Do You Have the Guts and Grit to Make Your Own Way and Create Blessings for Self and Others — Or Not?

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  • When you stand at the altar to look into the eyes of your beloved and speak the words “in sickness and health, scarcity and wealth, in the best and worst of times, til death do us part” as a 25 year old gal at the start of her adult life, it’s hard to imagine what life will serve up decades later.

She’s in the prettiest dress she’s ever worn and having a very rare and good hair day.

She’s looking into the eyes of the man she loves the most, while surrounded by family and friends and warmed by the sun and the ocean breezes blowing lightly on a perfect San Diego, California day.

What could be more perfect?

It’s funny the way life is and how it unfolds.

You have your happily ever after moment.

The photos are taken for the photo album.

(Yes.  Back in 1983, photo albums were a thing.)

And then you journey forward on the road of life together.

Make a home together.

Advance on the career ladder or find the courage to start and grow a few businesses of which some succeed and one does not.

Add a pet or two to the family.

Then, perhaps its time for the baby carriage.

If you’re a box checker, things are unfolding just as you hoped they would.

Then,  life hits the fan and you are tested in ways that you had no idea you had the strength to navigate or endure.

  • The E Coli outbreak of 1983 killed children for eating under cooked hamburgers, and your job as a marketing manager for a company that launched your career gets harder than you ever thought it could be.
  • You make a cross country move when hubby gets a great job opportunity and your company creates a job for you in the new city.
  • Post partum depression after the birth of your son lasts longer than any of us could have imagined.
  • Two home burglaries turned my world upside down within a 15 year period.
  • My husband and son earned frequent flyer points in the emergency room or the intensive care ward at the hospital.
  • Two breast cancer scares with related surgeries and procedures just about brought me to my knees.
  • The Great Recession almost takes us down, if not for finding a new gear to create something new on a dare from a friend.
  • We said goodbye to 3 parents, two cats, and two dogs.
  • I said goodbye to a dear friend from high school whose life was claimed by breast cancer, while creating an abiding memory for her and her daughter and involving my graduating class from 40 years ago in making the dream come true.
  • We join millions of others as we face a global pandemic called COVID 19.
  • In a socially distanced way, we celebrate our son’s graduation from university.

The comings, goings, and new beginnings are a big deal on their own.

When they happen all at once, that is a horse of a different color.

There is a campy movie called Dodge Ball.  It’s described as the classic story about underdogs.

One of my favorite lines from that film is this one:

  • Dodge Ball doesn’t create character.  It reveals character.

Makes me laugh every time, even through my tears when life gives me more lemons than lemonade.

When life hits the fan in minor incidents or as a domino effect during a single summer, that’s when you get tested.

That’s when you have to make decisions about how you are going to show up and make your life and work count for something because you know that tomorrow is not a promise.

It was a beautiful Bellingham evening on Sunday, June 21 of 2020.

My 23-year-old son and husband are sitting at the dining room table, preparing to enjoy the made-from-scratch Chicken Parmesan dinner I prepared to celebrate Father’s Day.

Just as the chicken was being transferred from the baking dish to the plates, the phone rings.

It’s my sister.

Without warning or any fanfare, she says our 89 year old mom has died.

Now, in addition to finishing a workbook I was on deadline to complete, lending support to my husband who was in the weeds to complete the first part of his business succession plan by July 1, and finding a way to support my son in finding a new place to live in Austin, Texas to start his PhD program for an August start date, and I am also faced with tending to this passing, remodeling Mom’s home, and selling the house.

The comings, goings, and new beginnings all at once. That’s a lot for any mere mortal to take on.

What did I do?

I called on my resilience. I called on my focus. I turned off the TV news. I got busy controlling what I could control to tend to the tasks at hand.

I decided to create blessings for others and for myself through these hardships.

What happened?

