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Use This Simple Tactic to Make Massive Progress

I recently asked a question via text that led me to a fast and easy $3,000. It was so simple. All I had to do was ask a client if she wanted something else I had to offer and she texted back, “Of course, mama!”

And so it was.

If only it was always that easy!

It started me thinking about asking direct questions and asking for what you want. I know that most people struggle with this, at least occasionally. The problem is that when we don’t break through that struggle, we close ourselves off from what is possible for us. And at risk of sounding grandiose, I’ll even go so far as to say that we close the door on changing our world and the world around us. Instead of asking for what we want, we lean on things like this:

  • I don’t want to bother them.
  • I don’t want to be seen as pushy.
  • They may say “no.”
  • Who am I to ask that?
  • What will they think of me?

We are all really good at creating reasons to not ask for what we want, aren’t we? But here’s the thing:

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June 8th, 2014|0 Comments

What a 5k Did for Running My Business

Mere-5k-finishI did something last week that I had no intention of doing. I completed my first 5K.

For you runners out there, running a 5K is probably no big deal. For me, it is. I’m not a runner. And even though it’s not unusual for me to walk three miles, what is unusual is for me to walk in a formal 5K.

Here is how it unfolded.

Over the weekend, I finally heard the message loud and clear, “It doesn’t matter what you believe. What matters is how you move your feet.”

I’ve heard this saying before many times, and you probably have as well. But for whatever reason, when I heard it this time, it resonated with me like never before. I sat with it and let it wash over me. It was like an answer to a question I had been asking for years.

Later that morning, I was reminded of the 5K that was taking place that afternoon to raise funds for kids to attend Camp Akita this summer. This is a fabulous camp in Ohio close to where I live that we’ve gone to many times over the years. I spontaneously asked my husband if he wanted to do the 5K with me. He was a bit stunned at my unusual question, but as a runner, he was in!

It wasn’t until we were about half way through that I realized why I had the spontaneous urge to walk in this 5K.

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May 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Meredith Shines the Spotlight on…Tonya Tiggett

Tonya-Tiggett-Headshot_2014Name: Tonya Tiggett

Business Name: Promoting University, LLC

In a few words or sentences, tell me about your work:

I teach business professionals a 5 step technique which is a sure-fire way to communicate and establish their value add, so they are victorious in job interviews, performance discussions and in most business contexts.

Tell us three words that describe you:

Energetic, Enthusiastic, Feisty

How do you “live your brand?”

I ask for what I want and always seek to improve upon my own communication skills.  When I really want something, I find a way to make what seems like a “no,” really a “yes.”  I also promote others constantly and love doing it!

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May 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Visibility Lesson from a Grumpy Man

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Image courtesy of stockimages/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I once had a person who contacted me to inquire about helping him gain more visibility and credibility. He told me point blank in a terse voice: “I know you’ve written a book, but I will not write a book although I’m a writer. I mean I’ve written two articles in the last ten years! I’m not a speaker. I don’t do videos, and I don’t talk on the phone.”

Ummmm…. Ok….Seriously?

I can’t even think of where to start. The attitude? The voice tone? The abrupt way he started the conversation? The inability to see how he’s stopping himself? His lack of understanding of business?

And get this – He was an executive coach specializing in communication skills.

No wonder he hadn’t had a client in over a year. As they say, “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”

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April 30th, 2014|2 Comments

Rule Breaker Awards

Rule-Breaker-2014-Nominee-BadgeI am a nominee for the 2014 Rule Breaker Awards. I break the rules by combining coaching with experiences that stretch my clients into new possibilities. These experiences depend on which program a client is in, but examples include visiting a news station and meeting producers and anchors, getting their colors analyzed so they are lookin’ good when they are out speaking, on TV, networking and running meetings, and I have also been known to make strategic introductions to specific movers/shakers which have led to amazing publicity, joint ventures and more speaking engagements. I have taken clients on a retreat in Los Angeles where we went behind the scenes of the 2014 Oscar Nominee Gift Bag media tour. I’ve had a professional videographer film clients and provide tips for taking great video themselves. I’ve also done coaching poolside and met people for manicures instead of coffee. In other words, I do more than provide information and mentoring. I provide experiences that will stretch my clients so they grow and find the courage and confidence they need to get out there and make a name for themselves in their own unique way.

If you’d like to vote for me, I’d certainly appreciate it. Thanks for your consideration.

April 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Meredith Shines the Spotlight on…Margie Beiswanger

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Name: Margie Beiswanger

Business Name: Transform Your Brilliance

In a few words or sentences, tell me about your work:

Truth be told, I’m a scientist. For 25 years, I was a happy and curious researcher, teacher, and university administrator. But in 2009, I decided to engage in a different sort of “science” altogether. I got my Life Coach Certification and built a successful business while working full time. I was busy. Busy and deliriously happy. Over time, my friends and colleagues noticed this – and how successful my business was – and they started asking me for advice on how to grow their businesses. And I realized: This is my calling. I have a gift for helping people discover how to share their gifts so they can make a great living. And that, combined with my scientist’s mind for working methodically and really thinking things through, gave birth to Transform Your Brilliance.

Tell us three words that describe you:

passionate, intuitive, productive

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April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Butting up against your confidence? Try this.

I attended a meeting recently where prominent women in business were discussing various topics related to leadership. What struck me was the fervor with which these women were talking about self confidence, specifically their occasional (or not so occasional) lack thereof. It became clear to me that although these women were known for being quite accomplished, many of them were struggling in some way with self confidence, just like we all do from time to time.

I believe that self confidence is a skill that you can improve upon. It’s like a muscle that can be flexed and strengthened. To find out what others think about self confidence and how they summon it, I went out to Facebook and asked people to share their insights into how build self confidence. Here are their responses, along with a few of my own thoughts on this subject.

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March 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Shake It Up in Hollywood Photos

Here are some moments from my retreat called Shake It Up in Hollywood in February.

working in the cabana
red carpet
posting ideas
working lunch
lash interview
March 24th, 2014|0 Comments

3 Words of Advice

2014-Womens-Advantage-Calendar-quoteI’m thrilled that my thought/quote/advice is featured today in The 2014 Woman’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar!

Please feel free to share the 3 words you  have selected for yourself in the comments below. Mine are playful, kind, resourceful.

February 27th, 2014|2 Comments

How to Get Discovered

As a coach, consultant or the leader of your business, you know how much help you provide to your clients. But you may also feel really frustrated because you are still waiting to be “discovered” by the masses. Waiting to be asked to join the joint venture that you just know you should be part of. Wanting to be the next speaker at a specific conference. Frustrated that you aren’t getting the media coverage you deserve.

I know. I’ve been there.

Here’s the cold hard truth:

  1. Nobody wakes up thinking about how they can discover you.
  2. You have to make it happen yourself.

The great news is that it’s possible. It’s very possible for you. In fact, it’s probable if you know how to do it. After the 6+ years that I’ve been mentoring others to step into the spotlight and grow their businesses and doing my own coaching as well, it dawned on me one day when I was… you know… where most ah-ha moments happen. In the shower.

 “Standing out and getting discovered is equal parts who you are being and what you are doing.”

This realization really stopped me in my tracks. I could see this so crystal-clear in my own businesses and in my clients’ businesses as well.

So I took many months and studied this in myself, my clients and in others. Here are the three things that I found that make the biggest differences between being somewhat successful and being wildly successful and fulfilled.

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January 31st, 2014|0 Comments