How to Put Your Business on a Firm Foundation

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Alchemy: Transmute Your Problems into Gold

by David Neagle

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells the story of Mr. Darby, who gave up searching for gold in his mine and later, three feet from where he stopped, someone else found one of the richest veins of gold in Colorado.

Mr. Darby goes into the insurance industry, and Hill quotes him as saying, “I stopped three feet from the gold last time, but I will never stop because they say, ‘no,’ when I ask them to buy insurance.”

What does he mean by that?

Change the Structure of the Thought that Caused the Problem

If you are getting a result that you don’t want, you’re likely to conclude that in order to change the result, you have to do something different.

You find something different to do, and the new thing may change some surface result marginally, but it’s not going to take you from where you are now to the expansive growth that you’re looking for.

Einstein said that we can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created the problem. If you mentally try to work your way out of a problem, you’re using the same thought structure that created it. You need to change the structure of the thought or belief that caused the problem. When you change the structure, you change the result.

You transform the problem by manifesting something completely different. That is like alchemy. The alchemy stories weren’t about turning literal lead into literal gold. They were about transforming to a higher level.

If you have something in your life that you don’t like, let’s say you don’t have enough money. Instead of saying, “I don’t have enough money, sales or prospects,” and then trying to work out of that problem, come from the standpoint of the money you desire already being here. When you do that, you begin to change the structure of the belief from lack of money to plenty of money. The ideas and inspirations that come to you then emerge from a completely different belief, and your result changes.

That is the secret Mr. Darby was talking about, His prospects’ no’s weren’t going to be his problem. He would transform every poor result into the one that he wanted by changing the structure of thought that caused the no’s to begin with.

Leapfrog from Desire to Manifestation

Try this: take any result and think back to the starting point, the decision or belief that eventually birthed the result. Now, on a piece of paper, indicate that starting point and then skip 6 to 12 inches and write the result. In between, list all of the actions, circumstances and situations that took place to create the result.

Remove everything in the middle, and you’re left with what I call the structure, the starting point, the cause, as well as the result. What if you could leapfrog from the structure to the result?

I hear your arguments about time and distance, but consider this: we now can send information instantaneously, when it used to take a long time, because someone asked, “What if we could send information instantly?”

People can bridge the gaps of success immediately. In the Experience the Reality of Success seminar, we teach people how to transform and transmute the time between desire and manifestation. As they practice, the time periods get shorter and shorter until they become instantaneous.

As you change the structure of your belief, you become a representative of that change of belief and you awaken people. You may think that the business you’re in is the overall purpose of your life, but it isn’t. There is a much higher purpose for you.

That purpose will be shown to you as you step into it.

© 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

Lorraine Howell on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Lorraine Howell

Lorraine Howell started Media Skills Training in 1998 after 12 years as a television news and talk show producer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coaches top executives and professionals on how to be more effective when speaking to the media or making public presentations. Lorraine is a specialist in message development, presentation skills, and media interview preparation. In October, 2009 she will return for the third year to coach the five finalists in the national Boost Your Business Contest in New York City.

Her book Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift! (Book Publishers Network, November 2007 Second Printing) is a step-by-step guide through her proven process for creating a winning elevator speech. Lorraine’s method helps eliminate the verbal clutter when answering the question “What do you do?”

As the Senior Segment Producer on the top rated news show “Mornings on 2" at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in Oakland, she specialized in booking exclusive, live interviews with top names in the news, public figures and celebrities. She produced live broadcasts from the White House and from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., from the 1996 Republican & Democratic National Conventions, and from “Camp O.J.” during the Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.

At KPIX, the CBS affiliate, she produced live, hour long programs featuring breaking news stories, controversial issues and emerging trends, and a long list of celebrities on the number one morning talk show “People Are Talking.”

She speaks on media relations and presentation skills at conferences and seminars. Her clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Microsoft, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Mountaineers Books, ZymoGenetics, Attenex, Avvo, Kibble & Prentice, People To People Ambassador Programs, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.

She is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa. Lorraine is also a member of Women in Communications, Women Business Owners, Public Relations Society of America, the National Speakers Association, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Lorraine has received the national AWC Headliner Award for 2009 from the Association for Women in Communications. In 2008, she was named Chapter Member of the Year by NSA Northwest. Visit Lorraine's website at

The Many Colors of Abundance

by Miata Edoga

Abundance is very much like colors. No two people see colors in the same way. One person may see blue while another sees purple. Two people looking at the same pumpkin will not see the exact same shade of orange. And no two people will experience the same feelings or have the same ideas of what abundance is. The question is—what does it means for you?

What you feel abundance is in your life is probably very different from what your neighbor feels abundance means and different again from the person who turned you down at your audition last week. It is a very individual perception and one that is important to consider.The dictionary definition of abundance is simply having “quantity that is more than enough”. More than enough of what? Money? Friends? Family? Living space? Time? As actors and artists, we tend always to be struggling financially, or at least it seems that way. We work extra jobs to make ends meet while we try to sell our talents at auditions and shows, trying to get “the big break” or at least a small one. When we are in the depths of financial hardship it is very difficult to see anything through the haze of despair that hangs in front of us.

The key is to step back from your life for a moment and look at it from a new perspective. Define for yourself what abundance is for you. What are you really trying to get out of life and, maybe even more importantly, what are you giving to life. Are you just going through the motions, hoping that “one of these days something will happen??” If so, you could be waiting for a very long time.

We are in control of our lives. No one can change our lives except us and no one else is responsible for our happiness. Once you have taken an objective look at your life, take some time to write down what abundance means to you. It may very well include money, and that is great. Money is a necessary commodity in our society and the stress that comes from not having enough is sometimes unbearable. Your idea of abundance may also include time with your family and friends. It may include time just to be, to read a book with a warm cup of tea on a chilly Sunday afternoon in November. It may be taking an annual vacation to somewhere warm and sunny. Think about it and write it down. Write it in the present tense because you want to have the feeling of having abundance here and now.

