Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2010!

Teleclass: Achieve What You Want in 2010 Without Goal Setting

Discover the steps to manifest what you want in 2010 without goal setting!

Presented by: Coach Deb Bailey
Date: Wednesday, January 6th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Where: From any phone, anywhere you happen to be
Cost: Free

Are you busy setting goals for 2010?

What happened to all the goals you set for 2009 - were you able to accomplish any of them?

Stop wasting time and effort on setting goals and never getting any closer to what you want.

Instead of trying to figure out how you'll achieve your goals, in this teleclass you'll learn how to quickly create the steps to manifest the things you really want to have in 2010.

Click here to register today!

Do you want...

A new job?

A new relationship?

More money and less debt?

To start a business?

Stop worrying about how and when you'll get what you want. Find out how you can take action right away and what steps will lead you to what you desire.

If you can't make the call live, you'll receive access to the recording. But, I recommend that you're on the call so that you get this valuable information right away.

Please note: Phone lines are limited, so please click here to reserve your spot on the call ASAP.

Healthy Eating for the New Year

by Janet Gomez

The New Year but it is fast approaching though getting through the Christmas period is what most of us are thinking about at the moment. However, straight after it the New Year is with us.

Typically it's the time many of us are regretting the excesses of the Christmas period and thinking about how we can improve on our eating habits and get healthy for the New Year. In anticipation of these thoughts I'm going to share with you nine of my favourite tips that can be used during the holiday period and beyond!

Choose attractive foods. Remember we start "eating" with our eyes and if the eyes are happy, our stomachs and our mind are more likely to feel satisfied more quickly.

Eat meals at the same time each day. With regularity comes stability at all levels.

Allow a minimum of 3 hours between meals to allow the previous meal to digest properly and leave the stomach before having the next one. Ideally wait to feel at least a little hungry before eating.

Drink plenty of non-sparkling water between meals and sip warm water with meals only if thirsty. Drinking too much fluid with meals dilutes digestive juices so that our meal will take longer to digest and/or won't digest properly.

Eat warm organic freshly-prepared local seasonal food. Avoid reheating food if possible. Ideally only cook as much as you need to eat for each meal and enjoy it soon after it has been prepared.

Make lunch (between 12 and 3pm) the main meal of the day. According to Ayurveda this is the time when your digestive capacity is at its highest. So you'll digest what you eat more easily and more quickly!

Eat dinner early, around 7pm, especially if it contains raw food. In Ayurveda, it is known that raw food takes more energy to digest than cooked food.

Eat light and warm meals in the evening,

Eat a variety of food and in moderation. Variety is the spice of life and quality instead of quantity keeps the digestive system happy.

What next? Put aside enough time to prepare and eat food calmly. Observe how you feel after each meal. What is your energy like?

Janet Gomez, nutritional coach, produces the "Nutri-Jyoti News", a free bi-monthly e-newsletter for busy professionals. Feel ready to learn how to use nutritional strategies to manage your energy levels? Then sign up for her FREE e-course "5 Nutritional Keys to Vitality in your Life" on the Nutri-Jyoti home page now.

Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved Janet Gomez

Desperation Generates BAD Leads

by Paula Pollock

Have you ever had a slow month or a slow quarter and starting feeling desperate? It's a scary place to be, but we've all been there. The unfortunate byproduct of declining revenue is desperation and its evil spawn - poor quality leads. And if you allow yourself to believe these leads are potential customers, you will continue the downward spiral where these fictitious prospects 'kick-the-tires', waste your time, rarely convert and if they do, become nightmare clients that take you in directions you never wanted to go.

Quality Starts with You - Envision yourself at a shopping center with two escalators: one going up and the other going down. The highly successful businesses have learned that allowing their focus to waiver towards desperation is like taking the first step onto the down escalator. It's going to move them to a place they do not want to be and they know it. They catch themselves the second the doubt arrives and they mentally squash it immediately and take a step on the 'up' escalator - even if it's a small, tentative step.

Crystal Clear Targets - Humans have a tendency to want to keep options open. We don't want to make decisions quickly or at all, sometimes. We want it all. Choices mean saying no to something. Regarding clients, it translates into too broad a target. You've heard me and practically everyone else in marketing tell you how important having a niche is. Well, it's even more important in targeting and attracting quality leads. How can your best possible prospect choose your company if you're trying to make the entire world happy? If they don't think you are solely interested in their needs, they will move onto some company who will.

Attract, Assess, Adjust, Repeat - To assure your success in generating quality leads you must dedicate yourself to the process. Just sending out a single sales letter, writing your website once and forgetting it or running a static ad once is an utter waste of money. You need to monitor the performance of your tactics constantly. And if they are attracting the wrong prospects, you need to adjust something. Even when you attract the right leads, then you need to continue to adjust but now for quantity.

Want to learn details on attracting quality leads? Operation: Lead Generation is designed to focus on the details you need to attract perfect, qualified prospects who will buy! Register today at http://operationleadgeneration.eventbrite.com/

Paula Pollock is Director of the Pollock Marketing Group, further assisting good companies in becoming great through outsourced marketing services with her team of professionals. PMG supports business marketing at all levels from DIY, short-term projects and campaign corrections. You can sign up to receive her Marketing Tips newsletter at www.paulapollock.com

Merry Christmas

Have a wonderful holiday!

Are You Using These Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs?

by Deborah A. Bailey

There are a lot of people who are starting businesses these days, and often they're coming from the corporate environment. It may seem much more desirable to be your own boss after experiencing a job loss, but it takes more than a business plan to have success. You also have to consider the transition you're making from a regular paycheck to having an income that may have its ups and downs.

If you're going into entrepreneurship and still holding on to the belief that it's the same as being employed (except without benefits and job "security") - you will find yourself in a very limiting position. Having your own business will force you to develop certain traits that will help you transition from employee to CEO. Once you master those, you will be in an excellent position to build a successful business.

Are you using any of these in your business?

Creating a Vision

  • What do you really want to do? What do you feel is your purpose?

  • Where is your passion?

  • Can you picture yourself in your ideal situation?

Connecting with your creativity

  • Think outside of the box - take risks

  • Don't make future decisions based on past experiences

  • Be open to new approaches

Trusting your intuition

  • What do you feel is the right action to take?

  • Listen to your "inner voice" when making decisions

  • Trust that you know what's best for you

Taking Action

  • Make a decision once you have the information that you need

  • Be proactive instead of being a victim of circumstances

  • Not making a decision is also a decision!

Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

Launch Your Product-Based Business in 2010!

Join Sarah Shaw for a 10 week product-launcher session and learn everything she know about bringing a product to life and move your business to the next level.

Sarah will tailor a program to your individual needs and bust open the doors to this mysterious product business, help you get your idea(s) out into the light, brainstorm it and get you the best product out there.

Working with Sarah will shorten your learning curve and give you the first handing knowledge you need to move forward with your product line. Once you work with Sarah you will leave with a checklist of what to do and HOW to do it.

Click here for more information and to get started today!

Who Will Lead You to Success in 2010?

by Marquesa Pettway

Yes, you can do it by yourself...but without accountability, struggle and a lack of commitment pop up regularly. I truly believe that individuals that recruit a mentor/coach are serious about getting to the next level professionally and personally. Studies show that people who have the structure, accountability and support from a mentor/coach are generally more successful and complete their goals.

In this article, I share tips for choosing a mentor for 2010 that will help accomplish your goals for 2010.

Tip #1
In most cases, a mentor has accomplished a certain level of success that you aspire to reach...this allows you to stay motivated, inspired and educated.

Tip #2
It's really beneficial to you if your mentor has a system or program in place. Making it up as you go along can work in some situations but professional systems get results.

Tip #3
The connection is really important. You need to be able to share the good, bad and ugly with your mentor. It helps to have a good rapport and enjoy communicating with them.

