Getting Collagen-ised!

This month’s WOW Woman is Maria Luba-Muczko from Collagen Colway, one of the UK’s fastest growing direct sales companies. I met Maria at a local networking event and was so inspired with her drive and vision, we hit it off straight away.

You recognise a kindred spirit and I was so impressed by how much she’d achieved in such a small space of time. Her enthusiasm and belief in others is a rare quality and the fact her business creates so much opportunity for others is admirable.

I’m a total Collagen Colway convert and thanks to Maria I now only have one chin and glowing skin.  I injured my upper arm last xmas and its taken so long to heal, since taking the collagen supplements its really speeded up the healing process and now almost have my full range of motion back as couldn’t put my arm behind my back without absolute agony.

na linked in 2Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m a mum of 2 great and talented kids – 24-year old daughter, Olga, and 14-year old son, Greg, both living with me. I have a fabulous and very supportive partner, Michael, also a business person, which makes things so much easier, as we really understand each other. My business Collagen Colway is my true passion and it has grown out of my dreams of independence and flexibility. Being a beginner entrepreneur and a mum does not leave whole lot of space during the day to do other things, but my second passion is NLP and I am committed to developing my skills. It really opens my mind and heart to other people and helps me to understand and communicate with the world and myself(!) at a higher level. I also love travelling and I am happy to explore new places, even round the corner.

So tell me about your business, who/what is Collagen Colway all about? My company Colway UK is a direct sales organisation distributing anti-ageing products. Our main one is pure, natural bioactive Collagen which is a great Polish invention and I am honoured and happy to manage to make the product available in the UK. My business operates globally through a network of independent partners and most of them sell our products on part-time basis, generating a second income stream. But I am really proud my company differs so much from other DS/MLM companies by offering a genuine flexibility, honesty and no hard sale approach.

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What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business? It was triggered by a few factors that coincided. First of all, I simply loved Collagen. I was truly impressed with the results on my skin and amazed that such a quality product was not popular in other countries. At that time I was made redundant from the university I had worked for nearly 10 years, still leaving me with some income from the translation agency I was running, but with doubts if I manage to maintain my family. And lastly, I thought I wanted a dramatic change in my life. I was open for new experiences and I really needed some fresh air to breath.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea? My business reflects my philosophy of life that has always been part of me – flexibility and independence. And I had had it on my mind for a long time, but quite surprisingly, my business happens to be a sales organisation and selling as such is absolutely new to me.

family picWhat did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? The very beginning was definitely the most challenging. When I came to the UK 5 years ago, although my head was buzzing with ideas and my motivation was skyrocketing, I only knew one person, my sister, who became my business partner. So, I realised that a good will is not all you need, and I had to get suppliers, legal and accounting services as well as find out about legal requirements, and most importantly, find my first distributors who also believed in me and my new product. Without a network of friends and family it was a really difficult task.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I have simply discovered a totally new person in me. I have managed to overcome lots of personal limitations, get out of my comfort zone, and push myself to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t set up my own business.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? That it will take twice as much time and effort as the person believes, but it will open the whole new world and unblocks their true potential, and this is what life is about.

What products and services do you provide? We offer a unique bioactive Collagen which rejuvenates the skin – Are you Looking for a secret of younger looking skin?

High quality anti-ageing programmes, as I believe that just putting a cream on your face, even if it is a magic one, is not enough. I would recommend a more holistic approach for better results. A universal need and a natural solution

We offer second income opportunities – we offer a flexible and “no hard sale” approach to people interested in health and beauty. Become a Partner with Colway International

 

3DcolWhat is the greatest success story for your business? I believe the greatest success is still to come as we are a fairly new company. But the fact that from an unknown company with a totally new product we have managed to grow to the organisation of a few hundred people right now. They all have trusted us by becoming our distributors using and promoting the products is a real success to me.

