How Leaders Ignite Their Business and Attract Ideal Clients by Letting Their Junk Go - Part 2

by Kelly O'Neil

In our last article, we talked all about cleaning up your physical clutter. This week we are going to talk about aligning your energy by cleaning up the mental clutter.

Clutter is really anything that gets in the way of what matters most to you. So if you find yourself feeling massively overwhelmed, constantly short on time, unable to sleep or meditate because your mind is racing, and have that feeling that the to-do list will never be done, you are suffering from mental clutter. If your monkey mind is on overload, here are a few tips to calm the savage beast.

Tame Your To Do List: I teach my clients a 4 step process to tame your to do list: dump it out of your head, prioritize the list, delegate anything that someone else can do and calendar the rest. You know what they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Examine Your Tolerations & Create a Plan: Your mind likely swarms with unfinished business: the taxes that aren't filed, the bills that aren't paid, the messy garage, errands that haven't been run or the last 10 pounds that you never seem to lose. Make a list of all the things in your life that you are tolerating and then create a plan to knock it off. You don't want a mediocre life do you?

Dump the Emotional Baggage: We all have it. Family or friends that you need to forgive. Hurt feelings that weigh heavily on you and you just haven't mustered up the courage to confront your offender. Grudges that you are holding onto like a pro. It's time to let it go as it is just draining your precious energy. Write a letter, do a forgiveness mediation or have the conversation you have been avoiding. There is nothing more important than you feeling good emotionally.

Review Your Strategic Plan: If you are one of my clients, you have one of these and now is the time to review it and make sure you are on track. If you don't have a plan, now is the time to make one so that you don't waste your valuable time, energy and money spinning in circles. I challenge you to ask yourself WHY you are doing the things you are doing in your business and see what you can stop doing because it isn't yielding you the results you desire anyway.

Create New Systems: Nothing brings peace of mind like a good system. Systems allow you to seamlessly delegate your tasks to your teams knowing that they have a process to follow that will create the result you desire and allow them more autonomy to work on their own. Check out my business partner Beth Schneider of Process Prodigy if you are looking for someone to help you. She is an operational genius!

Take the time to align your energy and then sit back and watch how the world responds to you. You'll be amazed, I promise.

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Brand Marketing Strategist and Leadership Coach Kelly O'Neil teaches women around the world how to become known as thought leaders in their field and build financially abundant conscious businesses that make a big impact in the world. Get her Spiritually Rich™ Swag Bag full of goodies at

Award-Winning Speaker Lakeisha McKnight on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

From United States to Africa, Lakeisha McKnight has been known as the 'fighting speaker,' providing empowerment messages with authority and effectiveness, stirring the hearts and minds of different business professionals and students throughout the world. Lakeisha has been engaging in speaking events for 15+ years and her empowered 500,000+ people leaving a lasting positive impact that business professionals crave.

Lakeisha McKnight has received over 40 awards (including a presidential citation from former president Bill Clinton) and being awarded as an Entrepreneur of the 2010-2011 Year with Cambridge’s Who’s Who. She has shared speaking platforms with dignitaries throughout the world from Barbados to India. Lakeisha has also received numerous awards as a former member and leader within Toastmasters International. She is the owner of three thriving companies including ILEAD Outreach, The International Leadership Education and Development Company LLC and ‘Choosing to Live’ wellness business. She has authored many printed materials including GOALS Guidelines on Achieving Life Success ( and most recently, Awakening the Champion: How to Think, Speak, and Live Like a Conqueror (

Most recently, Lakeisha has been hosting a great radio show called Champion Central, where professionals throughout the U.S. receive a platform to sow success seeds within the lives of listeners, showcase their expertise to the world, and provide strategies on how they have overcome to the reach their CHAMPION status.
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6 Strategies to Attract More Clients

by Chris Atley

#1: Get clear on what you do for people. 

I’ve talked a little bit about “WIIFM” (What’s in it for me?). Make sure you know what results people get as a result of working with you. Get clear on the befits you offer. Make sure this is sprinkled throughout your marketing materials and also in the way you speak about what you do. People want to buy based on the solution you can solve for them. Think about past clients you’ve helped or even what your expertise is.

#2: Gain visibility. 

Telling 3 people (regardless of who they are), works! You never know who someone is going to know, and it also gives you practice explaining what you do. Try to get out there - in front of people - as much as you can. Joining networking groups and attending seminars where your ideal client hangs out are great for doing this. It’s also helpful to attend things that reflect your interests. You will likely meet like minded people there and these people can turn into great clients or even centers of influence (people who refer clients to you). Make sure you have a follow-up system in place for after these events too. This will help you keep in touch and build relationships.

#3: Set the intention for what you want. 

For example, is it “x” amount of new clients by the end of June or a maybe a dollar amount you’re trying to achieve? Focus on this everyday and make sure you have a reminder, like a sticky note posted in a place where your intention will stay in the forefront of your mind.

#4: Try to spend a few minutes every day visualizing how your life will be different if you have “x” amount of new clients. 

What will you be doing differently? How will you feel once you’ve achieved it? I can’t tell you how important this one is. By acting like you already have it (even if it’s just for a few minutes a day), you will put yourself in the same frequency of what it is that you’re trying to achieve. You will start to attract the right people, places and experiences into your life that will help you achieve your goal. Of course, you must take inspired action for it to actually happen. Unfortunately, the new clients won’t just show-up at your doorstep, but the idea that will turn them into paying clients will :)

#5. Address any limiting money beliefs as they arise. 

Making more money means financial freedom. What does this look like for you? What will you do with the money? How will your life change? How do you look at other people that are at the level you want to be at? Is it negative in anyway? If you’re harboring resentment towards these people, I can guarantee that deep down you’re afraid of what type of person you will be if you do achieve your goal. Instead, think of a positive role model. Someone who is at the level you want to be at that has similar values to you and is doing things with their money that you also want to do, i.e. starting a charity.

#6: Last but not least, try different things. 

