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Celebrating Some Clients

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I thought I’d take a minute and celebrate some clients who have been in the news since the beginning of the year.

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February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What’s Even Hotter Than Being a Featured Expert on TV?

I work with people to help them get known for what they do and how they do it. A lot of the time, this includes getting media coverage, and specifically morning lifestyle TV shows.

Dr. Barbara McClatchie, DDS prepping with the anchors on Good Day Columbus

Dr. Barbara McClatchie, DDS prepping with the anchors on Good Day Columbus

To borrow a phrase that Oprah made famous, here’s what I know for sure:

What’s even better than seeing my clients have success being booked on TV shows is having a front row seat to watching them grow by facing their fears, going after their dreams and taking steps into their courage zone. Seeing someone being more committed to their audience and their message than they are to their inner critic is incredibly inspirational. Because when I think about it, here’s a take on what most every client has said to me:

“I’ll go on TV when I lose 10 pounds.”
“I have no idea what I’ll say.”
“Is what I have to say really that different or interesting?”
“I’ll flub up my words!”
“What if I look like an idiot?”
“Will they take me seriously?”
“I want to do it but it’s not a good time because (list the excuses here).

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February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Guest Expert Interview: Delegation, Time Management and Building Capacity

time-managementI work with people who accomplish a lot and have high aspirations for themselves and their businesses. They are usually scaling their business in some way and because of that, a common struggle they deal with is how to use their time most effectively.

That’s why when I met Lisa Crilley Mallis of Impactive Strategies last month, I knew I had to get her in front of you ASAP! I was so impressed with the success stories she shared with me! I just knew that she had some great insight that would help my clients and others on my list that I have yet to work with directly.

Lisa generously agreed to answer some questions from my clients and here is a 43 minute audio where does just that.

Get ready to shift your mind around how you think about delegating and building capacity!

In our talk, I learned a lot and here are just three highlights that I personally took away from our conversation:

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November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

How to Handle “Can I Pick Your Brain” Requests

fast-company-logoEver get the question, “Can I pick your brain?”

If you want to stop giving your time and expertise away for free but still use these requests to help others, Fast Company uncovered some great options to consider. My strategy is included in this roundup of great ideas. I’ll bet there is something here that inspires you!

Enjoy!

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

A New Solution to Time Management: Magic 168!

This is a guest post by Lisa Crilley Mallis, a certified coach, author, and speaker, and owner of Impactive Strategies, LLC. We met at the Women’s Business Conference sponsored by NAWBO and immediately hit it off. I know many consultants and coaches feel overwhelmed so I asked her to offer some of her advice. You know I love practical tips you can use immediately so I wanted to share this with you. Enjoy! 

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Is it possible to make decisions without supporting data? Possible yes, but not effective.

When I ask my clients if they have enough time to get all their tasks done every day, most say, “No!” Most of them come to me because they want to reach greater milestones in their businesses, but feel overwhelmed with the amount of work they have to do.

To get the supporting data needed to create an effective plan, early in our relationship my client will do the Magic 168 exercise. She’ll write down everything she is currently doing and everything she wants to do, and then total the number of hours spent in each category each week. There are only 168 hours in a week – we can compare her total with the number of hours available.

Often, the results are surprising! In fact, just this week two clients had completely different results.

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October 13th, 2016|0 Comments

How a Poofy Dress Helped Me Share My Voice

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I did something last month for the very first time: I took my daughter homecoming dress shopping.

Queue the exasperated mom sigh.

We didn’t find “the one” until a couple of shopping excursions and what I found fascinating is that every dress she liked had the same silhouette:

Fitted beaded bodice, cinched around the waist, poofy short skirt.

Every. Single. One.

I pulled out different looks and was met with the same eye roll I gave my parents when I was teen.

“What’s the deal?”  I asked her.

Turns out, she and many of her friends are all wearing basically the same silhouette: fitted beaded bodice, cinched around the waist, poofy short skirt. In fact, she showed me the dresses that some of her friends have already chosen.

All basically the same.

Somehow I thought that now that she’s in high school, some of the same-i-ness would subside and her personal style would emerge.

I found myself standing there asking her why she needed to be so much like her friends.  Why she couldn’t just try something different on to see if she liked it. Just experiment a bit to see what it felt like. If she let go of the rules she had created for herself, that she just might be pleasantly surprised. I found myself saying, in my best “mother knows best” tone that I remembered being her age and wanting to fit in too.

And then it happened…

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October 9th, 2016|0 Comments

The Other “F” Word We Need to Stop Saying

nervous-womanWhen I read something that says something like, “She fearlessly did X, Y and Z…,” I cringe.

I cringe because it makes me feel inadequate. Like I can’t possibly measure up. Like I won’t ever be as influential as I want to be simply because I don’t walk around being fearless.

I wonder that if it’s true that it takes fearlessness to do something big, how can I possibly have a big impact if I still have that darn fear lurking around like the taste of garlic after eating escargot?

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September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Different Narrative, Different Game

dog-with-pencil-and-paperI listened to a podcast with Seth Godin recently. He was asked a question about how he got over his own limiting beliefs.

He said a lot of great things and one thing that stood out to me was when he talked about how people tend to track the wrong things.

For example, we track failures, missed deadlines, times when we goofed up and so on.

His suggestion was to instead turn our attention to tracking wins. For example, the times when we took a risk, the times we brightened someone’s day and so forth.

The suggestion here is that tracking your wins starts to redefine you as a person who makes an impact on the world. It’s a narrative that puts the emphasis on the positive things in your life.

And this narrative is something we have control over. In other words, the things you focus on are up to you. It’s not done to you. You get to choose the narrative.

It comes down to this: different narrative, different game.

So why not track your wins today? That’s today’s food for thought. Have a great week.

By the way, here’s the link to the podcast if you are interested.

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Branding Yourself a Bad Ass

Thinking of branding yourself as a “bad ass” or a “warrior?”

It’s all the rage these days.

But it does it really help strengthen your message?  Or get more media coverage?  Or attract new clients? Or share who you really are?

I think maybe not.

Here’s what “trying too hard to be a bad ass” can look like to the rest of us mere mortals. Because if you really are a bad ass, then you just are.

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

I spent 2 days by myself and this is what happened…

This will probably either shock the heck out of you OR seem like I’m describing your life:

I have not spent one night alone in my own house in over 15 years.

Fifteen years! 1-5!

As an introvert, meaning I get my energy from being alone and quiet, the fact that this is true and I’m still functioning is quite astounding. And it’s probably the reason I can feel completely overwhelmed at times.

However, recently I had the opportunity to experience this phenomena of… being ALONE in my own house! And not just for one night. For TWO!

And not to sound like my teenage daughter, but OMG! It was amazing!

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August 26th, 2016|0 Comments