Tip #4
Does your mentor have a mentor? It's important that mentors have someone to hold them accountable. (I call this walking the talk.)

Tip #5
Your mentor needs to stretch you, and at times, make you feel a little uncomfortable. This means challenging you to be your best and pushing you beyond your comfort level.

To be mentored by Marquesa? Click here to complete a short interest form.

Think of the tips I shared and choose a mentor/coach for 2010!

"Speaker, Reinvention Expert, Coach and Radio Host Marquesa Pettway publishes the weekly e-zine "Reinvention" with thousands of subscribers. If you're ready to Reinvent and could use easy-to-follow steps, visit www.MLPSpeak.com for her FREE e-zine."

Free Teleclass Tonight - Shift Your Thinking Now!

It's not too late to join us for tonight's call!

Presented by: Coach Deb Bailey
When: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Where: From any phone, anywhere you happen to be!

*Are you anxious about what's coming up in the coming year?

*Have you experienced a job loss, or are you just hanging on, "keeping your head down" and hoping for the best?

*Are you worried that you're too old to start over?

Take the 60 days to success challenge! Discover how you can apply the traits of successful entrepreneurs to your life.

At the end of the hour you'll know how to:

*Create a vision for your success in your work and/or business

*Transfer your current skills into a new career or line of work

*Apply strategies to become more entrepreneurial in how you manage your work

*Get rid of the stigma of being looked at as "too old" to change to a new career path

If you can't make the call live, you'll receive access to the recording. But, I recommend that you're on the call so that you get this valuable information right away!

Please note: Phone lines are limited, so please reserve your spot on the call ASAP.

Travel Tip for the Holiday Season

by Janet Gomez

With the holiday season coming up many of us are planning to go and visit family and friends. Often our travel plans involve flying, which can be tiring at the best of times. Whenever I fly I order a vegetarian option for the meal since I'm vegetarian. However, I'm going to share with you three good reasons to "go veggie" when you're travelling by plane even if you're not normally vegetarian!

1. We are served first (or before our fellow passengers). In any case this is my experience. It's the same principle of service that you have in a restaurant. It's rare that a large party of people is served before a table of two or three. The same logic seems to work when you're on a plane. You also have more time to enjoy your meals before the plates are cleared away. This means you can take time to chew and savour what you receive. This can be a great bonus if you're travelling with children. The only downside is that it's a bit unfortunate for your fellow meat-eating travellers who have to wait for their row to be served, while you're tucking in.

2. We get the lighter option - meaning that it's lighter on our digestive system. This is definitely the main reason to "go veggie" when flying.
Flying is dehydrating to the whole body. When the body is dehydrated you feel tired and your concentration decreases. Various functions, especially the digestive one, don't work as well as they could. Anything you can do to ease the work your digestive system needs to do when travelling will benefit you tremendously when you arrive at your destination. Other tips to improve digestion while flying include drinking plenty of water before, during and after the flight (warm water is best), and avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol while flying. With improved hydration and the lighter option of the vegetarian meal, you and your family will have much less jet lag when you arrive at your destination and will be able to start enjoying your holiday much more quickly.

3. We have "healthier" options - I always get salad and fruit when I fly. For some reason, airlines presume that if you "go veggie" you want the healthy option so I rarely am served a heavy cake when I take the vegetarian option. By taking in less refined food than the average traveller, our digestive system also functions better - another bonus :) A word of warning for good digestion when flying - keep the fruit to eat a couple of hours after you've had your meal. Fruit digests more quickly than other foods and so should be eaten separately.

Final point - you may find that some airlines seem to be unaware that there are different categories of vegetarians, and that some of us do eat dairy products. Sometimes you may receive margarine to put on your bread roll or crackers, which is a shame after the rest of the meal was so healthy! My opinion is that margarine is not a natural product and does not break down in the body so I just ask for butter, and if they have it, the airline gives it to me. And if not, I am fine about going without. It's a small price to pay for all the other perks of "going veggie" when flying!

What's next?

1. Call your travel agent/airline and book for a vegetarian meal option. Although many airlines now offer one you'll have different vegetarian options to choose from if you book it advance and also there's a greater chance of your having your chosen meal.
2. Remember to check that the meal has been confirmed when you check in!
3. Take some fruit or a nut and raisin mix just in case!

Janet Gomez, nutritional coach, produces the "Nutri-Jyoti News", a free bi-monthly e-newsletter for busy professionals. Feel ready to learn how to use nutritional strategies to manage your energy levels? Then sign up for her FREE e-course "5 Nutritional Keys to Vitality in your Life" on the Nutri-Jyoti home page now.

Copyright © 2009 All rights reserved Janet Gomez

Paula Pollock on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Paula Pollock

Even before the economy took a turn, Paula Pollock saw that most upper level marketing managers spent less than 10% of their time actually creating marketing that generates leads. That’s marketing’s job after all and yet, no one was doing it. The Pollock Marketing Group started out of necessity when the telecommunications industry was imploding with layoffs and she began writing marketing plans for friends with new business ideas when she wasn’t working or taking care of her infant son. When her pink slip arrived she took her business full-time, again by necessity. After years of freelance consulting, she formed the agency that exists today: offering a one-stop resource for custom lead generation. In addition to private consulting and marketing outsource services, they offer end-to-end marketing project work for all size businesses. With over twenty years of corporate sales and marketing experience, Paula offers knowledge and value that few can match. Resources, videos and free marketing tips are available at paulapollock.com.


Free Teleclass: "Shift Your Thinking - Change Your Life!"

How to Use Entrepreneurial Thinking to Transform Your Work & Life

Presented by: Coach Deb Bailey
When: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Where: From any phone, anywhere you happen to be!

*Are you anxious about what's coming up in the coming year?

*Have you experienced a job loss, or are you just hanging on, "keeping your head down" and hoping for the best?

*Are you worried that you're too old to start over?

Join me for part one of a three-part series where you'll discover how you can apply the traits of successful entrepreneurs to your life. It doesn't matter if you don't plan to start a business anytime soon. Having an entrepreneurial mindset is not just for entrepreneurs!

Have a specific situation that's causing frustration and sleepless nights? Three participants will have the opportunity to get personal attention during the call. Those spots will be first-come, first-served, so if you want to be selected, be sure to respond right away when you receive the email with the call-in instructions.

Even if you don't get the opportunitity to work with me directly on the call, at the end of the hour you'll know how to:

*Create a vision for your success in your work and/or business

*Transfer your current skills into a new career or line of work

*Apply strategies to become more entrepreneurial in how you manage your work

*Get rid of the stigma of being looked at as "too old" to change to a new career path

*Take steps to get what you want today instead of waiting and hoping things get better on their own!

If you can't make the call live, you'll receive access to the recording. But, I recommend that you're on the call so that you get this valuable information right away!

Please note: Phone lines are limited, so please reserve your spot on the call ASAP.

Sharon Levy on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Sharon Levy

Sharon Levy is the CEO and Founder of Taking Tea In Style, which was established in 2005. Ms. Levy worked as a Project Manager, IT Specialist and Executive Assistant at several fortune 500 companies including AT&T, American Express, Merrill Lynch and IBM. In June 2007, Ms Levy pursued her dream to launch her own business and create elegant Tea Parties for organizations and individuals, and to teach Tea Etiquette and Table Manners Workshops for children ages 5 – 18. Her company offers private lessons as well as monthly workshops which are interactive and fun.

Ms. Levy enjoys entertaining her friends and family and has had numerous tea parties in her home. She loves the tea experience and wanted to create this exquisite and relaxing feeling for others. Her friends and family encouraged her to pursue her dream, so she moved forward to create her company Taking Tea In Style. Visit Ms. Levy's website at http://www.takingtea-instyle.com/


Deb Bailey on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Deborah A. Bailey, writer, speaker and host of "Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success" will share how you can use entrepreneurial traits to connect with your purpose.

