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Try this simple trick to ALWAYS be prepared

Knowing where I needed to be and when was never much of an issue in the corporate world. Meetings were almost always held in-person in the same building every time. And, lucky me, my office was located just outside the main conference room. Usually, someone would pop into my office on their way into the meeting room and ask if I was ready. I’m naturally a pretty punctual person, preferring to have a 5-10 minute buffer when driving to meet someone, but there I also had the added benefit of human meeting reminders in the form of my coworkers. It was pretty […]

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Have writer’s block? Here’s how to bust through it

So many times, clients and colleagues will tell me that they WANT to write, but they… … don’t know where to start. … don’t feel inspired. … don’t have anything to say that ‘hasn’t already been said before’. I want to acknowledge that yes, writing is hard. And yes, these are mental hurdles standing in your way. But being uncomfortable with the thought of putting yourself out there does not let you off the hook of engaging with your audience. Instead try this! Next time you need to sit down to write a new blog post, don’t write it down […]

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Two Secrets to a Productive Day

We all have LOTS we want to get done within any given day, right? You want to be efficient. You want to be creative. You want to be mindful and intentional. You don’t want to feel like you’re always putting out fires. When I work with clients to be more productive, there are two actions I frequently recommend. They may sound too simple to even be a topic of conversation. But as our culture moves towards the mindset of go-go-go, achieve more and more, don’t soak in the current glory and only look to the next BIG goal on the horizon, it’s […]

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Is your web contact form hurting your business?

Let’s talk bad customer service when on the interwebs. Did you know it can take six to eight touches before a client decides to buy from you? Sometimes those touches come in the form of interacting in your Facebook group or reading your weekly newsletter or taking part in your recent challenge. On the flip side, there are times when a person knows that they want to work with you, but have a few questions before getting started. This is an extremely captive audience and this is your chance to WOW that person. Unfortunately…. I see so many business owners squander this […]

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My Exact To-Do List Method

As a self-professed systems and organization geek, I’m often told how ‘together’ I am. Even in my corporate days, when I had dozens of products in various stages of the development cycle, coworkers would often tell me how calm I appeared amidst the chaos. Today, fellow entrepreneurs frequently ask me how I manage to keep tasks and projects humming along within my own business, as well as multiple client businesses. I’m a huge proponent of learning and feel you never truly stop, and not just from industry leaders or big brands, but from others in my space as well. And […]

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Business Tools I Love: Acuity Scheduling

In my own business and client work, I make sure the behind-the-scenes of many online businesses is running smoothly. One big part of that is the scheduling of appointments. Because we’re working in virtual environments, one way to do it is to have a back-and-forth with a client to find a mutual time for both of us. This back-and-forth can take many emails and sometimes days just to book one 30-minute session. Needless to say, it’s a huge time and energy suck! But it doesn’t have to be like that when there’s amazing software out there that helps you step […]

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Business Tools I Love: Zoom

Working in the behind-the-scenes arenas of dozens of businesses, I’ve used A LOT of tech.  For most tasks, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for anything. It’s my job to sort through the options to find a solution that works best for my clients and their businesses. When tasked to find easy-to-use, affordable video conferencing software for a client, I zeroed in on Zoom, for many reasons. I also use it myself and have migrated many other clients to this software. Why I Love Zoom Cost: Zoom offers a free plan that allows for all the basic options, with your only limit being […]

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Business Tools I Love: Apple Notes

I admit it – I’m an Apple-lover! Yep, I have a Mac and iPhone to keep my business growing and in contact with all things outside my house and Apple TV to stream Netflix-a-thons on (my recent indulgence – Parenthood). And, even though the tools and tips I recommend have been tested over and over to know they are amazing, I’m breaking my rule to tell you about my love of Apple Notes! I’ve always used the note-taking app to jot down quick notes here and there, without needing to open my computer, which can set off a twitch to want […]

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