Posted by PointA_PointB on September 17, 2011
Catching up on everything that happened over the last six weeks. Road trips, guest posts, and lots more. Check it out here.
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Posted by PointA_PointB on September 8, 2011
Over the recent holiday weekend I tried to follow my own advice and take some time away from my business. Since I work for myself, I figured I could take a little road trip, clear my head, and visit some friends and family. I didn’t count on some of the things that happened and it became clear to me that my business is like a two-year-old.
Needs constant attention
I figured it was safe to “go dark” regarding e-mails and social media during a major U.S. holiday weekend, but in fact I had a prospect looking to talk to me and wanting more information about my services, and one looking to finalize a project and pay me. (Actually, I was happy to take those calls!)
Wakes you up in the middle of the night
I found myself obsessing over some things that I hadn’t done for a business partner. While I was pretty sure they would not look at anything over the weekend, I had stress dreams about not having sent the documents and finally sent an e-mail explaining when I would send them, which they probably didn’t read until Tuesday…but it made me feel better to follow up.
Throws tantrums when I turn my attention elsewhere
I was completely exhausted and needed to recharge after a very long drive. Subsequently, I failed to follow up on an important opportunity, which I may have lost. Not logging into Facebook to see a message that somehow didn’t show up on my BlackBerry = #fail.
Refuses to do what I ask it to do
Two-year-olds do everything at their own pace – toddlers speak, eat, and potty train only when they are ready. My business seems to have a mind of its own and grows at its own pace, not always exactly in the way or according to the timing that I hope it will.
Is very sweet, cute, and appealing on the outside but can be a little monster
Owning my own business is my pride and joy some days. I can’t imagine doing anything else and I am completely engaged in my work and in serving my amazing clients. Other days I wish I could give it back. Show me one parent who hasn’t felt like that!
Rejects ideas that I thought were perfectly appropriate
Like taking more than one day off in a row. Much more difficult than I thought it would be. Does a parent ever really get a day off?
The thing is, you’ll make yourself insane raising a two-year-old but it’s all worth it for the two blinks and the toothy smile you get, or the sweet cuddles before bed. You may do the same for your business and it’s definitely worth it when you exceed a client’s (or your own) expectations.
Does your business ever feel like a misbehaving toddler? I would love to hear your stories. Please share in the comments below!
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Posted by PointA_PointB on July 11, 2011
Stephanie Goetsch is a journalist and founder of HerExchange.com, the modern woman’s e-magazine. Motivated by the desire to positively impact the lives of women locally and globally, Stephanie spotlights successful and inspirational women in an effort to empower every woman to lead her fullest, whole life. With daily updates, HerExchange entertains and informs readers with refreshing wit and style, while encouraging women to find their own voice in the midst of it all. Raised in Wisconsin, Stephanie now interviews, writes and multi-tasks from the Washington, D.C. area.
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Posted by PointA_PointB on July 1, 2011
Excited to announce that Successful In Chicago: Supporting locally grown biz is now live on ChicagoNow.com, a Chicago Tribune community. While I consider myself a global, mobile professional, anyone who knows me also will tell you that I love Chicago deeply. This is my chance to support and showcase small biz in Chicago. Small businesses are what make this town a great place to live and if we don’t support them, we won’t have our restaurants, bars, coffee shops, specialty stores – you get the picture.
Go here to read What is “Successful In Chicago” about?
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Posted by PointA_PointB on June 27, 2011
Yes, it’s true. Kelly McCormick has owned three successful businesses – the first at age 21. How’d she do it? It was through personal determination and a desire to perpetually improve. In the process, Kelly reinvented business and sales models that sorely needed to change.
If you hit the fast forward button, you’ll quickly discover that, for almost two decades, Kelly has been on a mission to share her insights with others. Today Kelly speaks, writes, consults, and coaches, on how to OutSell Yourself®. http://www.outsellyourself.com/
Kelly is also a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), International Speakers Federation and the Association for Personality Type.
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Posted by PointA_PointB on June 20, 2011
Michelle Schubnel is the President and Head Coach of Coach & Grow R.I.C.H http://coachandgrowrich.com/.
Michelle has been a professional coach since 1998. Since that time, she has coached hundreds and hundreds of coaches, business owners and entrepreneurs to achieve greater success. Michelle helps her clients develop powerful positioning, implement strategic marketing, improve their time management and maximize their business enjoyment.
Michelle has been featured on KNTV’s “Midday Around the Bay,” “The Coaching Show” radio program and in numerous publications, including Choice – The Magazine of Professional Coaching.
Michelle received her coach training from Coach U, Corporate Coach U and BusinessCoach.com. She has extensive continuing training and education, including studies with Landmark Education, Decker Communication and Giving Spirit Form, a two-year Native American personal development program.
Michelle earned her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.
Michelle is an active member of the International Coach Federation. She has served in numerous leadership positions over the past several years.
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Posted by PointA_PointB on June 6, 2011
Candice Blansett-Cummins, Mentor and Founder of Wishcraft
As Founder of the Wishcraft workshop and Wishcraft Works in Chicago, Candice combines her talents as an executive with her love of all things creative. From building Barbie villages with shoebox buildings to building the technology strategy for a billion dollar international business, Candice has built a colorful set of credentials. Following executive careers in fashion with Gap, Inc. and costuming with The Walt Disney Company, Candice was appointed Vice President and Divisional CIO of Sony Pictures Television International. Candice established Wishcraft in 2008 – a place for children and adults to explore their own creativity without judgment, and to experiment with the joy of creative reuse and upcycling. Within its first year, Wishcraft was awarded Nickelodeon’s 2009 Parents Pick Award for being the Best Kids Party Place in Chicago.
Explore your creativity at Wishcraft – where creative reuse is celebrated and artists are grown. Inventive projects are designed for ready success and skills are taught within the context of relevant projects with a no-judgment philosophy. Confidence building camps focusing on art, fashion, architecture and photography take place all summer for kids 5-9 and 9-14. Learn to sew. Play with paint. Make a wish. Make something.
Phone: 773.348.WISH (9474)
Location: 2312 W Roscoe St., Chicago
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Posted by PointA_PointB on June 1, 2011
I have had the same conversation with several people over the past few weeks. It seems like all entrepreneurs – me included – need to remember that you can’t do it all yourself. I have spoken to business strategists stuck in their own heads not seeing the path forward for their businesses. I have seen branding experts with incomplete corporate images and brand confusion. I have seen marketing specialists with multiple typos in their materials or no social media presence.
Now I want to make this clear: these are all extremely competent professionals that I would hire but it comes down to this – you can’t and shouldn’t do everything yourself. We all need a second set of eyes to see the typos we will miss because we have seen the text too much. We all need someone else to vet our strategy because we are too close to it and can’t see the holes. We need someone else to look at our proposed brand and confirm that it says what we want it to say to our prospective clients.
I think these are the sticking points:
- Being afraid to ask for help
- Thinking you don’t need help
- Feeling you don’t have money to pay someone to help
- Having ego around your specialty (embarrassed to ask for help)
Maybe the things we actually need the most help with fall under our specialty? Maybe that is our blind spot? As someone who specializes in business strategy for other people’s businesses, I am going to reach out and have one or two of my fellow strategists sense check my short- and long-term business plans.
What are you going to do? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
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