April 26, 2013
I can hardly believe it’s been two months since our event with Danielle LaPorte and I didn’t do a post-event recap! If there was a bad blogger award, I would get it. Though it’s never too late to capture something great (even late) and there was sage wisdom that day that I have to share with you.
Success On Your Own Terms – An Evening with Danielle LaPorte was the perfect to kick-off our 2013 event calendar.
I was lucky to spend the day with Danielle at three events.
We started the day with a personal and powerful lunch with eight women sitting around a fancy board room table chatting about business, relationships and REALLY making things happen. It was intimate and life changing. There was energy, and tears. Strategy and mastermind.
Then, I got to watch as Danielle spoke to an audience around the globe at Adobe. There were locals in the room and attendees watching from other Adobe offices around the world. One of my favorite moments from that talk was “Every flavor of fear comes with information.” As an entrepreneur, I experience said, “flavors of fear” on a regular basis. Sometimes daily. For me, entrepreneurial fears come in the form of what ifs. “What if I fall flat on my face?” “What if no one comes?” “What if someone doesn’t like this product or coaching program?” I loved the thought that I need to hear the information that is being provided to me through that feeling, but not to let it cripple me. I can waffle in indecision forever for fear that I’ll make the “wrong” choice or put the “wrong” offering out there. But honestly I need to feel the fear, learn from it and go. Powerful stuff.
And then Success On Your Own Terms – An Evening With Danielle LaPorte was the perfect cap to the day. The energy was high and it was an exciting night.
One of my highlights from Danielle was “Be fierce, but flexible.” It can be easy to give up. It can be easy to get started on a goal or business venture and hit a wall and say, “See, this just wasn’t meant to be.” What a mistake! Be strong. Success comes to the strong and the brave. Success comes to those that hit a wall and say, “That was a good learning experience.” Learn from it and move on. Be fierce in your goals and dreams and yet flexible on the journey. Be willing to alter the course that you use to get where you want to be. We are learners. Seekers, we are works in progress. Each day we will grow and learn new things. Just because you thought things had to be done one way, they can be done other ways to still get the same result. I have seen “Be fierce, but flexible” show up in so many ways since the event. I’ll be forever grateful for this insight.
I had may other powerful one liners that moved me, but here’s what some of our attendees said were their favorite takeaways:
“Well it was actually life changing for me. The entire experience. her thoughtful insights have flipped my business ideas around and I feel more on track and focused. The lunch was by far the most meaningful part for me and meeting the rock stars at the board room table and then hearing even MORE inspiration at the evening event. I mean Serrrrrriously? I love Danielle LaPorte”- Catherine
“I loved the thought that if you do something and fail, you will be farther along than if you hadn’t done anything, so just start.” – Pamela
“[My takeaway was] ebb and flow; more ebb before jumping to the next big thing.” – Adhis
“Failures are still progress.” – Becky
Even the men in the room loved the energy and advice!
“I’m no princess and I still loved every minute Favorites in my own words: “When I apologize for my message to the world, I’m cooked! Fierce but flexible. Just felt wrong for the shape of my heart. Decide to rise because you want to explore your place in the universe.” I love the word explore in that…sometimes the cleanest and most loving place I can come from is curious. Thank you Danielle…you gave me permission to be happier and I am grateful! Plus, I taught a class of 27 seekers the following day and your authentic vulnerability and sharing colored me freer for that challenge” – Jared
After the event, Danielle signed books and met with attendees (and fans) for over an hour. After the end of a long day, as I was driving Danielle back to the hotel her comment to me was, “Good group. They were so gracious and genuine.”
Thank you to all who were involved in making the days event fabulous. I honor those who came from from within the state AND those who drove and flew in from across the country. It was an honor to share the day with you, and I thank you for making one of my dreams a reality. A special thanks to event staff and volunteers, Adobe for hosting us and for homemadetoast.com for the beautiful photography.
