The Dirty Ditch of Self Doubt by Regena Garrepy

I have a confession.  I stumbled, tripped and fell right into the Dirty Ditch of Self-Doubt where it’s dark and stinky and not fit for any of us.But there I was. Covered in it actually.

You see, the thing about claiming your Badass Visionary and upping the ante on visibility is that you have to put yourself out there. You have to take risks. You have to be willing to be vulnerable and be seen.

So I did. I wrote something up to my tribe  and I sent it out. And then… I held my breath a little, refreshed my email 20 times, went on Facebook (aka Time Vampire) and waited.

**cue crickets**

Nothing happened. I stared at the report. I looked at the open rate, I looked at the clicks and realized I didn’t get a response. No one commented, signed up, checked it out,  tweeted, linked, or responded. Two people unsubscribed. Of course, this comes on a day when I burned dinner, drove my son to the dentist on the wrong day and also realized that my friend’s birthday was actually yesterday and I had missed it.

I found myself smack dab in the middle of the Dirty Ditch of Self-Doubt. And who was there with me? My Good Girl Gremlin along with Patty Pity Party.

Just look at how pathetic you are. You have nothing important to say. No one cares. You’re writing clearly isn’t good enough or compelling.You make no difference. When are you going to just give up? You aren’t getting anywhere. You are just another boring voice among millions. You suck.

(Side note: I’d like to officially nominate my Good Girl Gremlin for an academy award for best performance in a drama.)

So I laid there, feeling sorry for myself, doubting what I was doing, and allowing my energy, my power and my spark to begin fading out.

** cue superhero music and add a purple badass cape**

And just in time my Wise Woman Within swooped in and  gave me some tools to get me back on track.

First, she gave me a Towel to wipe off the doubt. We all get dirty when we fall into the ditch. That residue is strong and sticky and likes to hide our worth.  But with our Wise Woman towel we can wipe it off to reveal the truth: Our worth isn’t eroded by anything external. I am not lessened by a lack of response. Our worth is intrinsic. We are sacred divine beautiful beings and no perception of judgements, missteps, failures, or frustrations can change that. We realize that those perceptions of rejection are not attached to our worth and perhaps a mirror for how we are actually feeling inside.  Our inner golden light lives inside of us whether we choose to feel bad about where we are or see the blessings in it.

Then she gave me a ladder because when you are sitting at the bottom of a ditch, its hard to see the possibilities. You have to climb up higher outside of yourself to see the big picture. Maybe I just needed to experiment with when I send the emails, maybe I didn’t make the call to action strong enough, maybe the message wasn’t being sent to the right  people, maybe I needed to have the writing proofread. When I stood up on the ladder, I could see beyond the feeling of never wanting to write again. It meant that I had an opportunity to strengthen my core, re-evaluate, and learn.  It was actually a learning experience to make me better at what I do.

And lastly my Wise Woman played some music (yes, it was Adam Levine, my official rocker crush)  that got me dancing- got me connected and opened my heart. Being in the Dirty Ditch of Self Doubt doesn’t get me closer to what I want in my life. It doesn’t serve my purpose. It doesn’t help anyone else. It just makes me and everyone around me miserable. Knowing deeply that the world loses if any one of us gives up on our dream and our courageous vulnerability. So as the music played, I got  reconnected to what I want to do, who I want to be and how I want to do it. I revisited my Badass Vision and formed a new plan.

And with my towel, my ladder and my inner soul music, I climbed out of that Dirty Ditch, recommitted to being who I am, staying courageous and vulnerable, and keeping my dreams alive.

Bye Bye Doubt, Hello Badass Vision.

Regena Garrepy is a mentor for messengers, Superwoman Sanity Saver, and Passion and Purpose Propeller.

Regena mentors leaders and visionaries on getting out of overwhelm and into purposeful and profitable action. She also works with women and men that ache for soul stirring lives and guides them to embody their sacred message. Regena is a powerful speaker, coach, and badass visionary gal that uses the power of manifestation to live a life of passion. Add to that an award winning direct seller, author, amazing cook, in-the-kitchen dancer, retreat leader, and owner of the company Reclaim your Essence, and you’ve got a taste of the Regena spice. Regena lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband of 16 years and her 9 year-old jedi-in-training.

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

Bri is one of our Expert Speakers On Ignite The Fire Within – To register for this FREE Event where you can

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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.

