Category Archives: Business development

How to have more fun, work less, and make more in 2018

Just follow your passion!!! Find your life’s purpose and build a business around it (yes, just like that!) Be your authentic self (and everything will be fine) As a creative business owner, is there anything more unhelpful than rally cries like these? It’s like a therapist telling you “cheer up” when you’re feeling depressed and sending you on your merry way. When you’re struggling to figure out how to get from where you are in your business (stuck) to where…

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Fallen off the resolution wagon? 7 steps to sustained success in 2018

We’re almost half way through January and you know what that means, don’t you? That 80% of New Years’ resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Talk about dismal statistics. But, if you’re reading this post, I know you have everything it takes to be in 20% of people who make it past February 1st, and the even smaller percentage who continue to expand in success, abundance, and well-being throughout the year. If you’ve noticed your resolve faltering, know that: It’s…

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[A year in review] My top resources for success, happiness, and making progress

It’s hard to talk about this time of year without resorting to platitudes or clichés, but this time of year lends itself SO well to reflection, setting intentions, and declaring new goals that I couldn’t not share a few thoughts with you at this time. Not unlike every other year I’ve been on this planet, 2017 delivered some hard-won lessons on life, love, parenting, and generally being a decent human being looking to add, rather than take value from this…

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How to make progress AND enjoy the process

Being an entrepreneur myself, and having engaged with hundreds over the years, I’ve learned there are two traits most of us share: Big ideas Impatience Now this is a pretty bad combination because, as we all know (intellectually, at least), turning a big idea into something that is of value and delivers results to our clients takes time and a LOT of practice. And who wants to do that?! At first blush, no one. But when you shift your mindset,…

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5 ways to be more productive and less busy

Have you ever responded to the question “how are you?” with “I’m SO busy!!!”? I know I have. But really, when did our lives become so overwhelming that we’d offer such a poor answer to a genuinely nice question? All it does is force the other person to comfort or commiserate with us, and where’s the fun or value in that? As a default position, being busy is an alarmingly easy one to take. And we’re being enabled every step…

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How to change your relationship to time (and get more done with less!)

Ever since I had kids, I’ve found myself saying one of the following way too much: Hurry up I don’t have time I’m too busy Let’s go!!!! Sounds fun, right? Always feeling like you’re running against a clock isn’t fun. Projecting that onto little people feels even worse. And being the personal development junkie that I am, I started reading up on time to see if I couldn’t get to the bottom of how it works, and more importantly, how…

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How to find your business game-changer (and pull it off)

I can still remember the exact moment I decided to start a coaching business.  It was 2008 and, like many creative businesses, my talent management agency Plum Creative was hit hard by the recession. Barring a miraculous economic turnaround, my days were numbered.  It was a pretty crappy feeling! Thankfully, I was a part of a wonderful accountability group (which included a book keeper, an IT specialist, and a magazine sales person; no creatives) and it was during one of…

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Are you ready for a new chapter, but don’t know where to start?

I’ve always loved September.  There’s a new energy in the air and everything feels creative and active after the more mellow days of summer. But with that new energy comes a call to take action.  A call to stop ignoring the things you hoped might get better (or magically go away), to finally get that big idea out of your head and into the world, or start a new chapter in your life or business I know I’m feeling that…

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Feeling paralyzed? This is the PERFECT time to get unstuck!

Are you feeling stuck in your creative business or career?  Things aren’t working as well as you want them to, but you’re damned if you know what to do about it. You’re stuck in a cycle of trying something (anything!) to turn things around, but slipping back into a state of paralysis because you nothing seems to work. Take a breath. We’ve all been there, and it sucks. But I promise, no matter how stuck you feel, things are always…

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The reason clients aren’t buying what you’re selling (and what to do about it)

Have you ever wondered how some businesses or brands just seem to have their finger on the pulse, perfectly anticipating what their clients want and need? What gives? What secret do they know that you don’t? They know that the secret to building a thriving, relevant business is understanding who their target customers are, and building a message, product, and experience to meet their unique needs. More specifically, they know what problems their ideal clients think they have, and they know…

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