In this week’s interview, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Martha Collard, Founder of Red Doors Studio.

During a workshop in Slovenia in 2014, Martha invited the world’s foremost gong teacher to HK. He agreed. At the time Martha was the Vice President Group Organisational Wellness at Lane Crawford Joyce Group. While there, she learned the detrimental and insidious effects of stress in society. She believed that there was a need for simple, effective, cross-culture, and scalable solutions. His upcoming visit prompted Martha to leave the corporate world after 28 years to establish Red Doors. Her success to date is fuelled by her passion to share these time-tested techniques, namely: Gong relaxation, walking meditation on labyrinths, and Kundalini Yoga.

Connect with Martha
Let’s start with the timeless 60 seconds ‘elevator pitch’, what’s yours?

I offer you what you need the most: practical, simple, and effective techniques to de-stress. I use the sound of the gongs to relax and rejuvenate, walking meditation on labyrinths for clarity and focus, and yogic practices to refresh and renew. Red Doors is a place of calm in the city. Seeing is not believing, doing is. I invite you to visit ‘the best-kept secret in HK’.

At one point or another, it is inevitable that challenges will pop up in business. What’s your approach to overcoming challenges?

By staying connected to my purpose, maintaining clarity, and trusting that the universe will provide.

Sales and marketing are two very important, but different, functions within a business. What is your number one sales tip?

Undersell and overdeliver. My offerings are entirely experiential. The results speak for themselves. Plus I offer 100% money-back guarantees.

Martha Collard, Red Doors Studio, Hong Kong
Martha Collard, Founder, Red Doors Studio
What is your favourite business tool or system?

It is more a way of being rather than a business tool per se. I offer personalised professional service to the best of my ability at all times.

It is important to celebrate your achievements, particularly during the difficult times. How do you celebrate your achievements?

Celebrating my 7th anniversary will be difficult due to the studio closure. Normally I offer an open house for clients.

Being in business is like an education in itself, what are the three most important lessons you’ve learned in your business?

Lesson 1: Find something that gives meaning to you. For me, it is serving others.​ Have a single-minded passion to fulfill that which you are meant to do.

Lesson 2: Be generous. I offer workshops to cancer clients, support a number of charities and offer reduced tuition to those in need.

Lesson 3: Be prepared to pivot. I am the first gong centre in Asia. There are no rule books or examples to follow. Everyday is a new day and I adapt and morph as conditions and clients require.

Success is measured by you. The fact I am still in business after seven years is reflective of hard work, passion, persistence and a belief that I am ‘doing good’.

What business-related book or podcast has inspired you the most?

TEDx, Simon Simek about the Why, How, and What. Always begin with the why. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The purpose of such an interview is to promote your business. Please tell us, who is your dream client?

Socially conscious key decision-makers with the power and resources to fund and coordinate offering these experiences to the wider community. For instance a 14 district road trip or regular large outdoor gatherings for the public. By doing so I believe we can make a positive impact on stress in the city.

If you are Martha’s dream client, please contact her through her website, Red Doors Studio.

Thank you for taking the time to connect with us Martha. We are delighted to showcase you on our site.

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