Determine where you want to be in five years or ten years. Decide what you want to have in your life and the type of lifestyle you want to lead. Have dreams and turn those dreams into goals. Once you have solid goals to strive for, you will be able to break the journey down into smaller, more manageable pieces; otherwise, you may feel overwhelmed and not get anything done. Then do a little every day. Make a list of no more than six things you can do each day to get you closer to your goals. Have milestones along the way and congratulate yourself when you reach each of them.

Whatever abundance is for you, you can have it if you choose to have it. This concept applies to financial abundance just as well as it applies to abundance of anything else in your life. You may pray for guidance and help, but no matter what, you need to do the footwork. Determine what you want money for in your life and how much you need. Is there anyone who can help you achieve your goals? Have a systematic plan in place to see that you reach your goal.

Whatever you want in life, you can have it. Anything is possible. You may need to make some short-term sacrifices to reach your goals. You will have to work hard. It will all be worth it. You have what it takes to have financial abundance in your life and any other kind of abundance you desire. You simply need to take the proper steps to get there.

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

Top 3 Signs of Positive Change

by Christine Kloser

Nothing endures but change.

If you’re like me, you may sometimes find yourself going through a personal transformation (also known as an AFGO - Another Faithful Growth Opportunity) without being fully aware of what exactly is evolving. Change without consciousness leads to fear. And, fear leads to a whole slew of other negative experiences.

The purpose of sharing these top 3 signs of positive change is to raise your awareness of what’s occurring within you. So as you transform (and grow) you’re conscious of what’s evolving... and have the ability to navigate through fear and welcome change with grace and ease.

1. Heightened Frustration – Who ever thought frustration would be a good thing?! Well, in this case it is. Because, if you’re frustrated with something in your life or your business, you’re experiencing it because something that used to work isn’t working anymore, or something that never worked is becoming totally intolerable. Bless your frustration and ask it to show you what’s changing? Frustration is a fantastic teacher to help you notice where your change is occurring and what you can do to move through it more easily. Adjust your relationship to that which is frustrating you, and you’ll see the gift of change waiting inside.

2. Highs and Lows - Change brings out a range of emotions that can be felt practically simultaneously. For example, you may find yourself being ecstatically happy one moment, and crying the next. This is a tell-tale sign of great change because as you come closer and closer to experiencing an inner shift, everything gets compressed. Emotions become stronger, they swing from lows to highs more quickly than usual, and you may be wondering what in the world is going on! And the answer is... change is going on! So, if you find yourself experiencing opposing emotions relatively close together in time, embrace them and let them remind you that you are going through a great change... and all is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to.

3. Seeking Solitude – Change requires a certain level of energy. Whether or not you are aware of the change you’re going through, your BEING knows what’s going on. And, as you expend energy in evolving and growing, a very natural response is to seek solitude. Just like the butterfly that goes through it’s most profound change in a cocoon of solitude, you may find your soul craving solitude as well. Keep in mind that solitude is not the same as isolation... if you’re isolating it’s because you don’t want to deal with anything, whereas if you’re seeking solitude it’s because you’re want to BE with yourself, in silence, in quiet, in peace. Solitude is a gift any time, but especially when you’re experiencing change the urge for solitude shows up to remind you to pay attention and nurture yourself as you grow.

Now that you’re aware of these three signs, I encourage you to notice them when they show up in your life, and acknowledge them for what they are. Give thanks for the change you are experiencing and allow yourself space to surrender, trust and embrace your next evolution. It is all good...

© 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

Want to Work for Yourself but Don’t Know Where to Start?

by Kristin Marquet

Do you get lost in your business plan?

You’ve decided to leave your job and start your dream business.

Nonetheless, as you organize your business plan, you’re at a standstill purely because you don’t know how to conduct market research.

You don’t know how to determine who your market is. You also don’t know the best way to reach them.

Read these tips to become the master market researcher.

Market research involves a lot of work, everything from collecting information about potential customers by studying certain demographics, psychographics, and geographics to conducting surveys to analyzing data. Yet, once you’ve gathered enough information on your target market, you will be able to determine the best marketing channels to connect with them.

Setting your goal blueprint - Goal planning is the most important aspect of conducting market research. You must determine what your monthly and annual goals and objectives are before conducting market research. Your goals can be anything such as superior customer service, late hours and convenience, increased sales and website traffic.

Read what your potential customers read - Research trade magazines, news and fashion magazines, newspapers, and any reports to determine the demographics of your target market. Review media kits to understand purchasing habits. By researching these publications, it will help determine the profile of your ultimate consumer.

Surveys, questionnaires, and interviews - Use telephone, email, and mail to conduct surveys. The most cost effective way to conduct online surveys is by using a service such as You can also give your customers incentives to fill out questionnaires. For example, if you own a bookstore, offer a 25% coupon off the next purchase if they fill out a questionnaire.

Customer and Employee Feedback - If you have established clients, ask for feedback. Use questionnaires, interviews, suggestion boxes, an email address where they can leave feedback or message board forums on your website. Ask your employees for feedback since they are in contact with your customers.

Monitor all foot and web traffic, conversions and sales - Monitor your sales records and website conversion rates if you have an online store. Study your employees’ sales tactics. If they are not closing deals, put them through intense sales training to increase your bottom line.

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.

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

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Andrew Neel

Business Building Blocks

TODAY, Tuesday, September 22 at 8pm Eastern, Ali Brown is hosting her info-packed call, *Business Building Blocks: A preview call outlining your key steps to starting, growing, and running your first million-dollar business!*

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You will learn:

* 5 strategies to set up your business for success – no
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* Cash flow secrets – keep the green flowing. . . even in a
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* How to structure your existing business for fast growth
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* 3 marketing and positioning strategies to increase your
revenues immediately with your current business

* Important legal considerations for your type of business
(make sure to protect yourself and your family)

* Keys to running your business like a million-dollar
enterprise. . . even if you don't have money for marketing
or staff

* For "maybe" business owners: Whether or not
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* And much more. . .

