What do your clients need from you RIGHT NOW?

It’s nearly July, and boy, what a different summer this one’s shaping up to be. As we peek our heads out of our bunkers and businesses tentatively open their physical doors, we find ourselves, once again, in new and uncharted territory.  Not quite open but not fully closed either. As consumers, we might be questioning the wisdom of a choice to eat in a restaurant, get a haircut, visit the dentist, or (gasp) get on a plane.  And as entrepreneurs…

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Leaning into your values during times of crisis

Have you ever noticed how crisis can bring out the best or the worst in us?  Sometimes it galvanizes us into taking decisive action, we don’t over-think we just do. Maybe the outcome isn’t as polished as usual, but it works. We’re true to ourselves, able to show up fully and support others. And sometimes the opposite is true. We feel unsure of ourselves and freeze, act out, or just opt-out.  We don’t know where to start, so we put…

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Finding your purpose through crisis

The #1 thing creative entrepreneurs and freelancers tell me matters most to them is doing meaningful work that has a positive impact in the world (for the record, freedom and money are #2 and #3!). They want their work and life to have purpose. Can you relate? If you can, you probably also relate the incredible challenge that comes with aligning with that purpose and building a life and business around it. I know I can. For so many years,…

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Should you still be marketing during a crisis? (and other burning questions)

At the beginning of this month – aka lifetime ago – March’s content calendar theme was sales.  It’s a topic I love to talk about (because I know so many people feel weird about it….so much opportunity for transformation!).  But as the news worsened, I felt a blog about sales would be tone deaf, so I wrote a post on staying positive during uncertain times. But just as the crisis shifts every day, so does my instinct about the support…

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Staying positive during uncertain times: 3 ways to conquer a crisis

How are you doing? Really. I had planned to share a blog post with you today about March’s topic – sales. But, as important to one’s business as sales are (and they really are!), I felt compelled to write about something that probably feels way more resonant for you right now – the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our families, communities, and businesses. As the news seems to get worse by the day (scratch that, hour), it can be…

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Your business won’t grow unless you do this

When I moved to NYC from London in 1996, I considered myself to be pretty worldly. After all, I had just spent the last 8 years living in a still-very-dodgy East London area.  How much tougher could New York be? I quickly realized that the culture in NYC was very different and I was out of my depth.  This became painfully clear in my first real job working at a small creative representation agency.  It was a completely new industry…

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Haven’t hit your new year stride yet? 3 ways to handle a bumpy re-entry.

Happy Yew Year! How was your holiday? I’ve asked that question several times this year and gotten answers that range from “lovely, we went to Mexico!” to “ugh, the whole family got a stomach bug.” Now, I’m hoping your holidays were more of the former, but what if your holidays weren’t that great? What if you came into 2020 with mindset that just didn’t lend itself to “hitting the ground running?” While I’m a big fan of the clean slate…

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The unexpected magic of investing in yourself

I was recently having lunch with an old client and friend and she remarked “Well, you’ve always been so good at investing in yourself.” to which I thought “Um, no I haven’t!”  What I was good at was spending money without any real thought to whether it was an investment I’d get a return on. It wasn’t until I opened my second business in 2010, coaching creative entrepreneurs, that I started challenging my assumptions around money and what investing wisely…

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3 ways to wrap up 2019 and create a fresh new slate for 2020

It’s December! I love this time of year. Yes, I love the holidays. Having an enormous twinkling tree in my living room, pulling out my sparkly dresses (see a theme here?), and make merry with friends and family.  But the business coach in me loves this time of year for an entirely different reason; the opportunity to reflect on the past year, think about what I want for the next, and to set the stage for all the good things…

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How to build a stellar industry reputation

What does reputation mean to you? Does having a good reputation and winning accolades in your industry motivate you? Does a desire to be seen a certain way inspire how you make decisions and show up? I know it does for me! Why? Well, if I’m honest, some of it comes from wanting validation (we’re all human, right?). But more than that, building a solid reputation just makes good business sense.  People connect with, trust, and refer people who have…

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