You don't have to be a business owner in order to think like an entrepreneur! Find out how you can use entrepreneurial qualities such as having a vision, and taking risks to overcome obstacles in your career. Do you believe that being a certain age or only having experience in a particular industry limits your future opportunities? Tune in for part two of a three-part series that's sure to change your perspective on what's possible in your life!

Learn more about Deborah A. Bailey at http://dbaileycoach.com and her podcast at: http://dbcoach.podomatic.com.


Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!


Recipe for Success

by Deborah A. Bailey

My mom usually makes pies for Thanksgiving. This year I wrote a couple of recipes down just in case I decided to try them for myself. The reason I haven't done it so far is because I know my pie won't taste the same as hers. We may follow the same recipe, but the result won't be the same. Each person puts something a little different into the thing they're creating.

It might be a bit of a stretch to compare pies to businesses or careers, but in this case I think it's similar. Everyone brings a part of themselves into everything they do. It doesn't matter if there are already other people doing that work - you will bring something to it that no one else can. It also doesn't matter how many other people are in your industry. What you will bring to it will be uniquely your own.

During this time of year there's always a lot of introspection about where we've been and where we're heading. It's easy to get discouraged if we think we can't compete with people who are already doing what we want to do - or we think we are entering a seemingly overcrowded field. When I was afraid to move forward, I was always finding reasons why I should stay put. Thankfully I didn't let any of them stop me. In the end, it didn't matter who else was already in my field. I'm not in competition with any of them. My knowledge and my experience means I can bring a perspective that no one else will ever have.

So I guess it's okay if my pie doesn't taste like my mom's. Her pie doesn't taste like my grandmother's. Each of us can add something to the mix that is uniquely her own.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Copyright © 2007 - 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

Women Entrepreneurs Radio is One Year Old!

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So, what's next? In January 2010, "Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success" will be moving to a new platform and a new format. You'll be hearing more about that in the coming weeks.

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Deb Bailey on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Deborah A. Bailey, writer, speaker and host of "Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success" will share how you can use entrepreneurial thinking to insure that 2010 is a successful year. Thinking like an entrepreneur doesn't depend on being a business owner. You can use entrepreneurial traits to make sure that you thrive (and not just survive) during challenging times. Join Deborah for part one of a three-part series that's sure to change your perspective on what's possible in your life!

Learn more about Deborah A. Bailey at http://dbaileycoach.com and listen to her podcast at http://dbcoach.podomatic.com.


Is Your New Customer Bucket Full of Holes?

by Stacy Karacostas

Years ago I was struggling with chronic knee problems. So I went to
see yet another specialist to figure out why, even after surgery, I
kept tearing the same spot in my meniscus.

Back then you actually got to see the doctor for more than 15
minutes, and we hit it off well. Though overall the visit was

After the usual exams and tests, she gave me new exercises to do
while using a machine that beeped when certain muscles fired. I
thought "Oh boy, more exercises..." and went on my way.

Then two weeks later, I got a call from the doctor checking to see
how things were going! I was blown away!!!

Growing up working in my parent's animal hospital, we always called
owners the day after their pets wen t home from surgery to make sure
everything was fine. And they loved the extra touch. But I'd NEVER
had a doctor call me-before or since.

Yet this small action always made a big impact.

Now let me ask you…When was the last time you followed up with your
past clients or customers?

If you:

Are pretty sure you sent at least one thank you or holiday card...
Can't remember... Haven't ever really followed up at all… You're
losing business-and money-as a result!

Most entrepreneurs spend most, if not all, of their marketing
efforts attracting new clients-and hardly any on following up. That's
like pouring water into a holey bucket.

Because you have to constantly find new customers, get in front of
them until they take notice, then convince them to take action.
Whereas past clients and customers already know, like and trust you.
And those who just bought from you are most likely to buy again (and
sooner than you think).

But only if you stay in touch regularly.

If you don't, they fall out the bottom of your business and you have
to start the whole process again.

While it does take some work to get regular follow-up systems in
place, the results are worth it. And you only have to do the work

Below are six simple and effective ways to follow up, ranging in
cost from "nothin' but your time" to a few hundred a month…Plus tips
for automating or outsourcing whenever possible.

Cheapest and easiest

1) Pick up the phone and give 'em a call --Check in. See how they're
doing. Ask if they have questions.

Often you can have an employee, a call center, or a Virtual
Assistant do this for you. As long as you provide a script, and a
list of common questions and answers, they'll do fine.

2) Write a thank you card --A handwritten card is always
appreciated. Be sure to write them right after your first meeting or
sale. Otherwise, you probably won't do it at all. You can have an
assistant write them for you or use an online service like
sendoutcards.com to make it easy.

Minimal cost and effort

3) Start a monthly or bi-monthly e-newsletter --Use an email
broadcasting service like 1shoppingcart, constantcontact, aweber etc.
to deliver your emails so you're spam compliant. Then pre-write and
preset e-newsletters to go out later.

If you're not a writer, hire someone to write for you. Or, buy
prewritten content.

4) Send regular postcards --Use a simple system like my folks did of
creating all follow up cards at the first visit, then filing them in
a box by month to be mailed later. Or use an online service like
sendoutcards.com to automate it.

A little more, but worth it

5) Send a monthly or bi-monthly print newsletter --To keep costs
low, do a single sheet back/front or an oversized postcard. Then pack
it with helpful tips, articles, quotes, etc. Again, you can outsource
it all to a Virtual Assistant or buy content, if needed.

6) Have a client appreciation party --Reserve a room in a bar or
restaurant, a pavilion in a park, or use your own home or office if
appropriate. Ideally, tie it in with a charity or have a raffle. Then
send extra invites and encourage clients to bring friends, coworkers

These are just a few ideas. It doesn't matter what you do as long as
you do it consistently. So start with one idea. Then once your
systems are in place, start doing another one and so on.

I promise, it'll be easy once you get everything up and running.
Best of all, you'll love the results-and so will your clients.

(Here are links to the services I personally use, in case you're

- Jim Palmer's Newsletter Content Service

- 1shoppingcart email autoresponder and/or ecommerce system

- VAs who do terrific newsletter content and/or layout (both print
and email):

www.keyadministration.com and bsetc.com

©2009 Stacy Karacostas. All Rights Reserved. www.success-stream.com

Practical Marketing Expert Stacy Karacostas specializes in
taking the stress, struggle and confusion out of growing your
small business. Get tons of marketing tips and ideas, plus grab
a copy of her info-packed FREE REPORT "The 7 Deadliest Small
Business Marketing Sins…Are You Guilty?" at http://www.success-

Using Podcasting & Internet Radio to Market Your Small Business?

It's not too late to sign up for this one-time-only teleseminar!

Is this you: You need more new clients, and you have helpful
expertise to share... But writing’s not your thing, and you
want no part of producing and editing video??

Then podcasting and Internet radio could be just the ticket for
marketing your business online! These two hot formats are
surprisingly LOW-TECH and LOW-COST.

On Thursday the 19th at noon PST, Stacy Karacostas of SuccessStream Sales & Marketing Solutions will be interviewing Internet radio/podcasting expert and business coach Deb Bailey, host of the Internet Radio show Women Entrepreneurs - The
Secrets of Success to help you get started.


(If you can’t make the live call, remember you can always order
a copy of the audio so you don’t miss a thing!)

Deb’s gonna help you make sense of podcasting and Internet
radio... And decide whether they’d be effective ways to get out
your message.

Plus she’s promised to simplify the how-to’s, and cover the
specifics you need to know so you *connect* with your listeners
on a deeper level.

Here’s just a taste of what she’s going to share on our call

- What exactly podcasts and Internet radio shows are, and how
to know if they’re the right online marketing tactics for you

- How the recording process works, what it costs, and what you
need to know up front… BEFORE you make a big time or money

- Ways to use “talking points” in an interview so you connect
with your listeners without being “salesy”

- Your specific questions during the live Q & A portion of the

- And much, much more!

