12 People Who Have Made a Difference in My Business So Far– Who Makes Your List?

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A client and new friend, Shari Swoish, and I were speaking last week.  She mentioned that “Make a Difference Day” is coming up on October 22.   This is a day when we celebrate those who are making a difference to make the world a better place.   As Shari and I were speaking, a juicy idea came to me.  What if we all made a list of the 12 people who have made a big difference in our lives or businesses so we can show up at our best and send out the love?

Wouldn’t that be a great gift to share with the world?   So if you like this idea, make your list and share YOUR list via your blog, social media, ezine, and other ways you share your influence with the world.  It’s a gift we can share to express gratitude, and all kinds of great things flow from gratitude. I’ll start.

  1. Henry DeVries, New Client Marketing Institute – In 1985, I enrolled in an “Introduction to Public Relations Writing” course that Henry was teaching as UC San Diego Extension.  His encouraging words about a press release I wrote about the sex habits of the Komodo Dragons at the San Diego Zoo started me on the path to a career in the field that has been rewarding in ways too numerous to measure.   He was the coach I hired in 2001 to bring my very new business to the six-figure level.  Today, we are friends, colleagues, and co-collaborators.
  2. Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound -- In 2006, Joan explained to me how affiliate programs work, and she signed up to become my first one.  Within days, the publicity tips booklets I created earned fans around the nation, thanks to her influence.  She’s been a mentor, a colleague, and a friend since then.
  3. Susan Harrow, PR Secrets — In 2008, Susan was hosting a mega sale of some of the best information products in the world to help aspiring experts get known.  I was early along my journey and not especially well known for my expertise at that time.  Boldly, I asked Susan if she would consider including my content in her big event.  After thinking it over and considering my heart-felt appeal, she said YES.  It was the beginning of several great collaborations, including me hosting Susan for a big event in Seattle that opened up a new audience of fans for her work.
  4. Liz Goodgold, Red Fire Branding — Liz is the best prepared, most energetic, fun-to-work-with event partner I’ve worked with since I opened the doors to my business in 2001.  We met in February of this year, and that was a game changer for us both.
  5. Patricia Fripp, Patricia Fripp Speaking School — What Patricia Fripp did to upgrade my speaking skills in one weekend is nothing short of remarkable.   She gave me straight talk, tough love, and encouragement during that important weekend, and today she is a fan and advocate of my work.
  6. Drew Gerber, Michelle Tennant, Shannon Nicholson, Wasabi Publicity– In 2009, Michelle interviewed me for one of Wasabi Publicity’s popular Happy Hours.  It was my first time sharing a new talk about transforming boring bios from wallpaper to wow.  Listeners loved it, and I have since been engaged to share this popular talk by webinar, teleseminar, and live by scores or quality internet experts and professional organizations.
  7. Nancy Marmolejo, Viva Visibility — Nancy hosted a powerful event called I Heart My Biz last November and invited me to be a sponsor.  She knows how to produce “rock star” events that change lives — including mine.  The mindset shift she helped me make to stand in an on my value during that three-day event in Anaheim has been profound and powerful in my business and my life.
  8. George Kao, Online Marketing Training with George Kao — George Kao is known for teaching people to make the most of social media in just 15 minutes a day.  He also is someone who does an amazing job teaching people through the impact of webinars.   He has modeled his approach so I can embrace it in my own business.  He has also been  generous in guiding me to up my own game in social media as he’s advocated for how I serve to his extensive and very loyal community.  George, thank you.
  9. James Roche, Roche Marketing — Last year, I wanted to get really serious about turbo charging the information products aspect of my publicity tools and training company.   Over a series of nine 45-minute telephone sessions in 2010, James helped me get my game on in a much smarter and bigger way.
  10. Robert Middleton, Action Plan Marketing — A couple of years ago, Robert posted a question on a social network called Biznik to hear from someone who could change his mind about the value of publicity.  I responded in a thoughtful way.  That opened the door for Robert and me to have a phone conversation that led to me sharing my expertise with his Action Plan Marketing Club members.   Then, Robert invited me to attend a weekend event for collaboration at which I was introduced to some amazing new friends and co-collaborators who have since been influential in helping me to grow my influence and impact in a big way.
  11. Bill Baren, Bill Baren Coaching — Bill Baren was among the fabulous folks I met at Robert Middleton’s weekend event for collaboration.   He and I hit it off, and he invited me to attend a similar gathering at which I was introduced to a remarkable group of inspired business owners up to big things.  Since then, I’ve graduated from his Master of Enrollment program, served among the experts who contributed to his “Know Like Trust” Telesummit to share my “Rock Star Readiness” expertise,  and  signed on among the “movers and shakers” who are part of his Big Shift Coaching Experience.   What I appreciate most about Bill  — aside from his expertise, heart, and smarts — is that he was the first to see a vision for a bigger dream for me and my business beyond what I could see for myself.  And, he has helped me see it so that I can take smart action to bring that vision to life.
  12. Steve Juetten, Juetten Personal  Financial Planning — and my husband of almost 24 years — It’s a roller coaster ride of opportunity and challenge to start, grow, and reinvent a business over a window of 11 years.  My husband Steve has believed in me since we met in 1983.  His encouragement, love, and friendship are priceless beyond measure.

