11 resources to transform the way you think about business and life

This month’s theme is Emotion, and boy, is it delivering!  Following my last newsletter, I heard that many of you have been experiencing some ups and downs.  Hang in there, you’ll hit a whole new wave soon! Which got me to thinking about strategies I use to keep uncertainty (and its trusty companion, fear) at bay.  I came up with 3 antidotes: Curiosity Learning Community Here’s why; when I feel engaged and excited, the pesky ups and downs of business…

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How to manage the emotional roller coaster of entrepreneurship

Have you ever seen this illustration? It makes me laugh every time because it’s SO true. Just this week I had lunch with my friend Prescott Perez Fox, designer and founder of The Busy Creator podcast. During our chat about all things business, he summed the ups and downs of freelancing perfectly; when you’re on top, you can work for hours with laser-like focus, happily in your creative zone, and all is well with the world. But when you’re down,…

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Is your vague message and presentation costing you clients?

In my days as an agent for art directors, copywriters, graphic designers and illustrators, I would get a lead on a new project and get to work calling in portfolios (I know, old school!) from all great independent creative talent I worked with. Some portfolios came in great shape, ready to go and a win the job, while others didn’t do justice to the creative mind and hand behind it. I’d been in the offices of creative directors who were…

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How to focus and start getting the results you want NOW

On a freezing cold evening in the week between Christmas and the New Year, I was getting ready to drive into the city to a networking event. I had a rotten cold and I was having to dig deep to muster up the will to leave my cozy house and venture out into the night. What would give me a dose of inspiration and motivation, I thought. I grabbed my iPad and, based upon YouTube’s top suggestion for me, clicked…

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How to QUICKLY create connection, build trust, and get clients to say “yes!”

What TV Netflix shows are you currently hooked on?  My husband and I recently ploughed through Bloodline and Narcos (to name just a couple) and found ourselves so invested in the characters and story-lines, we were genuinely upset when they ended. Back to you and your favorite show.  Have you got one in mind?  Great!  Now think about why you like it.  I’m willing to bet it has a compelling central character that you can’t help rooting for, no matter…

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3 powerful reasons to write your brand story

The other day I watched a Baby Tylenol commercial that moved me to tears (I know, I’m a pretty easy target!). You see, the ad’s hero was a baby with an ear infection and while his mum tried everything to comfort her little one, the only thing that finally brought everyone some relief was Baby Tylenol. Now who do you think has a baby who recently had an ear infection? That’s right, me! Those clever ad people know that if…

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The creative’s guide to new year planning

How do you feel about new year resolutions? Wherever you look, you’re called to “make this your best year yet” or worse, create a whole “new you”.  Whether it’s losing weight, finding the man or woman of your dreams, or seriously upgrading your lifestyle, the pressure is ON folks! While I strongly recommend NOT making resolutions, I DO believe in reflecting on the year that passed, dreaming about the year to come, and making a plan to get there. I’m…

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How to use the power of intention to get the results you want

When I was an agent for independent creatives, my job was to find great projects, write and negotiate proposals, and facilitate the project from beginning to end ensuring the creative and client felt heard, supported and delighted with the outcome. Simple right? I won’t claim every project was a raging success, but I will say my 15+ year career was characterized by WAY more, happy, repeat clients, than unsatisfied one-offs. While there were lots of factors at play – from…

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Are you ready for a brand re-fresh?

How do you feel about your branding? Does it feel like the best possible reflection of who you are, what you do and why, and how your ideal clients benefit from working with you?  Or does it feel a little all over the place, and not as effective as it could be? Branding is a term that gets thrown around a lot, and can feel overwhelming, so let’s break it down. Branding is NOT: A logo, color palette, new website,…

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How to thrive in the face of unwelcome change

Change, like death and taxes, is one of constants in life. Sometimes it comes in the form of a life-changing opportunity, other times it’s completely unwelcome and feels out of our control. What changes have you experienced lately? Perhaps you’ve suffered a set-back in your business with the loss of a big client, or perhaps you got laid off from your job and you’re not sure what to do next. Either way, it can be easy to believe that your…

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