Snag your sp ot on tomorrow’s f*r*e*e* live call, or reserve a
copy of the audio file if you can’t make it, by going here now


Although the call is no-charge, spots are limited and tend to
fill right up. So, get all the details and sign up right away!

Here’s to your future success!

P.S. Even if you can’t make the live call, you can always
reserve a copy of the downloadable recording. Just go here and
click on the big, green "I Want It" button to be taken to a
page where you can register for the mp3.


Has Email Marketing Become "Old School?"

by Deborah A. Bailey

So has social media put an end to email? I doubt that we're going to see email go away completely, but there are changes happening. Check your own communications to see what shifts you're seeing. Based on what I've observed in my own business, I've come to these conclusions.

1. Open rates. Check your newsletter open rates to get a picture over time of what's being looked at. From texts, to emails, telemarketer calls, ads, thousands of cable channels, etc. We're constantly bombarded with messages from every direction.

There are televisions in elevators these days and ads on shopping carts. Information overload has created an environment where open rates are falling and people are thinking twice before giving up their email addresses.

2. Spam vs. information. It's seems lately that some people think nothing of sending out three to four emails a day, seemingly in an effort to break down your resistance. If I'm not interested, sending me more emails isn't going to change my mind.

Yes, I know that you're supposed to touch your prospects multiple times, and some people will always wait until the last minute to sign up. However, it's likely that those prospects are also being repeatedly contacted by others as well. There are ways to touch them without being intrusive (which is why relationship building is so important). Otherwise they're just going to become overwhelmed and tune out completely.

3. Blogs are alive and well. For a while I wasn't doing much posting on my blog, especially after I opened a Twitter account. However, after I tried to get on Twitter a few times and couldn't due to it being "over capacity" I realized that one should not depend on any one tool. If for some reason your social media account gets closed or isn't working, your blog will still be there.

4. Does a "free gift" lead to a paying client? It's been common practice to give some free report or other item to entice people to sign up for your list. Then you market to them in an effort to get some of them to move through your funnel. Social media (and blog subscriptions) has changed all of that.

When people subscribe to your blog, they want to get your content. They didn't have to be given a gift to do it. They've opted in because they're interested. Similarly with social media you can join groups with members in your target market. You don't have to sift though subscribers who may not have any interest in you (other than the free gift).

Frankly I think it's better to have people opt in who have already been "pre-qualified" through your social media (and in-person) channels. They already know, like and trust you and have opted in to get more.

You may look at your own communications and come to different conclusions, and that's fine. In the end you have to make your decisions based on what's working for you, and what isn't. Look at your statistics and decide if it's time to make some changes in how you're contacting your clients and prospects.

Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

Are You Making This Mistake When Creating Your Packages?

by Elizabeth Genco Purvis

As a marketing coach who serves spirit-rich entrepreneurs, most of whom are working in the mind/body/spirit realm or are aligned with Spirit in and out of their businesses, I regularly check out what people are offering: their packages, programs, and opportunities for their clients to work with them.

Of course, I start with my clients, but I don’t stop there! In particular, I pay close attention to those who have really high visibility - book deals, are in the conversation in our industry, etc. And over and over again, I see one mistake being made when it comes to pricing and packaging.

This mistake costs people BIG time - not just in lost income, but in lost opportunities to create deep and lasting transformation. It also sucks the energy right out of you, takes up waaaaay too much time AND kills your cash flow. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the coaches, healers, consultants and metaphysical practitioners I know are making this mistake.

What’s the mistake? Let’s look at an example of a typical package to find out.

Let’s take a coach, for example. What do most coaching packages look like? Most are some variation on this: meeting X times per month for Y months at Z dollars per month. For example, 3 sessions a month for 6 months at $300 per month.

The question that comes to mind is, what is a client paying for in this scenario? “Coaching,” you might answer. Trouble is, your clients are never paying you for “the thing” that you do. They are paying you to solve a very specific problem that matters to them.

So what’s the mistake? Not creating packages or programs that solve a specific problem.

Here’s why these kinds of packages suck the energy out of you, take up waaay too much time and kill your cash flow, too…

When you’re focused on a specific problem, you can design the program to address that ONE problem, which means there are boundaries on that program - they don’t go on and on and on. (And you don’t give too much away - another huge problem for many spirited entrepreneurs who love to give and give and give.) Focusing on one problem means that you’ll streamline your solution to that problem, which takes less time AND energy.

Most importantly, programs that are not focused on a specific problem (and provide a specific result) are a LOT harder for them to say yes to. Your clients want to know, “What’s in it for me?” Without results, you’ll be on the phone for hours with your potential clients, only to hear them say, “I have to think about it.” Yuck! It’s a time drain, an energy drain, and a cash-flow killer.

You might be thinking, “Well, if a client is paying X dollars per month for 6 months, isn’t that great for my cash flow?” Monthly payments are great for your cash flow… when you’re selling your packages regularly AND for the investment that matches the value. Trouble is, without focusing on problems and solutions, you’ll struggle with enrolling your programs at a great investment.

Here’s another important tip for you: When you focus on one specific problem in your packages, the investment will be based on value, not time. And the value of your package will always be more than the time you spend! (Remember, your clients are paying for a solution, NOT your time.)

Design your packages and programs around results and value to your clients, not your time. When you do, you’ll have more clients eagerly signing up at a higher investment point… it’s a win for you with your cash flow, and a win for them because they’ll finally get to experience the transformation they so desperately want and need.

Ready to learn how to create irresistible programs that your clients can’t wait to sign up for? You’ll want to reserve your spot in my upcoming “Clients And Cash Flow Secrets” teleseminar series! Register before tonight at 11:59 pm to take advantage of the generous 3-pay option and to nab some valuable bonuses. Sign up here: http://www.ClientsAndCashFlowSecrets.com.

© 2009 Elizabeth Genco Purvis. All Rights Reserved.

Elizabeth Genco Purvis, “The Marketing Goddess” teaches spirited solo business owners and conscious entrepreneurs how to attract an abundance of clients, income, freedom and satisfaction in their business while staying true to their values. Visit MarketingGoddess.com to claim your copy of “Grow Your Business With Spirit And Soul,” a 7-part audio workshop with everything you need to begin attracting more clients right away.

Create a Natural State of Joy

by David Neagle

Through our senses and from the people around us, we absorb ideas, beliefs, perceptions and evaluations of the way the world works. Unfortunately, many of these ideas are fear-based; they stem from a limited understanding of the world, and we don’t even realize they’re there. Once “learned,” they pass to our subconscious, where they still direct our actions and results. So, we have bad results and we just can’t figure out why.

The good news is that subconscious beliefs don’t like the light. Simple awareness gives us the choice to reject them.

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes, “Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate.” He outlines a process of affirmation and visualization to create the habit of positive emotion. Eventually, he writes, positive emotions will dominate your subconscious mind so completely that the negatives cannot enter.

A Natural State of Joy

Based on my experience with thousands of people all over the world, I suggest that rather than working with your thoughts, you can create a natural state in which negativity has no place.

If you get in touch with the desire in your heart, and you seek the expression of that desire and do all that’s required of you, you’ll enter a natural state in which you won’t want to be negative. You won’t talk about what’s wrong with everything or hang out with people who bring you down.

You already know that this works. When you’re doing something you love, you feel very little, if any, negativity. When you’re in harmony with something, it’s natural to express the happiness, joy, eroticism, compassion, loving, caring or jovialness of the situation. You’re automatically joyful, even if you’re habitually not that way the rest of the time.

Years ago, I had trouble following through on things that I knew I should be doing. I didn’t understand why it was so difficult. It was difficult because I was not in harmony with the thing I was supposed to be doing.

Every result, condition and circumstance in your life is an opportunity for you to get from where you are to where you want to be. Each one is giving you the opportunity to correct your course.