So, there you have it.  The 12 people who have made the most profound difference in my business so far.  If you are inspired by this post, create your own list of 12 and share it with the world between now and October 22, 2011 — which is the official date of Make a Difference Day.   It’s a great exercise that will mean something to the people you celebrate as you look forward to wonderful collaborations and successes still to come for all.

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Champ the Cockapoo Pup Joins the Juetten’s, Giving Us Joyful Reason to Celebrate

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Here is a photo of Champ, the newest member of the Juetten family.  We adopted him on Friday, September 2, 2011, and we couldn’t be happier.  Thanks to those of you who shared cards, gifts, phone calls, and encouragement as we mourned the passing of our golden retriever Shadow.  We now are remembering him as we create new memories with our new bundle of happiness.

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3-Pay Option for Bio and Branding Wow Now Tele Boot Camp Expires Tonight

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You know, something occurred to me after receiving two heart-felt emails from business owners who are struggling with their bio and brand AND their budgets.  They really want to enroll in the Bio and Branding Wow Now Tele Boot Camp, but they need some help with their budget.  It pains me that there are people who really need this who feel like they can’t make the numbers work.  I was brainstorming with some people today about how to remove any obstacles for you, and here is what we came up with.

Go ahead and enroll today because I have created a 3-Pay plan so you can spread out your payments over three months.  I’ve tried to make our program more accessible to you.

www.tinyurl.com/wownow3pay

And here is the best part.  When you show up for the teleclasses, receive our support, and enjoy the personal feedback that is a hallmark of our program, you will be well set to attract clients, attention, and opportunities within 21 days or less.  That grace will open a world of opportunity for you that will make this a whole lot easier to say YES to, knowing that attracting the right clients going forward will also be much easier.

The main thing is this.  I really want you to know that I am committed to doing everything I can so we can work together to bring you to the bio and branding wow that will make your work ten times more attractive and inviting for your ideal clients.  So too is Liz Goodgold.

So with that said, here is the link to enroll now:

www.tinyurl.com/wownow3pay

Is your “Easy” button nearby?  I hope you are smiling now.

We’ve got some great work to do. I can’t wait to learn more about what makes you special and well worthy of celebration by your clients.

If you’d rather make one payment, here is the link to do that.

This is my final reminder that today is the last day to enroll at Early Bird Pricing and to take advantage of the 3-pay option I created to support more people in their important work in the world.  Join us.  You’ll love it.

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Changes are Coming Here — Authentic Visibility and So Much More

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This is the year I am making a big shift in my business, playing a bigger game, and working to my full potential.  That is why, over the next few weeks and months, you’ll be seeing some changes here at the blog.