If you attended the event and would like to share your “a-has” from the event, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
About the Author: Michelle McCullough is the Managing Director for Startup Princess and is also a sought after business strategist and speaker. She’s the creator of “The Life Balance Myth” coaching program and self-study system for entrepreneurs & professionals. She’s been featured in numerous media outlets including entrepreneur.com and UVBQ’s 40 under 40. She’s also the host of a weekly radio show. As a mother of two young children she knows there’s no time to mess around. It’s time to Make It Happen.
April 24, 2013
There will be many articles penned about Margaret Thatcher over the next few weeks, lauding her accomplishments and contributions to Britain and the world. But, if you read between the lines, you’ll find a common connecting theme — the impact of a woman leader during the most difficult of times. Hers is a fascinating story of doctrine and conviction, grace under pressure and unwavering confidence.
She led from the heart and embodied an ideological world view that shaped every decision she made. Her “Thatcherism” was rooted in her belief about the kind of leadership needed to save her country from economic collapse and preserve the freedoms she saw as fundamental to the British people. During years of immense challenge, she served as both captain and rudder, steering and steadying the ship of state on the course she saw as vital to the good of the whole. She saw through the smoke of internal conflict to what she believed to be the essential greatness of Great Britain: “There is no such thing as society,” she famously said. “There are individual men and women, and
there are families.”
Certainly, her “lead from the heart” approach created fast friends and fierce foes. About as many people loved her as hated her for her decisions and policies. Still, she had the courage not to be liked, but rather to be respected in what she thought was right. Her “Iron Lady”persona nonetheless had a gracious side that left an indelible impression on those who experienced it.
A friend recently recalled an encounter between a Cuban-American gentleman and the then 84-year-old Lady Thatcher, while attending a London reception in 2010. He offered to find a place for her to sit and she was delighted. As she held on to his hand, he told her he was born in Cuba and the people of Cuba loved her and admired her for all
she did to help free the world. She then said to him in a very firm voice, “The people of Cuba shall also be free,” and then she put her other hand on top of his. His eyes welled up with tears, as did those of everyone watching. Her life was filled with such encounters — direct and personal and unwavering in conviction.
Thatcher listened intently to others. She respected and recorded insights from people across the spectrum, which helped define her own philosophy and thinking — some she would agree with others vehemently not.Welcoming then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to London, she extended a hand and said, “To make sure there is no misunderstanding between us – I hate Communism.” Still she would use her shrewd insights to guide nations. Colin Powell has observed that Thatcher’s measure of Gorbachev gave the U.S. encouragement about the prospects of dealing with the Kremlin.“I like Mr. Gorbachev. We can do business together,” Thatcher said.
While she could indeed be rigid in her thinking, she never lost her love of learning, a love built through the scholarships she earned from high school all the way to Oxford University. She was not haughty about the sources of that learning during her career and even afterward.She had a habit of asking anyone she met from abroad,
“What’s the situation in your country?” And no matter whom she might be talking with, she would always inquire, “What are you working on?” It was those conversations that might lead her to reach into her purse to grab an ever present notepad to jot down ideas of particular note.
As a woman leader, the Iron Lady not only leaned in, she leaned forward. Known to work 16-hour days, penning her speeches in the wee hours of the morning, she showed that there is great strength in running toward conflict rather than from it, remaining strong and confident despite withering criticism.
She likewise showed the power of integrity, eschewing compromise when principle was at stake. Her ability to remain true to herself changed the face of her nation and our world for decades to come — and revealed bedrock leadership secrets for anyone tough enough to sacrifice popularity for courageous resolve.
About the Author
Laurie Brunner serves as President of MainStream Management. She has
spent her career building the business value, operating performance
and top line growth of mid-sized and Fortune 500 businesses. She can
be contacted at laurie.brunner@mainstreamllc.
March 15, 2013
January 17, 2013
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is
that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness
that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the
world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as
children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is
within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let
our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to
do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.”
by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Marianne Williamson is coming LIVE to Salt Lake City. NEXT WEEK.