So, if you’re struggling with something, like I was, rather than trying to beat it into submission, look it in the eye instead. Ask: “How does this move me to where I want to go?”

When you start to come up with preprogrammed beliefs, reasons why you can’t take advantage of the opportunity or how it’s not an opportunity at all, you have to let those thoughts go. Say to yourself, That is an apparent, surface explanation, but it’s not the truth. The truth is this is an opportunity for me. What is the opportunity?

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you viewed everything that happened as an opportunity? All of your so-called failures and disappointments? Your life would be a string of opportunities all pointing you in the direction you want to go. Well, that is happening, right now, whether you acknowledge it or not.

When you acknowledge it, though, you’re happier. Your results are in harmony with who you really are. You appreciate the increasingly rare negative result because it shows you that you need to course correct. In this kind of life, you experience in every way your true, divine nature.

As Hill wrote, “Somewhere in your makeup there lies sleeping this seed of achievement which, if aroused and put into action, would carry you to heights such as you may never have hoped to attain.”

It all starts with your desire. From that, everything else, including your own greatness, will follow.

© Copyright 2009 – David Neagle's Life Is Now Inc.
All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

David Neagle, Million Dollar Income Acceleration Coach, mentors entrepreneurs to quantum leap their current businesses past the 7-Figure income level in just 12 months. David invites you to download—as his GIFT to you—his legendary "Art of Success" 4-hour audio program. This audio series is a tremendously compelling and comprehensive program that demonstrates—once and for all—that Success has nothing to do with "getting" or "achieving", and everything to do with WHO we must BE to manifest our hearts' true desires. For an additional bonus, Text: success to the number: 85800

Are Your Clients Feeling the Love?

by Deborah A. Bailey

I'm sure it's no surprise that whatever you were doing in your business last year may not be effective today. There have been a lot of shifts in mindset, starting with how people are spending their money. It's not that people aren't spending, but they're making different decisions about how they spend. If you're not sure about that, consider your own spending habits. How have your priorities changed? What are you buying (and not buying) these days?

How are you communicating with your clients? If you aren't putting time into cementing those relationships, you're leaving money on the table. Recently I completed a writing project for a long-time client. Though I'd usually said "thank you" in our email correspondence, this time I decided to send her a "thank you" card. About a week after I mailed the card she contacted me with another project. Perhaps she would've hired me for the project whether I'd sent the card or not, but I'm sure it didn't hurt to send it.

  • Let your clients know you appreciate them. Take an extra step to let them know that you're glad to have their business. Send a thank you card, call them to see how things are going, give them a gift with purchase. Continue the relationship with them beyond the sale.

  • Don't just focus on giving out incentives to get people to sign up. Filling your list with people who only want a free gift is no guarantee that they'll ever buy from you. How about giving extra bonuses and incentives to your current customers?

  • Send your clients a survey. Find out what they want and determine how you can continue to provide it to them. Don't just focus on what you THINK they want. The more you please your clients, the more likely they stay and recommend you to others.

  • Focus on building relationships. If you want to create long-term relationships it's not only about making that one sale. You have to continue to be their "go to" person. Communicate with them by sharing helpful information or reaching out to acknowledge a birthday or anniversary. Don't only contact them to send your latest sales pitch.

  • Give great customer service. Be responsive to inquiries and solve problems as soon as possible. This is something that small business can excel in, so don't miss the opportunity to use personalized service to your advantage. I've had too many experiences with large companies that have terrible or non-existent customer service. Perhaps some large corporations feel they can ignore their clients, but small businesses do so at their peril. Make sure your communications (from written correspondence to how you speak to people on the phone) reflects positively on your business.

  • Adding more and more prospects isn't going to help you if you're not showing appreciation to the clients you already have. Let them know that they're important and that you value their business.

    Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

    Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

    New Teleseminar: Join the Online Audio Revolution!

    Join the Online Audio Revolution…Learn How to Create Podcasts and Host Your Own Internet Radio Show!

    When: Thursday, November 19th

    Time: 12:00 Noon PST/3:00 pm EST

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    How: Just click the link below to reserve your spot on the call

    Join Deb Bailey, host of "Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of
    and Stacy Karacostas, Practical Marketing Expert & CEO of
    SuccessStream Sales & Marketing Solutions for this informative one-
    hour teleseminar.

    Did you know... Right now, we're seeing an all-time high in the
    popularity of online audio: 1 in 5 Americans aged 25 to 54 listen to
    Internet radio on a weekly basis!

    So while video might be sexier, and therefore in the news more,
    audio is without-a-doubt a terrific way to market your business.

    Here are 5 more great reasons to consider using podcasting or
    Internet Radio to reach more people than ever before...

    - It's easier and cheaper than you think (and easier than video).

    - Awesome for those who don't like to write or are camera shy.

    - You don't need any special equipment to get started.

    - About 42% of Americans over age 12 own some kind of MP3 player; typically an Apple iPod® or iPhone™, and these people are downloading more and more po dcasts every day!

    - Because people get to hear your voice, you make a much deeper
    connection with them than you can with written words.

    Podcasting and Internet radio are basically just audio on the Web.
    While it's pretty simple and inexpensive to get started, it helps a
    ton to know a few tricks and secrets from someone who's been there,
    done that. Otherwise you could end up wasting a ton of time of money
    (and who can afford to do that??).

    We only have a limited number of phone lines reserved for this event
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    8 Essential Skills that Make Leaders Successful

    business woman

    by Kristin Marquet

    Organizations small, medium, and large need strong minded, smart, and resilient leaders.

    Successful leaders have the ability to get others to follow his or her vision. Leaders have clear visions of goals and objectives.

    Leaders are flexible planners. Leaders are proactive and do not stop until he or she is satisfied with the result. Most importantly, leaders know how to communicate effectively.

    However, the most important leadership qualities are:

    1. Good leaders have integrity and are trustworthy - a leader that control emotions, makes decisions based on logic and fact, and gains the trust of others are the top qualities a successful leader needs.

    2. Good leaders are devoted and committed - successful leaders are devoted to completing whatever needs to be done. He or she will work tirelessly until the result is great.

    3. Good leaders take personal responsibility and award credit where it is due - A good leader will take personal responsibility for when things go badly or for when a project fails as well as award credit to where it is due.

    4. Good leaders know how to be humble - great leaders aren't arrogant, condescending or mean, but they understand that they aren't better than others are.

    5. Good leaders respect the views of their team/organizational members.

    6. Good leaders have good communication skills - leaders need to be able to express themselves effectively. They must listen to gain new insight into new opportunities. Good leaders are objective listeners and don't let his or her own thoughts impair his or her judgment.

    7. Good leaders have ability to be creative and develop fresh ideas while maintaining the core values of the project.

    8. Good leaders are level-headed and have the ability to keep a sense of humor. Leaders that are levelheaded and down to earth are much more approachable than leaders that are rigid and stiff. Many times members of the group or organization are afraid to speak up if a leader is inflexible because he or she is afraid of being reprimanded.

    Essentially a good leader is smart, driven, understanding, and levelheaded with the willingness to assert behavior over some members or employees that deviate, digress, or lose interest in whatever the goal is. Successful leaders have the ability to keep the group focused and motivated while keeping themselves motivated.

    With a no B.S. attitude, Kristin Marquet is the founder and managing director of Creative Development Agency (formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). Kristin also develops, manages, and implements various internal and external communication and social media initiatives. With a strong eye for creating memorable brands and a diverse range of knowledge, Kristin provides strategic counsel to clients interested in developing successful internal and external communication programs across all media platforms. https://creativedevelopmentagency.com/

    Kristin Marquet is a regular contributor to the Secrets of Success blog.

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    Eli DeFaria

    Anaezi Modu on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

    Anaezi Modu

    Anaezi Modu, Founder and CEO, REBRAND™, has extensive experience in design and strategic repositioning to meet business objectives.