Keep trying different marketing strategies until you see what sticks. Pay attention to the type of promotions your prospects respond to right down to the type of language you use. For example, I’ve found that I get more of a response to offering a bonus with my programs instead of discounting them by a percentage. Keep doing what works and feels right for you!

Happy Business Building!

Written by Chris Atley, Life & Business Coach for entrepreneurs. Coaching designed to help you make more money doing what you love. Create your ideal business by grabbing my manifesto kit for free at:

Author Q&A: Living Space by Kathryn Weber

Kathryn Weber is the author of, Living Space: Simple Steps to Transform Your Home , which was influenced by her passion for feng shui, decorating, business and style. Encouraged by her own success in “creating her life” with feng shui, good design, and thoughtful living, she embarked on a career in helping others do the same with feng shui.

In 2005, she began writing Living Space, a home lifestyle column dedicated to helping readers create beautiful, harmonious and supportive home environments that is syndicated nationally through Tribune Media Services. Kathryn is visiting the blog today to talk about her new book.

Deb Bailey: Thanks for joining us today, Kathryn. What inspired you to write, Living Space?

Kathryn Weber: Living Space is a compilation of my weekly newspaper columns from the past two years. The book seemed like a good opportunity to put these columns together so homeowners and DIY-ers could have all the tips and ideas in one place.

Deb: That's terrific. So, what's the book about?

Kathryn: The topic is about creating a home that’s beautiful, comfortable, organized and clean easily and with a budget in mind, and going room by room. It seemed like there was a common thread of specific room decorating, such as kitchen, bedroom, home office, etc., that seemed like a natural fit for a book.

Deb: Did you have a specific reader in mind for Living Space? Who will get the most out of it?

Kathryn: It's for anyone who wants to improve their life by improving their living space. It’s perfect for those who like to decorate or tackle home improvement projects on their own, specifically people like me who enjoy prowling around home improvement stores for neat new gadgets, organizer and decorating ideas.

Deb: There are so many decorating books on the market. What do you feel makes your book different from the others?

Kathryn: I like this question! The reader is the difference. The goal of Living Space is to take great interiors and living spaces and reduce it to projects that can be accomplished with a small amount of construction or DIY experience. After all, many of the topics featured in here are ones I have done myself, so I really like how-to’s. I also like to read about certain decorating styles, such as Industrial or Chinoiserie and boil them down to their essence. The reader can then apply that “essence” to their own home and transform the look of a bedroom or a living room for example.

Deb: When people read, Living Space, what do you want them to come away with?

Kathryn: That they can tackle home improvement and decorating projects, and that it can make a difference in their lives. I often watch home makeover shows where someone has lived in a rundown home and then they’re moved into something brand new and beautiful. I know there is no way their lives will not be changed by the change in their environment. And while this is extreme, I think the same is true of the average homeowner. When we make shifts and changes to our home, such as improving organization, beautifying or making it easier to clean, our lives improve. It’s that simple.  When you change your home, you don’t just impact the house – you change your life.

Deb: Any advice for the busy woman entrepreneur who wants to create a comfortable home and work environment?

Kathryn: I am so glad you asked this! My advice is: don’t neglect your home. It’s easy to think that answering another ten emails is going to get you further ahead in your day or your life, but it just doesn’t. If your bathroom is organized so you can get dressed in the morning quicker and more efficiently, or the yard is an oasis that lifts your spirits at the end of a long day, or coming home to a house that’s clean and orderly, that’s what’s going to make a huge difference in the quality of your life and the life of your family. I say this as a female entrepreneur, too. I firmly believe that the clean, attractive and organized state of my home helps me be more effective in my work life.

Deb: You obviously love your work. What inspires you?

Kathryn: Growing up, I was had one of the first career moms. Our house was often in an uproar….loads of laundry undone, messes here and there. It felt a little out of control. Yet when I went to my grandmother’s house, it was beautiful, clean and life was much more pleasant. I saw firsthand how a clean, attractive house had an effect on members of the household. I also noticed when I grew up that when we cleaned house, our family became more relaxed and that life became more enjoyable and pleasant. It became an obsession of mine to create a better, more balanced environment as a way to create a better life. Home is where the heart is, so when your home is a heartache you avoid it and that creates more heartache. But when your home is a wonderful, enjoyable place to be, your heart’s happy. I enjoy helping people have a better home, and by extension, a better life.

Deb: Please let everyone know where they can find your book.

Kathryn: Certainly, Deb. It’s online at Amazon on Amazon Kindle (, also on Itunes for iPad and on Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

Deb: Thanks so much for stopping by today! Before you go, share your website and social media URLs.

Kathryn: My pleasure, Deb. Here they are:
My websites:

How Color Affects Your Marketing

by Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero, Expert Copywriting Strategist
The color of your message says more than you think.

Color makes a statement in your life. It speaks to us, whether it attracts or repels. In fact, color is just another way we can communicate non-verbally.

I’m here to tell you that color also subliminally influences how you spend your money. 

Marketing experts tell us that color subliminally influences how you spend your money. Color affects your spending habits so careful consideration is taken when you create that landing page online.

In business your understanding of colors and what they say about you impacts your business. Picking your colors and their complementary choice is serious business.

Curious how to integrate color for yourself? Enjoy this handy guide to using color in business communications! Here are some colors that deliver a message.

  • Red is all about ardent energy, passion, action, and thrills. It’s a stimulating color that grabs attention.
  • Use Orange for a feeling of social communication, optimism and affordability so you feel that you are getting good value.
  • Burgundy or brown has luxury written all over it.
  • Go green and feel like you are helping the environment. So you are attracting eco-minded clients.
  • Yellow is the color of intellect and high thought, yet it can also stimulate your energy & appetite.
  • Blue elicits trust and dependability. So choose this color to improve customer loyalty.
  • Purple lets your imagination and creativity run wild. It also represents wealth. Purple traditionally appeals to women & children.
  • Pretty in pink is a calming color and that can loosen your wallet making it less painful to spend.
  • White is selected by 75% of top skin care brand packaging. Pure as the driven snow you connect honesty and simplicity when you have lots of white space. Think Apple!