Get in Touch with Maria

W: https://youngerforlonger.colwayinternational.com/

Download her Free Ebook: How to look younger for longer

F: https://www.facebook.com/CollagenColwayUK

T: https://twitter.com/colwayuk

 

Mindset and Marketing for Introverts in Business

This month’s WOW Woman is Julia Barnickle – founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur . I first met Julia when she joined my Grow Your Tribe 30 Day Challenge Group and she stood out for me. I found her engagement with others both compassionate and generous with a quirky sense of humour. Once I learnt her story I was inspired by her grace and beautiful voice. Julia shares some sage advice on the challenges of running your own business and how introverts in business can market themselves for success.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m an introvert and a “Scanner” – I have lots of interests… I love to travel (as long as there’s a comfy bed, and hot and cold running water!). I love learning languages, writing, singing, taking photographs – and I’ve recently started taking videos too. I’m not a great planner – I prefer to “take life as it comes”, staying open to whatever opportunities might present themselves. Before starting my business, I worked in corporate IT, project managing, developing and implementing business software around the world.  The best part of the job was being paid to travel. I live with my husband in a cosy little house just outside London, and dream of the day when my bio reads: “Julia divides her time between London, Florence and the South of France” – or something equally scintillating. In August 2013, after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the third time in five years, I helped form the Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir. We recorded a charity single, backing classical singers Camilla Kerslake and Blake, to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Campaign, and performed the song live at various prestigious venues, including on daytime TV!

So tell me about your business, who/what is The Quiet Entrepreneur all about? The Quiet Entrepreneur helps introverts to take pride in who they are, instead of being made to feel like failed extroverts, and to build a successful business in a way that plays to their individual strengths and honours their introversion.

What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business? I was inspired by a TED talk that Susan Cain did, about introverts, and by reading her book: “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking”. Suddenly, I understood why I hated going networking and making cold calls! I started The Quiet Entrepreneur so that other introverts wouldn’t have to put up with people telling them to market themselves like an extrovert.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea? When I first decided to start a business, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. I just knew that, after 20 years in a corporate career, I wanted the freedom of working for myself rather than being an employee. It took me nearly two years to commit to any sort of direction, and the business has been evolving ever since. I started off as a life coach and web designer, and pretty soon I realised that I wanted to help small business owners to fulfil their dreams of making a difference in the world. It all fell into place when I decided to support introverts in business, in 2013.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? Before I started the Quiet Entrepreneur, I used to find it difficult to promote the business, because I didn’t have a clear message or tribe – so it seemed as though I was promoting myself, which felt a bit self-serving and arrogant. Now I’m on a mission, which makes it easier to promote the message without feeling pushy. There are still times when I get a bit *shy*, when I forget that promoting the business and being successful is not about me – it’s for the benefit of the people I can help.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I’ve realised that I have more staying power than I ever thought – it’s been a long, hard road to where I am now, and it’s not all plain sailing yet. I’ve learned that the more I’m prepared to talk about the mistakes I’ve made, the more interesting and believable my story becomes, for the people who are following in my footsteps. I’ve also realised that my love of learning has stood me in good stead when it comes to implementing various marketing methods to promote the business.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? Building a business takes time – so, unless you absolutely hate your job, avoid jumping ship to start your business. It’s much easier to attract clients if you have some form of financial security – it means you don’t have to push, or take on less-than-ideal clients, out of desperation. If you do leave your job, perhaps find some part-time work so that you can keep up with your rent or mortgage payments while your business grows. Be prepared for your business to evolve – even if you’re providing more or less the same service as you were in your job. And remember that your business is not about you – it’s about the people you are helping.

What products and services do you provide? I offer individual mentoring, support and advice for introverts in business around mindset and marketing topics, including:

  • creating digital products and on-line programmes
  • promoting the business authentically through speaking, writing and blogging
  • internet marketing and social media marketing

I’m currently working on creating a signature programme which will encompass mindset and marketing support inside a small on-line group.

What is the greatest success story for your business? The Quiet Entrepreneur is really still in its infancy… however, I’ve been invited to speak at the Inner Winner conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, in March 2014, which I’m very excited about. Not only will I have the opportunity to help even more introverts – this could open the door to getting paid to travel in my own business!

Connect with Julia

Website: www.thequietentrepreneur.com Facebook:www.facebook.com/IntrovertsInBusiness  Twitter:www.twitter.com/IntrovertsInBiz

FREE GIFT: get instant access to my webinar: How To Overcome The Top 5 Challenges Faced By Introverts In Business: http://thequietentrepreneur.com/webinars/top5/ This will also give you access to The Quiet Entrepreneur private Facebook group.

“You Raise Me Up” – Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir with Camilla Kerslake and Blake: http://youtu.be/q4fID88SnHo

How to use Mobile Marketing for Coaches and Speakers With Bri Clark

Often times trainers and coaches create packages for their clients. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to add texts to those packages. And be able to schedule those texts?
Speakers wouldn’t you like to be at an event and utilize every single attendee just by having them text you?

