PW Unplugged Radio: Demi Karpouzos & The Art of Getting Clients

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PW-Unplugged_01On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, Demi Karpouzos and I chat about something that crosses the mind of pretty much every entrepreneur out there — which is the best ways to get more clients.

Demi has a really interesting story as well — she went from super-successful employee to not-nearly-so-successful entrepreneur before she finally cracked the code on what it took to attract more clients with ease and grace. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — The Gift of Chaos

As I wrote about yesterday in The Writing Life – I went from one type of chaos to another. A family emergency to a major house remodel. Emotional to environmental.PersonalJourney_02

I thought I was doing pretty well, I took time off last week and have made self care a priority, but today I woke up groggy (which usually means I slept super deeply). My morning went okay but by the afternoon the grogginess came back (along with feeling pretty grumpy).

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The Writing Life — Writing in the Midst of Chaos

I feel like I’ve gone from one type of chaos to another.PenInk_150

From a family emergency to a very-much-needed house remodel. Right now the kitchen and dining room are torn apart with everything piled in the living room (with still more tearing apart that needs to be done). The downstairs bathroom is also on tap for this round of demolition. Once the downstairs is complete, the upstairs bathroom will be next.

From emotional to environmental. Completely different but yet they share similar threads.

Like breakdown to breakthrough. Continue reading

I’ve told you what to do, now Do It! 3 Secrets for Helping Your Clients Change

If you run any sort of coaching, consulting, mentoring or mastermind programs, you probably already know the challenge of getting folks to actually take action on what you teach. Because you know if they don’t take action, they won’t transform.GuestBlogPost_02

That’s why I was so excited to interview my friend Gina Hiatt, Finish Agent, on my PW Unplugged Radio.

Gina is an expert on helping people actually transform — she’s a clinical psychologist and has been studying human behavior for years. You can learn more tips on how to run more successful group programs on the podcast plus check out her article below. Enjoy!

by Gina Hiatt

Just because your client wants to change, has the ability to change, and has the knowledge to change, doesn’t mean they will change.

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PW Unplugged Radio: Ben Saltzman & How the Enneagram can Help You Grow Your Biz

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PW-Unplugged_01On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, Ben Saltzman, Touched and Transformed, and I chat about the enneagram and how knowing what enneagram number you are can make a massive difference in your business.

Now, if you don’t know what the enneagram is, it’s a spiritual tool that helps you gain a deeper understanding of your personality — including your strengths and weaknesses and how your personality is holding you back from creating the business you’ve always dreamed of.

Two years ago, I was introduced to the enneagram and it changed my life. It was the missing piece to my personal and spiritual development work and pulled everything together for me. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Let Go and Let God

I remember the first time I heard the expression “let go and let God.”PersonalJourney_02

It was years ago, right around the time I was just getting my head around the fact that my mindset and subconscious could be preventing me from breaking 6-figures.

The expression perplexed me. Let go of what? Let God do what? How would I even let go something anyway?

One of my more enlightened friends tried to explain the expression to me but it still made no sense. How could letting go actually work out in my favor?

I had spent my entire life holding tightly onto things, trying to solve every problem with my mind and my intellect, and throughout it all, worrying constantly. I couldn’t let go of trying to figure things out — if I did what would happen? I was sure things would just completely fall apart. If I didn’t think of a solution, then how would anything get solved?

So I kept hanging on. Continue reading

The Writing Life — The Power of Rituals

Things still haven’t settled down quite yet from my family emergency (which I wrote about in last week’s The Writing Life) so unfortunately I’m still not quite back to my old routine. Which means, of course, I’m really not as productive as I want to be.PenInk_150

And even though, technically, as a writer, I can write any time and anywhere, there are certainly more optimal times and places than others. (I also wrote about writing on the road here.) And I’m wondering if some of the reasons why it’s more difficult to just “write wherever you are” is because when you’re not home, in your environment and routine, you may also lose any rituals you use to help you actually physically sit your tushy down and write. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Gina Hiatt & Why One-On-One Coaching Doesn’t Always Work

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On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, I interviewed my good friend Gina Hiatt, founder of Finish Agent, on why group coaching can actually be superior to one-on-one coaching.PW-Unplugged_01

Yes — you read that right. You see, one-on-one coaching, while powerful and seems like it SHOULD work better than group programs, may not always result in the transformation you and your clients are looking for.