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The Difference Between the Speaker and the Speakerpreneur(TM)

by Marquesa Pettway, Your Speaker Coach

Are you an expert that commands high fees and gets repeat bookings and referrals, or just a speaker that struggles to get hired, or usually speaks for free?

Speaking well is important, and does not always lead to paying gigs. Being an expert in your field is important, but does not always mean you're a good speaker, or that you can command high fees. But, a Speakerpreneur means you are an expert that speaks powerfully, command high fees and operates like an entrepreneur.

The question is...Are you a "speaker", or a "Speakerpreneur"(TM)?

The differences are:

The Speaker: Gets booked every once in awhile "and their impact may not be memorable, which equals "0" repeat bookings or referrals and usually no, or low fees.

The Speakerpreneur(TM): Gets booked for their knowledge first, and then blows the audience away by providing them with content and a follow-up system that results in repeat bookings, referrals and a following.

The Speaker: Gets exhausted trying to market to the world, because they speak on everything!

The Speakerpreneur(TM) Speaks & Markets under a brand with a clear niche (or two) and offers tons of resources related to that brand. Like a radio show, for example.

The Speaker: Struggles to get paid the high fees because they cannot justify it to the client.

The Speakerpreneur(TM): Gets paid high fees for their programs and resources because they are in high demand, known as an expert in their niche and offer value-added programs and resources for the client and their audience.

The Speaker: Speaks occasionally and leaves right after the program.

The Speakerpreneur(TM): Speaks and shares several resources with their audience. In addition, stays in front of the audience via an ezine, social media, radio show and other marketing tools. They have the intention and the means to create, build and maintain an on-going relationship with the audience.

The Speaker: Eventually stops speaking for income and takes a job that will pay the bills.

The Speakerpreneur(TM): Grows their income by earning with multiple streams, gets more clients by implementing lead generation tools, becomes well known, develops high-caliber systems and reaches the six figure income level and beyond.

Ok, so do you want to be a speaker, or a Speakerpreneur(TM)?

Three tips on how to operate as a Speakerpreneur(TM) and position yourself as a Expert:

Choose your niche and learn everything you can about your area of expertise. Solve your target audiences problems!

Create a brand that reflects that expertise and keep it visible via the social media sites, marketing materials and your resources.

Put a team in place that supports you and allows you to be the best expert possible by allowing you to focus. This support team includes a virtual assistant, online business manager and/or a coach.

Need help becoming a speakerpreneur?

Reinvention Expert, Speaker Coach and Radio Host Marquesa Pettway publishes the twice-monthly e-zine "The Speakerpreneurs(TM) Ezine" with thousands of subscribers. If you're ready to operate as Speakerpreneur and grow a profitable speaking business and could use easy-to-follow steps, visit for a free gift and the Speakerpreneurs(TM) FREE e-zine.

How About a GPS for Your Life?

by Deborah A Bailey

Based on the recent conversations I've had with friends and acquaintances, a lot of people are in the process of restructuring their businesses or their careers. Most of them know they want to do something different, they just don't know what. Others are being driven by a job loss or reduced business revenues. There's a general sense that they have to find something that works better than what they're doing right now.

Wouldn't it be nice to get confirmation beforehand that the direction you want to go in is the "right" one? This is what leads us to look for experts or systems that show us how to take all of the guesswork out. If we just follow these steps we'll get to our destination with a minimum of risk and lots of reward. Yes, it's true that we can learn a great deal from people who have gone before us. If someone can give you a map of where all the pitfalls are, why not take it? But even the best GPS can take you in strange directions that you wouldn't have chosen if you'd known the route better. Not to mention the fact that getting lost isn't always a bad thing. In the process you may find things you never knew existed.

It's human nature to what to know what will happen before it does. We determine our new experiences based on our perceptions of what has happened to us in the past. That makes the unknown frightening, since there is no map to tell us where we're going and what will happen.

There's nothing wrong with asking for help or with getting guidance, but don't forget to consult your internal GPS as well. If you feel that you want to go in a certain direction, it would be a good time to trust your "gut" and get going.

© 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 Ready to Leave Your Job and Live Your Life?

I'm sure that there are a number of you would love to escape the corporate rat race and live a life of freedom doing what you really love. I'm excited to tell you that past "Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success" radio show guest Annemarie Segaric is helping people do just that!

If you don't know Annemarie she is a former corporate employee who changed careers 8 years ago and lives her life's passion: showing you how to leave your job, live your life's purpose, and STILL pay the bills. She's an author and has spoken at places like Barnes & Noble, Cornell University, Vogue Magazine and has been featured on Weekend Today in New York, Eyewitness News, Yahoo Hot Jobs and more. Annemarie is nationally recognized as a career transformation expert.

Annemarie has a brand new DVD/Action Guide program, "Leave Your Job and Live Your Life."

If you're feeling stuck in your job and are thinking that really should be doing something entrepreneurial, she created this DVD/Action Guide program just for you!

She knows firsthand what it was like to be in a "good" corporate job but miserable and constantly wondering if you'll ever figure out what work would make you happy. Annemarie put this program together for those of you who want to know what it takes to break out of your J.O.B., do something meaningful, AND make the kind of money you want to make.

Don't go through another Sunday night dreading Monday because you're so unhappy in your job. Let Annemarie show you how you can have the freedom AND life fulfillment you crave.


Author Q&A Part 2: "Ask Others, Trust Yourself: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success" by Elisa Balabram

Author Elisa Balabram is here for day two of the virtual book tour for her new book, "Ask Others, Trust Yourself: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success."

In "Ask Others, Trust Yourself - The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success" (, Inc., 2009, $18, soft cover, ISBN: 978-1-60145-931-2), Elisa encourages women business owners to ask for business advice in any stage of their business, and it also demonstrates the best ways to do it.

Elisa is the founder and editor of, an online magazine for women business owners established in 2003. She is a writer, business coach and speaker and was named the U.S. Small Business Administration New York District 2008 Women in Business Champion of the Year. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

Deb: What is the key message you want to deliver to women business owners?