When: January 25-26, 2013; 9am – 5pm
Where: Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 S., Salt Lake City, UT Seating is limited ~ reserve your seat now
Only $97 for two full days; includes lunch both days
Only $47 for one day; includes lunch
Other speakers include:
Theme for Fri, Jan 25:
“How to Grow a Successful Global Business”
Tiffany Peterson (Startup Princess Fairy Godmother) (UT) “The Profitable Platform: Making Money, Making a Difference”
Sue Dumais (B.C. Canada) “From Hard Work to Heart Work”
Dr. Dolf de Roos (AZ) “How to be a Successful Global Entrepreneur in the 21st Century”
Aaron Young (CA) “Cautions for Entrepreneurs; Keeping Your Business in Compliance”
Berny Dohrmann (FL) “How to Thrive as an Entrepreneur – Sequence IS Success”
Dr. Faith Shell (AZ) “The Leader as a LIGHT and Inspiration for Others”
Nicole Rains (UT) “What Social Media (with heart) Can Do for You and Your Business”
Robert Smith (IL) “How to Get Thousands of Dollars Worth of Free Publicity”
Dr. Marcia Coppertino (CA) “The Magnificence of Women of Faith”
Sue Lee (OR) “It All Begins in the Family”
Judy Wright (MT) “How to Be a Bounce-Back Person”
Mia Davies (CA) “Turn Your Passion Into Profits with Social Media”
Theme for Sat, Jan 26:
“Enlightening Women’s Minds, Empowering Women’s Hearts, for a Better World”
Paula Fellingham (UT) “Reach for the Stars and Change the World”
Marianne Williamson (CA) “The Law of Divine Compensation”
Kathleen Niew (IL) “How to Be Financially Strong: Earn It, Keep It, Grow It”
Carolyn Cooper (UT) “Heal One Woman, Heal Generations”
Laura Gisborne (AZ) “Feminine Integration: Living a Great Life and Acquiring Great Wealth”
Susan Stucki (WA) “Defeat Your Daily Dressing Dilemma”
Sherrie Nattrass (AZ) “How to Be as Beautiful on the Outside as You Are on the Inside”
January 4, 2013
Kate Endress – CEO of Ditto.com writes:
Over the years I’ve been a semi-active Facebook user, usually in spurts when I have photos to share or I want to see how people from high school look now. Despite it’s faults, I think we can agree that Facebook is most likely here to stay, despite a discouraging first few months as a publicly traded company. I will continue to share my photos on Facebook, but for other activities I’m finding myself more drawn to social start-ups that tap into areas that Facebook has neglected — especially in product discovery, professional development and inspiration.
Ever since Facebook’s Beacon fiasco (a failed targeted advertising campaign that ended in a class action lawsuit), the company has been trying to figure out how to monetize on people buying things or discovering products through its site. Where Facebook has stumbled, companies like Fancy and Svpply have jumped in to fill the void.
Fancy has big beautiful product shots that you can scroll through – the Internet’s answer to window shopping – and you don’t have to waste time going to the retailer’s website. You can buy through Fancy by clicking on the product that you desire. Svpply acts in a similar way but with a lot more products. Where Fancy focuses on one big beautiful product shot, Svpply gives you 50 trending objects. It’s quality versus quantity. In both cases you add buttons to your toolbar to ‘Want’ or ‘Fancy’ items that you browse elsewhere on the web and create your own personal wish list, as well as defining your tastes for others to follow you and admire your consumer style. I have to admit that it is pretty addicting. I have personally gotten into ‘wanting’ spirals, voraciously and vicariously consuming online and getting the joy of having others want what I found first.
