Category Archives: Business development

How great leaders inspire HOPE (and you can too!)

What qualities do tough times bring out in you?  What gets you through, maybe even stronger than before? For me, that quality has always been hope.  Defined by Wikipedia as “An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large,” hope is a powerful and nuanced emotion. Used well it can inspire, fortify, and sustain us through the toughest of times. Used…

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5 ways to take inspired action during challenging times

If challenging times are a necessary catalyst for our growth and resilience, by anyone’s standards, we should all be in the best shape of our lives come 2021! Woweee, it’s been a year. And my friends, it ‘aint over yet.  As we head into the final months of this tumultuous year, you may well have a lot on your mind.  And if you’re anything like me, the pressing issues, large and small, become overwhelming if you’re not careful. So, careful…

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Are you REALLY willing to stand out from the crowd?

Have you ever thought to yourself Now, these are my people?  Do you remember the warm and fuzzy feeling that came from being seen, understood, and connected? Now think about what made you similar to those people and what made you different.  I’m willing to bet that even if your life experiences were very different, what connected you was remarkably similar. Am I right? For example, in the 10 years I’ve been a business coach for creative entrepreneurs, I’ve learned…

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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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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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