But if you instead put your clients into a group-coaching program you’re actually more likely to facilitate transformation. Continue reading

4 Easy Steps to Turn off Mind Chatter Like Flipping a Switch

If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any length of time, you probably have already figured out that, for better or for worse, your business and your energy are intimately connected.GuestBlogPost_02

If your energy is low, there is an awfully big chance your business isn’t going to go as far as it would if your energy was high.

And what impacts your energy the most? Sleep. (Or lack of it.)

That’s why I was so excited to interview Sleep and Success Coach Janna Chin on the podcast. She shares her system on how to start getting a good night’s rest. And if you want a taste on what she covers, check out her guest article below. Enjoy!

by Janna Chin

Have you ever laid awake in bed at night and found yourself going over a to do list? Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Bumpy Re-Entry

Everything feels very surreal right now.PersonalJourney_02

I’ve basically lost over a week due to a family emergency (which I wrote about a bit in this week’s The Writing Life) and I’m trying to get myself back to normal.

But it’s not a fast process.

I’m so grateful I have a business that allows me the freedom to do what I need to do for myself, my family and my life. But even with that freedom, “re-entry” can be a little shaky. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Why I’ve Been Silent On the Blog

You may have noticed I’ve been silent on the blog for the past week. That’s because I’ve been in the middle of a family emergency causing me to spend the past week in the ICU of a hospital.PenInk_150

Things have improved and we’re now in the “cautiously optimistic” phase, which is always a good thing. And that also means it’s given me some breathing room to write again.

And, as you might expect, this situation has triggered some soul searching in me, in terms of the direction of my business, my writing and my life. But that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post — I want to talk about why the changes don’t stick. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio — Janna Chin & Sleeping for Success

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In this week’s episode of PW Unplugged, I interview Sleep and Success Coach Janna Chin on her best tips for getting a good night’s sleep.PW-Unplugged_01

Yes, I really did just say sleep.

Why on earth would a podcast devoted to business interview someone about how to get a good night’s sleep?

Well, because as I’m sure you already know as an entrepreneur, your health impacts your business. If you’re feeling sluggish and have low energy, it’s a lot more difficult to run your business effectively — much less do what you need to do to take your business to the next level. (And that doesn’t even touch how feeling crappy affects your relationships and family and personal life.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — The Great Email Experiment

So far, so good.PersonalJourney_02

The first week of the “Great Email Experiment” actually went fairly well.

(You can read more about my Great Email Experiment right here and here, but in a nutshell what I’m doing is turning OFF my email program during the day except during specific times to check, and when I do check, I clean out and make decisions. So far I’ve been keeping my emails in my inbox on average to below 10.)

I’m still not perfect at it — I don’t always deal with every single email during my “email check in times” but I’m getting better. And the best news is I’m already seeing results — I truly do feel more efficient and that I’m getting through my to-do list faster. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Writing or living?

In one of my literature classes in college, the professor said something that has always stuck with me.PenInk_150

She said as a writer, you make a choice between living and writing.

You can’t do both. Because the act of writing — when you’re actually physically sitting down and writing — means you’re recording life. You’re not living it.

So writers must always make a choice between living and writing. Continue reading

Post-Mortem — Anatomy of a Successful Amazon Kindle Book Launch (“Love-Based Copywriting” Book) part 2 — What went wrong?

(You can check out Part 1 right here.)

So, while overall I’m pleased with how the book launch went, there’s no question launching a book on someone else’s platform (in this case Amazon) had its challenges. Here’s a quick summary of everything that went wrong:LoveBasedBook_03

* The way Amazon displays a free book is, well, confusing. You see the “$0″ price and then you click “buy now” so you “buy” the book for zero dollars. That’s all well and good, but there’s another button that says “get this book for free” — which is actually their lending library. So you don’t actually buy it with that button, you’re borrowing it.

The problem is, if you aren’t currently an Amazon Prime member, you can’t borrow a Kindle book. Borrowing Kindle books is an Amazon Prime perk. So if you click the button to borrow it and you aren’t in Prime, you’re put into an upsell sequence to buy Prime.

And, when that happens, I get emails telling me “thanks for the ‘free’ book but it’s not really free.” Continue reading