PJ is one of our Expert Speakers On Ignite The Fire Within – To register for this FREE Event where you can

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Begin experiencing greater joy, fun, and peace of mind in your life allowing abundance to flow freely and never have to worry or have anxiety about what will happen next.

Learn how to detach from drama and this help support happiness and personal effectiveness.

Seriously, you can’t afford to stand still in your business, and you can’t afford to miss these complimentary live training sessions.

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5 Top Tips For Business Blogging

Creating A money making blog

Ways to make money with your blog

  1. Treat Each of Your Articles as a Product – something that someone wants.  When you begin looking at your content and the posts you create as being of such high value that people would pay for it. Just by thinking this way will immediately change the quality of your posts. This leads to higher engagement and followers. Which you can then convert to paying clients, since they use your content to make sure you’re the expert they’re looking for.

  2. When you use your own images and video in your blog, This leads to enhanced SEO ( do this by optimizing your images with keywords and phrases & save them under keyword rich names)  others could link to your original article and you could get more exposure if your images are linked and used elsewhere. Like a spider web the more sites linked to yours, specifically high traffic sites the better your alexa ranking will be and the more opportunity you have to be found in web searches.

  3. Do interviews and invite guest bloggers to create posts for you. I’ve used this very effectively as I interview business experts monthly in my #WOW series which not only creates fresh content, it is also keyword rich and bring tons of extra traffic from the interviewees sharing the posts with their audience and gives my clients and audience  a fresh perspective. It also provides me with future guest blogging opportunities.

  4. Skip the promotion in your blogs – people read blogs to be educated , to learn something , to get an answer to their questions and give them useful tips they can implement straight away. Its a gift you’re giving you don’t want to give a crappy one and leave people feeling short changed ( robbing their time)

  5. Encourage community on your blog by responding to comments and interacting with your readers. Business blogging is a vital piece of your overall marketing strategy and builds your tribe.

Save Time Energy & Money by utilizing these top 3 Resources in your Business.

 

If you are in a service-based business finding time for marketing, delivering your services attracting clients can be a very time consuming activity. Sometimes as healers/therapists you want to serve your clients with your unique gifts not spend hours on social media trying to figure out how it all works or learning how to build a website.

When I had my Mobile Therapy Business I never had a website yet attracted a steady stream of clients by utilizing social media such as Facebook and twitter and a listing which had great testimonials on it, in a business directory which positioned me on the first page of Google in my area for massage.

I’m going to share with you my favourite top 3 resources so you can put it into action for your business.

Sometimes it can feel like all your efforts on social media are wasted if you can’t track or measure your results. To use social media effectively you need a strategy and consistency of posting and engaging with potential clients. I actually build up my first fan page on Facebook for my massage business before I’d even started my business, I didn’t even own a massage table

3 Time, Energy and Money Saving Resources for your business so you have more time to serve your clients

Hootsuite a web-based application and you do not physically have to login to each individual social media site to “see” what is happening with your account. It also has a smart phone app that you can install on your phone so you can literally manage your social media from anywhere! I love its Multiple Social Network Management from one dashboard (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+**), Scheduled Messaging so you can preload messages, promotions and updates. Its free for up to 5 social media accounts plus you can Sign up for a free 30 day trial of HootSuite Pro add more features and accounts

bitly  – This free site shortens links but also track links so you can see how often it was clicked. You can also use for split testing to find out which link works better.

Marketing Grader  scores your website in how well it is doing in regarding Marketing. Learn how well you are doing across 3 critical areas of your marketing. It grades you on how well you are at bringing people in. Grades your content. How good you are at converting them. Are you getting them to sign up to your offering, mailing list? Discover if your social media is working etc. It also gives you some pointers on how to improve your score.

To find more great resources for your business sign up for my free guide “50 Resources Every Business Queen Needs to run her Successful Service Based Business” Here

 

 

Kick Ass and Grow Your Business

I was so happy when this week’s #WOW the inspirational Michelle Mahoney accepted my invitation to be featured as her story really resonates with me and carries many similarities to my own story as I’ve been earning my own money since I was 11 and always looked for opportunities to help others grow and progress. Michelle Amethyst Mahoney helps holistic small business owners who are struggling to find clients and are feeling overwhelmed attract more clients and  make more money so they can serve their bigger purpose in the World and help more people without burning out.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I am passionate about helping holistic small business owners getting their gifts out to the world so they can help others while getting paid really well to do it.