  • I staged a Buy Nothing Project open house for the neighbors who could take whatever they wanted from mom’s house before the junk removal service came to take everything else. As a result, an old worn out desk turned into a pretty pink study station for a little girl tending to her second grade lessons from home. A hand-made dress lovingly created for me is gifted to a little girl who loves it as much as I once did. An old, dated dresser got restored to have a modern day vibe. Families received essentials and furnishings and were grateful for the blessing.
  • We hired a team to remodel mom’s house so contractors needing work would have it.
  • My sister and I savored the satisfaction of turning this old shabby house that was never pretty into the house we always dreamed it could be.
  • I found a new gear to update and upgrade a workbook to be a blessing to speakers, experts, and authors who need to speak up virtually and set a course for my newly re-launched business to succeed after releasing the dream I had for the other business I started two years before.
  • I finished my workbook on time and the preview became an Amazon #1 best-seller the first week of July. The first week of September, I brought the full workbook to market to rave reviews and sales around the world.  I used the content within to create a free training that could serve thousands of speakers, experts, and authors around the world. A new website will debut by the end of the month to signal an entirely new and amazing chapter for my business.
  • We expect that mom’s house will sell by the end of the month as multiple showings have already been booked.
  • Hubby is breathing easier, biking and fishing more, while enjoying his work more than ever. We appreciate the gift of time we have to enjoy our lives together in our new home in Bellingham that we affectionately call Shangri La.

When life hits the fan, I allow for tears and upset.

Sometimes, I check into Pity Party Hotel and overstay my welcome.

Then, I shake it off, get focused, and navigate a path to better outcomes.

That often means creating something that can be a blessing for others that can also be a blessing for me and my family, too.

That’s the way I navigate my life and work — even though I might not have known this would have been my approach on that beautiful wedding day in September 33 years ago.

In the tale of two cities, Charles Dickens starts off with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

In baseball, it’s often said that it doesn’t matter about rain or shine.  You have to suit up for every game.

In real life, you figure out that you either have the guts and grit to make your own way and create blessings for yourself or others — or not.

I am the first option, and that has made all the difference.

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Day 1 – Be the Podcast Dream Guest Challenge

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All the magic starts on September 8 at 11 a.m. Pacific – Be the Podcast Dream Guest Challenge!

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Are you an overnight success that took 10 years to build?

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I’ll never forget the time I met New York Times Best Selling Author Marci Shimoff at the 2013 eWomenNetwork International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

She had just concluded an amazing keynote that was related to her book “Happy for No Reason” and welcomed a well deserved standing ovation.

As luck would have it, I found myself waiting for the same elevator she was and took the opportunity to compliment her on her remarkable message and delivery.

Ever so gracious, she thanked me.

She appeared to be a very young woman who had achieved amazing success.

I said, “My oh my. You are so young to have accomplished such magnificent things. Congratulations.”

She smiled and laughed a little bit.

Then she looked me right in the eye as she put her hand on my shoulder.

This is what she said.

“Nancy, I am an overnight success that took 10 years to build. And by the look in your eye, I can tell that you are, too.”

Then, the elevator arrived and we rode it up the tower to go our separate ways.

I have never forgotten that encounter.

The last ten years have been full of ups and downs that are associated with what it is to be an entrepreneur.

Life has served up more than my share of “challenges and opportunities” too.

And here’s the thing that has me feeling SO GOOD about the future.

  • Everything I have ever done in my work now has more RELEVANCE today than ever before.
  • I spent YEARS serving as a TOP NOTCH PUBLICIST for bank CEOs and other top leaders at Puget Sound companies.
  • I know how to MAKE A PITCH THE MEDIA CAN’T RESIST so clients get seen, heard and celebrated in the media that matter for their messages — and I can teach others to do this, too!
  • I’ve always preferred VIRTUAL SPEAKING to platform speaking. Now that preference is a taking center stage for me and all speakers who want to make their impact. PODCAST GUESTING is super hot, and I’m making the most of it for good and profit.
  • I’ve been HONING MY SKILLS as an online marketer, course creator and trainer since 2001 as I’ve served hundreds of clients around the world to get known and getting paid for their winning ways. I know what I am doing and have also learned from plenty of prior mistakes.
  • I’ve also applied my publicity, pitching, speaking, and training skills to GAIN CONFIDENCE to put my own expertise in the spotlight — even though it has always PRIOR been my inclination in the beginning to hide behind the successful people I was hired to champion through my work.
  • I GOT OVER THAT to stand in and on my own expertise and serve at a high level, while being the BEST ME I can be in all the places where I show up.
  • It’s been YEARS advancing along the path to mastery, and that’s why what Marci Shimoff said back in 2013 feels REALLY TRUE for me now.

Please, revisit and re-frame your own skills and hard won lessons along the way to serve as the FRAMEWORK and FOUNDATION for your own finest hour still to come.

If you are the get it done, make it happen kind of person you have always been, my guess is that you are ALSO an overnight success that took ten years to build and your finest hour is RIGHT NOW.

