Last week, I sent an email with details about my awesome new 12-week group business coaching program, Successfully Self Employed Semester. Some of you took quick action and registered. Welcome!

Many of you emailed, called or connected with me on Facebook to ask questions and let me know that you are seriously considering joining us. Thanks for your interest!

A lot of people are asking for more time to consider the program, but still benefit from the Early Bird Rate. I know a lot of you are on vacation these last few weeks of summer, or dealing with kids going back to school and off to college.

early_bird_extendedWell, I have a nice surprise for you!

I’m extending the early bird rate for a week until Monday, August 26th. As this program is geared towards newer entrepreneurs, I want keep the program affordable so that you can get access to the help you need and crave. The early bird investment is just $697 for the entire 12-week program. (And there’s even a 2-payment option to spread things out a bit if that helps).

Who Is the Perfect Candidate for this Group Coaching Program?

  • Those that learn well in a group environment. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other, and share challenges and solutions with the group. All calls will be open line and you will be able to ask questions and get coaching on the spot!
  • Those that are on a budget and cannot afford one-on-one coaching services. Many of you have expressed interest in accessing my private coaching, but couldn’t invest at that level. This is the perfect answer for you! You get me for 12 weeks in a small intimate group setting!
  • Those that crave structure in order to reach their business goals. There is a robust curriculum that we will follow which is great content. But we will also have a lot of fun, and go off syllabus when we need to!
  • Those that benefit from an accountability aspect. You have the opportunity to report your progress each week, as well as have access to me and other participants on our private Facebook group.

Join us. It’s going to be a great “semester!”

business_buildingHave you seen my new 12-week group coaching program for business owners called the Successfully Self Employed Semester? It’s a powerful program offered at a fraction of the cost of doing private business coaching with me.

Join me, and a small group of like-minded, dedicated business owners (or budding business owners!), for a 12-week teleclass-based training program designed to focus on your business growth and success.

Here’s an overview of the program details:

Dates: Thursday evenings, September 5 to November 21 (we finish before Thanksgiving!)
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Length of Program: The program extends over three-months allowing you time to learn, engage the materials, implement, test out your knowledge, and make your learning last far beyond the end of the semester.
Includes: Master Classes and Open Q&A Calls, MP3 recordings of all classes/calls, handouts/checklists/templates, a private Facebook group for all of us to communicate, plus two bonus audio programs as soon as you register to get you started and motivated!
Topics covered: Business ownership, business identity and branding, legal issues, marketing, networking and public relations, the sales process, pricing/packages and money issues, and business operations.
Flexibility & Accessibility: The program is offered entirely via phone and the internet, so no matter where you live this program is flexible and accessible to you! Plus, if you can’t make a live class, you can always listen to the MP3 recording, which will be posted the day after every class/call.
Affordability: Many newer business owners need help in the first few years, but can’t afford to get it. I’ve kept the program affordable so that you can get access to the help you need and crave. Offering this program in a group setting, and using technology to deliver it, is what allows me to keep the price at this level.
Investment: Early Bird Special = $697 if you register by August 19th (with a 2-pay option of $348.50 in two equal installments if you need to space the investment out)

This group program provides you the opportunity to:

  • Focus on your business’ growth and success
  • Hear about important lessons learned
  • Offer support to your fellow students
  • Be accountable as you implement the program curriculum
  • Participate in focused discussions on topics that are pertinent to your business
  • Take advantage of an opportunity to ask specific questions that will help you grow your business

Click here to watch a video I created with details about this exciting program!

If you are interested in having your very own business coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with me, this affordable program is the answer. Remember, the early bird rate of $697 ends on August 19th. Don’t miss out on that $100 savings!

I’d love to spend three-months with you this semester. And I can’t wait to connect with you in the private Facebook group!


PS
– This course is not for the intermediate or advanced business owner. If you are looking for a more advanced program, check out the PowerUp Mastermind Program, which is a 6-month offering for experienced entrepreneurs starting in January 2014. To get on the Priority List for PowerUp, email .

PPS – If you think friends, clients or colleagues may be interested in this program or any other LMG University program offered in the future, be sure to sign up for our affiliate program. You can earn a 20% commission just for referring others that register! https://www.lisamontanaro.com/affiliate/

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Are you a newer entrepreneur or want to start your own business? If so, check out my new 12-week business coaching/training program, The Successfully Self Employed Semester. I developed this program to help newer business owners get through the first 1-5 years and thrive with the right business guidance, information, planning, support and mindset.

The course starts on September 5, 2013, and is a teleclass-based group coaching & training program. Topics covered include business identity and branding, legal structure and issues, marketing, networking and public relations, sales, pricing and money issues, and operations.

Visit the program page for all of the details and to register: https://www.lisamontanaro.com/lmg-university/sses

I am so excited to officially launch LMG University (LMGU)! To give you an overview, I created a brief welcome video explaining more.