So tell me about your business, what is Kick-Ass Business all about?  Kick-Ass Business News is a resource for small business owners to find the best tips available today all in one place. We recently came out with a new magazine that is totally free to help more people.

What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? When I was 12 years old I got tired of handing over hundreds and even thousands of dollars to the school, to scouts, and to other organizations after I spent hours and hours selling candy, calendars, and other things for them. I decided to cut out the middle man and go in business for myself.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this or did it your business evolve from your original idea? Ha – well, I don’t sell Googly-Eyed Critters door-to-door like I did back then (when I was 12). My first “legal” business when I was 18 was a multi-level marketing business. By the time I was in my mid-20’s I was a professional pet sitter. Seven years ago I started reading Tarot.

Once I figured out how to become successful at that, I realized that there are Continue reading

Nurturing the feminine within with Jennifer L Shelton

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Shelton who’s an astrologer, editor and chief writer for the virtual institute of women. I regulary read my horoscopes and being on the cusp of two star signs usually, it differs depending on where I’m reading it, so I tend to read both and go with the one which sounds best.  I no longer have this issue since signing up for Jennifer’s North node weekly email program which simply shows the general area that I have to develop , which is much more accurate and specific to me . The opposite point, the South Node, shows the place where I feel comfortable.

Nurturing the feminine within, to improve the lives of women without.
 
 Femcentral
Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m the founder of FemCentral, where I work as editor, writer, and webmaster. I am an astrologer and teach undergraduate, online classes in global cultures for Franklin University in Ohio, USA. I’m also researching a biography of one of the American suffragists. Most importantly, I’m a mom. That pretty much accounts for all my time!

So tell me about your business, what is  Femcentral all about ? FemCentral is a website dedicated to bringing back the natural balance between the feminine and the masculine, the Yin and the Yang. It has evolved from being mostly a resource site to a place where women (and men) gather to explore and change our collective consciousness about the Feminine.

I focus on a theme or topic per week, going deep on a topic, exploring it from many angles and providing suggestions and guidance for exploring it in your personal life. I feature excerpts from books, meditations, personal experiences, guest experts, and writing exercises. We engage in discussions both in the comment fields of the posts and on the FemCentral facebook page.

There are several content experts who write columns for FemCentral, and their posts appear on Sundays. Some have regular monthly columns and others post every 2-3 months.

Writing promptsgive the FemCentral community the opportunity to use the powerful tool of “free writing” to explore, and expose, personal beliefs and share them collectively. I feature one prompt per month and towards the end of each month, post all the responses as submitted to me.

I also welcome, and frequently feature, content experts who wish to guest blog on a topic or theme (one post or a full week). If interested, please contact me at Jennifer@jenniferlshelton.com

To highlight female role models, every Thursday is Woman of the Week, where I feature an “undeservedly obscure” contemporary or historic female.

A few years ago, I unexpectedly discovered a gift for astrology. Highly skeptical at first, I have come to embrace the perspective the Zodiac provides. Most Fridays are AstroFriday, where I approach the week’s theme from the viewpoint of astrology. (For instance, when I spent a week on the topic of “fear,” AstroFriday was about the planet Saturn, which indicates, in your birthchart, what you fear the most.) I also provide individualized astrological services in the form of chart readings, birthday readings, intuitive coaching and a “life purpose” email subscription service.

What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? In early August of 2009, I was laid off from my job as the Manager of Education and Outreach for a research institute at a local university. On August 23, 2009, I saw the cover of the New York Times Magazine – Why Women’s Rights are the Issue of Our Time. I have a long time interest in human rights and decided this lay-off was the perfect opportunity to match my professional skills with my passion. I launched FemCentral in January, 2010.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business?  Growing pains. I am ecstatic that FemCentral is growing but I am currently adjusting from being a solo-preneur to someone who absolutely needs assistance and learning that I don’t have to do everything by myself.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? That it is possible to follow your dreams and be successful!

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?Know yourself well. Know what you like, what you don’t like, what you are good at. Don’t go into it just for the money. It could take a while before that starts coming in. You need passion to keep you going. But, if you have that passion, you will be successful. Also, don’t be too rigid about what you are doing. Follow the growth, even if that leads to change.

(Also, if you are starting a web-based business, I recommend reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk.)

What products and services do you provide ? (covered above)

What is the greatest success story for your business? FemCentral started with a handful of readers, just my friends and a few families. Two years late, it gets over 10,000 views per month and is attracting sponsors. All of this from my consistent hard work and social networking!