1)  I’ll be changing the brand message and imagery to focus on the timely and essential theme of Authentic Visibility.  Even my email address has changed.  You can now send me email at nancy@AuthenticVisibility.com.  Please do!

2)  You’ll read more posts that relate to the ultimate result that matters most to you, which is to Prosper Now.

3)  I’ll be debuting new virtual workshops and services to guide you to Prepare Your Story and Broadcast Your Brilliance in systematic ways that deliver the WOW you need to stand out and shine as you attract clients, speaking gigs, and media interviews now.

Why the Changes?

  • Well, I’ve been listening very closely to my clients and readers.  I’ve been getting in touch with the aspects of my work that truly light me up and cause me to jump out of bed and into great work every day.  And I’ve been getting some great support to guide me to a higher mission of service.   It feels really great to have found a new groove to serve in a bolder way.
  • I think my biggest wake up call happened in April.  Since 2001, I have had it in my mind that I am the “backyard gal” to help people share their messages in their own hometowns.   I was operating under the notion that my business was mostly in MY own backyard, too.   My husband Steve Juetten, a financial planner, shared some news with me after the first quarter.  He said, “I hate to break it to you Nancy, but you aren’t a backyard gal anymore.  Over 90% of your product sales come from outside of your home state.”  With all my emphasis on the storytelling and the words, and I hadn’t realized how far and beyond my own reach had grown.

As I move ahead, I’ll share more of these kinds of posts that let you in on my own journey of growth, my own “aha” moments along the way, and some of the lessons I’ve learned to show up and speak my own truth.   It’s a little scary.  But I am stepping forward to truly SHOW UP nevertheless.

What I know is that my best clients are on a similar journey.   We are all trying to make an impact, be remembered, and attract more of the right attention, clients, and prosperity to fuel our best work and our best lives.   This blog will speak to that journey, including the pitfalls and the pearls of wisdom collected along the way.  You’ll get more of those kinds of posts because that is where the real juice is anyway.

As always, I am listening.  I want to hear from you.   Please connect here, share a comment, ask a question, and let’s continue the conversation as we all do our best to truly show up, stand out, and shine.  Why wait another moment longer?  We’ve got important work to do in the world.  Let’s start today.

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The Flag is Up to Apply for 3 Bio and Branding Wow Now Scholarships — 200 Word Essays Due 7-8-11

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If you are a professional service provider, speaker, author, or coach who is serious about attracting more perfect clients now, pay close attention to this message because there is definitely something of value in it for you and your growing business.  My partner and Red Fire Branding Guru Liz Goodgold and I are joining forces a second time for our Bring in the Dough: 5 Weeks to a Better Brand, Bio, and Business Tele Boot Camp that starts on Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. and continues through Wed., August 24, 2011. This tele boot camp will guide you step by step to both speak about and write about your business to capture attention, attract clients, and more.  There will be plenty of personal attention paid to each guest during this program so you can set aside your messaging struggles and truly step up, stand out, and show up at your best to attract the results you seek in your business.

Since we are committed to making a difference for others, we will be awarding three scholarships for deserving professional service providers, coaches, authors, and speakers who submit their 200-word essays for consideration to nancy@nsjmktg.com in time for the July 8, 2011 submission deadline. To apply for a scholarship tell us WHY you are the worthy candidate to benefit from this Tele-Boot-Camp experience valued at $497 and HOW you will use the opportunity to propel you forward in your business or your life.  Send us 200 words or less, please!  Liz and I will review all the applications and choose the three most compelling storytellers as winners to  join us for this course which starts on July 27 at 11 a.m. PST.

We will announce the winners via blog post, ezine, eblast, and Facebook, so take note. The volume of entries prevents us from replying to each candidate personally.

And, if you have not yet registered for our July 11 free teleclass that will showcase specific tips you can apply right away to boost your business now with a magnetic personal brand and story, here is the link to make that easy.   

And, if you were on the call last time and just want to enroll right now, you can do that, too.  There are plenty of testimonials posted to showcase the value we are bringing, and that makes Liz and I so proud!   Here is that link.