As a woman who people find it hard to say no to Bri Clark is a wealth of innovative marketing energy. With a spitfire attitude heavily coated in her southern twang and manners she usually has you agreeing to something before you even understand what it is. However, the beauty is her strategies are always top notch, effective, and innovative. Because of her ability to get to know her clients in an authentic and intimate level she is the ultimate “Social Ghoster.” It would make sense she coined the phrase and created the strategy. It’s not often you mention something and Bri “knows” someone in that industry. Because of her outgoing personality, overflowing desire to serve others without thought for herself she’s literally made friends across the globe. So when she does ask for a favor from colleagues (usually for a client) people are happy to deliver.

Specialties

*Online Platform Evaluation *Amazon Campaign *Social Media Campaign *Blog Evaluation *Website Evaluation *Branding and Strategy Organization *Career Strategy and Organization *Speaking Strategist

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5 Beliefs That Will Ensure You Never Achieve Success With Melanie Benson Strick

Each and every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever worked with has one thing that sets them apart from everyone else. They have a set of beliefs that cause them to be willing to do the right things at the right time to achieve that next level of success.

Contrast that with a growing pool of people who are stuck, frustrated and constantly overwhelmed in their pursuit of success. Many well-meaning, passionate people have all the right ideas and no shortage of talent – but when it comes to profiting from their great work they feel perpetually trapped causing them to barely get by.

Its like there is a hidden barrier between where they are now and where they want to be. This barrier is their belief system. The struggling entrepreneurs belief system causes them to work way harder than they need to, make poor choices, procrastinate endlessly on important tasks, and stress out about money.

Here are five of the most common belief systems that cause smart, capable, heart-based entrepreneurs to fall short of their potential and feel hopelessly stuck (and miss the opportunity to prosper in their business.)

1. The amount of money available on this planet is limited.

If you believe on some level that there is a limited amount of money that can be accessed then on some level you will hold yourself back from accumulating wealth. Dan Kennedy in his book, “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs” refers to this limiting belief as Wealth Inhibition.

Money is energy. Wealth is achieved by directing the flow of energy repeatedly towards the life, impact and dreams you have. An energetic alignment with unlimited wealth potential generates more wealth. But, on the other hand, if you have a belief that acquiring more money will ultimately lead to someone else’s demise, then you will unconsciously hold yourself back. Most of us don’t really want to negatively affect another person so you will inhibit your success by only doing enough to keep yourself from financial ruin.

2. I have to work hard to get ahead.

Ingrained deep inside our culture is the belief that we have to work hard to become successful. From our mid-west roots to the corporate upbringing that many of us started with, sacrificing our life to get more work done is a persistent belief holding many entrepreneurs hostage. The truth is that wealth is created from leverage – not more work.

You may achieve your first level of financial success with investing 100’s of hours a week on the grindstone. But you will not be able to continue to work that hard to achieve your next level of success. When you discover easy ways to leverage your time, money and resources you will see that you can attract 10 times the level of success you have now with a few simple tweaks.

3. Big success changes people for the worst.

We’ve all seen people we know turn into ugly monsters when they start making the big bucks. All of a sudden they are “too good for us” or become so money-hungry they hurt others in their obsession to make more money. But I’ve also seen just as many people do good things with their wealth.

Wealth is only a tool. How you use that tool is not dictated by how much money you have but by your values system. If you have unconsciously made a decision to avoid becoming wealthy so you aren’t “like them” then you are sabotaging your success potential. It’s time to unhook wealth and evil as partners and make a decision to do good things with the wealth that you attract.

4. I can’t be trusted with money.

If you have filed bankruptcy, accumulated significant debt, or took a big financial risk and failed, chances are you decided that you can’t be trusted with money. If you’ve formed this belief then all of your choices will unconsciously be to keep your bank account small. The truth is that you can learn how to be good with money. But if you unconsciously believe you can’t be trusted with it, you will always find ways to make it then lose it – fast!

In my MoneyDNA™ program, I help people dissolve their blocks to creating success while developing strong wealth attraction and management skills. Until you dissolve your sabotaging beliefs you probably won’t want to learn how to be better with money.

