July 29, 2013
Bye-Bye Boring Bio Success Story, Uncategorized
If you missed the three-hour Worldwide Virtual LIVE Get Your Client Attracting Story Done LIVE Workshop from July 17, we are making the REPLAY and supporting materials available for purchase at the same low price of $97. Go here to read all about it and access the training in perfect timing — especially for all those transformational authors scrambling to get their contest entries submitted in time for Christine Kloser’s contest deadline.
The next LIVE workshop is set for Wed. September 25 from noon – 3 p.m. Pacific. We’re making it an even more complete experience with additional resources to support your success and even more messaging magic support. Read all about it and claim your place now. Get started on your virtual homework now so you are ready to rock on workshop day!
July 23, 2013
Auditioning. It seems we are always auditioning for that next big moment to take us to the next level of our success.
In 2007, I got invited to do a radio interview on eWomenNetwork Founder Sandra Yancey’s ABC Radio Network Show. We laughed until we cried as I shared some of the do’s and don’ts around making the most of your media appearances.
In 2008, I wrote the first edition of Bye-Bye Boring Bio with high hopes this book would put me on the map in a new way. I invested in myself by attending the 2008 eWomenNetwork International Conference and Expo. I watched my colleague and friend Jill Lublin present to a standing room only room about the power of publicity.
And, I started to dream about what it might be like to earn an invitation to speak at that conference as an expert one day.
In 2009, I debuted the second edition of Bye-Bye Boring Bio and make it better than ever.
And, I coincidentally ran into Kym and Sandra Yancey at a live event in Las Vegas. It was the Ali Brown SHINE event that was a pre-curser to her Millionaire Protege Club that I joined to learn best practices around online marketing. Again, it was an investment I made in my success.
That chance meeting with Kym and Sandra invited an opportunity to speak during their new expert teleconference series debuting for eWomenNetwork later that year.
In 2010 and 2011, I worked on my business model and got my offerings in much better gear, while continuing to invest in powerful training to understand and apply best practices to grow my business. I started on the road to becoming a “rock star” joint venture partner and make big progress growing my list, my influence, and my impact.
In October of 2012, I cooked up “The Bio Doc” as a way to serve people and make another approach to the eWomenNetwork to present to their members during their new and improved Tele Success Institute. By December 12, I was on the air again, sharing my particular brand of WOW with an appreciative audience of members who loved the content I shared enough to send love notes by email to me and to the decision makers at eWomenNetwork.
I was invited to makeover Sandra Yancey’s bio.
I was referred to a new client by Kym Yancey and did everything within my power to deliver a fabulous experience and result.
Every touch point and every invitation is just another opportunity to audition.
And now, I am proud to report that I am among the 17 speakers presenting at the 2013 eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo in Dallas, Texas.
It is a huge honor to be selected to address fellow members and guests about how to transform those boring bios from wallpaper to wow to attract clients now. And to be in the company of the other fine experts … well, that’s a distinct honor, too.
It was a dream I imagined for myself when I attended my first eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo, and now it is coming true.
Jill Lublin was among the first people to email and extend heartfelt congratulations. What a class act. She and I are chatting on the phone this week because she has offered to share tips from the trenches to make my speaking engagement at the conference the best it can be.
Mine has been a five-year step by step journey to realize this dream. I’ve auditioned every step of the way. And I am so proud to have stayed the course.
I am reminded of wise words Best-Selling Author Marci Shimoff shared with me as we shared an elevator ride up the tower at the Dallas hotel where the 2008 eWn Conference took place. I complimented her on her amazing keynote and remarked that she seemed so young to have achieved so much success.
She looked me right in the eye, and she said, “You know Nancy, mine has been an overnight success that has taken ten years to build.” She winked and added, “And you know what? I’ll bet that is your story, too.” Those words hit me right between the eyes. And as I think about them, I feel tears welling up because they are so true.