It’s no secret. Money you make marketing yourself is a lot more than color on a web page, it comes down to how well you craft your words. It’s the most valuable skill you can learn for making money online. As long as you know that smart marketers have chosen colors on that website to strategically influence your spending.

You don’t have to be a color expert to make color work for you. It’s just one more layer, along with your copy and other aspects, that get prospects to bond with you and ultimately think of you when they need your product or service.

ABOUT LORRIE: Award-winning marketer, world-renowned copywriter and creator of “The She Factor”, Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero of Red Hot Copy has a reputation as the top female copywriter in the info-marketing industry. Lorrie is dedicated to teaching the world it is possible to shift from the hype-filled sales to a more modern version …marketing written with authenticity, trust, and rapport.

Copywriting Strategist Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero publishes the award-winning Copywriting TNT weekly ezine with 33,000+ subscribers. If you’re ready to jump-start your business, make more money, and have more fun in your small business, get your FREE tips now at

Kyna Baker CEO of 5 Star Business Management on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Kyna Baker is Your Business Management Mentor, CEO of 5 Star Business Management, President of DVVAA (pronounced Diva) The Delaware Valley Virtual Assistant Association, and most important – mother of 4 and wife to 1!

5 Star Business Management has evolved into a company that focuses on helping coaches to be better managers of their business. We believe that the coaching industry is imperative to the growth of entrepreneurs. Coaches need the support in their business to help them give the highest level of service to their clients.

“Managing your business can be easy initially but as more tasks, projects, and of course clients come your way, you will begin to feel overwhelmed and possibly frustrated. Don’t give up on your dream.  With 5 Star Business Management you will learn to Manage With Confidence!”

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Success and Mindset: 6 Ideas to Help You Stay on Track With Your Goals and Dreams

by Maritza Parra

Most times your dreams are forgiving, as forgiving as your lawn. You can ignore it for a while, when you get discouraged and don't take any action towards your dreams, but if you start taking those small daily actions your dreams, like your lawn will respond.

It's just like the green grass. If it doesn't get watered for a while, it turns yellow, you think it died and then suddenly after a few rains, it's abundant, lush and green looking like nothing ever happened to it. That's how your dreams and goals respond. Even if you've been in a very negative place for a while, if you're discouraged, you can find hope. You can begin to look for things to appreciate and ways to take action to bring them to life again.

Here are 6 ideas that can help you stay on track taking action to making your dreams reality.

1. Everything you want already exists.
2. Patience.
3. Making peace where you are no matter where it is.
4. Live within each current day as much as possible.
5. Realize you're doing great no matter where you are, right now.
6. Don't engage in comparison with other people, unless it's beneficial to you and usually it isn't.

Keeping these 6 statements in mind will help you make your dreams become reality more easily and quickly even though it may not seem that way at first. It is finding peace where you are right now.

It's about accepting and finding something to appreciate and take action on, whatever your present circumstances may be, not so you can just accept it but so you can drop the feelings of need and angst that we all sometimes get that can make us throw up our hands and give up altogether. And that's when our dreams become brittle and lifeless like the unwatered lawn.

It's a bit of a paradoxical balancing act. It's about finding peace, acceptance, self-love where you are right now, releasing the need for things to be different right this second. So you can attract and create something different and better.

If you love what you do, but hate trying to "make the sale" one by one, list building expert Maritza Parra will show you 7 simple, quick and easy ways to build your 6-Figure List without spending a dime... Imagine building your own list of prospects who love what you do and what you uniquely offer! Get your FREE 6-Figure List Building Template and e-course now at

Stop Comparing and Step Up To Lead

by Barbara Saunders

So many Solo Pros get caught up with looking at what others that offer a similar service are doing, but I’m going to encourage your to stop. When you start running your business by watching your competitors, you end up sabotaging your own business.

Here’s why and how to step up and lead.

Following your competitors can be bad for business because:

You’re not selling generic services. You bring an entire life-time of experience, education and personality to the table when your work with your clients. Many times, that’s why a client wants to work with you. If you’re not emphasizing your unique brilliance, you’re getting lost in the pack AND you could be missing a huge selling point.

The Fix: Zero in on your unique brilliance and what you bring to your service delivery that’s different from what others do. Maybe you deliver more research and analysis or more hand holding and specific training.
You may be under charging. When you set your fees according what the competitors are charging, you could be under valuing what you deliver. You can also get yourself stuck with clients that are only hunting for the lowest price. They tend to be the biggest headaches.

The Fix: Focus on setting your fees based on value and impact rather than an hourly rate or what your competitors are charging. Make a list of every single thing you do for your client (don’t forget small things like email support, phone access or research).  Get comfortable with communicating what you do and how that impacts the client’s end results. If potential clients don’t understand the value, upgrade your target market to those that do. Leave the price gougers to your competition.

You may get caught in the undertow. I alluded to this in the tip above. When you get caught in a bidding war with a competitor where the client is only interested in the lowest fee, that may be a client you’re better off without. They’re not interested in the end result – which is what you’re delivering. If you cannot get into a conversation with your potential client about the value you deliver in all that you do, then it’s time to move onto another client.

The Fix: Build a relationship with potential clients and work to educate them on the impact that your services can deliver. For example, don’t focus on how ‘pretty’ the website you design will look. Focus on how much traffic will increase and how many conversions to sales it will make, then tie it to a dollar value. Communicate how much more money a client can make by using your services. It takes work but there’s a huge payoff.

Use your own words. So many business owners and potential clients are tuning out because service providers all sound the same.

The Fix: Instead of falling into the practice of using all the same buzz words as your competitors, listen to your own phrasing and word choices. Those will make you stand apart. Tell your own stories and use vibrant language rather than empty words that don’t resonate with your ideal client.