5. No one will pay this much for my offerings.

There is a fascinating phenomenon buried deep in our psyche. If we won’t spend money on it, on some level we believe that no one else will either. If you aren’t charging enough for your services you probably haven’t ever been willing to invest the equivalent in yourself. Deep down inside you don’t get how someone would pay what you’ve been unwilling to invest in the past. Then, unwittingly, we decide for others what they are willing to spend. You immediately discount or offer a lower price without ever giving the prospect a chance to say yes to your full fee.

You have basically decided for your prospect what they are willing to pay – based on your limited consciousness.

Here’s the good news. All of these beliefs are simply a limiting decision you made that can be reversed. In order for you to prosper and achieve great things beyond what you ever thought was possible you’ll need to make three new decisions:

1. You deserve to have huge success doing what you love most. You just have to be willing to do what works and stop doing what doesn’t.

2. Your ideal prospects can and will pay big money to have their needs met (especially if it can happen fast.) You just have to know who they really are and how to align your offerings with their search.

3. Money is just a tool to make things happen. The more money you learn to attract the faster you can make a bigger impact on this planet.

I hope you’ll join me and the thousands of entrepreneurs who are ready to grow beyond their wildest dreams and shift out of those old beliefs into ones that will support you in achieving unlimited impact, wealth and success.

Melanie Benson Strick, known as America’s Leading Authority on Optimum Performance, has a gift for guiding fast-paced, overwhelmed, driven entrepreneurs to thrive in their small business. With over 11 years mentoring thought leaders and big thinking entrepreneurs, Melanie is liberator – uncovering costly breakdowns and de-railers while re-energizing profits– ultimately freeing the entrepreneur to do more of what they do best.

Melanie has been on faculty with StomperNet as their delegation expert, spoke on stages across the globe, is co-author of Entrepreneur.com’s Start Up Guide to Starting an Information Marketing Business and has her success tips featured in magazines such as AmExpOPEN, Woman’s Day and the LA Times. Melanie is a proud lifestyle enthusiast and spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.

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“3 Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs” With PJ Van Hulle

It seems obvious that if you want more business, you have to do more marketing, right?  However, when cash is tight, most business owners look for ways to cut costs, and often the first thing to go is money that is being spent on marketing.  Then of course, fewer clients come in, and cash gets even tighter.  This becomes a downward spiral that can take you right out of business if you’re not careful.

I’m NOT suggesting that you have to spend a lot of MONEY on marketing.  Here are 3 tips for attracting more clients that won’t cost you a dime:

Tip #1: Keep it Personal

When you’re having a conversation, writing an e-mail, updating your Facebook page, or standing up and talking about what you do in front of a room full of people, speak directly to one person at a time.

Remember that you may be sending an e-mail to 50 people, but only one person at a time is reading that e-mail.  Instead of writing “you guys” or “Hi everyone,” write as if you’re sending only one e-mail to one specific person.  If you can, use that person’s first name.

When speaking to a group, make eye contact with one person and speak to that person for at least 5 full seconds before you switch to someone else.

When you do this, the people that you’re speaking to or writing to will feel more connected with you at a personal level and therefore will be more likely to refer you or buy your services.

Tip #2: Ask for Referrals

My most effective marketing strategy for the last 9 years has been asking for referrals, especially from strong strategic alliances, people who serve the same target market as I do without being in competition with me.

It takes courage to ask for referrals.  However, people that are referred to you will be more likely to buy your services and usually more pleasant to work with in general.

The easiest way I know to ask for referrals is to call a potential referral partner and talk to them or invite them to lunch.  Here’s a short script you can use (courtesy of Joe Stumpf of By Referral Only):

“I have some time right now to work with two new clients. Before I put an ad in the paper to attract someone that is not referred to me, I thought I would give you a quick call and offer my time to people you know who might need my help.  Who is the next person you know who is most likely to need my services right now?”

Tip #3: Create & Maintain a Facebook Fan Page

Did you know that Facebook now directs more online users that Google?  Facebook fan pages allow you to get your message, brand or product to more people, faster, cheaper and easier than ever before.

It doesn’t cost anything to create a Facebook fan page.  The main advantages to having a fan page instead of only having a regular personal Facebook page is that:

1.      You aren’t limited to how many fans you can have

2.      You can advertise your business

You want to include Facebook as part of your marketing plan in a way that attracts more clients instead of just creating more busy work for yourself.  In order to do that, provide your fans with regular updates that they enjoy, even something as simple as a funny or inspiring quote.  Don’t bombard them with sales pitches or they will “unlike” you.  Offer new fans a special gift or bonus that leads them into your sales funnel.