Elisa: The key message is that asking for help is a sign of strength, and that trusting yourself before taking action is essential. By asking for help you may be presented with creative ways to grow your business. By listening to your voice within, you will be able to choose the course of action that is aligned with your mission and purpose.

Deb: In your book, you discuss affordable ways of getting the help one’s need to succeed. Could you mention a few of them?

Elisa: Sure! When the budget is tight, one strategy is to consider bartering goods or services. Many small business owners have been able to get the help they needed this way.

Your readers could also reach out to a school that teaches the subject they need help with, and ask if the students would consider their business as a case study. Some of my clients got beautiful logo and website designed by college students.

There are several online magazines and blogs ( is one of them!) offering free articles and invaluable advice to women in business, it may be worth it to spend some time reading the articles, and then taking action.

Finally, the U.S. Small Business Administration has three resource partners, which offer free or low cost business assistance: The Women’s Business Centers, The Small Business Development Centers and SCORE. I recommend that your readers visit this site: to find out a center close to them as well as to check out all the free resources the SBA’s site provides.

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Rebecca Carlson on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Rebecca Carlson

Rebecca Carlson
Publisher, Purely Delicious Magazine

Rebecca Carlson has been an Art Director, Creative Director and Graphic Designer for the last 17 years and won her fair share of recognition, including the prestigious Telly, One Show and National Addy Awards for her work with clients in the Travel and Entertainment field. Rebecca has worked with such industry giants as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Paradise Island, and The Peabody Hotel.

After receiving a diagnosis of MS in December of 2005, Rebecca decided to use the crisis to make some major life changes. Starting with her diet, Rebecca evolved into eating a raw diet. She also addressed her stress levels, another major factor contributing to health problems. The result of these two efforts was a complete transformation of body, mind and spirit for Rebecca.

As Editor and Publisher of Purely Delicious Raw Lifestyle Magazine. ( Rebecca now uses her design skills to present the raw food lifestyle in a way that is fun, entertaining and informative.

Rebecca is also co-owner of 123RAW.COM an online retail store devoted to offering a fabulous line of green gifts ranging from organic clothing to bamboo sheets, cookbooks and raw foods.

Her philosophy is to laugh, love and inspire. She believes each small step that we take towards a healthier body, community or planet should be celebrated.

Author Q&A: "Ask Others, Trust Yourself: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success" by Elisa Balabram

Elisa Balabram, author of ASK OTHERS, TRUST YOURSELF: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success is introducing her book on a virtual book tour and she's stopping by today and tomorrow to share information from her book.

In "Ask Others, Trust Yourself - The Entrepreneurial Woman's Key to Success" (, Inc., 2009, $18, soft cover, ISBN: 978-1-60145-931-2), Elisa reveals how empowering it is to ask for help, and how you can grow your business by listening to other's advice and by weighing all options available to you. Her book encourages women business owners to ask for business advice in any stage of their business, and it also demonstrates the best ways to do it.

Elisa is the founder and editor of, an online magazine for women business owners established in 2003. She is a writer, business coach and speaker and was named the U.S. Small Business Administration New York District 2008 Women in Business Champion of the Year, "For significant contributions to, and dedicated support of, small businesses." Prior to moving to New York, Elisa Balabram assisted in running her family's business (coffee shop and chocolate business) in Brazil. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

Deb: You have been involved with running a business and business coaching for several years, what specifically inspired you to write this book?

Elisa: I’ve been coaching women to start and grow their businesses for over five years now, and through the years, I heard many of them say that they were coming up with a new business idea, because someone else had told them their real passion wouldn’t work.

In addition, I realized that not many women knew the business resources available to them, or that they could ask for help.

The book is my way of reaching out to more women, and of teaching them how to ask for business help and where to go to get help. I’m also passionate about showing women that there is always a way to pursue one’s passion, and that when faced with negative feedback, they could seek help elsewhere, while always trusting themselves and their own intuition.

Deb: What’s the best advice you can give to an entrepreneurial woman who is uncertain of her next steps?

Elisa: If you haven't asked for help yet, consider doing so and brainstorm the issues you are facing with a business coach or a mastermind group. If you are uncertain of your next steps because you already asked for help and you don't know which option to pursue, you can do the following:

*Journal about the situation, and measure the pros and cons of each strategy.

*Meditate by doing simple breathing exercises and then ask yourself what is the best course of action to pursue.

*Investigate each option available to you thoroughly: verify the budget, skills, equipment needed, etc.

*Start taking small steps towards executing the strategy that resonates best with you.

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Elisa will be back on Wednesday to continue her blog tour with us!

The Friendship Stone Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Past Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success radio show guest, Cathy Raff of My Stone Company recently announced a partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization (the nation’s largest donor-supported volunteer mentoring network for youth).

The My Stone Company, creators of The Friendship Stone, will donate 20% of net sales from all purchases of the Power of Two stone packages bought on the joint website, back to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

15% of the 20% will go to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency based on the purchaser’s zip code. In addition, My Stone Company will donate $2,200 annually to cover the expenses for successful matches of “Bigs” and “Littles.” The company also donated hundreds of The Power of Two Stone Packs to promote stronger connections between Bigs and Littles and highlight the partnerships. The Power of Two Friendship Stone is a gift package consisting of two Friendship Stones, two embroidered pouches, and one blank gift card for one’s personal story of friendship.

Meant to be given away, The Friendship Stone is a keepsake and tangible reminder that the one who gave it is always there for the receiver.

“We are proud to be associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Cathy says. "The bond of friendship is one of the most valuable gifts of life. We believe every person, both young and old needs and deserves to know they have someone to look up to, someone who supports them and appreciates them. We hope that the Power of Two Friendship Stones will enhance the relationships of Bigs and Littles and inspire people to learn how they can support Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

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The Self Employment Telesummit

Business coach Molly Gordon is visiting us again on the second day of her blog tour. Molly describes herself as: citizen of the Universe, gardener, cyclist, knitter, paddleboarder, grandma, chief assistant to Bolivia the Wonder Cat, wife of The Charming Prince is stopping by this blog as part of her tour to talk about her upcoming Self Employment Telesummit happening September 10th - 18th. Want more information? Check it out here:

If you have any questions, thoughts, comments or feedback on being self employed (or on Molly's answers to the questions I asked her) please leave your comments below!