Author Info: Barbara Saunders is the Solo Pro Business Success Mentor and Founder of the Solo Pro Academy, she’s here to guide you to a prosperous custom-fit business. She hosts the Solo Pro Radio show everyday at 10am Pacific on FaceBook/SoloProRadio When you’re ready to turn your business into the custom-fit income-generating machine you’ve been dreaming of, give her a call.


Author Q&A: Financial Fresh Start by Shari Olefson Part 2

Shari Olefson, JD, LLM, author of Financial Fresh Start: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy and a Bar Certified Real Estate attorney and a Supreme Court Certified Mediator with degrees in finance and psychology, is stopping by the Secrets of Success blog again today for part two of our Q&A discussion.

Deb Bailey: Hi, Shari. I'm excited to learn more about your new book. As you know, a lot of books have been written about how to deal with money and manage your finances, what makes your book different?

Shari Olefson: That's easy: it's totally accessible. What good is all the knowledge and information in the world if it's too much for anyone to read, understand and quickly apply to their own lives?   The number one goal I had in writing Financial Fresh Start was to take these complicated situations and reforms that are impacting all of us every day, but that everybody seems to feel powerless and overwhelmed against, and explain what they are, why they matter and what you can do about a quick an easy fashion.

 The difference speaks to  something Thomas Freidman recently wrote: "Today more than ever …boundaries between politics, culture, finance… are disappearing, you often cannot explain one without referring to the other and you cannot explain the whole without referring to them all. You have to learn how to arbitrage information from these disparate perspectives and then weave it all together to produce a picture of the world that you would never have if you looked at it from only one perspective."   Unlike other books which tend to focus on one piece of the bigger puzzle, with Financial Fresh Start I do the weaving for you. Financial Fresh Start also includes links to dozens of 2 minute online videos explaining things for folks who prefer watching to reading.

Deb: What thoughts would you like your readers to come away with?

Shari: Three things:  First, that no matter how wonderful your own financial situation is, if every American doesn't at least do OK, we all suffer.  In other words, it benefits you to try to make sure everybody who is willing to work hard is able to improve their situation.   

Second, no matter how bad your own financial situation is, you have the power to make it better - and I try to provide some of the tools to help you do so in Financial Fresh Start.

And third, being cognizant and deliberate about the implicit and explicit messaging we (including leaders on both sides of the aisle) are - together - sending to our next generation is essential, since our collective attitudes, values and expectations, over time, define who we are as a nation.

Deb: What's the best advice you could give to a woman entrepreneur who may be uncertain of her next steps?

Shari: Transitions are a GIFT. If you don't feel that way, it pays to try to re-align your perspective if you can.   I'm a huge fan of always having as many options as possible. That requires continually preparing and keeping your eyes open.  Building a wide range of great relationships - not merely, "contacts" - is also essential and help make transitions feels a lot less scary.  (But so is moving on.  Particularly for women, there are some professional relationships that will never be what we want.  Learning to recognize that and move on before they bring us down is important). In times of uncertainty I typically begin by visiting my own important relationships for guidance.

Talking to folks you respect, not only about your options, but about the transitions they have navigated in their own lives, can make you feel a lot more confident - EVERYBODY has transitions, and many times they work out to be better than you could have ever imagined.  In fact new transitions are a great time to look back on your past transitions for inspiration and confidence.    Then I get introspective about the challenge and really listen to my gut.   One of the great ironies is that women have such fabulous natural instincts but sometimes it seems we've been conditioned to doubt and not trust ourselves.  I also think it's important to tune out the chatter.  There's a lot of advice out there, allegedly for working women, that's totally unrealistic.

For example, for most real life women, the challenge is how to navigate the support staff lunch room or your small business employees, not whether or not to pull up a seat a at Fortune 500 board room table.  Many real life working women don't have a spouse they can rely on, or regular access to "mentors" and "sponsors." Last, I always try to use change as an opportunity to re-visit some fundamentals women entrepreneurs seem have a tougher time with then men, and that has to do with stuff that happened when you were 3 or 4 or 5 years old.

In a nutshell, you need to make sure you're making the best decisions about your next move based on the facts, without "issues" inside your head that will hold you back.   Some examples I still grapple with myself include messages from family and others about women, work, finances, and success.  Transitions are also a great time to take an objective inventory of how others see your value, or your strengths, weaknesses, experience, education, and then re-visit ways to improve how you look on paper in order to open the most possible options.   Transitions also help to consider your big picture - where you are on your ultimate lifetime career path and where you want to wind up.  Without transitions, most us of would never have the chance to check in on important life paths like this!


Deb: That's terrific advice, Shari. So, what inspires you to do the work you do?

Shari: Definitely my kids; hoping to help our country (I'd say the world, but that sounds totally exhausting!) be a better place for them, and doing the best I can to try to set a good example.  I also feel a deep appreciation for and pride in our country and values like honor and courage.   These are the things I try to keep top of mind every day.  And - of course - I have bills to pay. :)

Deb: Please let everyone know where they can find your book.

Shari: Financial Fresh Start is for sale on the web site or on AMAZON or Barnes and Noble websites.   There's also a newsletter everybody can sign up for on the website - I filter the news each week and break down the bare basics you need to know to keep informed.  And on the web site you can email me your own questions, comments or concerns.  I'm also on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In if you like getting up dates on news that will impact your wallet that way.

Deb: Can't wait to read you book! Thanks so much for stopping by. Please share your website and social media URLs.

Shari: My pleasure, Deb. Here they are: 

Author Q&A: Financial Fresh Start by Shari Olefson

Shari Olefson, JD, LLM, author of Financial Fresh Start: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy is a Bar Certified Real Estate attorney and a Supreme Court Certified Mediator with degrees in finance and psychology. Shari served on the front lines of the real estate bubble, the bailouts, and the Great Recession, and is also a trusted journalist, news commentator, and speaker-educator on foreclosures, mortgages, credit, investments, and other money matters. She's stopping by the Secrets of Success blog today and tomorrow to share insights from her new book.