    REBRAND™ is a forum for case studies and programs on effective brand transformations. Its leading program, the REBRAND 100® Global Awards, juried by an esteemed panel of international design and business leaders, is the highest recognition for brand rebuilding and redesign in the business arena, and is the only global program of its kind. Small businesses, regional, non-profit, and multinational entities are eligible for recognition.

    Prior to founding REBRAND, Anaezi was Senior Vice President, Brand Experience and Strategy Director at Bank of America. Before that, she was Senior Vice President, User Experience and Interactive Creative Director at FleetBoston Financial. Her broad range of professional experiences have included running her own multidisciplinary design practice spanning from architecture and interior design, urban design and master planning to information architecture, communication design and brand strategy. This was the impetus for starting REBRAND, and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration to achieve various goals.

    Anaezi continues to work to further learning in integrating design and business to achieve organizational goals. She accomplishes this via programs and businesses she initiates, writings, presentations, teaching opportunities at Harvard Graduate School of Design's Executive Education Program, Rhode Island School of Design, and through various professional organizations and board positions.

    Anaezi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, and a Master of Architecture and Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, incorporating studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Visit Anaezi's website at http://www.rebrand.com/


    Conversions - What do They Mean and Why Do They Matter?

    by Sandra P. Martini

    We hear all the time that we need to "increase our conversions" or "get our numbers up". But what exactly does that mean and what else do we need to know?

    "Conversion" is all about turning leads into paying clients and, when done well, more leads into more clients while doing it better, faster and with the least possible expense.

    "Conversion" is also used to describe the result of desiring someone to take a step -- whichever step you want them to take -- whether signing up for a f'ree report, register for a strategy session, join a teleseminar or webinar, etc. -- the result is a desired action.

    "Conversion Percentage" (sorry, just a little bit of math here) is defined as the "number of NEW sales" divided by the "number of leads" times 100.

    And in the above case, "NEW sales" are people who are giving you money for the very first time (they're not repeat clients) and "leads" are people who have expressed, in some way, interest in what you're offering -- whether they visited your website, called your office, sent you an email, etc.

    "New Client Cost" is defined as how much it costs for you to market to someone such that they give you money for the first time.

    "Extreme Client Care(tm)" describes the process by which the better the care you provide to your clients, the less likely they'll be to switch to another vendor. (More on this in an upcoming series.)

    Why do these terms matter?

    Quite simply put, the better your conversion, the lower your new client cost AND the better your client care, the less new clients you'll need as existing clients won't leave your service and will refer others who cost almost nothing to market to (and therefore lower your new client cost even further).

    You may want to read the above paragraph again to truly absorb the logic.

    Make It Real -- My Request to You

    Before we can even chat about increasing your conversions, you need to know where you stand today.

    Ask your webmaster or assistant to get you signed up with a service such as Webstat if you don't already get statistics about the number of visitors to your site, blog, ezine sign-ups, etc.

    After all, you need to know where you are in order to determine where you want to be. :-)

    Copyright 2009 Sandra P. Martini.

    If you chunk it down to its barest essence, you must take strategic action in your business in order to succeed. Many entrepreneurs keep attending events, signing up for programs and investing in products without ever seeming to get their online marketing implemented.

    To learn more about our Done 4 You service where we totally take all the online marketing stuff off your plate or our Done With You service where I work with you on creating a strategic plan and implementing things like teleseminars, newsletters and social networking and receive access to "5 Simple & Easy Steps to Putting Your Marketing on Autopilot", please visit www.SandraMartini.com

    How To Create More Income (And Client Success!) While Working Less

    by Elizabeth Genco Purvis

    In a recent article, I wrote about a common mistake that soul-based business owners make when creating their packages: Not creating packages or programs that solve a specific problem.

    There’s another mistake that soul-based business owners make that’s just as damaging: giving too much away in their programs and packages.

    Believe me, I know how tempting it is to stuff, stuff, stuff your packages full of “stuff.” (It’s one of my personal bugaboos as a coach and copywriter.) Trouble is, all that stuff is overwhelming for your clients… and it’s actually a form of discounting in disguise.

    Instead, select ONE problem to solve. Not 2 problems, not 3 problems - just one problem. Selecting one problem to start is being of service to your clients AND you.

    Here’s why…

    1. Focusing on one problem helps your clients get into action. When clients get into action, they get results. That small success is going to create momentum for them. They’ll get excited when they see progress, which will help them create more progress. And (ta da!) they’re going to want to continue working with you, because you helped create that success for them.
    One of my mentors likes to say, “Success leads to more success.” There is almost nothing that builds your business faster than the success stories of your previous clients.

    2. Focusing on one problem allows you to streamline your solution, which takes up less of your time. It may make you roll your eyes, but the truth is, your clients want their problems solved quickly and easily. Remember, one of the biggest problems for people today is overwhelm. Instead of bogging down your clients with a lot of “stuff” - also known as “giving away the farm” - focus on the first step. When they’ve got that handled, you can (and should!) invite them to take the next step.
    A streamlined, quick solution is highly valuable to your clients. When you provide massive value in a shorter period of time, you’re serving more… and you can ethically charge more.

    3. A shorter, more focused package is easier for your new clients to say YES to. Let’s face it - big problems are intimidating. They also require a higher level of commitment, both in time and money, on the part of your clients.
    Often, your clients perceive these big leaps as risky, especially if they’ve never worked with you before. When you help them get momentum with a single problem, they become ready for the next step. (Success leads to more success!)
    I know you might be thinking, “Okay, well, what if I solve a HUGE problem that requires a lot of time, commitment and resources?” Answer: chunk it down to a smaller problem that is easy for your clients to say yes to.

    For example, a wellness coach might work with her clients over a period of 6 months, 12 months or more to change a lifetime of bad habits. That’s a big commitment! So what’s an easy way for someone to get started?

    Here’s one possibility: a personalized fridge makeover. In just a few sessions, a wellness coach could support me in making over my fridge so that I always have healthy food on hand. She could help me create shopping lists tailored to my tastes, full of food I can easily find at the grocery store, so I’m not running all over town to a zillion stores.

    Believe me, once I had the fridge thing handled, it’s very likely I’d be eager to take the next step with that coach. (Can you tell that this example comes right out of my own experience? *grin*)

    Will you offer longer, more intensive packages and programs? Of course! Will these packages and programs solve more than one problem? Entirely likely. But not everyone is going to be ready to commit to the big solution. Your “one problem” packages make it easy for clients to get started, get results, and experience your brand of transformation.

    So what’s ONE problem that you can help your clients with today? I’m willing to bet a milkshake (my favorite wager - you can see why the fridge thing is a problem!) that you have at least one or two people in your tribe who could use your support with that problem. My coach’s challenge to you: give them the opportunity to say yes to getting that problem handled.

    Ready to learn how to create irresistible programs that your clients can’t wait to sign up for? I reveal all in my ”Clients And Cash Flow Secrets” teleseminar series, beginning on October 27. Reserve your space here: http://www.ClientsAndCashFlowSecrets.com.

    © 2009 Elizabeth Genco Purvis. All Rights Reserved.

    Elizabeth Genco Purvis, “The Marketing Goddess” teaches spirited solo business owners and conscious entrepreneurs how to attract an abundance of clients, income, freedom and satisfaction in their business while staying true to their values. Visit MarketingGoddess.com to claim your copy of “Grow Your Business With Spirit And Soul,” a 7-part audio workshop with everything you need to begin attracting more clients right away.

    Listening to YourSELF

    by Christine Kloser

    There’s been something missing from the business success principles that have been taught for decades. When you’re on a path of growth and expansion in your business, the strategies, tactics and principles you learn are only HALF of what you need to know. I’m sure you’ve been to many seminars, read lots of books and researched online to learn how to market your business, use social media, create information products, leverage multiple streams of income, hire a team, create systems, increase your fees, do joint ventures, create events, etc.