Both Liz and are can hardly contain our enthusiasm about this program and the impact it will have for your business.  So if earning a scholarship to benefit is a priority, we can’t wait to hear YOUR story when you submit it for scholarship consideration by July 8, 2011 at 5 p.m.  PST.  And we can’t wait for the real work to begin starting July 27!

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This Know-Like-Trust Audio Interview with Me and Bill Baren is Yours to Enjoy and Share

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Have you ever set an intention for something big to happen in your business and have it happen in real time, right then and there?   In December of 2010, my husband Steve Juetten and I were sharing a festive holiday lunch to reflect back on the year and look ahead to the New Year.

He asked me what I most wanted to happen in my business.  I said, “I want someone like Bill Baren to invite me to share my content with his extended community.  He is the kind of expert, tribe leader, and success influencer who has the magic to bring my expertise and offerings to the perfect potential business owners to benefit.”

As the waiter was bringing us coffee and dessert, I took a quick look at my phone to check messages.  At that very moment, I had received an invitation from Bill Baren’s organization to contribute to his Know-Like-Trust Factor Online Event.

Right then and there, I burst into tears of joy.  Not long after that, Bill interviewed me.   This conversation was probably the best interview I’ve given to date.  As a direct result, blog traffic grew by four times the typical volume, new ezine subscribers opted in by the hundreds, and ‘thank you’ emails and Twitter and Facebook love immediately followed.   (Sales came in, too!)

I share this story because it proves that if you give voice to what you want to happen, the Universe does provide.

This interview about the Rock Star Status Reality Check is one that is packed with content, quality examples, great stories that are steeped in authenticity and value to anyone who wants to tell a better story now.

The ultimate results I want for you are to be seen, heard, celebrated and compensated for your expertise.   If you follow the guidance generously shared via this audio file, you will get what you want.   Listen in, enjoy, and share with others who can benefit: kltwithnancyjuetten.

If you have comment or success story to share about how these tips have worked to your advantage, please share!

Bill Baren, thank you so much for this opportunity.    You’ve opened a world of new opportunity for me to serve, and am so grateful.  Can’t wait to see you at the end of the month at the Big Shift Experience!

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Happy New Year!

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Here’s to happiness, health, and wealth for each and every one of us!

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The Flag is Up on the Dec. 10 Publici-Tea and Book Publishing Summit; Free to Attend, Park, and Enjoy

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With 2010 fast coming to a close, I know I am not the only one who is saying, “Hurray.”   How about saying a fond farewell to 2010 by joining with me and my good friend and colleague Patrick Snow at a special and FREE event we have planned for December 10.  It’s free to attend, free to park, and free to enjoy.  What a concept!

It’s the Second Annual Publici-Tea™  and Book Publishing Summit at Seattle Design Center.  We’ll be talking about how to prepare and share your stories so you can start the new year ready for the media spotlight and to attract the clients and speaking gigs you crave.  Best of all, there will be plenty of free time before and after the two content-rich presentations to network, enjoy, reflect on this year and share plans for what 2011 will bring.  And, if you are in the mood to deck the halls, you can linger and shop at Seattle Design Center for treasures that will make your home stand out and shine at holiday time and every day.

You can register at this link. All we ask is that you bring a camp item to donate to Rise ‘N Shine to make summer camp in 2011 even more safe and fun for kids whose lives are touched by HIV and AIDS.  Flashlights, bandaids, suntan lotion, marshmallows, backpacks, and other items are gladly welcomed, and all are tax deductible donations.

Since 1988, Rise n’ Shine, has been providing emotional support programs, stability, advocacy, and AIDS education for children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS. This includes children and teens who have been orphaned by the disease, children and teens who live with a parent or other close family member with HIV/AIDS, and those who are infected themselves.

Special thanks to the quality organizations who are joining with Patrick and I to spread the good news about what we have brewing for you on December 10,  including Seattle Design Center, the Puget Sound Business Journal, SpeakerPublisher, The Alternative Board (TAB), and Win the Click. Together, we are going to invite the most amazing group of business owners to enjoy this event, and I can’t wait.