Deb Bailey:  So glad you could stop by the Secrets of Success blog! Please share with us, what prompted you to write this book?

Shari Olefson: Like many moms I put preparing my kids - giving them every possible opportunity for a great life - above everything else.   And yet I worry that as prepared as they may be, the world may not be ready for them.  As the mother of two teenagers, I often wonder how commonplace foreclosures, sequester and fresh college grads struggling to find decent jobs will be when my daughters hit the real world. Also, what exactly will that mean, not only for each of our personal finances, but for our kids and the legacy and country we leave behind for them?   Passion for our country and our next generation is what prompted me to write Financial Fresh Start, because those of us with teenagers and younger children still have time - and all these new rules and reforms give us an opportunity - to get the world ready for our kids.

And one of the most effective ways we can do that is by improving our own financial circumstances because when we do well, America does well, and vice versa. I've been on the front line of real estate and finance for years so these new rules and reforms are second nature.  Sometimes I wonder how anybody gets through life without a law degree. I get hundreds of calls and emails from folks asking questions when answers are right in front of them, but seem too burdensome to find.  Financial Fresh Start essentially gives you a 20 minute law degree.

Deb: There's so much information out there that it can be overwhelming for the average person to understand. How did you break it down so that we can get a better handle on our financial lives?

Shari: We all have different financial situations, but no matter how good or bad it is, you always want it to be the best it can possibly be.  After years of economic uncertainty, massive foreclosures, collapsing banks, and the Great Recession, the federal government has enacted sweeping reforms to help millions of struggling Americans.  Our government spent BILLIONS of our tax payer dollars for these new protections - Financial Fresh Start helps make sure you get your money's worth!

We now have hundreds of new rules - more than 400 under the Dodd-Frank Act alone - as well as new laws, programs, investigations, and even new authorities such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These changes touch on the banking, borrowing, credit, debt, savings, investments, homeownership, earning, spending, and retirement of just about every citizen. Unfortunately, few have the time, patience, and expertise to confidently navigate the new economic landscape, seize the opportunities for recovery and prosperity it offers, rise to its challenges, and steer clear of its pitfalls.

The good news is you don't have to read through all this legalese because I've done it for you :   Financial Fresh Start: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy simplifies it all - Dodd-Frank, the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act and many more reforms-so that average Americans once again have power over their own finances. Maybe you've heard that the rules and reforms enacted in response to the Great Depression brought about some of the biggest changes in the history of our country. The new long-term rules and reforms included in Dodd-Frank and other legislation and programs will likewise have tremendous impacts on you, the country, and future generations.

Starting with the big picture, Financial Fresh Start succinctly explains what the heck happened in America, and around the world, in financial markets to provoke a meltdown in banking, real estate, and the economy in general. It introduces major new rules and reforms, with accessible lessons in what they mean, why they matter, and what to expect next. From a brief overview of the new financial landscape, chapters move on to specific strategies for leveraging the new economic rules to get out of financial trouble, regain financial stability, and achieve the still-possible American Dream of a comfortable income and secure retirement.  Financial Fresh Start presents a practical, workable plan for rebounding and thriving in the new economy - in five simple steps:                   
  1. Adapt your banking and borrowing.
  2. Fix your credit and debt.                                                                                          
  3. Protect your savings, investments, and retirement.
  4. Decide if homeownership is (still, now, or someday) right for you.
  5. Spend less and earn more.
Deb:   Is there a specific type of person that you had in mind when you wrote this, and that you think would benefit the most from reading your book?

Shari: Financial Fresh Start truly does have something for everyone, but certainly some readers stand to benefit more.  Moms like me (or dads), who have children or grandchildren or kids they care about, and want to do what they can to prepare for a prosperous future, and perhaps even do their part to make things better, certainly top the list. But anyone who wants a better understanding of how we got here, the role each of us plays, the new economy, rules and reforms - what they mean, why they matter, and how they can help you prosper - will benefit.  Financial Fresh Start tells the story of the big picture, and then breaks it down into quick actions you can take to protect your money, home and prosperity.  Quick and easy is key, because as a working mom, I know what it means to be busy.

Deb: Well, you've given us a lot to think about. Thanks and we'll see you tomorrow for more from your new book, Financial Fresh Start.

Shari: Thanks, Deb. In the meantime, here's my website and social media URLs if your readers want to learn more about me and the book.


Self Growth: 3 Tips to Find Out if You Are Undergoing Transformation

How can you tell if it's just a rough patch or you are really undergoing a Transformation?

1) It Sucks Sometimes.
Ay chihuahua! Think about the little caterpillar... stuck in a cocoon, think about the birthing process... There are periods of expansion when things seem to be going smoothly and you're moving forward, then there are periods of contraction when things seem stuck, unpleasant, annoying and uncomfortable at the very least. And you may even feel yourself moving BACKWARDS sometimes!

It can really suck. And that's OK... It's always darkest before the dawn... just be sure to Hold On!

2) Are You Getting Pushback?

Are you getting some pushback from people around you? Even from yourself maybe? Could it be because you are threatening to heal or complete or grow or become more empowered in some way? Listen, when you make the decision to grow and become more, to live a life of joy and fulfillment, you'll get a lot of unhappy people around you. I guarantee it.

You've probably heard this said before... you cannot stay unhealthy/sick/poor enough to heal or help another person. Be aware and be compassionate when the people around you get upset that you are going through a transformation. It's scary to them and can remind them of the growth they might not be doing in their lives. Send them blessings and keep moving forward with your growth.

3) Are You Growing From It?

Listen to your intuition. This is your inner wisdom and it's always leading you in the right direction for you. Trust Yourself. The thing is, many times we get caught up in our own "stuff" and can't see or hear ourselves clearly!

When that happens, It's helpful if you can find a coach or mentor to help you grow though these periods of change. So be aware and awake to see the opportunities for growth during these times so you can emerge bigger, better, brighter! And when you do, there are people around you who you'll inspire to live their best life too!