    I’ve done the same thing. I’ve invested more money than I care to admit to learn how to grow my business. And, I grew my business to a point that many would consider incredibly successful. But, what I didn’t realize is that I was growing the business on a cracked foundation. Why? Because I listened to others more than I listened to myself. I tried to model others, more than I created a unique model that worked for me. I did what I thought I should do rather than what was 100% right for me and my life. I allowed some of my decisions to be made from my ego, rather than my heart.

    You may find this ironic to hear from the woman who is known for her authenticity and for being a pioneer in conscious entrepreneurship. It surprised me, too, when with the help of my spiritual teacher I looked more closely at the business I had created and saw many things about it (and myself) that needed to shift.

    What scared me the most, when I realized I hadn’t been listening to my SELF, is how many other people this is happening to. I teach about conscious entrepreneurship, I make it a discipline to be awake and aware to what’s really happening in my business. I focus on the conscious journey I’m on. And, yet I was asleep in some ways. I felt such compassion for myself that I hadn’t truly listened to the depths of my soul and what it was saying to me, and I felt compassion for all entrepreneurs who are asleep in some way in their business.

    So, I’ve been on a journey of learning to listen to myself at a deeper level. And, I invite you to join me on this journey, too. I want to share four of the ways I’ve been deepening my ability to listen to my self. And, conveniently, they spell S.E.L.F…

    In a world filled with noise, noise and more noise… silence truly is golden. As entrepreneurs, we’re overwhelmed by email, phone calls, TV, radio, social media, blogs, teleclasses, a long “to do” list, etc. And, it’s all draws your focus to the external. Yet, in order to succeed as a happy, fulfilled, successful conscious entrepreneur your focus needs to be inside of yourself. Silence is how this happens. So, today, please take five minutes to sit in silence. Breathe deeply and tune into your internal world. Enjoy the silence and time to simply be with yourself.

    Rather than rushing from one thing to another, chasing creative ideas as quickly as they arrive, allow yourself to evaluate everything. With each step you take in your business, be conscious about what’s happening. Does it feel right? Is it working? Is it fun and easy? Did you say “yes” when you wanted to say “no”? Is it worth it? Is it profitable? Too often, entrepreneurs get so excited about what’s next, that they move forward too fast and say “yes” too often. The biggest gift you can give yourself is to honestly evaluate what you’ve done and what you want to do to make sure it is completely aligned with you, your business and your life.

    Listening piggy backs on silence. Once you turn your focus inward to be present with your own beautiful being, it’s the perfect time and space in which to listen to your heart. For entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the external world of money, success models, marketing, networking, creating, etc. But, none of the external aspects of your business will come together with grace if you don’t take time to listen to what’s TRUE for you.

    Focus on Freedom
    Every decision you make in your business needs to bring you closer to Freedom! And not only financial freedom; but freedom in every area of your life. If you make a decision in your business that robs you of a freedom you want in your life, it’s not the right decision to make. Focusing exclusively on financial freedom can lead to overwhelm, confusion, exhaustion and frustration. When you focus on freedom on every level… financial, spiritual, physical and emotional... you will be guided to make the right decisions for your self.

    I encourage you to write these four principles on a sticky note or index card right now and place it somewhere near your computer. Use it as a reminder to be silent, evaluate, listen and focus on freedom as you travel the path of conscious entrepreneurship.

    © 2009 Christine Kloser

    Christine Kloser, author of The Freedom Formula, helps entrepreneurs put soul in their business and money in the bank. If you want to thrive in your purpose-driven, profitable business (while enjoying a soul-satisfying life), send for my special report, How to Avoid the 3 Massive Mistakes Made by Most Conscious Entrepreneurs and my audio, 7 Strategies Entrepreneurial Authors Need to Know... Before Writing a Word, both of which you get (at no charge) when you request my Conscious Business Success Kit at www.LoveYourLife.com.

    5 Signs It’s Time to Hire an Assistant

    by Ali Brown

    While many business-owners have difficulty delegating work, at a certain point it becomes necessary to move the business forward. Hiring an assistant can help you run things more efficiently, letting you focus on the big picture as your assistant takes care of administrative tasks. Some companies hire admins to work on-site, but many others are using virtual assistants to take care of tasks like scheduling or invoicing remotely.

    Here are five signs that you need an assistant.

    1. You forget to perform tasks like updating your website or confirming appointments. Sure, the world keeps turning even if your website hasn't been updated or a few appointments get missed. But think how much better off your business could be if you didn't have to think about these tasks or feel guilty for forgetting them! An assistant can easily be trained to help with marketing or scheduling so that these business functions always happen when they should.

    2. You waste time looking for lost documents or emails. In addition to your time spent performing menial tasks, losing an invoice or accidently deleting an email costs you even more time! If you're so frazzled that this happens on a regular basis, then it's time to hire help. An assistant will ensure that you stay on top of invoicing and filing so that you don't miss payments or make costly administrative mistakes.

    3. You don't have time to see family or friends. Every entrepreneur needs some downtime to relax and recharge. Spending time with family and friends is a great way to do this, so if you find yourself skipping out on brunches or birthday parties in favor of work, then it's probably time to reprioritize. Hiring an assistant, even one who works just a few hours a week, frees you up to focus on what matters. And having time for yourself and the people you care about will also benefit your business, because you'll be refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges.

    4. Your billable rate is higher than an assistant. Hopefully this is the case for most business-owners. Let's say that you bill client at $100/hour and an assistant bills you $20/hour. Rather than taking time away from your paying clients to send out invoices or book appointments, pay an assistant her $20/hour while you earn $100/hour from your clients. Even after you pay your assistant, you'll still bring in $80/hour that you otherwise wouldn't have time to earn. So when you think about it mathematically, hiring an assistant makes a lot of sense (and cents)!

    5. You've been putting off tasks that you dislike. Most of us have tasks we dread doing, such as filing, following up on overdue invoices, or balancing the books. Imagine if *poof* all those ugly little tasks magically got done so you could spend time on more important tasks (because, let's face it, many of us waste time procrastinating on these sorts of tasks anyway).

    It doesn't take a fairy godmother or a magic wand. All it takes is a little legwork to find someone you trust to get the job done. Once you decide to hire an assistant, you can ask your colleagues for recommendations or log into websites such as IVAA.org (the International Virtual Assistants Association) to start your search.
    © 2009 Ali International, LLC

    Self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur and Inc. 500 CEO Ali Brown is devoted to creating financial freedom for women globally through the power of entrepreneurship. To learn how to create wealth and live an extraordinary life now, register for her free weekly articles at www.AliBrown.com

    Stress and Health Tele-summit

    Dates: Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6pm EST from November 10 - December 15, 2009
    Cost: $0

    Do you know that over 75% of all the diseases in the US are stress and lifestyle related? Are you looking for more ways to understand the link between stress and health and find alternative ways to live a life of health and wellness?

    This is your invitation to attend an eye-opening teleseminar series that will lead you on a journey of self discovery as well as increased health, joy, passion, and confidence in your life.

    Monica Thakrar of Joyful Soul Coaching will interview eight stress and health experts to provide you with insights on how stress is impacting your health, what you can do to manage your stress, and practical tools, techniques and methods that you can begin using right away to feel enhanced energy and well-being.

    Listen to the speakers stories of leading lives of health and wellness and learn how to begin to implement these strategies into your life. Learn what you can do to bring increased relaxation, fun, and enjoyment into your day to day activities.

    Register for this transformational, no-cost event in two easy steps:

    1) RSVP here:

    2) Watch your inbox for call-in details

    If you have ANY health or wellness goals for 2010 (or maybe you know you should but haven't set them yet!) THIS IS FOR YOU!

