Are you really an entrepreneur?

Businesspeople in MeetingWhen people ask you what you do, you tell them you are a life coach. I’m proud of my job and I spent years learning how to be a great life coach. I did some NLP certification training and I’ve got many years of experience working with real clients too. But unless you are a life coach for someone else’s company, you’re also an entrepreneur. The problem is that coach’s training programs do not include entrepreneurial training. Yes, they may teach you a few things about marketing, mindset, and sales conversations, but there is an entrepreneurial way of thinking and acting that make some businesses wildly successful. It’s the mindset that created companies like Intel, Apple, Adobe, Google, eBay, PayPal, YouTube, Craigslist, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One thing that these companies have in common is that they took bold risks to accomplish something outstanding.

The majority of life coaches that I have talked to personally say the same thing to me about their risk tolerance. It usually sounds like, “I’ve spent so much money on this business.” Or, “I’m not going to spend anymore money on this business until it starts making money.” In other words, they have a very low tolerance for risk. What they need to know is that if you’re going to start-up a business, you will need to take on some risk. But it should be calculated, strategic, intelligent risk.

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My best recommendation for expanding your business

Rich German and Milana Leshinsky

Ask any successful coach, author, or speaker what their #1 most
powerful marketing strategy is, and 90% of them would say the same
thing.

…It wouldn’t be Facebook or Twitter.
…It wouldn’t be blogging or SEO.
…It wouldn’t be newsletters or articles.

Sure, they probably do all those things. And some of them
probably make a nice bit of money from them. But if you really
looked at what was driving the BULK of their sales, and
consistently filling up their programs month after month, year
after year…

You would discover that JOINT VENTURES are the #1 force driving
new clients into their business.

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What you don’t know about PowerPoint slide design is hurting your results!

My first encounter with computer software was when I was doing architectural renderings for a construction company in the 90’s and they asked me to learn AutoCad. The textbook was 500 pages and I found out later that the author, Ellen Finkelstein, was on faculty at the local university in my town.

Years later I met her at the first meeting of a local group called “Women with Websites.” I was so excited to meet and get to know the author of a text for probably the most complicated software program ever created.  One day Ellen told me that although she knew AutoCad very well, her mastery and passion was PowerPoint. In fact she not only wrote the textbook but also is one of the world’s leading experts on the PowerPoint software program.

Since I didn’t do presentations, I wasn’t interested in PowerPoint and never talked to her about it.   Fast forward about 10 years and I found myself stumbling through that program to do my first video for my coaching business.

Ellen has observed my progress from web designer to life coach to running an association for coaches and was always supportive and helpful. So after several association members told me their frustrations with PowerPoint presentations, I asked Ellen if she would teach us a class on it, and she graciously agreed.

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Get Clients Now Masterclass Duo

Judith Wentzel

If you are ready to enjoy a steady stream of new clients month after month….

If you would love to stop struggling with marketing and finally have a proven system to consistently grow your business with ease and joy…

If you would like to connect to your business in a way that can allow you to define your unique marketing message…

You need to attend “The Secret To Connecting And Growing Your Business Through Marketing Made Easy,” a two part masterclass series, August 8 and 22, rescheduled due to illness for August 22 and September 5, designed to empower you to more effectively market your business.

Judith Wentzel, a licensed GET CLIENTS NOW!™ facilitator, and IAPLC member, will be sharing with you some of the GET CLIENTS NOW!™ professional services marketing system. You will also discover a process that can allow you to truly connect to your business in a way that makes marketing your easy and far more effective.

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New Gmail Feature Needs Your Full Attention

English: Gmail logo

English: Gmail logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google has announced a new feature for their Gmail that effects email marketing for all business owners. Here’s the scoop in a nut-shell:

If you use Gmail and subscribe to newsletters, over the next few days and weeks, you’re going to get email after email begging you to drag the sender’s emails to the “PRIMARY” tab and click “YES” to confirm. Because, if you don’t, their emails will by-pass your inbox and, instead, go to the new “PROMOTIONS” tab, which you’re less likely to read.

These Gmail changes will happen automatically, without your permission, and will most likely mis-filter your emails.

If you send out a newsletter or have a subscriber list of any kind, your emails may not get read if you don’t alert your subscribers to this.