If you love what you do, but hate trying to "make the sale" one by one, list building expert Maritza Parra will show you 7 simple, quick and easy ways to build your 6-Figure List without spending a dime... Imagine building your own list of prospects who love what you do and what you uniquely offer! Get your FREE 6-Figure List Building Template and e-course now at

Book Launch: The Map by Boni Lonnsburry

Author Boni Lonnsburry is a Master Creationist and the author of the book, The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life. By applying the Universal Law of Attraction to her own life, she transformed poverty, loneliness and despair to abundance, love and joy. She began a company with a $50 investment and grew it to a $5million company.

Boni also created the love of her life at the age that most people give up hope, and married in 2010. She transformed her financial life from foreclosure and bankruptcy to abundance beyond even her wildest dreams.

Today for the launch of her book, she's offering special bonus gifts. Find out more here:

You were born to be a creator.

Here's how you can make it happen, no matter what you may have experienced in the past.

Have you ever wondered what it REALLY takes to create a totally joyous life, a life of your dreams? (If you've read book after book on the subject, and still haven't managed to make it happen, it's likely because the instructions just haven't been clear enough, or easy enough to implement.)

Well, according to Boni Lonnsburry, you already HAVE what it takes. You've had it all along. Maybe you just need a little help finding it, and to be shown CLEARLY how to use it.

Boni has been working with the principles of "conscious creation" (also known as "manifestation") for nearly thirty years - studying and working with dozens (if not HUNDREDS) of teachers, authors, and healers.

And now in her new book "The Map" she lays it all out for you in such a simple step-by-step system, to get from wherever you are right now to wherever you might want to be.
Find out more about the book and the bonus gifts here:

Whether you know what you want yet, or not, this guide - unlike any other you may have seen before - will help you define, and then build, your dream life far more quickly and easily than you might have once thought possible.

It's basically a treasure map to the process of conscious creation, the exact method Boni herself uses and shares with clients and friends, and I'm giving it an enthusiastic "two thumbs up".

You can learn more about Boni and her amazing, potentially life-changing, methods on her website. And for a short time, you even get a collection of free gifts with each copy of the book. (Check her website for details on those gifts, as well as the cut-off dates for claiming them.)

Wishing you all the GREATEST success!
Find out more about the book and the bonus gifts here:


Life Makeover Hypnotherapist Shirley Billson on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Shirley Billson empowers entrepreneurial women to connect emotionally with their vision, so they can stop playing small, create a 6-Figure Income - and a legacy of power.

She is an international prosperity hypnotherapist and coach, a speaker, transformational trainer - and a soon to be published author .  She is also an entrepreneur with a strong commercial background, has an MA in marketing, has been a director of 4 companies and she has appeared on BBC TV and radio.

She is passionate about helping women to achieve their own authentic success, in a way that is financially and emotionally rewarding, whatever the economy is doing.

Date: Wednesday, May 8th
Time: 8:00 pm EDT


Author Q&A: I Believe by Eldon Taylor

NY Times best-selling author, Eldon Taylor has spent over 25 years researching the power of the mind and developing scientifically proven methods to use this power to enhance the quality of your life. I Believe: When What You Believe Matters! is a book that will not only inspire you, but will highlight the kinds of beliefs you hold that may be causing you to fail. 

He's just released his paperback version of this internationally best selling book. For the launch, he's offering an opportunity to receive over 100 bonus gifts plus the chance to enter drawings to win super-gifts. Get the details here:

Deb Bailey: What was the motivation and inspiration behind your latest book, I Believe?

Eldon Taylor: I have spent over thirty years investigating why people self-sabotage or limit themselves, thus experiencing so much less than their highest best! What I have found is the reason rest solely in their beliefs-not their spiritual beliefs so much as their life beliefs. I found this to be true when I was conducting lie detection tests and discovering criminality, and equally true when I worked with elite athletes, business executives, professionals and lay people alike. The bottom line is this: What you believe always matters! It's like a web that fastens itself to belief-anchors, causing disheartening mediocrity in place of the glorious success we all seek.

I Believe spells out the power of belief and how it influences everything from our healthy and longevity to our success with relationships and life. Astounding as it may seem, belief can (and has) defied our so-called laws of science and it has done so over and over again. As ordinary and trite as it may seem, belief nevertheless makes all the difference in success in all walks of life. Knowing how we acquire our beliefs, and which beliefs serve us while others sabotage us, is critical to maximizing our individual potential. I Believe: When What You Believe Matters! was written to empower you with the roadmap to decipher and re-write the programming governing your life.

Deb: In you don't mind sharing, as the author, how has the belief in positive thinking impacted your life?

Eldon: Years ago I had the proverbial chip on my shoulder. I began paying my own way at age 12, paying my parents room and board and buying my own clothes and school books. I left home at an early age filled with anger directed at my parents. I could go on, but the point can be summarized this way as well. You could fairly say that back then, the bumper sticker stating "Life sucks and then you die," accurately reflected my beliefs. As time went on, both my education and avocation, revealed something truly important: I could not blame anyone else for the problems with my life and I was the only one who could change it!

I basically learned how to examine all of my beliefs, and how to change those that were not working for me. As a result, I have been happily married for over 30 years, am successful in my career and feel that I am on the correct spiritual path for me. Also my business is focused on teaching others the techniques I have learned, and today it helps people all around the world uncover their highest potential. The thank you notes I receive daily truly do brighten my life.

Deb: What is the first and foremost message you want your readers to receive from I Believe?

Eldon: That they were born with all the gifts they need to fully maximize this life experience. If things are not going as well as they had once hoped, then it is time to reassess their beliefs and to choose once again. The fact is, there is a truly remarkable and near unlimited power that resides within all, that is the very essence of our individual uniqueness. All we need to do is tap into the source of our ability and express the gift that is who we really are.

Deb: Are there any final words of wisdom you'd like to share?

