#BehindtheSelfie with... Barbara Soltysinska

This week, we go behind the selfie with Barbara Soltysinska, CEO of digital influencer marketing platform, indaHash.
Soltysinska captions this: "Insta-worthy influence!"

1. Where do you live, work and play?

It’s difficult for me to differentiate between work, travel or play as they all come together. I live and work mostly in Warsaw, Poland, where our indaHash headquarters are, but at the moment I spend around 30% of my time in our different offices around the world.

2. What’s your claim to fame?

I would love to have ‘great singer’ as my claim to fame, but even though I practice (almost every Friday), I need a lot more practice! So my claim to fame is that I have the privilege of working with incredible people, who have allowed us to build an amazing company.

3. Describe your career so far.

My career has been about learning as much as possible, working hard and doing my best to work smart at the same time.

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I believe in partnering with remarkable people, allowing myself the space to make mistakes as I adapt and build for change, and adjusting my plans and goals with the guidance of mentors.

4. Tell us a few of your favourite things.

A great book with a glass of wine in a new place. I also love exploring how ancient practices like yoga and qigong enhance wellbeing and sharpen mental ability.

5. What do you love about your industry?

I love how technology is energised by imagination. The crossover of creativity, business savvy and innovation.

As an industry, we learn so much from one another’s success and failures, which opens doors for you to excel in ways you’d never have thought possible.

6. Describe your average workday, if such a thing exists.

A day for me is a constant mix of connection, feedback and strategy.

I tap into the heartbeat of our company differently each hour, from local hallway connects with my teams, to global meetings, to the new ventures we explore with existing and new clients, as well as the constant development of our platform and services.

7. What are the tools of your trade?

My phone! Not only does it put my whole company in the palm of my hand, but it also keeps me connected to clients and people.
I remember when I first started working and the only way you could answer company emails was by sitting in front of a computer in the office. Now you can do this wherever you want!
Other tools that we use to stay connected as a global company include Asana, Workplace, Google Docs and Google Calendar.

My teams are all over the world, from the UK to Poland to South Africa to the US, so technology is essential for us to stay in touch.

8. Who is getting it right in your industry?

I think that both Hypr and InfluencerDB are impressive companies worth watching.

9. List a few pain points the industry can improve on.

There needs to be a more strategic approach to influencer collaboration and campaign management. Things need to move from just being campaign-based and more into strategic alliances.

10. What are you working on right now?

We’ve just launched indaHash Deal, which is exciting as it gives e-commerce brands and entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with influencers in return for discounts or free products.

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11. Tell us some of the buzzwords floating around in your industry at the moment, and some of the catchphrases you utter yourself.

Buzzwords would include micro vs. macro vs. celebrity influencers, engagement rate, Influencer-Generated Content (IGC), faux and fake influencers, the list goes on... Even though they are used quite often and can be perceived as buzzwords, they are very needed to define this industry.

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12. Where and when do you have your best ideas?

I have too many ideas and not enough time for all of them! I usually get my best ideas when I am relaxing.

13. What’s your secret talent/party trick?

I can sing the loudest, with the worst voice.

14. Are you a technophobe or a technophile?

Technophile! I believe that the power of agility involves not only embracing technology but also moving with it and helping to drive innovation in a healthy and effective way.

Too often, technophobia harms successful companies, as fear limits them from including solutions that could’ve prevented them from losing relevance amidst their consumers.

15. What would we find if we scrolled through your phone?

I have hundreds of apps, there is an app for everything! Scrolling through my phone you’ll find apps that help to streamline processes, so that I can easily flow into new activities throughout my day, without having to spend time preparing. From effective task management, feedback and communication, to mindfulness and conscious breathing apps.

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�� Conscious breathing: clear the mind, relax, be well. I wanted to share my experience of conscious breathing. It’s been powerful for me and I hope it can be for you too! Learning about breathing started with yoga ��‍♀️ then the Wim Hof Method (the technique of the Dutch ‘Iceman’ who withstands extreme cold! Thanks to him I also take cold showers! ☃️�� ) You do a very deep breath in, followed by a shallow breath out (in a series which takes around 15-20 min). His app and YouTube videos are great! I then attended a qigong course and finally @20m2 recommended I go for a rebirthing-breathwork session. It was 3 hours of extreme focus where you take a very deep breath in, a shallow breath out, all the while focusing on the breath, rather than your thoughts.�� Your consciousness really shifts and you don’t realise how time passes by! The awesome thing about it is that I feel so well & full of energy and the results last (I can say for me, at least 5 days, as I did it on Tuesday). If you haven’t experienced conscious breathing, I highly recommend these techniques and hope they give you as much energy as they’ve given me ✨���� #meditation #mindfulmoment #deepbreath #meditationtools #clearthemind #higherawareness #consciousbreathing #purposedrivenlife #yoga #wimhofmethod #qigongpractice #entrepreneurlife #mindset

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Oh, and photos of my pets!

16. What advice would you give to newbies hoping to crack into the industry?

Be yourself. We are all so uniquely different that this is the only way to truly live. Also, read a lot of news and do lots of research into the industry.

Simple as that. You can find Sołtysińska on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and follow indaHash on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

*Interviewed by Leigh Andrews.
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About Leigh Andrews

Leigh Andrews (@leigh_andrews) is Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at Bizcommunity.com, with a passion for issues of diversity, inclusion and equality. She's also on the Women in Marketing: Africa advisory panel, was an #Inspiring50 2018 nominee, and can be reached at ...