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    September 12, 2017

    Are you getting in YOUR own way  and leaving gaps when it comes to designing your business to fully support YOU? Or, are you letting the advice and philosophies of others skew your view of what REALLY works for you? The #1 way I see people getting in their own way (even me at times) is blocking the flow of income by NOT offering what your prime prospects want and need. This is often caused by buying into the mindset that trading hours for dollars is a bad thing.  We’ve all heard it. And we’ve likely bought into the notion that charging hourly or offering packages with entry level investment options isn’t the best use of our time. We know that retained agreements, consulting contracts, coaching packages, group programs, virtual trainings and other leveraged income streams can be VERY lucrative and sometimes, it makes […]

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    December 5, 2016

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, by definition, legacy can mean one of two things.  1)  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property (bequest) 2)  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past (the legacy of the ancient philosophers) Beyond definitions, perception and profession often dictate how we view and approach legacy. For example: Some will hear the word “Legacy” and immediately think of wealth, money and material assets. This is true for people who have accumulated impressive amounts of wealth and need to manage their legacy via investments, living trusts, bequests, creating foundations and/or donating to nonprofit organizations. Others will hear the word “Legacy” and think about lasting impact in the form of instilling values, writing books, sharing philosophies, or creating bodies of work that support people, planet and place […]

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    November 3, 2016

    Why did you start your business? Or, why start a business if you’re not already an entrepreneur? This is an important questions and one that should not be taken lightly. When I decided to start my business in 2003 it was not a decision that I took lightly. It meant letting go of a career I loved (for multiple reasons and mostly for the sake of my health and happiness).  I worked for a premier ad agency at that time and submitting my resignation meant I had to say goodbye to clients I admired, respected and whom I had spent years helping build their brands and businesses (and I had to admit that the way I’d been working was burning me out which was a hard thing to share — I liked to think that nothing could phase […]

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    June 14, 2016

    May was OREGON WINE MONTH. That has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m about to share — other than — I love Southern Oregon and the vintners here are producing some really great wine (aka Entrepreneurial Fuel). But I digress… Let’s consider business for a moment. Business is much like fine wine. It takes a team, from start to finish, to develop a full bodied, quality wine. AND When you want to produce the best wine possible, you create the best team possible based on strengths and skill set. Often you’re not going to put the vineyard manager in charge of marketing or vice versa (unless they are well versed in both roles). You’ll likely consider calling in experts or outsourcing. You see, all too often, regardless of size of business, industry, revenue stream structure, or […]

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    December 11, 2015

    What is YOUR value proposition? Your value proposition is the value you deliver to your clients. Simply put, it’s the results you’ve generated and the story you tell to illustrate why doing business with you is a good choice and what people can expect. This goes beyond the promised deliverable product or service and focuses on results. Results are important. I’m amazed at how many people are not able to articulate their value proposition. Sharing how doing business with you is going to make a difference, save time or money or increase profits is important (it’s crucial information for people to make business decisions). While it’s true that people do business with people they know, like and trust, part of that trust is built on a proven track record. Can you quickly and succinctly share your value […]

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    November 21, 2015

    It’s surprising how many business owners think marketing/advertising is a magic bullet. It is magic but it’s not instant. The fact is, you must make your magic and market it and that’s when the results roll in… (HINT: it takes a clear plan you must be part of it at least in the initial phases). It’s also important to know the difference between marketing and advertising. To simplify the magic of a marketing mix, there are three essential ingredients you must have in place to get results. Your content: This is your marketing message, your copy, your brand essence in words. You must be clear about your messaging and it must be in alignment with your mission, vision and speak to your prime prospects (you should be ultra clear on who they are) in a way that empowers […]

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    February 26, 2015
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    What’s working in your business and what isn’t?  I’m asking this question because I’m genuinely curious.  I’m also seeing a lot of busy work that isn’t generating real results. Worse yet, I’m hearing stories from really smart and savvy people about how they’ve been duped in business. Perhaps you’ve been promised one thing and someone delivered another or  maybe you didn’t receive what you expected at all?  That’s NOT OK in my book.   In fact, when it comes to ROI (return on investment)  not receiving what you agreed upon is not a fair exchange at all. I know that’s the worse case scenario but it’s happening all too often. One way to avoid being disappointed or duped is to do your due diligence by checking references and speaking to satisfied customers. One of the things I take […]

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    October 27, 2014

    Today I’d like you to think about your website and seriously consider how it’s working for you, your business and your clients Do you ever feel like online marketing is one BIG puzzle and you’re missing one or more of the pieces?  If this is true for you, you are NOT alone. In fact, you may be missing crucial pieces to the online marketing puzzle AND you may just need to make some subtle adjustments to increase your profits and get RESULTS. It’s quite possible that you had your website designed (maybe even designed it yourself) and thought once you launched it, the profits would pour in. The TRUTH is, that probably didn’t happen. Here’s why. Unless you have created  a strategy to achieve specific revenue goals, they are not going to magically happen just because you have […]

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    September 30, 2014

    Regardless of the time of year it’s important to assess or reassess your business goals and objective. With that in mind,  I have three questions for you… • Are you where you hoped you’d be in your life and business at this point? • Do you have clear intentions about what you’d like to achieve in your business and your life? • Who is going to hold you accountable? I’ve been pondering planning A LOT lately. One of the concepts I teach in my POWER Planning Process is the idea of pliability. Pliability is important when creating your plan because it allows for course correction, challenging the norm and doing things differently. As you grow in your personal life and in your business focus, there needs to be room for pliability. There also need to be room for […]

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    January 8, 2014

    There are three key elements to creating the life and business you desire. Gratitude, success and support. I suggest that we all focus on gratitude and success (Exactly why I keep a journal of gratitude and a journal of success). It’s one of the best ways I know to stay focused on what really matters and celebrate accomplishments (As well as pick myself up when I’m being to hard on myself — Can you relate to that?). One thing I know for sure is that each of us are way too critical of our own success and where we think we ought to be. This is why it’s important to surround ourselves with people who can hold the space for our vision and hold us accountable to ensure we’re not only moving forward but that we’re stretching ourselves. […]

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