Category Archives: Business development

Your 2024 success plan: 1 thing to stop 🛑, 2 clarifying exercises 🔦, 3 myths debunked 💨

One of the things I hear most from creative freelancers and entrepreneurs is they feel like they’re winging it in their business. Can you relate? I know I can 🙌. And winging it isn’t always a bad thing. There have been plenty of times in my life when winging it looked a lot like seizing an out-of-the-blue, life-changing opportunity and figuring it out as I went. Take the time when I moved from London to NYC, sight unseen, with a…

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Finding your way out of the business wilderness

We’ve all been there – the unbearable space between where you are and where you want to be in your business.  Perhaps the current version of your business feels too small, safe, and limiting. Maybe you’ve outgrown your clients, revenue, and business model. Maybe you’re not even sure what your business model is (hey, there’s no shame in this game, most of us start with the default model!).  You know there’s a next chapter waiting to be written – something…

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The crap holding you back from your life’s work (and how to move forward)

Hands up if you ever get caught up in the weeds of your business. 🙌  From sending invoices and managing your calendar to messing around in the back end of your website, there are countless opportunities for us to work IN our business rather than ON our business. Now, tell me this: how’s that working out for you, your positioning as an expert in your industry, and your bottom line? Are you working the hours you want to work, with…

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Why we’re immune to change (and what to do about it)

Have you ever felt like you are the biggest thing getting in the way of what you want? I know I have. 🙋 What’s your version of getting in your own way? Maybe it looks like: A behavior you repeat, even though you know it’s not in your best interests. Sabotaging yourself Fear of failure Fear of success A behavior that makes you feel bad about yourself, but you just can’t seem to stop Something else… We all have some…

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How to ask for what you want and need

How many GREAT things do you think would flow into your life if you simply asked for them? I mean, explicitly asked.  Maybe you would get: The support you need A raise or promotion A game-changing opportunity  Better projects The time you need to create and deliver an outstanding result More respect Now, consider what happens when you don’t ask for what you want and need:  Doing everything yourself  Feeling undervalued  Being busy, busy, busy Burnout Resentment As a recovering…

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A-ha moments: how to harness the magic + turn ideas into action

Have you ever had an a-ha moment? That split-second when something previously unclear, frustrating, even confounding, suddenly makes sense. 💡 You feel a rush of energy, clarity, and exhilaration as new avenues and possibilities open up to you. I’ve heard clients describe these moments as divine downloads, a random neuron firing, even the voice of God speaking to them. Whatever your unique experience, it feels like magic, doesn’t it? Magic is all well and good, but doesn’t feel like a…

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Thinking big is the easy part

As an entrepreneur you’ve most likely been advised to think big, go big or go home, or set BHAG’s, aka Big Audacious Hairy Goals (that one always sounds a bit gross to me!). I’m as guilty as the next person of falling for the allure of a big audacious goal. After all, outrageous goals, big ideas, and splashy action just sounds sexy and entrepreneurial, don’t they?  Consistent action and incremental progress don’t have quite the same ring to them. And…

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Feeling behind?

Hands up if you’ve ever believed your peers are further along/more organized/more successful/generally better than you. 🙋‍♀️ I’m willing to bet nearly all of you have your hand up.  I know I do! Whether we’re talking about your perception of yourself as an entrepreneur, a creative, a parent, a friend, etc. we all have a tendency to believe everyone else has their act together, while we consistently flounder. “Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outside.” -Rob Lowe Which is…

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Where goals fall short: a guide to wholehearted planning

Do you have something you absolutely love and hate about yourself? I can think of a few things, but the one that creates a lot of dissonance for me is my tendency and ability to plan. It’s a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, I can be relied upon to be as prepared as possible in any given situation. From packing for a family vacation, to coaching a client, or giving a keynote talk, you can bet your…

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What ALL creative visionaries need to succeed (hint: it’s NOT great ideas!)

Have you ever felt like building a profitable and purposeful creative business is a lonely, uphill struggle? I know I have. I’ve also known the joy of feeling fully seen, heard, and supported by peers, professionals, and community members as I navigate uncharted (and often scary) professional and personal territory. We ALL need people who – unencumbered by the personal baggage and demons we carry – are able to see our vision and are willing to hold space for it…

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