Coach Deb: How important is it for a self-employed person to be authentic? Why does it matter so much?

Molly: We all have to live with the person we see in the mirror, which is one reason authenticity is important for the self-employed person. In addition, the self-employed person often feels closely identified with his or her work. If that work is not authentic, it causes emotional stress.

At the same time, the concern with authenticity can become a problem in itself. For example, if we imagine that promotion and authenticity are opposed, we're going to have problems marketing ourselves. Often this shows up as a reluctance to market, and entrepreneurs who avoid marketing have a very low chance of succeeding.

The belief that one cannot be authentic and market can also manifest in a stilted tone or unnatural voice on web pages, in emails, and in brochures and other materials. When we believe that people like us can't market, we take on another persona to do our own promotion. It doesn't feel good. We don't enjoy it. And it doesn't work. But until we heal the breach between authenticity and marketing, we'll keep on struggling.

One distinction my clients have found helpful is between authenticity and naturalness. Marketing may not come naturally, but that doesn't mean it can't be authentic. We can practice it until it becomes second nature, until we can do it with our own unique spin and flavor.

Coach Deb: What are some tips for the self employed person to get on track and align with their purpose?

Molly: Oddly, it's easy to get disconnected from yourself when you are self-employed. We wear so many hats that we can lose our center. Concern about how we show up in the marketplace can turn into preoccupation with what others think of us. And simple overwork can leave us depleted.

So the first tip for getting on track and aligning with purpose is what I call putting banks on the river. Set clear boundaries between work and play time, and be sure you take enough play time. If you work at home, find a way to visually separate yourself from your work. Close the door. Put a cover over the computer. Stack your papers in a box under the desk.

The second tip is to not get too wound up about purpose. It's easy for the ego to co-opt purpose and use it to create all kinds of unnecessary drama. Do good work, take care of your clients and customers, and your purpose will take care of itself.

A third tip has to do with finances. Your best intentions are practically useless unless you can fund them. Get in the habit of setting aside a percentage of your income every month for taxes and savings. Pay yourself, even if only a little. Being intentional about money will go a long way toward helping you get and stay on track.

Finally, listen to your clients and customers. Find out what they value most about your work. Your clients will teach you exactly how to market and sell to them, and they will always show you the way to your best self.

If this information has been meaningful for you,
Would you like some step-by-step assistance in
overcoming the overwhelm and creating a thriving

Today is the last day to sign up for
the self-employment telesummit and not miss any

Molly Gordon has assembled an "all-star"
faculty to give you focused information you can
act on now to grow your income and effectiveness.
To see the line-up to go to

Molly is using new technology that allows you to
break out into small groups during the call, so
you will be able to network and immediately apply
what you have learned to your business. Just like
a real conference, you'll be able to raise your
hand and ask questions of the presenters. They can
call on you by name for the answers. If you can't
make the session, no problem, recordings will be

Have you ever gone to a conference just to have
the information fade with time? With the Momentum
Mastery coaching and networking available at the
Platinum level, you'll be able to immediately
apply what you've learned and network with other
participants to create a support system that will
endure long after the conference is over.

Finally, you get the The Self Employment Survival
Guide. A dozen tools from the faculty that you can
use to grow your business. Retail value: $750.
(That's more than twice the cost of the Gold

It starts Thursday morning, September 10th at 10am Pacific.

If you've been on the fence, spend a quiet moment and
ask yourself if you are doing better now than you
did last year. If the answer is no, sign up at

Boldly Build Your Way to Business Success

by Ali Brown

As you're growing your business, your own personal level of confidence and passion comes into play on a number of levels. When you're confident in your business and you're working on a project you love, your clients can tell. In fact, they feed from your positive energy and learn to trust you as a resource. That's why choosing the right path and taking the right steps along the way can tremendously improve your business – and your bottom line.

Here's how.

Match your business to your personality. Passion is a broad, often abstract concept, but personality is a bit easier to define. Both are important considerations as you're deciding on a business model. You might be passionate about writing, but if your personality craves social interaction, then sitting alone at your computer for hours probably won't bring you happiness. You might decide to join forces with other creative professionals and offer a full slate of marketing and creative services, or you could incorporate teaching and speaking into your business model. On the other hand, if you dread being in the spotlight, then an online business might be a perfect fit for your personality.

Build your skill set. Many career coaches will advise you to "follow your passion," but you also need a strategy for monetizing it. If your beloved hobby isn't profitable, then think about related interests or search for something else that ignites that feeling of passion. If you're passionate about an area where you already have in-depth knowledge and a money-making idea, then you're in great shape already! If not, then buckle down and start building your expertise. Regardless of what your business does, many business-owners benefit from taking classes in negotiation and public speaking. You never know when you might have the chance to appear on camera or on a panel, and you'll want to be ready!

Offer solutions. Meeting the needs of your customers is a huge confidence booster! When you satisfy someone else and solve their problems, you feel better about yourself, too. Think about what products, services, or other ideas will make your customer's lives easier and better. What problems do they face? What frustrates them or prevents them from achieving their full potential? How you can alleviate those issues? This is a great way to capitalize on your passion and make money in the process.

Do it better than the competition. Knowing you are the best at what you do serves the needs of your clients and gives you a competitive edge. You don't need to be the most innovative or famous if you know that your company can deliver its products or services better than any of its competitors. Friendly, prompt customer service goes a long way in edging out the competition, because so few companies make it a priority.

Entrepreneurial confidence comes from many sources. Remember, you are "designing your business to create an extraordinary life," so let no part of you suffer to succeed, and success will surely be yours!