Success is not an overnight thing. It happens in fits and starts and sometimes by leaps and bounds. You just have to enjoy the journey as well as the destination, even when it is hard.
So, with all that said, here is my short and sassy music video invitation to join me at my session in Dallas.
And here is a useful tool to help you assess how ready you are to step into the spotlight — and it includes a very high value gift from yours truly besides.!
Please enjoy and share both generously with aspiring experts you know who are pondering the process of getting ready, known and paid.
And, as you move about in the world auditioning for the big opportunities of which YOUR expertise is so worthy, may you have the tenacity, grit, and desire to stick with it to make your dream come true — eye on the prize.
I hope to see YOU in Dallas for yet another audition to step onto a bigger stage and make an even bigger difference for the wonderful aspiring experts on the planet that I am on Earth to serve.
And to Sandra and Kym Yancey, thank you SO much for this wonderful opportunity.
July 9, 2013
Social Media Marketing
Just imagine what you would do with your time and life if you had no access to the screens that consume your attention, just about every day, so it seems. As you walk down a crowded street, notice how many people are walking “heads down” — staring at their phones instead of watching where they are going or taking in the beauty and bounty all around or treating the people in their lives and work to the extraordinary gift of their full attention.
It is quite a refreshing experience if you give it a try. So that is what I did. I needed to calm my head, clear my mind, and remember the source of joy for my life and work.
I set aside five glorious days for my “technology diet.” That meant:
• No cell phone
• No social media
• No email
• No access to a computer keyboard of any kind
The first day or so, I was very uncomfortable. I felt very disconnected. I wondered and worried about what could be going on online that I might be missing.
To divert my attention and focus, I read a few books. I removed the wallpaper border in our guest room and painted it. I took the dog for a walk. I went to the gym to exercise. I napped … a lot. And I spent some quality time with my husband, son, and dog.
And guess what?
My head calmed down. I allowed space to dream about new and creative things beyond the tasks of my day to day life and work. And I came back to work refreshed.
The world and my own business did not stop spinning because I untethered from technology for a few days. Alert the media, so I say with a wink and a grin.
Best of all, my head stopped spinning with all the noise that crowds my head. And that was a delightful and welcome result.
I highly recommend disconnecting from technology for a few days to welcome the fresh perspective that comes about when you open your eyes to the things that really matter.
For me, that means making room for better relationships, real connections, and purposeful actions that invite welcome and abundant rewards.
I am happiest in my work and my life when I am connecting in a real, genuine way to make my best impact.
Yes, technology has a role, and it is just one ingredient in a more complete package of skills, gifts, and abilities that make me come alive.
Going forward, I will be adopting new standards and expectations with respect to the use of technology in my life and work. For example:
• I will post to Facebook less frequently.
• It may take 24 hours for me to reply to emails that come my way, excluding the weekends.
• Customer service requests will be tended to during “regular” business hours and not at all hours of the day and night.
• And I’ll continue to tinker with the recipe until the seasoning is just right in service to your needs while tending to my own.
Just curious, what adjustments can you make in your business to use technology in a way that supports your success without compromising the quality of your life?
It’s an interesting question to ponder, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them here.
Looking forward to the opportunity to connect with you one day soon.
July 2, 2013
Mid-June was the date on the calendar when I set out to debut a new product to the world. Well in advance, I assembled the perfect team of technology wizards and administrative talent to support me. Step by step I planned my approach. And I even took time to specify with an extraordinary level of detail all the ways that everything would go my way in service to a much greater good.
And, despite my best intentions and preparation, lots of things went wrong.
* Link snafu with first major partner eblast #1 – despite having been tested reliably several times before launch.
* Scramble for redirects to make everything work and try to save and claim all available opt ins.
* Shopping Cart goes down for maintenance, creating unanticipated delays for emails to go out to respective opt in lists.
* Web host drops account and site goes down without notice in the middle of the launch, creating frustration for everyone. No one will get on the phone.
