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Sales Calls Are Meant to Open Doors, Not Close Them

Sales conversations are an art form, and they involve a lot of listening. Sales conversations are an art form, and they involve a lot of listening. Your first meeting with a potential client determines 80% of how they decide to engage with you in the future. How they feel when they leave their first conversation with you is more important than what you tell them. Many business owners make the mistake of trying too hard to structure the initial consult call. While there is a ton of...

How the Heck Are You Fitting It All In?

I’ve always been a busy person. I am naturally inquisitive and optimistic, so I see opportunities in everything. How The Heck Are You Fitting It All In? I get asked that a lot. I’ve always been a busy person. I am naturally inquisitive and optimistic, so I see opportunities in everything. I also thrive on change and variety, so I prefer a life full of lots of different stimulus. I manage my life, particularly my business life, like a portfolio. By investing my time in various...

The Only One Keeping a List of Challenges Is You

So what do you do with that nasty list of challenges? The Only One Keeping a List of Challenges Is You Everyone else around you, watching, is fully expecting you to fly. Because they know what you are capable of, and they are excited about your opportunities. What would happen if you tried to see you like they do? What would happen if you saw the clear path without anticipating the bumps? Would they even appear, or would they be lost with your doubts? I was speaking with a client...

A Promise I Will Never Make to My Clients

When all the promises out there are to make more money, that's the one promise you cannot promise to anyone but yourself. Here are all the ways to set yourself up to make more money, and none is a magic bullet. Here’s a fun fact… I did a quick review last week of over 20 business programs for small business owners, and you know what I found? Every single one of them promised to make you more money. Boom! More money! Woohoo! Do you believe it? Can you believe it? As long as there is...

Why Would Anyone Ever Pay Attention To You?

Because you are this miraculous, emerging piece of art that has been shaped and molded over years of experience, lessons and joy. Why would anyone ever pay attention to you? Why would anyone ever pay attention to you? Even though you know it's necessary, being visible is a hard thing, right? Showing ourselves makes us vulnerable to judgment, humiliation, scrutiny, and all the other uncomfortable things that people might do. You ask yourself what you really have to share as you...

If It Takes Time, Let It

You are producing high quality creative work that will not be high quality creative work if you don't let it develop. If it takes time, let it. This one is for you creatives. I know you're out there and I know you're listening. You're the ones who are wondering why you're "so slow". Why everyone else in your industry seems to get things done so quickly but you're still over here, slaving away, halfway done... always halfway done. You've tried so hard to work faster but your brain...

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