© 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

The Self Employment Telesummit

My friend, business coach Molly Gordon who describes herself as: citizen of the Universe, gardener, cyclist, knitter, paddleboarder, grandma, chief assistant to Bolivia the Wonder Cat, wife of The Charming Prince is stopping by this blog as part of her tour to talk about her upcoming Self Employment Telesummit happening September 10th - 18th.

If you have any questions, thoughts, comments or feedback on being self employed (or on Molly's answers to the questions I asked her) please leave your comments below!

Coach Deb: What inspired you to create this program?

Molly: I woke up on New Year's Day 2009 thinking about the year ahead. I realized that this could be a make-or-break year for people who work for themselves. Many who may have been depending on the income of a spouse or significant other would find themselves needing to bring in substantially more revenue due to job loss or cutbacks. Others would find themselves self-employed for the first time.

I wanted to do something that would provide a broad spectrum of support for self employed people. I also wanted to create a haven of sorts, a network of support so that, after the telesummit, participants would feel they knew where they could turn for additional help.

Coach Deb: Why do you think self-employed people have so much trouble with setting fees for their work? Is it a lack of self worth?

Molly: I'm reluctant to attribute the issues we have with setting fees to lack of self-worth. I feel that too easily becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. "I don't charge enough therefore I must not value myself therefore I'll never make enough money." Ugh!

I think the problems around setting fees are as much cultural as they are personal. We have two cultural understandings regarding money that create a nasty double-bind for the self-employed person. The first understanding is that we don't pay for what we get from family and friends. If you turned to your mom after a great Thanksgiving meal and said, "Wow. That was tremendous. What do we owe you?" everyone would be appalled.

On the other hand, we are taught from the time we are small that it's not safe to accept money or gifts from strangers. So it's not nice to take money from friends and it's not safe to take money from strangers. That leaves precious little scope for us.

In addition, those in the helping professions may feel conflicted about charging to help someone. The impulse to help and the impulse to profit are two different animals, and without conscious thought and reflection, it's no wonder we get hung up on charging for our services.

There are concerns with have and have-nots. In the US, at least, we have a strong undercurrent of egalitarianism, an assumption that it's not nice to have more or want more than they next person.

Finally, there are all the lessons we absorbed from parents and others who tried to protect us from the barrage of mass media. We're taught that advertisers are after our money, that marketers want to manipulate our feelings. We learn at a young age that people who are selling are not to be trusted.

With all of these messages, one can have excellent self-esteem and still have issues around setting fees.

Coach Deb: Why do you think business books don't address the deeper issues around being self employed?

Molly: Self-employment is fundamentally different from owning a business. Most business authors and publishers don't recognize this.

If you go to work for yourself because you love the work you do and want the independence and flexibility of being your own boss, you are doing something entirely different from the person who starts even a tiny enterprise for the purposes of making a profit.
There's nothing wrong with profit, by the way, it's just that the typical self-employed professional is after something else. Self-employment is far more personal and immediate than starting a business.

Even if you are a solopreneur, when you start a business you think in terms of an organizational structure. You are, to a certain extent, insulated from personal concerns because you think as a business owner. The self-employed professional thinks in terms of his or her profession. The artist thinks as an artist, not as a business owner. So, too, with the massage therapist or the life coach.

This direct, more personal involvement means that self-employment is a crucible for inner work. Whatever issues you have to work on will show up early and often when you are self-employed. In conventional business contexts, the construct of "the business" insulates the entrepreneur from his or her "stuff." That's not available to the Accidental Entrepreneur, who sees him- or herself as closely allied with the business.

Coach Deb: How important is it for a self-employed person to be authentic? Why does it matter so much?

Molly: Authenticity is essential for the self-employed person. Without it, we have no ground, no center.

If you'd love to find out more about The Self Employment Telesummit, you can still sign up for the free preview calls and download them to listen later.

Go to get access to the page until 5pm (Pacific) on Monday, September 7.

I've listened to a few of these calls and they are
quite good. Presenters include:

Disarming the 3 Enemies of Inspired Office

* Sean D'Souza (It's a bird! It's a
plane! It's Sean D'Souza!)

Social Networking: 4 Remarkable Strategies to Grow
Your Business, Expand Your Referral Network, and
Increase Your Visibility

* Pam Slim (Escape from Cubicle Nation)

* Erin Ferree (The Top 5 Avoidable Start-Up
Brand Design Accidents)

(Journeys of Marketing… why smart, effective
marketing tactics fail, and what's missing.)

* Molly Gordon (How to Get Out of Your Own Way: 3
Keys to Surviving Your Boss’s Mood Swings When
You’re Self Employed)

* Isabel Parlett and Molly Gordon (The Inner and Outer Power of

Let me know what you think of the calls!

How Writing Goes from Good to Great

by Sophfronia Scott

There's a review of John Steinbeck's East of Eden that I find so striking and inspiring that I keep a copy of it on my desk. Here's what it says: "A novel planned on the grandest possible scale...One of those occasions when a writer has aimed high and then summoned every ounce of energy, talent, seriousness, and passion of which he was capable...It is an entirely interesting and impressive book."

In the course of my business I meet many writers who have little confidence in their writing and seem to think it can't be anything more than what it is. That's like getting into a car for your first driving lesson, driving badly, and then assuming that's the way you'll always drive. But most of us don't drive the way we did when we were 16. We get better with experience.

The difference, of course, is that it's easier to know how to get better at something like driving a car. With writing, if you have little experience, it's harder to figure out how to go from being competent to writing something truly great. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for being merely good or mediocre. It just takes work--and knowing how to work. Here are some ideas to help you progress with your writing.

Set the Intention

I love the words "aimed high" in the review above because I believe that's where it all begins. As a writer you have to start the work not on paper, not in a computer, but in your own mind. Set the intention to write something great. You don't have to know what you're going to write, but do know that you want it to be amazing, eye-opening, award-winning. If you start from the feeling of "Well, I'll try but I don't know if it's going to be any good," how interesting is that? It's not a motivating thought and most likely you will fulfill that thought by writing just as you aimed to write: something not very good.

