Love it or hate it social media is a key marketing tool for your business. We use it to inform, educate, persuade and convert.
Facebook ads, posts and comments.
Twitter tweets, favorites and chats.
Instagram. Periscope. Need I go on?
There are a lot of options and each platform can have it’s own purpose. You may use one to build your network while another to sell and yet another to drive traffic to your website.
Do you know what the purpose is for each of your platforms?
I’m not going to pretend that I’m a social media buff or a marketing maven, but I am in the business of asking powerful questions. Making you come up with answers so you can have clarity, gain confidence and get into action.
So I’m curious, what does your activity on social media say about you? What does it tell potential customers about your business? What is it confirming in your clients?
Try this activity:
Go onto each of your platforms and scroll through your feed. You can do this with your business, your personal one or both.
These 2 are creating a snap shot of a potential experience for a client, colleague or future customer.
Obviously, if the purpose isn’t what you had hoped. For example, if you hoped to educate, but every other post is a sales pitch then you’re not living up to your purpose. It’s time to re-evaluate.
Is the way you show up in-line with your brand? Do those 3 words really describe you and/or your business? If not, work with the person in charge of your social media (so maybe you’re chatting with yourself) to re-establish the way you want to come across online. Then create your content according to that.
Remember that it’s great to get in action around tasks, but better to know exactly what your intention is 1st then move with purpose. Then review every now and again to make sure you haven’t deviated.
I’d love to know your brands 3 words. Share below!
I remember six years ago when I first started my business, I made a lot of goals I wanted to accomplish. Over time, I found it hard to be accountable for all these goals especially just after having a newborn and more family responsibilities that came with it.
No sooner did I search for a solution and learned of accountability partners. First off, hiring a coach was imperative to my growth personally and professionally. After a couple of years two other coaches in my Coaching Certification Class and I created a Mastermind Group. Having not just one but two accountability partners that challenged me each week, helped me to stay on purpose, and moving forward with my goals; my business became that much more enjoyable.
However not all accountability partners are created equal. Find out why choosing the right partner is equally important as Claire Madin shares in her blog post…“Why an Accountability Partner is my New Black.”
I’ve had a busy couple of months with family visiting, rolling out my VIP program, some presentations and a project or two. I’ve now been going through my to-do list and knocking off things bit-by-bit.
I thought it was time to share a few tools that I use in my life and business. Some I’ve shared before so I’m also including links to a few videos that I previously recorded.
What I want to share in this video with you is a time saving technique that will help you get more done in a shorter amount of time!
Then let's get to it!
Click here to see the video! or click on the video to the above right.
After watching - try the technique today and finish the week with your tasks checked off!
To help with the technique I share in the previous video I use the Online Stopwatch which can count down or up and has an alarm that will sound. I suggest you check out some of the fun options like the ticking time bomb.
A Simple School Age Trick for your Business
Bottom line... when our time is managed better we'll be more successful and feel more relaxed.
Click on the video to see how!
To save me time when booking clients – I use the online booking system called Youcanbook.me
How you can work with clients across Canada & Internationally
When I’m wanting to do group calls and/or record the calls as well I use FreeConferenceCall.com.
Maybe some of these ideas bring about a mindset shift for you.
Please let me know what works for you and how will you apply them to your life and business?
And why do some people have a harder time making money and others easily become rich?
Learn more about how your energy at conception affects your money issues, as Amelie St Pierre shares her insights in her blog post, “Underlying Money Issues (inherited imbalances).”
Read Amelia's first paragraph ....
"Did you know that both of your parents passed on to you way more than parts of their DNA code? Some inherited energies can be at the root of your money, as well as others, issues in your life. (I’ll speak in simple terms in this article since the concept of ‘inherited energies’ is a bit more complex than explained here from my understanding of it). You see, money is a neutral energy." Please click here to read more...
Yes, it may sound obvious to say that we wear confidence and that confidence is sexy. But really I feel many people wear confidence wrong. They get it from the wrong source and wear it the wrong way. This actually can result in repelling people or turning them off. Let me start with what I feel confidence is.