Eldon: I would leave this thought with everyone. Most of us believe what we believe without ever truly examining it. In that sense, we live out counterfeit lives. As children we pretend to be many things and our make believe often becomes how we walk and talk. We change our clothes and we change our personality. Our behavior and our language can be totally different when we are in Levis and boots verses a three-piece suit.

Many of us have learned to be effective chameleons, just so we can feel as though we fit in, but in the process we have neglected the discovery of our  selves. We have learned to avoid rejection and thereby limited what we might try. We are full of what I have called the "no-don't syndrome" -- all those negatives that inform us we might fail, we're no good, we're not old enough, we're stupid or skinny or fat and so on. This too has become a part of our belief network, as have the various defense mechanisms that protect us from pain and rejection.

Bottom line, we are often list to our selves. We think in sound bytes taken from our culture and race to consume the latest whatever in a never ending need for more. In the end, it is our self-doubt that prohibits our highest realization of who we are and perhaps why we're here. The subtitle of I  Believe is "When What You Believe Matter," and that about sums up the answer for creating the person you were meant to be, for what you believe-the tiniest of beliefs, always matters!

Get the details about how you can receive over 100 bonus gifts plus the chance to enter drawings to win super-gifts when you buy, "I Believe:"

3 Easy & Effective Alternatives or Additions to Your Coaching Packages

by Alicia Forest, MBA
The Business Shifter™

One of the things I enjoy about coaching is that I get to be creative with how I work with my clients. And I often ask them to create the program they'd most like, and usually we can make something up that works for both of us.

But in the ten years that I've been around the coaching industry, I've seen a rapid change from traditional 1:1 coaching of three 45 minute sessions per month for a monthly fee to session bundles, coaching programs that last as long as a year, in-person retreats, and much more.

And yet there are some simple ways that you can add value to your current coaching packages or offer these alternatives to phone-only coaching as stand-alone packages that can be very enticing to your clients. Consider adding any of the options below to increase the value of your packages, or offer them as a stand-alone package, giving them a way to work with you at a more accessible investment as well as help you as the coach to leverage your time.

Here are three of my personal favorites:

1. e-Coaching

In addition to phone sessions, one of the ways that I coach my private clients is through e-coaching, or coaching via email and/or instant messaging.

I hold a firm belief that email coaching is just as powerful, if not more so, than phone coaching - and here's why:

When you send an email asking for help, the simple act of writing and sending it creates energy that initiates the process of an answer coming to you - and not just MY answer.

When you put a problem out into the world, not only do the synapses in your brain start firing (our brains can't help but answer questions) to come up with a solution, but the Universe starts working in order to bring you a solution as well.

It's why experienced coaches understand that the real coaching happens between the sessions...

And e-coaching is also just a whole lot easier - you don't have to schedule a call, you don't have to be tied to a phone, or even a computer (you can e-coach vie smart phone). And your client doesn't have to wait until their next session to get the support they need - they just send an email!

2. Audio Coaching

For those of you who would rather coach by talking instead of typing, here's an idea for you.

I have a private client who is happy to receive questions via email but prefers to answer those questions via audio. What she does is simply call into her recording service (in this case AudioAcrobat, but you could record on your laptop), records her answer, and then sends the client the MP3 link to listen to. Simple and brilliant!

3. Video Coaching

Another alternative to phone coaching is to offer video coaching. I do this often with my clients who live outside of the United States, via Skype Video. It's free for both of us and it is the next best thing to being in-person.

And you could also offer video coaching in the same way that I described above in #2. For example, I have a client who would much prefer recording a quick video where she can share screen shots, links and more in response to her client's questions and requests for help.

Which one of these alternatives or additions to phone coaching could you add to your current packages or that you could create a stand-alone package to offer?

 I'd love to hear your thoughts on this - come on over to my blog and leave them there.

© 2013 Alicia Forest International | All rights reserved.

Alicia Forest, MBA mentors women entrepreneurs on how to build a priority-based, highly profitable business, in less than part-time hours. Get her FREE series on how you can do this too at

7 Questions to Consider Before You Pin On Pinterest

by Karen Leland

Excerpted from the new book, Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business (Ultimate Series)

The right boards, beautifully named, won't do you much good if they aren't housing winning pins. And let's face it: the pics (and videos) you post are what will make or break your Pinterest reputation and determine how far you can go.

Not all pins are created equal. Just posting any old photo or video won't get visitors to follow your boards or find out more about you. In general, you want answer these 7 questions before you pin.

1. Is it Appropriate?
Be sure to think before you pin anything that might violate another's privacy or your own. A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn't want the image or information to appear on the front page of The New York Times, then it doesn't belong on Pinterest.

2. Is it Interesting, Cute, Unique, Beautiful, and/or Funny?
The only thing a visitor to your Pinterest account may use to determine whether they want to stay is their first glance at the pictures you post.

Anyone who has ever read a profile knows that certain attributes are highly desirable in a potential date. The same goes for Pinterest pins. Pins that are interesting, funny, cute, beautiful, or unique stand a better chance of getting repinned and asked out on a second date.

If visitors aren't intrigued enough by the image to go further, they may never get to your bio, click through to your website, or even read the description of the pin.

3. Is It on Brand, Message, and Target?
A high-end cosmetic dentist's Pinterest boards probably won't feature photos of cute little bunnies lying in the sun-but a veterinarian's site just might.

Whatever images you end up pinning, they won't move your marketing forward if they aren't congruent with your brand and on message and on target for your audience. Likewise, spending your efforts posting things that help craft an accurate and powerful picture of who you are as a business and brand makes viewers want to further engage with you.

For example: GoGirl Finance has a board called "Personal Finance," which offers a host of "how-to" pins on how to handle your money, including one on "5 Ways to Help (or Hurt) Your Credit Score."

4. Does it move and/or inspire? 
Check out the "Happiness" board pin from Passion and Positivity, which focuses on aspirational messages and images.

5. Does it show us how to do something better, faster, cheaper, etc?
Fitness Magazine has a whole board titled "Work Those Abs," with pins showing ways to get tight and toned.