Make the most of it and let nothing stop you.

Cheering for YOU!

If you have not yet registered to participate in the Be the Podcast Dream Guest 5-Day Facebook Challenge coming up September 8, please do!

All of my best, most well-developed skills and experience is coming your way to support you in timely, relevant ways that can absolutely bring the results you desire –more leads, more connections, more clients, and more cash in your business.  The training is free, and you can upgrade to VIP to benefit from the replays and be among the first to receive your digital copy of the much heralded Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook so you can have the ease and convenience of enjoying the training now and forever.

This link makes it easy to sign up! 

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The WOW in store for the Be the Podcast Dream Guest Challenge – September 8 – 14, 2020

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Early Birds can Buy their Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbooks now, even before the official September 8 debut date

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BELLINGHAM, Wash., August 26, 2020 — Speakers, experts and authors who once relied on live, in-person events to make money have had to pivot quickly to bring their messages online because of the limitations brought on by the COVID 19 Pandemic.That’s why Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook Author and Get Known Get Paid Mentor Nancy Juetten says that now is a crucial time to update business bios, speaker sheets, and media one sheets to open doors to share their messages virtually on podcasts, Zoominars, Facebook Live interviews, and other virtual platforms.

Juetten officially releases her completely updated and upgraded workbook that offers inspiration, examples, and how-to advice to transform boring bios across multiple platforms into messages that attract connections, clients, and cash on September 8, 2020, though early birds are finding her online sales page and making their purchases already.   The workbook is also available for purchase from the Amazon Marketplace.

The full workbook includes access 11 videos, 2 audios, and additional bonus resources to guide and support speakers, experts, and authors to take the struggle out of writing about themselves online or on paper so they can get booked on podcasts, broadcasts, and other virtual venues and bring more qualified prospects their way without leaving home.

Among the bonus trainings included within this comprehensive workbook include:

  • Step by Step instructions to optimize a LinkedIn profile
  • The ABC’s of common bio blunders
  • The most important elements to include in the bio for the back of the book
  • How to make the most of the Amazon Author Central Profile to build a faucet of new leads
  • SEO, systems, press releases and your bio
  • The how and the wow of creating lead magnets that convert
  • How Nancy grew her email list by 10,000 in just under six months
  • JV mistakes even smart entrepreneurs make and what to do instead
  • How to make virtual speaking pay off, even within just 20 minutes

The full color interactive workbook is available for purchase from her website.   Buyers can choose the digital version to deliver to their inbox or upgrade at check out to have the spiral bound workbook delivered to their doorsteps in the USA.

Juetten’s goal is to provide welcome and timely support to guide a fast-growing community of virtual presenters who can take time right now to make sure all their first impression messages are on the money and magnetic to welcome the opportunities they seek.

“So often, speakers, experts, and authors write their bios and ‘set and forget them’ as they focus on other revenue generating activities. Life turns on a dime, as we’ve all discovered with COVID 19. That means the first impression messages we wrote back then may not be current or even relevant now. Those boilerplate bios about education, awards, and hobbies aren’t doing anyone any favors,” Juetten says.  “You bio should be the door opener to the something more you desire — more speaking gigs, clients, and cash.  This workbook shows you the way.”

The “about us” page on websites is among the most visited of all, and if the message doesn’t speak today’s truth and value, that could mean an opportunity lost.

Target markets change, products, programs and services change, and the way we deliver our messages change. Bios need to change, too.

Juetten released the PREVIEW for the Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook to the Amazon Kindle Store the first week of July, and it achieved Amazon #1 bestseller status in four categories, while holding its position for several weeks. It’s now available as a free gift from

Now with the release of the full-length 129-page multi-media WORKBOOK, Juetten invites speakers, experts, and authors to make their purchases and use the content to transform their boring bios from wallpaper to wow to attract clients, media interviews, and speaking gigs now.

About Amazon #1 Bestselling Author and Get Known Get Paid Mentor Nancy Juetten

Since September 8, 2009, Bye-Bye Boring Bio Workbook Author Nancy Juetten has spoken to thousands of business owners through podcasts, radio interviews, teleseminars, and workshops about how to upgrade their bios to attract connections, clients, and cash. Satisfied customers from Boston to Florida and Austria to New Zealand report reaching more clients and inviting new engagements as a result of the bios they write with Bye-Bye Boring Bio as their guide. Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 seeks to serve as the ultimate action guide for speakers, experts, and authors to attract connections, clients, and cash while sharing their messages in today’s largely VIRTUAL world. Juetten welcomes workbook reviews, podcast interviews, and invitations to speak about transforming boring bios into client attracting magnets for today’s age of virtual speaking.

