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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How simple systems and processes can dramatically UPLEVEL your business game

  If you’re anything like me, you started your own business because you love creative problem-solving, working with clients you love, and being the captain of your own destiny.  Am I right? And then, there’s the reality of being a business owner. 🤔 That moment when you realize that running a business requires SO many small, repeatable, boring tasks that need to be done for the whole operation to run smoothly. From sales + marketing and managing your projects, to…

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“Who the hell do you think you are?” How to beat imposter syndrome and up your business game

I recently had a huge realization about the clients I LOVE working with. They’re smart, view me as a thought-partner rather than teacher, know what they want and are willing to go after it, and challenge me to show up and do my best co-creative work with them. Some of them have PhD’s and MBA’s (letters I do not have after my name) and have, between you and me, always intimidated me a little. It’s only recently, having successfully coached…

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What you measure GROWS. 3 metrics to track in your creative business.

I recently listened to a podcast with a veteran business investor and CEO who stated that growth is only possible when we measure and track the things that matter in our business. And just to be sure we creative business owners got the message, he followed up with “If you’re not willing to measure, you’re not willing to progress.” Ouch! That one hit me hard because me and metrics aren’t super-tight on a day-to-day basis if you know what I…

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Are YOU the biggest obstacle to your business growth?

  Before taking on a new client I always ask (among other questions), what’s getting in the way of them achieving their goals.  And do you know what answer I get most often? ME! And I can relate (oh, you too?).  What now comes easily to me in business almost always started out as a seemingly insurmountable mental and logistical hurdle.  Yep, we humans are complex beings.  We have the capacity to dream up incredible ideas and we’re more than…

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10 books and podcasts to help you win the day!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a book on the go. Novels, business books, spiritual and self-improvement guides. I love them all! The fact that my husband bought me this birthday card (and it’s still on the mantle 6 months later) shows how well he knows me. I kind of want to be this girl! Happily, my love of a good storytelling and a desire to learn and grow is no longer limited to books. I have podcasts…

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How to escape the busy trap

They say you teach what you most need to learn, so here’s my confession to you: I’m a chronic “doer.” Taking on 2 or 3 too many things than I can comfortably handle is my default mode.  I used to joke that if I came back as a dog, I’d be the one carrying the newspaper or herding sheep rather than the one snoozing on the porch. I took pride in my busyness, in being able to keep multiple balls…

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Suffered enough summer slumps? How to make this your last!

I was at a BBQ the other day when the host, a wonderful woman who’s the same age as me, jokingly said, “Oh, it’s all just downhill for us now.” She was talking to the wrong person! (The person who, by the way, had her second baby at 44 years old). “Not me!” I said. “I’ve decided I’m peaking, and things are just getting better from here on in.” She laughed and agreed that was a much better plan. Have…

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Are you constantly hustling for new clients? It’s time to stop the madness!

As a business coach and service-based business owner myself, I’ve noticed there’s a common challenge many of experience at some point and that is: The never-ending hustle for new clients Been there? Yep, me too! You get a new client, celebrate for about a nano-second (because entrepreneurs are notorious for blowing right by our accomplishments so we may better focus on our shortcomings!) and immediately return to that familiar loop in our heads: “Where’s my next client coming from?” 😬…

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