When Bruce Springsteen sat down to write the songs for his album, "Born to Run", he wasn't planning on writing "just another album". He specifically set out to write on a grand scale, to write something truly great. (He always aims high, but in this instance he really had to pull it off: his first 2 albums had not sold well.) Now you may be thinking, "Well, I'm no Steinbeck or Springsteen," but I say this: How do you know unless you try to be that great?

Read Great Work (and Learn from the Bad)

Reading great writing can be an inspiring, uplifting experience--if you allow it to be. Too many writers read great work and use it to beat themselves up! They say "success leaves clues" and great writing is the same. If you're attentive, you can pick up the technical aspects that a great writer has mastered so that you can work on mastering them yourself. Look at how other writers use tools such as character, dialogue, calls to action, and chapter structure.

Likewise, don't be afraid of reading bad writing. There's much to learn from it as well. If you can recognize the difference between great and bad writing, you'll be more likely to recognize it in your own writing. If you can recognize it, you can CHANGE it!

Understand What Rewriting is About

That's where editing and rewriting come in. For all the bad rap editing gets, it's really a good thing. You can do it yourself or have someone else edit your work for you, but the point is to be able to look at your writing objectively and see if it's doing what you wanted it to do. You can also look at it from the point of view of asking yourself, "This may be good, but how can I make it great?" Don't be afraid to rewrite as many times as it takes to get it right.

Ask for Help

What if you're all out of ideas for how to make it better? Don't worry, it happens. Sometimes you've just read the piece too many times to come at it from a fresh perspective. That's when it helps to ask someone else to read it for you. Just make sure the person you ask is a good reader with a critical eye. And if you're stuck on one particular part, don't ask the person to read it and tell you if it's any good--remember, you already know it's not right. Ask the person to give you suggestions or ideas for how you might do that section differently. Even if their suggestions don't work, they might inspire other ideas that will.

One Last Note: Great writing won't happen overnight. It is a process. And you may not hit "great" with this book or even your next one. But if you keep aiming for "great" you'll get closer and closer and before you know it, you'll hit the target!

© 2009 Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott is Executive Editor of the Done For You Writing & Publishing Company. Learn what a difference being a published author can make for your business. Get your FREE audio CD, "How to Succeed in Business By Becoming a Bestselling Author" and your FREE online writing and book publishing tips at

Chef Ana Garcia is the New "Spokeschef" for IMUSA Cookware

Past Women Entrepreneurs-The Secrets of Success radio show guest, Chef Ana Garcia, the owner and operator of La Villa Bonita Cooking School and Culinary Hotel in Tepoztlan, Mexico, has just signed a Spokeschef agreement with Hispanic cookware giant IMUSA USA to develop and promote a series of authentic Mexican recipes utilizing cookware and utensils designed for the Mexican kitchen by IMUSA USA.

Starting in November, Chef Ana’s original recipes will be available on the IMUSA USA website recipe page; and a series of recipe cards featuring Chef Ana’s recipes will accompany each corresponding IMUSA cookware vessel at the retail level.

Click here to listen to Chef Ana's interview on "Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success" radio show.

Here’s an easy, 3-step Salsa recipe from Chef Ana:

Salsa de Molcajete
Tomato and Jalapeño Salsa

(makes 2 cups)


1 clove of garlic, roasted

1 teaspoon salt

1 pinch of cumin

1 pinch of black pepper corns

1 to 4 chiles serranos or jalapeños roasted and peeled

2 roma or saladet tomatoes, roasted and peeled

¼ cup of beer

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar


1. After roasting the garlic, chilies, onions and tomatoes in a very hot pan crush the ingredients one by one in the “molcajete,” (Mexican mortar and pestle) starting with all of the spices and the garlic.

2. Then add the rest of the ingredients one-by-one and crush. For example, add 1 chile and crush until smooth, then add the next chile and crush. Keep adding one ingredient at a time and crush until you have added all of them

3. Finally add the beer and cider.

Living a Created Life Radio Show

Join Coach Deb Bailey and DeBorah Beatty for a spirited and inspirational discussion on the "Living a Created Life" radio show on Blog Talk Radio.

Coach, writer, speaker and communications expert Deborah A.Bailey is the founder of Deb Bailey Coaching (DBC Communications, LLC). Deborah is the host of “Women Entrepreneurs – The Secrets of Success,” an Internet radio talk show and author of an ebook called, “Boost Your Marketing & Your Visibility with Internet Radio.”

For more than 20 years, DeBorah Beatty has been a business coach and trainer helping startup, work-at-home, freelance, and mom-and-pop businesses save time and money by reducing the amount of back office time, increasing productivity and decreasing production time; getting you back to the business of your business and not the tedium of paperwork and humdrum day to day activities.

DeBorah has spent her life in the School of Hard Knocks and has graduated Suma Cum Laude! Her Disconnect Your Oughta-Pilot(tm) and Living A Created Life programs are becoming a standard for those who wish to claim control of their lives and manifest their visions.

Thursday, September 3rd
4:00 pm Eastern time

Click here to listen to the show:

Are You Failing Forward?

woman on laptop
by Deborah A Bailey

One big reason why people have trouble adjusting to the entrepreneurial world is because they fear failing.

Whether it's due to their corporate experience or their life experiences, there is an overall belief that failure should be avoided at all costs.

In truth, failure is a normal part of being an entrepreneur. There's no way to know how a new product of service will perform until you put it out there. Sure, you can prepare and study and research - you can market and do all things you "should" do before you launch. Unfortunately all of that action does not guarantee success.

You can do everything "right" and still not get the result you were hoping for.

When you're an entrepreneur you're often stepping out on complete faith. All you know for sure is that you have a vision, a dream, and a passion for what you want to create. You may be the only person who sees it, and that's okay.

Everyone else is not going to agree with your idea and that really doesn't matter. You have to believe in it even when no one else does. You also have to accept that ideas are often works in progress. There can be a lot of changes between the first thought what that idea eventually turns into.

Often launching a product or service and having it fail will tell you that your original idea needs tweaking or adjusting. Or perhaps you'll discover that you were really on the road to something else.