Here’s an example:http://www.facebook.com/realprosperity

PJ Van Hulle is an acclaimed international speaker and financial literacy expert who works with speakers, coaches, & consultants who love what they do but want to make more money with less stress. She is a certified trainer with 13 years of teaching experience, the author of the Little Book of Prosperity, and the co-author of Make Your Connections Count.

Through her signature programs, the Client Attraction Blueprint System and Prosperity 101, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs to attract more clients and to improve their relationships with money.

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If You Can Manage Your Life, Why is “Time” Such a Headache? With Andrea Feinberg

Poor time; always taking the rap for your frustrations and disappointments at the end of the day. So you try to poke and pull at it with time management tricks that basically say ‘Work faster! Re-arrange your day! Get more done!’

Is this what ‘time management’ has felt like to you? This has never made much sense to me; why give control of your time to a clock that races you to the end of every over-stuffed day? The clock always wins, doesn’t it?

Time management is a myth and a diversion; I know you know what really needs management for this relationship to work out in your favor. Self-management will get the job done if you focus on priorities and these 3 options: either dump, delay, or delegate all else. Once you’ve allocated properly to those categories, the 4th choice is ‘do’. In its purest form, it would consist of those activities that advance your big goals in an efficient, bang-for-the-buck way (and sometimes, a meandering way, but you get the point: forward!)

Yet, your business is filled with minefields: other people’s emergencies, one-time-only ‘opportunities’, shiny objects, unexpected ideas – all these show up every day and can easily shred your schedule, turning your focus away from the main event: what you’d decided was THE priority for the day; MUST get done. This is a form of ‘business balance’, like ‘life balance’. The real success with that concept is not to give equal amounts of attention to each facet of life (health, finances, love, family, friends, spiritual pursuits, personal development, fun, etc.) Balance comes from giving each its due amount; that level of attention that avoids a sense of regret or stress that “I’m not handling X well.”

When you sacrifice any one element of your typical week – business/job, health, finance, love, friends, good health, family, spirit, etc. – your life is compromised and you feel it in the form of stress. That shows up all kinds of ways: headaches, stomach ache, sleepless nights, anxiety. You feel the imbalance keenly and will typically work towards finding a solution: attend to the ignored part of your life, reduce your focus elsewhere (I’m not addressing those infrequent needs or circumstances in which that simply can’t be helped; this past week in the Northeast US is one such horrific example).

Correct the imbalance and, not only does the source of anxiety lessen, you discover an increased satisfaction from the other life wheel wedges that were ignored. The same can be true in your business: while you’re focused on so many and diverse activities in your business that are NOT among those you sought to advance, you’re actually reducing your ability to be effective with any of them. Your thought process – do you need to be creative now? Analytical? Nurturing? Visionary? – is spinning from one to another so that no one gets your full attention. The result? Trying to handle more means each activity is done with less focus and care.

Ironic, no? You’ve shifted away from what was most important to you AND you’re less productive with the alternate choices. There really is a better way; really. I’ve set aside some time to help you figure this out so that you can advance your goals AND be more effective each day in your attempt. Sound good?

Andrea Feinberg is President of Coaching Insight, LLC. She is among the pioneers of the coaching profession as a 2002 graduate of Coach U, personally trained by Thomas Leonard, widely considered the founder of this field. Andrea’s on a mission to pull small biz owners away from the daily grind and into their big opportunities; that’s where you’ll find more money, a better-run business, a happier life and the time to enjoy it all. She especially enjoys working with business women who now seek their ideal life through business ownership.

A business owner since 1988, Andrea has an M.B.A. in marketing, is a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, Certified EQ Mentor and Certified Strategic Business Leadership Coach.

From 2002 – 2006 she co-owned and built the largest Long Island, NY training and networking group for professional coaches, United Coaching Associates.

In 2011, Long Island Business News named her among ’50 Most Influential Women in Business’. In 2012, she was added to ‘Who’s Who: 100 Women in E-Commerce’, included in “Top 5 Coaching Blogs”, and named to ‘Top 5 Productivity Gurus’. She’s published 2 books, “The Essential Coaching Book” and “Time Junkie – 101 Ways for Business Owners to Break the Habit and Get More Free Time NOW!”

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