 

 

How to be Irresistible Online to attract clients to you

Today’s WOW  (Wednesday’s Outstanding  Woman)  is Jess Webb from Be Irrestible Online. I’ve been following and getting advice from Jess for a while and what she doesn’t know about having an online presence and building your brand isn’t worth knowing. She’s very generous with everything she shares and gives clear no nonsense advice and information.
Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m a barefoot hippie and love being in nature and living naturally and simply. I work from home and tend to be a bit of a hermit. I love my me-time and having the freedom to work when and where I want. I’m very passionate about business, online marketing and creating the life that I want for myself and my family. My mission is to help and support women entrepreneurs to do the same.

So tell me about your business, what  is Be Irresistible Online all about?  Be Irresistible Online is all about designing an online empire that makes your heart sing! When you feel good about how you look online, people will pick up on that. You’ll approach your marketing with so much more confidence, because you feel great about what you’re putting out there.

And when you feel confident and irresistible, you’ll attract the people who you are meant to help, and they’ll be eager to pay you what you’re worth. I work with female entrepreneurs to design and build their irresistible online presence for them, so they don’t have to try and figure it all out themselves but can instead focus on what they do best: their business.

 What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? I always knew I wanted to be able to do my own thing. I wasn’t happy working for someone else in a “normal” job. I had so many ideas and dreams and wanted to be able to run with those and create what I want for my life.

 Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this or did it your business evolve from your original idea? My business has very much evolved from my original idea. I started out just doing website design, then I was introduced to an amazing online community of women entrepreneurs and started to see other things that they needed help with, so it evolved to include social media design, branding and other parts of creating an online empire.

Now, I do soooo much more than just website design and I love being able to help my clients put all the pieces into place so they have a beautiful, professional online presence that portrays them as the expert that they are and helps them share their BIG message with the world.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? The most challenging part has been learning to focus and be efficient. It’s too easy to get distracted by email, social media, research or other things. I’ve often found myself distracted and overwhelmed, feeling like I’m not doing anything worthwhile, but not sure WHAT I do need to be doing.

Getting clear and focused on what is really important for my business and bottom line is challenging, but oh so worth it. It gives me purpose and direction, so I can then go to town and get done those things that really matter.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business?  I’ve learned that I have so much more to offer than I tend to think. And that people really DO need and want what I have. I’ve learned that when I step up and play a BIG game, that’s where the most growth happens, and that’s where my dreams are. It takes big, bold thinking and actions.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?Don’t try to do it all by yourself. Hire a coach, someone who can guide you through the process, and help you avoid costly mistakes (and get what you want a lot faster!). I hired my first business coach a couple of years ago, and I wouldn’t be without one now. It has been the one thing that has really helped move me forward.

What products and services do you provide ? I provide website and brand design, to help you create an online presence that truly reflects who you are and your big message, so you can attract your ideal customers.

I also provide all kinds of design and techy support services around that, to help build your Empire and make sure everything matches up with your main brand. Some of these include, design and setup your email newsletter, design and setup your ebooks or other products, create a Facebook page that is branded AND builds your email list, business card design, and more. My goal is to be your one-stop-shop for all your design, branding and Empire-building needs.

What is the greatest success story for your business? There are two that come to mind, so I’m going to share both briefly…

#1: I created the design/branding for the Love Your Naked Ass Warrior Series with Kimberly Riggins, as well as the design/branding for her program, Release Your Inner Vixen. I had sooo much FUN on both of these projects, and it’s been very rewarding to see Kimberly really rocking it out with both of these programs. And I know SHE feels more confident about putting these out there into the world, because they look so professional and irresistible.

 #2: One of my clients is a holistic energy therapist, who didn’t have a website or really any kind of online presence when she came to me. I created her brand and website, and am currently working on her social media sites and other pieces of her Empire. She now has a beautiful site that she is proud to send people to, and she is excited to finally be taking her business online in a big way.

Thank you Jess , I love how you’ve been able to combine your passion and create a successful business and are helping others in their journey. How your business has evolved shows clearly how women naturally create businesses that grow as they themselves grow and begin playing bigger.

You can find Jess here and  Learn how to build your Empire with the 10-part Be Irresistible Online: Top 10 Must-Have Web Secrets for Female Entrepreneurs e-course, Jess’s gift to you.   http://www.beirresistibleonline.com

Next week I’ll be interviewing my mentor and the lady who helped me find my path, Happiness Coach Sue Jaques Weston.