• I ask myself this question often “Are you stuck in your comfort zone?”. It pushes me to try new things and really strive to reach my goals.

    Admittedly, it’s easy to stay in my comfort zone. My business has a large internet presence and I am very comfortable gaining exposure online.

    Recently I was the featured member of the week for both the National Association of Women Writers and the Association of Web Entrepreneurs. I was thrilled to be featured and the exposure was quite painless since the interviews were posted online and no public appearances were required.

    Based on this exposure and my reputation locally, I was asked to speak at a Chamber of Commerce event. I said “yes” while inwardly, I was terrified. Public speaking is not my gig. Outwardly I had to suck it up, practice A LOT and face my fear. I had to leave my comfort zone.

    I was asked to speak on internet marketing and how to leverage business via the internet. Because I am very passionate about the topic, I really enjoyed sharing tips that have worked extremely well for me. Plus, I love helping others build their businesses.

    Leading up to the speech was uncomfortable at first but the presentation went well. I didn’t pass out or stumble over my words. What a relief! And, I received some really great feedback from well respected colleagues.

    One of the techniques I use to leverage information is re-purposing. So, I’ve expanded my speech outline into an article to share with you. Once I’ve distributed the article to you, it will then be posted on my blog. After that it’s on to article marketing sites and several colleagues have requested use the article on their sites.

    So remember, never resist a chance to step outside of your comfort zone. You never know what will come your way or the valuable tools the experience will create.

    What have you done to step outside your comfort zone lately?


    Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect" a content and copywriting strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the NEW marketing model for success (as seen in Inc. Magazine) that's changing the way people market today. She specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results via Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, website copy packages and content strategies to effectively market your business. She offers a free Copywriting Action Plan and marketing resources on her award winning blog. Her consulting and coaching is known to help produce million dollar results www.writeoncreative.com/blog


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