Contact: Nancy S. Juetten, , 425-641-5214

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Alex Mandossian offers a case study about how his NEW business bio makes a big impact in his business

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“Nancy Juetten is the Bio Queen”

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When the value remains, long after the price is forgotten …

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When the value remains, long after the price is forgotten … THAT is when you know that you’ve invested in something that really matters to you and solves a problem that is standing in your way of living your best life and making your best impact.

Many years ago — after a breast cancer scare, the passing of both my father and my father-in-law, and some challenges with postpartum depression — my husband said, “You need to take time out and feel better. Let’s see where you can go to get rest, reflect and find some peace about all of this.”

We booked a stay for me at a very special resort spa.

At the time, it was a lot of money we didn’t have, but continuing along this very troubled path for a moment longer wasn’t serving us or our young family either.

All these many years later, I remember every moment of that very special trip.

I can’t remember what we invested to make it happen.

It doesn’t matter because it was just the medicine I needed to find a new perspective and a new gear to finally step up and show up in a whole new way for my family and for my clients. It was a game changer for me.

>>What if every product, program or service we brought to market to serve our ideal clients was packed with so much value that the price would soon be forgotten for the great results it delivered?

That’s a big idea.

I could not be more proud of the Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook.

So much value packed within … it’s the ultimate resource for speakers, experts, and authors who want their business bios to open new doors to podcasts, broadcasts,and other virtual platforms to raise their voices and make their best impact. Click here to read all about it and make your purchase.

The official launch is September 8, 2020, but why not share it just a little bit early with loyal readers of the blog like YOU?

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Need a better business bio to open the door to podcast guest spots and more? This interview streams at 4 p.m. Pacific TODAY

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Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook Debuts Officially on September 8, 2020, and Here’s Why

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You may be wondering why September 8 is the official launch day for the Bye-Bye Boring Bio 2020 Workbook and the Be the Podcast Dream Guest Challenge.

We all have mentors who have shown us the way to becoming who we are.

It should come as no surprise that Oprah Winfrey is one of my favorite mentors for so many reasons.

What day did she launch her talk show?

September 8, 1986.

Another of my favorite fictional role models was the character played by Mary Tyler Moore in the 1970’s show by the same name.

She turned the world on with her smile, tossed her hat in the air to inspire millions more to do the same, and she was a gal making it on her own in Minneapolis, giving young girls inspiration that they could, too.

Growing up in a household with only one parent who worked (and not very often because he was an actor who was auditioning a lot more than he was working), I was inspired.

I wanted to be able to control my own destiny and drive my own life forward, with or without a man by my side.

Oprah was a huge fan of Mary Tyler Moore, too.

Her show debuted September 8, 1970

When it was time to release the first and second editions of the Bye-Bye Boring Bio Workbook, guess what date I chose?

September 8, 2009 and September 8, 2010.

The release of both editions of the workbook in the aftermath of Great Recession put my name on the map in a big way as the Business Bio Expert.

That expertise helped me create a whole new business based on that expertise supporting speakers, experts, and authors to make their bios brilliant for client attraction and guiding them to take other inspired actions to get known and get paid.

At a time when paying the mortgage was a challenge, I’ve been so grateful that those early workbooks met a marketplace need, while allowing me to keep the house, send my son to college, and create a good life with my husband.

Readers of the earlier versions of my workbook still write to me to say what an impact they made.

Creating products of lasting value is important to me.

So much has changed since 2010 that it was time to UPDATE AND UPGRADE Bye-Bye Boring Bio for 2020 to be even more relevant in this daunting time when virtual speaking is more the norm than the exception.

This workbook has received advance praise from many luminaries in the podcasting, speaking, social media, and coaching space.

The PREVIEW for the workbook debuted as an Amazon #1 bestseller in four categories in July and held that position for almost two weeks.

I know I have a winning resource to share with loyal fans of my work and NEW fans who will soon discover me and my work.

That’s why I am counting the days to September 8 for a grand celebration that will start with the first day of the Be the Podcast Dream Guest Challenge.

Magic always unfolds on September 8 for one and all.

I can’t wait and my fondest hope is that you’ll be participating with me to get every last bit of lasting value I have to share.

Anything less is simply not good enough.

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