Confidence is being able to take on things that make us stretch or feel out of our comfort zone. Confidence is walking in a room and feeling good about yourself, no matter what clothes you have on, what car you drive, who’s in the room and the amount of money on your bank.
So often the external things are what either bring us confidence or deplete it. I won’t lie that wearing a great pair of heels or getting a new haircut can bring out the confidence, but in order to have a deeper level of confidence and wear it right there are hundreds of ways to pull of that look well.
Today I'll share 3 Steps to Sexy Confidence
NOT SEXY: Being too confident. No one likes talking to someone’s ego. You know how these conversations feel – like it’s a contest to see if they can one-up you or a monologue of how awesome they are.
NOT SEXY: Being too modest. You don’t want to come across as having a low opinion of yourself or that there’s nothing worth celebrating. Trust me there is a lot to celebrate, so go ahead!
SEXY Confidence: Don’t be afraid to share some of the great things that are happening in your life and then ask the same of others or even better ask them first with this questions or one of your own, “What’s something recently you feel proud of?”
NOT SEXY: Only celebrating your own success and/or not acknowledging others for their support. If someone helped you get to where you are then thank them privately or even publically.
NOT SEXY: Taking credit for others’ success. Yep, shockingly this happens! A boss of mine once took credit for my idea at a company wide meeting, a participant in a workshop posted a metaphor on social media that I just shared with her hours before, and a coach of mine once took credit for the success I had had a full year after we stopped working together. Not cool!
SEXY Confidence: Compliment people, thank them for their help and acknowledge them when they did a good job. It’s easy, just use 4 or 5 words, “You are a dynamic woman!” Or “You’re a creative business owner!” Or even better write them a card, or take them out for lunch!
NOT SEXY: Giving up at the first obstacle in your path. I have seen this all too often. Pack in the bag when the going gets tough, or say, “It wasn’t mean to be”. Goals take time and hard work to achieve. If it didn’t take any commitment the goal was too small.
NOT SEXY: Continuously changing your mind. You will confuse not only yourself, but also everyone around you. People can’t support you if they are not sure what you’re trying to achieve. AND they won’t support you if they don’t feel you’re committed.
SEXY Confidence: Going forward with something even though you don’t know the process or the result. Trusting yourself to figure it out, asking for help or persevering through is character and confidence building. You don’t know unless you try, so ask yourself two questions when you lose confidence, “What do I need to know about this?” “How do I get around or through that?” Then go do it!
People often tell me I am confident (for that I'm grateful). Yes that may be true, AND it’s a work in progress because as I grow and my business grows I enter new territory that is scary. I do things I’ve never done before, I hit obstacles that seem insurmountable and I meet and work with people who I have admired from a far. I practice what I preach to the best of my ability. It’s not always easy and I'd like to think that if it was it wouldn’t be as fun!
P.S. I’m always adding to my curated list of ways to be confident, so if you have another idea (which I’m confident you have!) then please share it below or send it to me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org)
If someone told me that I could do something that would get me to enjoy getting up earlier than normal, I'd laugh at them because I cherish my sleep. With a 4 year old and a 1 year old the trouble is I'm usually woken up by them before I wish to get up. BUT recently I've been getting up 1.5 hrs early on purpose and I'm loving it.
How is that the case?
This year I've been reading more. Devouring books and their knowledge. Enjoying the way it feels to have the quiet time with my mind and the words.
I have fallen in love..... with a concept. I feel that it's so important that when I find something new I LOVE I share it with those I care about - including you.
The concept came from the book "The Miracle Morning" By Hal Elrod. It was referred to me by a woman I adore, Deborah Stellingwerff. She said "Read it Diane, it will change your life!"
So I got it and started to learn about the Miracle Morning routine where in as little as 6 minutes you can have powerful results. It's true!
I'm more grounded, patient, healthier and more movement is happening in all areas of my life.
The basic idea is that you get up earlier than normal and start your day with the LifeSavers.