Including Meeteor in this list may be cheating a little bit – it’s built onto Facebook’s platform – but Meeteor is a vast improvement over regular Facebook in terms of finding people you want to meet. Right now, if I wanted to find a new front-end engineer on Facebook, I wouldn’t know where to start. In fact, I wouldn’t even try. I would go to LinkedIn and sort through a lot of profiles of 2nd-degree connections. Meeteor helps by finding the people you want to meet and then introducing you or helping you get a ‘warm’ intro from a friend. Meeteor is a much easier way to network online and to find people you wouldn’t have discovered before.
I could have put Pinterest under product discovery, because it does do that, but I think of Pinterest much more for inspiration. Pinterest is really an aspirational site, where you can create a board about your dream home or ‘Pin’ pieces of artwork that really inspire you. For years, I collected links in Gmail. If I liked a picture or a site, I would email it to myself to have a record for later. I also had a bookmark file called ‘Inspiration.’ Now I have dozens of boards that in many ways are scrapbooks of things I love.
Beyond personal inspiration, Pinterest works well for businesses by letting customers click through to your site to find the product they like. In our company, we’ve created a PR board that displays the great photography accompanying articles about us. I really believe we’re just starting to tap what Pinterest can do for business, and it’s exciting to see how other companies are using it.
These are just a few of the social sites that have popped up in the last year to fill the voids of Facebook. As Facebook tries hard to monetize — and in the process alienates some of its users — look for even more innovative sites to appear and pick up the slack.
Kate Endress is the CEO and cofounder of DITTO.com, a new cutting edge site selling a curated collection of designer eyewear including prescription glasses. Kate is a graduate of Stanford Business School and was previously a private equity investor before becoming an entrepreneur.
September 26, 2012
by Monica Shah, Money Expert & Startup Princess Fairy Godmother
Here is what breaks my heart. I get so many clients who call me and say: “I want to launch my product to my list and sell hundreds of them. Then I want to fill my group with 30 people so that I only have to work with five one-on-one clients. Can you tell me how to do that?” Want to know my answer? “Yes, but it’s going to take some time. No one builds it all overnight.”
Ladies, please know that just like any other business, there’s a model to the service business – meaning there’s a certain sequence of steps. If you follow these steps, you’ll succeed. If you don’t, you won’t get the numbers that you are looking for. And here’s the kicker – the thing that drives me crazy – in the marketplace there are people that are telling you that you can rush through all these steps in 3 months. But it’s just not true. Please don’t believe that. Furthermore, do not be hard on yourself if you’ve been at it a couple of years. It takes years to build a full business with multiple streams of income. That is normal.
Here’s the sequence of steps to launch products (and large group programs) in your service business (yes, breathe that sigh of relief).
Start by working with individual clients. This is especially true if you need money yesterday. You can go out and meet these folks by doing workshops, networking and meeting referral partners. Note that these are OFFLINE marketing activities. You can meet someone today and have them become a client tomorrow. I find that off-line marketing activities allow you to convert clients much more quickly than online. It’s simple, if someone meets and likes you in person, they are going to buy from you faster. For detailed instructions on this step see my Revenue Breakthrough Program at www.revenuebreakthroughprogram.com.
Keep working with some individual clients to build your confidence and your expertise. This will help you hone in on the best information to put in your products and groups. It will also build testimonials that you can use later.
Begin to build your list online. Build your site, choose your newsletter software and write your free gift. I suggest 1-shoppingcart, but there are many others. The first 200 people on your list can be friends, family, co-workers etc. That way you’ll have someone to send the newsletter to. Then you’ll begin to engage in online business building activities (again, for details here see www.revenuebreakthroughprogram.com).
Start sending your newsletter out CONSISTENTLY every month, two weeks or week. It doesn’t matter when you send it – as long as you stay consistent. The newsletter helps you to build a relationship with your clients online. If you put out an offer and you haven’t built a relationship with your list over time, they just aren’t going to buy.
Once you get your list from 400 – 1000 or more, AND you’ve been sending out your newsletter and other special gifts consistently for at least six months – now you have a list that is willing to buy from you. Now, you’ll have much more success selling group programs and products. For some of you, your list will buy very quickly and you’ll have a few great sales. For others, your list will still need more time with you and only a few will buy. But keep going and don’t be discouraged.
