I’m sexy. I believe I am.

#18. O-kay. If you could have a 24-minute Skype chat with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Steve Jobs.

#19. Wise man. What’s one word you’d want people to describe you with?

Influential.

#20. Would you mind taking a selfie for us?

Here you go.

#21. What’s your favourite Twitter handle or social media campaign?

I personally don’t use Twitter but my fiancé and I co-founded a travel agency. I recommend you check it out @travelinvision or www.travelinvision.com.

#22. What’s one quote that defines your work ethic?

People only truly work hard when they are in love with their work. It comes naturally that way.

#23. What’s been the best part of your day?

This morning, I woke up and had breakfast with my fiancé. From then on, I had an amazing day.

#24. Too cute. Finally, anything to plug?

I coach entrepreneurs and ambitious professionals to help them improve their performance, become more efficient and get maximum results in their work and life. Now I mainly deliver masterclasses and training on leadership and high performance for SME’s and corporates. I’m quite often booked for one – two months in advance but feel free to contact me via ivanovs.biz@gmail.com. I usually reply within 24 hours.

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