I have been doing it for a few weeks now and I love it. It has even stopped me from going to bed late (most nights) and I make better decisions about late night snacking so I can have a great sleep. Cool opportunities are coming my way and it's had a positive impact on some of my closest relationships.
I have been telling all of my clients about it and I hope you also pick up this book and use it to have a really great morning and an even better 2016!
P.S. Please comment with how you do yours. I'm curious to hear about your affirmations, what timing you like to do AND the books you've been loving! Enjoy!
2016 can bring lots of great growth and success to your business. You might even be on course to get to the next level – you know that profit cap you have been trying to break through or the next stage in your business development?
Wouldn’t that be great!
You don’t do business just for the fun of it: you have some intentions, a why and a deeper desire.
The biggest KEY to fulfilling that desire and getting to the next level is CLARITY!
What does Clarity give us?
Lots of things! We will have the bigger picture to make the right plan. We will have confidence to move forward and then be able to be decisive on the actions it will take to get there.
You need clarity on three areas:
Clarity comes from having the right questions asked to you.
Powerful questions. Coaching questions.
Questions that evoke the deepest answers
and the strongest feelings.
Why do we need outside help to get clarity?
1. We could limit ourselves: We’re in our own minds so much. Ideas circulate and get washed with our limiting beliefs, past experiences and future fears. We could feel something is unachievable and close the door on it.
2. To see the bigger picture: You also need an outside source because it’s hard to see the picture, when you’re in the frame. We see the day-to-day and miss what the BIG picture looks like which is key to making the greater growth.
3. To go beyond what’s on the surface: Sometimes it takes multiple questions to get the right answer. The first answer is often the top of mind one and with more questions that dig deeper the subconscious level is tapped into.
4. To bring in more than the business: Clarity on what we want in life, not just in business is important to major decisions on location, work hours, vacation time and even when we are planning major life changes like adding in children. The outside help can ask about all areas of life where we might just want to focus on our business.
This is how I start each of my coaching relationships and what I do at the beginning of every year. So this month focus on making sure the Clarity is there. I do have a few spots available for new clients if you think we could be a fit send me an email.
Stay tuned for when I’ll talk more about what the next step is for you this year - creating a strong plan.
The BIGGEST wasted resource that comes at this time of year is not learning from our experiences from the past 12 months. You have gone through many situations, grown your skills and gained information in all 10 areas of your life including business, health, love and many more.
Instead of capitalizing on this wealth of knowledge it often slips through our fingers and it’s usually forgotten. Instead you might just jump into the next year and start setting up some big goals. Then wonder why you have similar results.
It’s not just a HUGE opportunity to grab golden nuggets from 2015 to create the right goals, but also imperative to build the foundation for 2016.
TOP 7 reasons to build a foundation before your goals:
Now seeing these seven benefits, how would it feel to have a foundation in place to give you a kick-start into 2016? Pretty good right! And even better when this foundation will set you and your goals up for success.
After doing this with dozens of women in my DY2 (Dynamic Year + Dynamic You) Program, I’ve seen first hand how it gives you the chance to look at the past year to capture the good, release the bad and move forward with the golden nuggets we have uncovered.
How Do You Do It?
By using my 3-Phase Review Your Year Process to be able to build that foundation:
It’s important to have the right questions, tools, and templates to be able complete the 3 Phases effectively. Then you’ll be able to have more peace of mind that you created a powerful foundation and can start goal setting for a successful New Year.
Now when you plan your year-end think about more than taxes and resolutions – ask yourself this question, “When will I Review MY Year?”
Then contact me before Jan 1st to grab one of my last seats in my DY2 Program which is already 50% sold out! I'll then gift you a seat to my LIVE DY2 event.
As the year starts to wind down a lot of us keep ramped up. There's still lots of work to be done and goals to be met.
Does this bring you stress? The idea of having to get everything done?
One thing I like to do is get away! Right now I'm in Whistler, BC Canada getting some me time relaxing and some Big Vision Planning done. As I'm working on things I am using a couple of my favourite tools.
I decided to share them with you, so you can also save time & money!