6. Does it educate, enlighten, or entertain? Dr. Mehmet Oz, of Oprah fame, has a strong presence on Pinterest, with over 100,000 followers. His "Oz Lists" board offers educational information on healthy foods such as the "100 Foods Dr. Oz Wants in Your Grocery Cart" pin.

7. Does it tell a Story, with Feeling?
A picture is worth a thousand words. Photos that evoke a strong emotion, tell a story, or communicate a clear message make great pins. One way to evaluate whether your image has the right stuff is to think of a single word that expresses the idea, meaning, story, or message you want to convey. Then take that word and find images that match.

Keep in mind that even pins that meet these criteria are subject to size limitations. While Pinterest doesn't limit the vertical size of the image you can post, it only allows for a horizontal width of 600 pixels. Anything wider will be resized. However, it's best to avoid a long vertical that requires visitors to scroll down to view the entire image. Instead, keep your vertical size to under 5,000 pixels. On the other side of the coin, images that are too small (under 250 pixels wide or deep) end up looking teeny-tiny and don't catch the eye.

About the Author: Karen Leland is the bestselling author of 8 business books including the recently released Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Pinterest For Business, which can be purchased at. She is the president of Sterling Marketing Group, where she works with small businesses and Fortune 500 on building stronger personal and team brands. She writes the Modern Marketing Blog at


How Leaders Ignite Their Business and Attract Ideal Clients By Letting Their Junk Go

by Kelly O'Neil

Do you ever find yourself in overwhelm? Not quite sure which direction to go because you have so much "to do" that you don't even know where to start. Or do you find that the thought of stepping into your office leaves a heavy feeling and you are not inspired to do anything? And as a result, you aren't attracting as many ideal clients as you would like and everything feels ... hard?

It's time for a massive energetic spring cleaning.

In all of my coaching programs, I teach our clients how to align their energy so they can ignite their performance and attract their ideal clients and opportunities to them like bees to honey. Remember, everything is energy. Over time, energy becomes stagnant in our bodies and our environments and we get out of alignment. When our physical or mental space becomes cluttered nothing flows and that i

Just recently I taught the Align course and one of my client's phone started ringing off the hook with referrals and past clients who wanted to work with her again. Another client landed a huge speaking contract that puts her smack dab in front of her ideal clients.

When you shift your energy, your business will respond. So how do you do it?

First let's look at Physical Clutter. Physical clutter will definitely stop your flow. So if your office looks like it could be a contender for the next episode of Hoarders, it's time to stop, drop and dump your junk.

Get Rid Of the Clutter! If you don't LOVE it and use it, it's gotta go. Clean out your desk, your bookshelves, your office closet and get rid of anything (yes, anything) that you don't regularly use and absolutely adore. Shred all the papers that you don't need. Organize your file cabinet. Donate all your old books to a used book store. Get rid of your rotary dial phone circa 1980 because you are never going to use it again.

Create an Idea Box. If you are like me, I keep a ton of magazines and promotional pieces that I love and want to use as inspiration. In fact, too many. So a few years ago I bought a plastic container a little bigger than a shoe box and I keep all my inspirations in there. I never let it get too full.

Take Care of Your Technology. Now is the time to clean up your computer and all your other technology needs. When is the last time you backed up your computer or run a security check for viruses? Here's a must-do technology checklist for spring -- simple yet crucial tasks for your security, backup and even your printer.

Deep Clean Your Space:
You don't want to marinate in an environment that has bad ju-ju do you? Now is the time to clean your carpets, pull everything off your shelves to dust, wipe down your walls and ceilings and clean your windows. Glass and carpets are breeding grounds for stagnant energy. There is a great cleaning checklist on Real Simple. While you are at it, you might as well burn some sage for good measure.

Create An Inspiring Space: You don't have to spend a lot of money to have an inspiring space. Move the furniture around. Throw on a new coat of paint. Go down to a discount department store and pick up a few inspiring knick knacks, a candle or a new throw rug. And nothing breathes new life into a space like fresh flowers.

In part II of this article, I will share my strategies for mastering mental clutter. Until then ... happy cleaning!

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© 2013 Kelly O'Neil International

Brand Marketing Strategist and Leadership Coach Kelly O'Neil teaches women around the world how to become known as thought leaders in their field and build financially abundant conscious businesses that make a big impact in the world. Get her Spiritually Rich™ Swag Bag full of goodies at
s when you know it is time to get your energy aligned.

Sue George Founder of Harvard Sweet Boutique on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Sue is the founder of Harvard Sweet Boutique is a gourmet all-natural dessert company that offers hand-made goodies for any occasion. This is especially noteworthy because she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It impacts Sue’s everyday life, requiring her to wear an insulin pump and calculate the carbs in everything she eats so she can pump in the appropriate amount of insulin to manage her blood sugar. Although Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults, Sue was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 39. Going through the experience and learning to live with the disease gave her a new outlook on life.

Deciding to live life to the fullest, Sue left her job as a software engineer in corporate America to spend more time with her children. While adjusting to the lifestyle of a stay-at-home mom, she quickly realized her hobby of baking was something she was deeply passionate about. She started testing recipes for decadent brownies and gourmet cookies. In 2007 – at the age of 45 – she took a leap of faith and launched her own gourmet dessert company.

Harvard Sweet Boutique has become a huge success as Sue has taken it from home recipe to national brand with features in national magazines like Every Day with Rachel Ray and InStyle. She even used her diagnosis as an inspiration to create low-carbohydrate treats for others with diabetes, working with
nutritionists at the Joslin Diabetes Center to develop a line of low-carb sweets with all-natural, high-quality gourmet ingredients. In November 2012, Sue also opened Harvard Sweet Boutique’s first brick-and-mortar store in Hudson, Mass. The storefront offers one-of-a-kind breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options, as well as cakes, dessert platters, and custom-built gifts for special occasions.

Date: Wednesday, May 1st
Time: 8:00 pm EDT

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