6 Months of Powerful Lessons in 2016 — What are Yours?

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With the first six months of 2016 coming to a close, I took to my journal to reflect on accomplishments achieved so far.  The most important part of this exercise is identifying what I have learned.

The lessons have been bountiful and humbling at the same time. I’ve decided to share my lessons on the blog so they might serve you, too.

  • After a breast cancer scare and a emergency retina repair surgery for my husband in March, I am reminded that the greatest of all blessings is good health.
  • Sometimes, a quarter turn of a message can make a world of difference.  I shifted much of my marketing messaging to focus on guiding aspiring speakers to get ready for opportunity before opportunity knocks early this year. I still speak from my expertise as a business bio expert, though the slight messaging shift has made a world of difference in my business results.  This audience urgently desires to get booked and often can monetize their messages in the moment with their powerful and authentic offers made from the stage.  That makes getting to return on investment on my training so much more immediate for them and so rewarding for me.
  • I love when clients succeed. Broadcasting their brilliance via my ezine and other means is the best demonstration of what it is to be a champion of others’ success.  Everyone wins.
  • Stop telling stories that are no longer true.  “You are not a speaker” has been my inner dialogue. However, this year, I have given the same talk 22 times to appreciative audiences. Whether I was invited to share it via teleclass, webinar or live or created my own opportunities to share it, I am a speaker.
  • Sharing stories is so much more memorable and compelling than sharing action tips and information.  Going forward, I am going below the surface to share the vulnerable stories and powerful insights from the wisdom of hard won experience instead of speaking just ‘from the neck up.’
  • With the right speaker and authentic championship, filling a room doesn’t have to be hard. I have heard many people say that it is hard to fill live events.  I have been reluctant to host my own as a result.  In March of this year, I played a major role in filling a hotel room with 38 awesome guests who could be in the house to benefit from one of my most trusted and admired business colleagues.  The guests  raved about the value, and a meaningful group of those guests decided to invest more deeply to get even more support.  I may very well host my own local and live events and workshops after all!
  • SHOWING UP IN PERSON is fun and rewarding. I’ve relied on teleclasses and webinars to deliver my message over the last few years.  What a thrill it is to look into the eyes of those I meet and know in my heart, head, and gut whether the message is landing squarely. I can’t wait to speak live and in person to even more groups this year and next in my own backyard and beyond.
  • Boundary setting is a beautiful thing.  That means “No” can be a complete sentence.  Not all invitations are “YES” decisions.  Not everyone who wants to be a partner, co-collaborator, or referral source is a fit to play that role.  That is OK.
  • Give your clients and best partners the benefit of the doubt.  When people have the CONTEXT over time to value a pattern of ongoing contribution, service, and championship, there is GRACE in that. There should always be room for the benefit of the doubt.
  • People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  It stings when things don’t last.  As long as I go deep to find the blessing in each transition, I can be twice blessed.BethePersonMyDogThinksIam_n

What are your biggest lessons so far for 2016?

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The ‘Joint Venture Diet’ Begins … Do I Hear Trumpets in Celebration?

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Summer is just about here.  That means a lot of folks are thinking about how to get swimsuit ready for the beach. For me, I am starting a different kind of diet. I am calling it my ‘JV Diet.’

That means I am NOT sending promotional emails to serve and promote my strategic partners for the next 30 days.

(Did I just hear trumpets sounding in celebration?)

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This is my grand experiment and contribution to an email reduction plan that can reduce the clutter in your in-box and bring the noise level of massively duplicated emails down to a dull roar.

In my prior career as a publicist, I loved creating credible buzz in the major news media for my clients.  Here’s the rub. Much of the buzz that shows up in my inbox today is large quantities of duplicated emails that have me reaching for the DELETE button at HELLO.

My ‘JV Diet’ is my way of bringing back a bit of simplicity and focus to my own work in service to your success. That means getting back to basics and serving you as best as I can with my own insights and expertise.

That means showing up at live events in my own backyard and attending events elsewhere where you and I can meet in person.

That means getting away from the endless technology that washes my enthusiasm for the work I do right down the drain.

The essence of my business is rooted in guiding you to prepare and share your stories so you can shine in the spotlight.

I am putting my focus on listening for your stories and providing insight and inspiration to make them more compelling, memorable, and client attracting.

So, where are your areas of greatest need?

>> Getting ready to get booked as a speaker?
>> Inviting speaking gigs?
>> Sharing your own special message of championship and advocacy for a cause that calls you forward?
>> Creating a talk that converts?
>> Attracting clients?
>> Packaging your programs?
>> Making your marketing message more irresistible?
>> Filling in the missing know-how?
>> Building up your confidence to overcome fear of stepping forward?

Send me an email at Nancy@getknowngetpaid.com with your top 3 areas of greatest need.  And if you have comments about the JV Diet, please share them.

I’ll dedicate my efforts to doing my very best to share know-how, insights, and support to guide you forward in those ways.

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