TWO Tools to Save Time and Money!
1. Keep All Your Business Friends with Fiitfu
With all the networking we do and with being a small business owner, it's so easy to feel like it's a losing battle to keep track of everyone we meet. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software can be expensive when you're starting out, but Fiitfu.com provides a cost effective option. Using the templates, funnels and their forms can save you not only time, but money. They also offer phone support and tutorials to learn what it can provide.
I really like what they say on their site so I'm including it below:
"FIITFU ENSURES THAT NO CLIENTS FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS AGAIN.
Follow-up sounds simple, but to perform it consistently is a challenge. That is why we created Fiitfu. We know the growth of your business will be amplified if you and your business partners practice consistent follow-up. Whether you are new to your business, or a seasoned veteran, we will give you the gentle nudge you need to be successful."
You can get a 30day trial or below you'll see their Black Friday Deal. Just use the promo code "BlackFriday2015" to get 40% off. And just so you know I'm not affiliated, but I love the tool and it supports a great lady in my community!
2. Focus better with Brain.fm
With two little kids around and so many things on my plate I need some help to focus. I love listening to meditation music or study music on YouTube. This is what I've been doing for a long time now, but what I found is that when the video ends and another starts I hear commercials and I have to get back on the site to skip the ad or to choose something different. This distracts me!
Recently I subscribed to Brain.FM. You can have 30min tracks to help you focus, relax or sleep. I prefer the Focus and then Relaxed tracks for when I'm working. I find the Intense one, well, too intense for me. Check it out for a few free tracks or click this link to get lifetime access for only $25! (Valid only for Black Friday 2015.) And again I'm not affiliated at all.
I trust that these tools could help you out, so let me know if they do and what part of your business was enhanced! Also, if you have other tools you prefer or have found to be better - please also let me know! We learn best when we share with each other.
When you experience something that you didn’t expect you may have the emotion of SURPRISE.
Life is full of many surprises. When you feel surprised you can have a reaction that is positive or negative depending on how you view and it’s impact on you.
Can you think of when this would be the case?
Now the feeling of a positive or a negative surprise is also linked to how well you can react to the surprise.
Would you feel ready for a surprise in your life?
I have felt this when I got my first speaking gig out of the blue. Also when a client ended group coaching to work 1:1 with me. When a couple of my mommy friends moved away and when my husband got a new job.
In any situation that is a surprise you might not know how to “be” or what to “do” in each one. So what do you do?
3 Steps to Embrace Change
1. Figure it Out
Even if you feel like you can’t do what you are surprised with – figure it out! That speaking opportunity seems tough because you can’t get up in front of people, you can’t teach it because you won’t say the right thing, or you’ll blow that date because you won’t wear the right clothes. Don’t worry you have brains and you’re capable to figure it out!
When Adriel and I were dating in Ontario he said that he wanted to move to BC I was surprised and moving out here I didn’t know what to expect. We packed up his car, with no job to start at, no place to live and no friends or family here we figured it out. Any good opportunity or surprise also takes trust. Now we’re married with two kids, a house, he has a great job and I have a business, so it all worked out.
2. Design Processes
I didn’t know the processes that went along each of my surprises, but the cool thing is that like any situation once you’ve been in it you can learn from it. Did you somehow upsell a customer? Did you earn a referral? Did you work some magic? Then document what you did and create a system or process and replicate it!
3. Build Confidence
The benefit is that the more surprises you have the more confident you’ll become to accept a surprise that could be an opportunity or even a challenge.
I have a quote for you from Henry Ford,
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises,
is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't”
My goal for you is to surprise yourself in your ability.
Be open to surprises - If we are so focused on what we want and where we are going we may miss out on life’s surprises. Imagine how life would be, same old, boring. Think about how you can bring surprise into your life a little more by trying new foods, going to new places and be more spontaneous to take on new things and challenges.
P.S. Do you have some great ideas? Then please share…
What can you do today to surprise yourself? AND how can someone bring the gift of surprise into a friends or family member’s life?
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