Why I gave my client a promotion

It might seem impossible to give yourself a promotion when you work for yourself. But last week, I did just that. I promoted one of my clients. Actually, I often promote my clients without them even knowing it!

She was doing everything in her business: from scheduling meetings to sending out invoices. Not only did she often feel like she was burning out, she bogged down her projects and her team. Why? Because nothing got done without her seeing it, checking it, approving it.

She was accustomed to running her business this way. After all, that’s how things had always been done. Not to mention she was a bit of a control enthusiast.

What she didn’t realize was her business had changed. Among other things, she had a waiting list of ideal clients who wanted to work with her. She often wished she could clone herself.

I helped her see that if her business was going to grow into her vision, she needed to promote herself. If she wouldn’t do it … I would.

In this video you’ll hear the story of how I helped my client step into her new role, what that new role was, and how she reacted when I told her about it. No doubt, you will see some of yourself in her … and perhaps you’ll consider taking the next step I map out for you.

 

2 simple ways to boost your productivity

Do you ever wish you could clone yourself so you could get your work done faster? You may wonder how it is that other people appear to get so much accomplished while you are left with only one thing crossed off your TO DO list at the end of the day.

While cloning yourself does sound enticing, it’s likely not the solution you need.

Instead, let’s boost how you work, to ensure you are using your productive energy to the maximum.

In this video, I share two performance-enhancing techniques that are so easy, you can start using them today. I use these myself, as do my clients, and they have caused our productivity levels to skyrocket. That’s what I want for you.

Prioritize your TO DOs easily and efficiently

Do you struggle with making a decision on what to work on first in your day? Maybe you know what to work on, but it keeps slipping away because your inbox is full of emails from people who all want a piece of your precious attention.

Before you know it, you’ve just spent the first hour of your day working on someone else’s priority.

Let’s change that for you.

Let’s make sure you are focused on achieving your important work … not someone else’s. Let’s protect you from those pesky distractions that come in and hijack your day.

In this video I’ll share with you my system, that I use myself and with my clients, to make prioritizing your tasks easy, so you get the right things done.

My secret to getting more done

As the year draws to a close, you may be focusing on 2018 and what it means for your business. No doubt, you’ll see a lot of organizing supplies, planners and workshops on the market, all promising to help you prepare for the year ahead.

I like to take a practical approach to help you get your work accomplished. I’ve developed this system from years of experience giving productivity workshops and working 1:1 with my clients. My system is based on a three-step productivity formula called Focus First™.

In today’s video, I’ll show you the foundational first step of Focus First™ that you can take right now to give your productivity the boost it needs. Imagine starting 2018 with a fresh list of goals you know you will accomplish.

If you feel frazzled at the end of the day, or if you’re tired of having your priorities slip to the bottom of the list, then this video is for you.

P.S. After you watch, please hit return and let me know if you’ve heard of the game I mention in the video. I’m really interested.

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The real reason you’re not getting your work done

Do you get to the end of your workday and are satisfied with all you’ve accomplished? If you’re like most busy business owners, the answer is likely No (at least most of the time).

You might find that you’re constantly putting out fires, being interrupted by your team or your clients, or spending way too much time in your inbox.

While it’s easy to place the blame on external factors that are pulling you away from your work, there is another way to look at it.

In this video, I’ll share with you the real culprit that is putting a damper on your productivity.

Once you’ve reframed the challenge, you’ll be able to address it and your efficiency will SOAR.

What to do when your business gets off track

Imagine waking up to find your business has become your worst enemy.

Somehow it has become unrecognizable to you. The vision you had when you first started up has blurred and somehow things have gotten out of your control.

On the outside, it looks like it’s smooth sailing. Business has never been busier, heck you even have a waiting list! What could be wrong?

The thing is … it wasn’t what you ever wanted.

I recently had a conversation with a very busy business owner, who broke down in tears because she was falling out of love with the business she created. She was ready to give up everything because …

The business she had was not the business she ever wanted.

In this video I share three questions to ask yourself … no matter what stage of the business lifecycle you’re in … that will put you back on course.

3 ways to deal with your inbox

If you’re like most people, you battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Let’s change that for you.

Maybe you have hundreds or thousands of emails tucked away in your inbox. And on one level they are all tugging at your arm, beckoning for your attention. Sometimes it’s hard to resist their call. Especially when you are looking for a distraction to take you away from what you’re working on.

Next thing you know, you’re scrolling up and down looking for a quickie that you can open and delete. There is so much satisfaction and instant gratification that comes from dealing with an email in some fashion. (I get a rush every time I delete an email!)

Perhaps you like to play the open, close and mark as unread game. That’s a great time waster (but then you already knew that, right?).

In this video, I’ll show you 3 simple ways you can start managing your email so you can take back control of your inbox, your time and most importantly your focus.

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The must-have system in your business

If you only have one system in your business, this one is it!

Your signature system is your proprietary, step-by-step process that you take your clients through to get them from their current state to their desired state. It’s how you solve their problems and relieve their pain-points.

It is the most important system you have in your business. Consider it the powerhouse among all of your systems. What makes it unique is that it has two faces. One face is directed at your client, showing them exactly how you work, which builds confidence and trust. The other face is directed at your team, showing them the steps involved for working with clients, which builds consistency and efficiency.

Your signature system may currently reside in your head. If you were to tell me that you intuitively know each step of your process, I would say to you, it’s time for a data download. If your signature system stays in your head, three things will happen:

  1. Delegating will be painful or impossible.
  2. You will be the bottleneck in your business.
  3. Your business will plateau.

None of these are scenarios that I want for you. Watch this video where I take you through three simple steps to design your signature system.

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Why you need to step away from your business

I’ll bet your business is keeping you very busy. It seems when I ask: “How are things?” everyone responds with, Busy.

Busy with the business.
Busy with the kids.
Busy just living.

To be honest with you, I do this too.

Busyness leaves you spinning, exhausted and burnt out. 

The challenge of being in a constant state of busyness is you are operating in reactive mode. You are caught in the weeds with no capacity to see beyond.  Being strategic, creative and innovative get kicked to the curb. 

In this video, I offer you a ticket out of Busy. It will take you to a place where you can see your business from 30,000 feet up in the sky. Where you can get clarity and focus. I’ve accompanied my clients to this magical place and I invite you to do the same.

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Why it’s okay to have a messy business

Has your business ever felt so messy you wanted to hide from it? Literally. The shut the laptop and run for cover kind of hiding.

You are not alone. I’ve been there, my clients have been there and practically every business owner I’ve meet has been there.

Face it, business can get messy, even at the best of times. Actually, especially at the best of times because that’s when your business is so busy, you can’t get to the back-end operational details that keep things running smoothly.

The truth is, things have to get messy before they can get organized. Messy is a rite of passage to a better way of operating.

It should feel somewhat uncomfortable and bumpy along the road. That is totally okay and to be expected.

In this video I give you permission to embrace the disorganization that your business may be experiencing at this very moment.

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