    It Starts Here: Discover How You Can Have Success in Your Life by Marc-Andre Terriault

    Author Marc-André Terriault contacted me recently to tell me about his new book. Today, October 28th is the official launch and I'm very excited to share the details with you!

    In a world where we live through an international financial crisis, where lives and futures are put on hold, motivation and direction have abandoned us and in their place, fear took a comfortable seat.

    But not anymore…

    With Marc-André Terriault’s new e-book “It Starts Here: Discover How You Can Find Success in Your Life” you’ll learn how to pull yourself out of the darkness and back into the light.

    “Success is in every one of us; we just need realize it and take the necessary action to accomplish any and all of the goals we set ourselves,” says Marc-Andre Terriault, owner of Cheers to the Good Life.

    “It amazes me to see how much we are bombarded with information with no actual sense of direction,” explains Marc-Andre who’s also a real estate investor. “We are lost in an empty world, we need direction and by reading my e-book you’ll be able to motivate yourself and really take charge of your life.

    Marc-Andre was held captive in a prison in his own mind for almost 27 years. Before he took action and changed his life, he too was trapped in an empty world. Now he is eager to teach everyone how to find success in their lives.

    Click here to purchase his life changing e-book and receive special free bonuses!

    Want to Expand Your Professional Circle but Lack Strong Networking Skills?

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    by Kristin Marquet

    Effective business networking skills are essential to meeting other individuals and building solid and trusting relationships.

    When professionals have a network they can rely on, it makes connecting with potential clients, partners, and employees easier.

    Additionally, the more individuals that view you and your business positively, it will help expand your brand.

    1. Act genuine and sincere. Build trust in relationships within the people you meet. Most business people can smell a phony person from a mile away, thus it's important to give a positive and genuine impression every time you meet someone new.

    2. Determine what your goals and objectives are. Before attending any networking event, make sure it is for the right reason. Some events are for making contacts, while others are for learning a certain trade or industry. If you are a fashion designer, I don't think you would attend the American Bar Association Mid Winter Conference for Surety and Fidelity.

    3. Join as many associations and groups to expand your professional circle within your industry. Many groups allow prospective members to preview how the group is organized by sitting in a seminar or attending an event.

    4. Offer to volunteer in different organizations and events. It is a great way to remain visible while giving back to the organization.

    5. While networking, ask questions of who, what, where, when and how as opposed to questions that can answered with a simple "yes" or "no."

    6. By joining different groups and associations, your brand becomes transparent and you become a resource to others within the industry. It will also help you be identified as an expert within your industry.

    7. If you have a certain person that would like to speak to, make sure you have a clear approach. You don't want to sound like you have no idea what you are talking about when you open the conversation.

    8. Have a clear mission of how you can help networking professionals.

    9. Respond quickly and efficiently to referrals. Don't make others look bad by not delivering results that you promised.

    10. Make connections and ask others if they would be interested in networking.

    With a no B.S. attitude, Kristin Marquet is the founder and managing director of Creative Development Agency (formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). Kristin also develops, manages, and implements various internal and external communication and social media initiatives. With a strong eye for creating memorable brands and a diverse range of knowledge, Kristin provides strategic counsel to clients interested in developing successful internal and external communication programs across all media platforms. https://creativedevelopmentagency.com/

    Kristin Marquet is a regular contributor to the Secrets of Success blog. 

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    Henry McIntosh

    What are Your Money Rules?

    by Miata Edoga

    Many of us have rules about all sorts of things. You may have rules about your diet: "Eat only one serving of red meat each week." Or "No caffeine after 6:00 PM." We remember the rules from when we were in school: "Raise your hand to ask a question." "No running in the hallways." Those of us with children probably have LOTS of rules - certainly more than we thought we'd have when we were kids ourselves: "No television until homework is finished." "No sweets until you finish your vegetables."

    Rules are designed to create structure and provide a framework for making decisions. We establish and follow rules because we are confident they will make us healthier, safer, more productive and/or more successful.

    Here is a critical question. Have you set rules for how you handle your money?

    For most of us the idea of "money rules" is probably an entirely new concept. But, if we think about it, doesn't it make sense that we would want to consciously establish guidelines for how we deal with something as critical to our well being as our finances? Some people will no doubt answer "I have rules, because I have a budget," and they would be partially right, as budgeting could certainly be described as setting "rules" for how much money you intend to spend. But the idea of "money rules," as I define them, go far beyond just budgeting, and really establish the parameters for your entire financial world.

    To get started, try answering the following financial questions:

    What do you consider acceptable uses for your credit cards? Will you pay your charges in full at the end of every month? How often will you balance your checkbook? By what date each month will you pay your bills in order to ensure they are always on time? Will you put money into savings/investments accounts every single month? How much? Do you want to consistently donate to charity?

    It is also important that you decide how you will handle your money in terms of the other people in your life. Are you willing to loan money to family members? How about friends? Knowing your thoughts about these questions in advance, can help keep you from feeling emotional or pressured. This is not to suggest that there will not be a particular situation where you might decide to break one of your rules. However, this will be a conscious and extremely well thought out decision.

    Rather than being overly restrictive, money rules can also be hugely beneficial for people in committed relationships. They provide you with a valuable opportunity to avoid many financial conflicts, one example of which might be working together to decide in advance how much money each individual can spend without joint discussion and agreement.

    Are you ready to firmly commit to reaching your financial goals? Take the time to write down a list of non-negotiable money rules you are willing to follow, and immediately take any actions needed to put these rules into place.

    ©2009 Abundance Bound, Inc.

    Abundance Bound was created to support actors, artists and creative professionals in the development of financial stability and independence. To learn how to begin the journey towards prosperity, register for the free resources available at www.AbundanceBound.com

    Are You Stuck? Learn to Think Outside the Box!

    by Deborah A. Bailey

    Have you found yourself stuck, unsure how to find a solution to a problem? We’ve all had those experiences where we have to make a decision or find a way to resolve a situation, but we can’t figure out what action to take.

    For one thing, we can have problems finding solutions because we don’t allow ourselves to see possibilities. If we base our future success on what happened in the past, we’ll stay stuck. Instead if we open our minds to opportunities we’ll be able to move past the things that appear to be blocking our progress.

    Being able to think out of the box is a major entrepreneurial trait. It involves tapping into your creativity and staying open to new ideas. Just because you have no experience trying something doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. We can’t be innovative if we’re afraid to make leaps and try things that we’ve never done before.

    So what are some ways to use outside-the-box thinking?

    • When you’re stuck in a problem, make a list of possible actions you can take. Write down every idea without editing. Solutions can’t be found when our minds are closed or we’re in editing mode. Brainstorming involves considering all possibilities, not just the ones we usually think of.

    • Be more creative. Engage in things like painting, sketching and photography. Learn to see your environment in a new way without pressuring yourself to adhere to specific guidelines.

    • Try something new each week. Take a different route to go home, have tea instead of coffee, go for a walk instead of turning on the television. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just get out of your comfort zone if just for a little while.

    • Create a “mind map” in order to spur your thinking and creativity. If you’re looking for a new product or service to add to your business – or a new career direction – start with one word and map out all of the words and phrases that come to mind. For instance, the word, “writer” can lead to “book,” “author,” “publisher,” “workshop,” etc. Then with each word you can map out other words and phrases until you’ve created your map of ideas.

    • Put together a vision board. If you’re familiar with “The Secret” you may already be familiar with the concept of vision boards. Just put together pictures that appeal to you or that display things that you’d like to have or experience. Use your imagination and add pictures and items as you go. You can also do the same thing using a whiteboard and magnets or a cork board and pushpins. Don’t worry about making it look a certain way. Create a colorful and inspirational collage that will spur your imagination.

    In order to think outside the box you have to be willing to release pre-conceived notions so that you can step outside of your regular habits. As an entrepreneur, that type of thinking will insure that you’ll continue to evolve and grow while you increase your opportunities for success.

    Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

    Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”
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