* Fulfillment house gets duplicate orders sent to them electronically, creating major fulfillment issues. Dozens of emails back and forth to solve the problem. No one will get on the phone.
* New work-around solution with link redirects created to try to salvage things.
* Redirect creates more issues with links not working to other pages at the site.
* Redirects are set in motion to try to address non-working links created by first work-around solution
* Follow up emails that went out today had to be redirected in midflight because of an unanticipated shopping cart glitch.
* VA team gives notice.
* Still scrambling to get agreement on which link belongs to which partner so sales can track reliably one day before 3rd partner call.
* Email account gets tangled up so two of everything deliver, and not necessarily on time.
After checking into Pity Party Hotel for what Oprah Winfrey describes as “the ugly cry,” I kept asking myself this question. What am I supposed to be learning from all of this? What is the lesson for me? I am still reasoning through all of this, but I have some thoughts.
1) Even the worst set of circumstances can deliver a wonderful outcome. One of my partners asked me to make a super simple offer to her tribe, and that super simple offer was the most effective of all.
2) I’ve been pretty transparent about the fact that technology is not my favorite thing.That is more true today than ever before.The answer for me may be to keep things super simple going forward. I can still run a very successful business without going “tech crazy.” And for me, chances are,I am going to love my work more if I do that and also stay in my own particular zone of brilliance for having done so.
3) I will be making some vendor changes shortly so that I can be assured of the option to have real, live telephone support when the rubber meets the road.I am sick and tired of vendors telling me that email support is my only option, and I am going to shift focus toward those that ALSO offer phone support whenever possible.
In the darkest moments of frustration over the days of this launch, I thought about why I do this work in the first place. I remembered the big vision I created for my service to the world that came to me on a much brighter day. And I remembered the words of Sean Stephenson that he shared during a recent interview with Christine Kloser. He said, “When I prove my vision is more powerful than my doubt, that makes for a very great day.”
Those were the words that encouraged this somewhat introverted spotlight seeker to once again, “Fall down seven, Get up eight.” So off I go, waving the flag for others in the world who are also on missions for good and doing it in the ways that are the best fit for my own skills, gifts, and sensibilities.
We can make our voices heard and make our best impact. We just have to stay the course, stay true to our own best approach, and believe that the journey is just as important as the destination.
Authentic Visibility Question of the Day:
Just curious, have you ever checked into Pity Party Hotel when everything that could go wrong did? And what called you forward to check out and rise again? I’d love to hear from you.
July 1, 2013
Bye-Bye Boring Bio Success Story, Event Promotion
Do you need a client attracting story to share on your home page, “about me” page, and beyond?
And do you need expert help to get it done now?
I am leading a Worldwide Virtual Get Your Client Attracting Story Done Workshop on Wednesday, July 17 from noon – 3 p.m. Pacific. Read all about it here.
Create your client attracting story with my expert guidance so you can showcase it everywhere it needs to be to attract clients now and forever. Hundreds of happy clients attest to my brilliance teaching this material and guiding them to perfect words that reflect their particular brand of WOW. Now you have the virtual opportunity to make the most of this WORKING SESSION to your expert advantage.
Get together with a colleague, fellow independent business professional, or “storytelling buddy” and participate in this RESULTS FOCUSED WORKING SESSION. Together from your home or office, you can collaborate and get to the essence of your best client attracting stories. Serve as mirrors for each others’ brilliance as you work through your “Great Eight” story elements with my guidance. Share the very modest fee to make this budget comfortable for both of you.
This session is an “all of the help and none of the hype” working session. It’s all about guiding you to get your client attracting story done with expert help in the three hour window set aside for this important assignment. Your digital copy of my popular Bye-Bye Boring Bio workbook and useful handouts to guide you through this virtual event deliver to your in-box as soon as you register. And you can upgrade to receive your printed, spiral-bound version of the workbook. It will deliver to you by mail wherever you live in the world when you make the one-click upsell choice when you claim your place.
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Read all about it, and jump in if this is a fit for you.