Keep growing your list with joint ventures, teleseminars, workshops and the like. And keep creating a relationship with your list through content-filled newsletters and special gifts. Give yourself a couple of years to grow a list of 5,000 – 10,000 folks who like what you do and are very happy to purchase your high-quality products.
You see, it’s not rocket science! But it does require knowledge of the right sequence, consistent focus and persistent effort. Many people who come to me have wasted a lot of effort in building their business in the wrong order or by buying pieces of the process. For example, they focused solely on social media. Or they focused only on doing teleseminars. What you need to do is create a solid foundation – step-by-step building of your business where you understand all the marketing vehicles offline and online and you put every piece into place in the right order at the right time. You can’t skip steps!
The truth is that if this process were overnight, wouldn’t everybody be millionaires?
I hope this helps those of you that are struggling out there with seeing how the pieces fit together. And if you’d like to learn the step-by-step process, then please check out the Revenue Breakthrough Program. The next program starts in October of 2012.
Monica Shah, founder of Revenue Breakthrough helps women business owners double their incomes in 12 months or less – without going broke or crazy in the process. If you would like to learn more about how to double your income, check out the Money Magnet Kit and learn how to earn, attract and save more this month than every month before: http://www.revenuebreakthrough.com/moneymagnet. You’ll learn the 4 essential strategies for doubling your income and keeping more money in the bank.
Your Business, Your Goals, Your Journey – As A Woman Business Owner From #PoweringTomorrow and @AmericanExpress
August 2, 2012
September 16, 2011
As you know this week is Touchpoint in Salt Lake City. We’ve had women fly in from all across the country, but even more of you are asking: How can I be a part of it from where I am?
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July 12, 2011
Summer is here, but it’s never too late to spring clean…your life. Just as our spaces accumulate clutter over time so do the nooks and crannies of lives. I dare say that if it’s important to occasionally de-junk your garage and clear out your closets and drawers that it would be well worth doing the same for your life. Here are a few suggestions to get your started.
1. Clear the cobwebs from you head. Throw out the negative, self-defeating, fear-driven dialogue and open the windows of your mind to fresh ideas and a bright perspective. Are you struggling with self-esteem, challenged in your marriage or in your role as a mother or entrepreneur? Change your thoughts. We create our reality from the inside out so as you seek to fill your mind with the positive and uplifting, you will begin to attract all that is good into your life.
2. Toss out habits, behaviors, and activities that are dirtying and cluttering your days. Life is too short to spend our precious time on the trivial and unfulfilling. So what needs to go? Do you need to reduce screen time (e.g. phone, computer, and TV) so you can spend more time on self-care or with your family? Do you need to make clearer boundaries and say “no” to some of the lesser important activities that aren’t consistent with what your truly value? As you align your schedule with your highest priorities, you will find yourself accomplishing more, stressing less and finding fulfillment in your days.
3. Polish tarnished relationships. The essence of a happy life is found in healthy, loving relationships. When we are struggling with a friend or loved one, clearing the air with honest, open communication is the first step to rebuilding trust. Apologizing and forgiving past hurts can be like healing balm to a gaping wound. Better yet, look for opportunities to sincerely praise and serve those who are difficult to get along with. Praise and service will change behavior faster than anything negative or punitive.
4. Sort out your finances. Money trouble is without question one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety in our lives. Rather than taking a reactive approach to your finances, be proactive and create a working budget. Make sure it is realistic and allows enough flexibility so you can stick to it. As a part of your budget, create a plan of action around paying off debt and be sure to invest. Building wealth doesn’t require a big income so much as requires discipline and consistency.
Make spring cleaning your life a part of your regular routine. As you do, balance and success will come to you with ease. You only have one life to live. Live it well!