You may not have this feature active in your Gmail yet as Google is rolling out this feature over time. But, if you use Gmail, YOU WILL have it soon and, if you send newsletters, so will your subscribers.

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Are You Doing What You Most Want? by Carl Stewart

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energy (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Guest Post by Carl Stewart, IAPLC member

 

“This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. . . .
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with
them, so go out, and start creating. Life is short, live your dream,
and wear your passion.”

Are you doing what you most want to be doing? What you would truly love
to do?

Yes? Great.

No!

The obvious next question might be “why not?”

And the answers might be something such as:

“I don’t know how.”

“I don’t have the funding.”

“I don’t have the confidence.”

Or, “I’m scared. I’m afraid I’d fail.”

Well, if you do not do it, you, will fail anyway, so why not give it a
whirl.

How You Structure You Answer Guides Your Action 

First, let me help you with how you structure your answer to
“why not?”

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Are You Using Google hangouts?

Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ve probably heard of Google hangouts, but what are they? Hangouts are video calls where you can converse with up to nine other people at once.  It’s a great way to conduct  a group coaching session or a class.  If you broadcast it only the nine people in the group can talk, but anyone can be in listen mode and still see the speakers via the video.  And the service is free. All you need is a Google account, a Google Plus account, and a YouTube account. You can connect with people across computers, Androids and Apple devices.

Our next IAPLC masterclass will be teaching and demonstrating how to use Google hangouts and Google Plus Circles as an actual hangout. You’ll get to see how the hangout works first hand and we’ll show you all the tips and tricks.  Then we’ll invite some of the authors from our IAPLC book, “Successful Transformation: Expert Life Coaches Share Their Proven Transformational Secrets” to speak, since that’s also the day of the book launch.

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Time Management Struggles by Sharon Ball

Sharon Ball

Guest Post by Sharon Ball

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Since a goal without a plan is just a wish, I actually began the year by writing down a Business Plan. I began with a description of my ideal client. Unfortunately, my target market has always been too broad. Mentors have been telling me for years to narrow it down. So I looked at the situation again and decided my ideal client was actually three ideal clients. So I listed the three ideal clients and designed a focus for each. The second ideal client will require their own website but instead of spending my time designing and creating the website, I am delegating it.

Of course, delegation costs money but if I put more hours each week into making that money I can afford to hire a webmaster. And I will pay him half of what I can make doing what I do best. And since he knows what he is doing, he is not going g to waste hours figuring things out as I would do. Ok, that’s on its way. Ideal client three is on hold until the future. So now it is time to concentrate on ideal client one.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite childhood books was the Mary Poppins episode where she took Jane and Michael to visit her Uncle who laughed so hard that he floated up to the ceiling and they did with him.  I thought that was so cool!  Then when the movie “Mary Poppins” came out I was delighted to see that they included that scene with Ed Winn as the laughing uncle.  It was one of the best scenes in the movie!

Decades later when I went through my lovorce (amiable divorce) and moved halfway across the country, I knew that being alone for the first time in 17 years might be a bit trying, so I enrolled in a video club and bought reruns of past TV shows I knew would make me laugh. I knew that laughter would be the best medicine for sadness and loneliness. Shows such as Hogan’s Heroes, F Troop, and I Dream of Jeannie, still make me laugh.

Then one day I decided that I didn’t like my laugh.  It didn’t have as much “ring” to it as others did. So I listened to lots of people’s laughs until I found one that I liked and started imitating it until I developed my own version that I liked.  I changed my laugh so it was more delightful to the ear!

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Great Resource for Life Coaches: The Coaching Tools Co.

I love to share great discoveries with colleagues and here’s one you may not know about.  It’s a website that carries coaching tools that life coaches can use for themselves and with their clients.  So instead of spending your valuable coaching time, creating templates, tools, and other materials from scratch, you have access to hundreds of ready-to-go coaching tools you can use over and over again.

What are some of the benefits of having ready-to-go tools?
For one thing, ready-to-go coaching tools help you appear professional and organized in all sorts of situations.  These tools are crafted so you can brand them with your own logo and other details.  They are all developed as MS Word documents so you can easily make changes in them to suit your needs. Having a branded tool certainly looks more professional.

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