We have room to welcome 130 amazing guests.  Please be among them.  Register here to claim your place.

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The Best Three Commenters to Share on This Blog Win FREE Tickets the Dream It! Launch It! Live It! Global Conference in Seattle Nov. 8 and 9

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If you want to attend the November 8 and 9 Dream It! Launch It! Live It! Global Conference for the Ladies Who Launch in Seattle, today is a lucky day for the best three people to post comments to this blog.

Tell me why you want to attend. Put your heart into it. I’ll choose the three winners based on the thoughtfulness of their comments. You must post by midnight PST on Wednesday, October 27, you win a ticket to attend as my VIP guest.

By the way, I’ll be speaking on Monday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. My presentation is titled, “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Making a Living with Information Products:  Real Life Versus the Fairy Tale.”

If you’ve been wondering if creating information products is the right strategy to pursue as you build your business, you won’t want to miss this session. Event guests can ask me just about anything, and I promise to share what I know.

And, I will have just returned from Ali Brown’s SHINE – Discover Your True Wealth conference taking place November 2-4 in Las Vegas, so I’ll be armed with the latest best practices to share, along with my own hard-won lessons along my own journey to achieve success as an infopreneur.

So, who wants to join me? Post your comments here by tomorrow at midnight. The three comments that get to the heart of this matter will win VIP tickets. Winners are responsible for their own transportation to the Seattle Hilton and their own accommodations.

Ready? Set? Post!

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Done for You Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to the five lucky winners of the Extreme Bio Makeover as a result of the Done for You Giveaway Sweepstakes of the Century:

– Charlotte Marshall, Aim Higher Coaching
– Victoria Cook, The Guilt Free Coach
– Sharon Day, Miabella Design Group
– Erika Kalmar, Career Wellness Coach
– Dawn Martinello, Monday Morning VA

I am looking forward to working with all the winners.

Since the contest launched May 17, 2010, 798 people entered to win the Extreme Bio Makeovers.  That tells me that there are a lot of people who are fed up with their boring bios, fired up and ready to do something about them.

If the timing is right to get into action now, you know it. If the  Done for You approach resonates for you, get in touch to schedule YOUR Extreme Bio Makeover today.  If you love to do things yourself, treat yourself to the Bye-Bye Boring Bio Action Guide.   Either way, you get what you need, and you’ll be beaming with pride as you invite more clients, more media attention, or both to your business.

Speaking of which, I received this wonderful email today from a Bye-Bye Boring Action Guide customer that makes me beam with pride.

Hi Nancy,

…  One thing I’d like to say is that your book is helping me to not only change the way I think about presenting myself in my bio but also in all of our marketing and PR materials. My husband and I own Red Paper Clip , and we find that it’s easy to write about other people’s businesses with fun, funky copy that takes them from being just another price point to consider to being a business that people are STOKED to work with. However, it’s much more difficult to do that for yourself…

Your book was recommended to us by Tad Hargrave, who Red Paper Clip hired for a one-on-one marketing session over the weekend. Tad is absolutely awesome, and when he recommends something, we trust him. However, when I visited your website, I checked out some of the other people who had given you testimonials, just to see what their bios look like and how the book has worked for them. One stood out in particular, and that was Kelly Watson of One Woman Marketing. I clicked on the link to her website, and was really impressed by what I saw. So, Tad gave us the referral to you, and Kelly helped seal the deal. I bought the book immediately.

I’m already on a roll with my bio, and once I’m finished, I would be happy to send it to you along with a testimonial for you to share on your website. And, if (or, as is more likely the case, when) we ever need a one-on-one PR session, I’ll know who to call.

Thanks a bunch!

Geneve Champoux, Partner
Red Paper Clip

Thank you Geneve!  And thank you to the Done for You Giveaway Sweepstakes  organizers for creating an engaging event that delivered so much value for all.

Authentic Visibility Tip of the Day:

Whether you like to do things yourself or have them done for you, just DO something to get what you need.  Nothing happens without action.

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