This post was written by Tara McCausland, Success Coach. Tara has been in the business of teaching, training, and coaching for nearly 6 years. Tara is a natural teacher and motivator. She helps her clients find the balance, prosperity and fulfillment they are seeking by being their accountability expert, trusted sounding board, and their biggest fan throughout the coaching process. Check out her free download ’4 Tips to make T.I.M.E. Work for You’.
June 13, 2011
It’s so true! “Health is Wealth”, you hear it and until you’re fading and broken you don’t consider the value of this statement. Today I’m thinking about it.
I can honestly say that I’ve been testing my health to the limits this Spring. I haven’t been eating as well as I know I should nor getting the amount of sleep that I know I need. After quite a bit of traveling and the stress of selling our home, my body is starting to shout at me and tell me to S-L-O-W down. It happens to the best of us, we go-go-go and then our body says, NO MORE!! So I’m obeying, I am saying no to invitations this week and going to be doing a lot more self care. That said, I generally have excellent health and I can’t think of a day I’ve spent in bed (besides food poisoning and pregnancy) in years.
Here’s a few tips that have helped me:
1. I believe in the power of pure, filtered water. 1/2 body weight in ounces a day.
2. I eat primarily a vegetarian type diet. I eat meat very sparingly, once a week. I make a lot of smoothies, especially green ones with spinach or collard leaves. I try to buy organic when possible.
3. I take supplements and love Omegas. I use doTERRA essential oils, in fact I’m a distributor of them and use them to completely replace my medicine cabinet. Feel free to ask me questions about them if you like. simpleabundance (at) gmail (dot) com is my email for that. I also have found it to be an amazing business, I’m making a generous full time salary with part-time effort.
4. I live near nature and spend a lot of time (when weather is good) going on walks and being outside
5. I take time for self-care. I get massages, go to the spa, get my hair done. I wear clothes that are in season, fashionable, and look good on my body type and coloring. I wear makeup. I adore jewelry. When I feel good on the inside, I feel great on the outside but the opposite is also true, when you feel good on the outside it helps you feel good on the inside!
6. I am a huge believer in therapy. I believe that if we don’t take care of our pain and emotional challenges they will show up in our body and we will pay for it. I go to Deena Jordan for energy work. Deena does sessions over the phone and is very good at identifying the root of our suffering, asking the right questions to release and help the client let it go. I recommend at least 3 sessions to get started. I try to have 1 session a month. I also go to Karyn Grant, she is in Utah County and specializes in music, massage, and aromatherapy to heal the mind, body, and spirit. I’ve gone to Karyn for 8 years and she is excellent at what she does, her work is based in healing through Christ. I have coached with Heather Madder and highly recommend her audios, coaching, and healing work. She has a lot to offer in this area. All these women are very talented, intuitive, and I trust them 100%.
7. I believe in natural health care and recommend Laura Jacobs and team for bio scans at Herbs for Health in Pleasant Grove. With a scan they can identify what is going on in your body, mind, and spirit and see what supplements, dietary needs you may have, and other supportive methods will help you get to feeling better. I have been going every 6 months or so and bring my children as well. They use a variety of natural health products and I’ve had excellent results.
8. I try to SLEEP deeply and well. I take naps at least once a week and I am committed to getting better at this at night!
9. I have found exercise that resonates with me- running/walking in nature, yoga, biking, and horseback riding (although I rarely have the opportunity! i want to create more of this). I have had a personal trainer off/on and I love the results physically from toning up.
10. I am committed to my faith and I know there is power in health when you have a clear mission, identity, and choose to be an instrument for God to do His work. I know that when I pray sincerely, study scripture, attend church and temple regularly I am blessed to fulfill my work at home and beyond with more strength and passion.
It’s always good to review what works for us in regards to our health, what about you? I’d love to hear what has been helpful for you.
This post was written by Kelly King Anderson, Founder of Startup Princess. Reach her here by leaving a comment or by messaging/following her on Twitter @startupprincess