The entrepreneurial track is a journey, not a destination. Failure isn't something that marks you as inept or incompetent, instead it is an experience that humbles you and forces you to take an honest look at yourself. Are you really committed? If so, even when you're down you won't be out. Neither will you resort to playing the victim who can't catch a break.

The entrepreneurial world is not one of security and safety. It involves failure and frustration as well as excitement and fulfillment.

"Failing forward," it's sometimes called because with each defeat you become stronger and more aware. Your mistakes and your stumbles lead you closer to understanding what you are made of and how much commitment you have to stay in the game. If you come from a corporate environment or have very little experience running a business, then you will be learning as you go along. Mistakes will be made - lots of them.

Failure is part of the entrepreneur's rite of passage. If you haven't failed at least once, you haven't been trying hard enough.

It is very tempting to think that there is a sure-fire formula for success - just as we'd like to believe the same about exercise or weight loss or finding love. But the road to manifesting the business success we desire is like a hero's journey. As we learn and grow and move through the challenges, our business will reflect our progress.

Having a business is no different than anything else in life. When things don't work out you can call yourself a failure, or you can learn from it and continue on. The most important thing is to learn from your failures instead of being ashamed that you had them.

Copyright © 2009 - 2018 Deborah A. Bailey

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

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The Great Merger: Marketing, Manifesting & Miracles!

by Mariana M. Cooper

Are you living and playing full out? The old adage work hard and play hard may have been true in the past but in this new energy work and play are merging! We are in a time now where things that used to take a week to come to fruition can come to pass in an hour or less!

Our negative thoughts, our positive thoughts even our neutral thoughts are sent by us into this new grid of energy and they are magnified thousands of times faster and more powerfully than even last year this time!

It is so important as Enlightened Entrepreneurs that we step up in our businesses NOW and see the Bigger picture of what we are doing! Our Work is both our passion and our purpose and our clients or potential clients are waiting.

Some Key Questions For Enlightened Entrepreneurs To Consider:

Are We defining what our passion is and how it can be of service to others? (Choosing our Business)

Are WE playing full out? (Declaring that we are in business and letting the world know)

Are We figuring out Who our work will best serve? (Ideal Client)

Are We finding them and communicating with them often to understand what they most need and how we can help? (Marketing Research)

Are We letting them KNOW that we are Out There to assist them in getting answers to a block or obstacle that may be standing in the way of their forward progression and BLOCKING them from moving forward to bring their gifts out to the world? (Consistently Advertising and Promoting what you have to offer)

Are We setting prices for our services that are fair and will fully support our lifestyles and (So you can stay in business long enough to serve) actively charging our clients for our work so there is an equal exchange of energy? (Pricing and Abundance)

In one word this aspect is known as Marketing.

Are we willing to get quiet and envision all that we desire, respecting the fact that if we can dream it, it is available to us? Are we letting the Universe know on a daily basis that we are WILLING to move forward and Serve? (Setting Intention)

Are We managing our thoughts, our words and our consistent actions and sending them out into the powerful energy grid consciously and deliberately? (Affirmations)

Are We recognizing and honoring even the smallest sign of forward progression, synchronicities and answered prayer (Gratitude) which is the Universes way of saying "YES we hear you and we are all over it. Hang in there, because even if the whole thing is not configured yet, it is on the way!"

Are We OPEN to RECEIVE payment for what we offer without guilt and to recognize that payment often comes from a variety of places, not just clients and sales? (Willingness)

In one word this aspect is known as Manifesting.

When we as CONCSIOUS ENLIGHTENED ENTREPRENEURS are consistent and Merge these 2 powerful aspects of Marketing & Manifesting dreams do come true and Miracles become a daily habit! And we all deserve that!

The World is Waiting... Are you Willing To Shine?

Author: Mariana M. Cooper, Aha! Moments, Inc. Intuition Expert and Mentor. For more information, products and services go to:

Want Success? Start With Authenticity

by Ali Brown

Most businesspeople present themselves as who they want to be instead of who they really are. Now, I believe in thinking big, but not at the expense of being true to ourselves. When we start off in business, we often have visions of who we think we need to be in order to please (or convince) our clients or customers.

We envision our model of business success, and we chase that model, often to the exclusion of our own true selves. We may look, act, and speak the way we think our customers expect us to. But when we create a disingenuous version of ourselves, our business suffers.

Here's why authenticity is crucial to your business success.

*Authenticity builds trust. Today's customers are discerning and often skeptical. One of the problems with many online businesses is that they lack humanity. Customers don't know if they can trust you or not. But incorporating your personality into your website helps create a human connection that reassures customers and convinces them that you are a person they like and want to do business with. This is also true with a brick-and-mortar business. If you're accessible and personable to customers, then it goes a long way toward building confidence in your business.

*Clicks don't buy - people do. A lot of internet marketers are obsessed with stats like clicks and conversions. But your customers are more than numbers. They are people! And people buy from people. The truth is in the practice. As you begin to open up to your customers, you'll notice that they'll feel a stronger connection and loyalty to you personally, which will carry over to your business. You'll stop being a big, impersonal conglomerate and start being someone real, someone people can count on to do the right thing.

*Being true to yourself sets you apart. You could be like all the other bland, sanitized businesses, or you could be yourself. And by being yourself, you eliminate the competition, because no other business can offer the same blend of personality and authenticity that you can. You don't need to compete. You just have to be yourself.

*Your personality will attract customers who appreciate it. Anyone who is put off by you being yourself probably wasn't going to buy from you anyway. And they certainly weren't going to be repeat customers. As Dr. Seuss said, "be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." The customers you attract will be people who relate to you, for whom your personality resonates, and those are people who are willing to build long-lasting relationships with you. It's the ultimate target marketing.

So, how do you incorporate your authentic self into your business? That's up to you. There is no formula to follow or any textbooks to read. All it takes is tapping into your unique personality and letting it shine through in your business. It's a simple, yet powerful concept.

© 2009 Ali International, LLC

Self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur 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
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