LMG University is proud to offer its inaugural freshman offering for newer entrepreneurs, which is a 12-week virtual semester consisting of a comprehensive business group training program – the Successfully Self-Employed Semester with Lisa.

Covering all of the nuts and bolts from A to Z of running a business, this program is a comprehensive business training course for the newer entrepreneur. Take a look here.

entrpreneurial_curseAre you a newer entrepreneur and notice that owning a business is harder than you thought it would be? Whether you are an existing business owner or thinking of starting a business, you may have noticed that being an entrepreneur is both rewarding and frustrating.

Why? The answer is the Entrepreneurial Curse!

What’s the Entrepreneurial Curse?

I’ll let you in on a little secret… it’s two sides of the same coin: The greatest thing about owning your own business is that you are your own boss. At the same time, the hardest thing about owning your own business is . . . you are your own boss! In order to avoid this curse, learning exactly what it takes to be a successful business owner is key — which “hats” you wear best, and how to juggle all of the demands of entrepreneurship and still thrive.

I’d love to share some core business principles with you based on my own business success, and that of the entrepreneurial clients I have been privileged to work with as a business consultant/trainer.

yeaJoin me for this enlightening (and complimentary!) teleclass where we will discuss what it takes to be a successful business owner and how to avoid (and overcome!) the “Entrepreneurial Curse.” I want you to be able to enjoy the freedom, flexibility and profitability that business ownership brings without getting caught in the trap of wearing all of the hats at the same time, and failing to excel at any one of them.

This teleclass is open to all business owners, but is especially targeted at the newer entrepreneur in the first few years of business, or emerging entrepreneurs that are hoping to make their dream of owning a business a reality.

I’d love you to join me for a Complimentary Teleclass to guide Newer Business Owners!

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Time: 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific

Click here to sign up!

Want to become a speaker or hone your speaking skills? Have to give a presentation and need help writing and organizing it, or coaching on how to present it?

Lisa-speakingMany of my clients come to me because they want to add revenue to their business and find ways to increase their visibility. Speaking – and getting paid to do it – is one of the top strategies I recommend when working with my business/entrepreneur clients.

Even my clients that work for a corporation or organization often come to me for speaking training and coaching, as they too need to hone those ever-important speaking skills.

I recently had the pleasure of presenting Creating and Delivering Killer Presentations at the NAPO Conference, which was a fabulous event. It inspired me to offer you a special package to help you get on the stage more often, or perhaps for the first time. Whether you’re an emerging speaker just starting out, or an established speaker in need of a refresh or that wants to try out new material, the power of an intensive one-on-one coaching session, solely focused on your speaking, is hard to match.

We can laser focus on your speaking — from creating content to delivery.

Here’s what we can focus on:

Speech Writing/Preparation

Why stare at a blank screen paralyzed by fear when you can have me on your writing team? We can co-create a presentation that you will not only be proud of, but will come across as if you wrote it yourself — only better! I can draft speeches from scratch, or wordsmith and polish your rough draft.

Speaker Training/Coaching

Have you been asked to give a presentation and are scared to death, don’t know where to start, or are overwhelmed with how to pull it off? Fear no more! I offer coaching and training for aspiring speakers, as well as speakers with experience that want to “up their game” and knock it out of the park! Drawing upon my background as a performer and professional speaker, I will coach the speaker out of you so that you can ace your speaking engagement with confidence.

Marketing Yourself as a Speaker

I can help you get clear on what you need to say and do to market and position your speaking services effectively. It makes the difference between a disjointed image and scattered to-do list – with the income and cash flow roller coaster to match – and being a speaker who has it all together and is booked solid, commanding top rates and turning down opportunities that don’t fit.

BONUS!

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To kick start your speaking, when you sign up for one of the options below by August 31st, you’ll get my Stand & Deliver: Dynamic Presentation audio program. Get a head start on our session by discovering tips to improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles, inspire and motivate participants, and exude confidence and enthusiasm, while establishing credibility.

Take Action

If you want to work on your speaking skills, there are several options.

strategy_session1) You can book a Strategy Session, which gives us 75 solid targeted minutes to work on your speaking. If you are ready to dive in, click here to book a session.

2) If you want or need more intense speaking training/coaching, we can book a half day VIP Intensive, which gives us 3 hours to work on your speaking and really make significant progress. Or we can really go for it, and devote a full solid 6 hours (with a break of course!) to your speaking with a full day VIP Intensive. We can do our VIP Intensive in person in my area (or in your area if I am traveling near you soon), or virtually by Skype. Click here to book a VIP Intensive.

3) If you think you want to spend several months working on your speaking, consider a long-term Platinum Coaching package of 3, 6 or 12 months. If you are interested in this option, let’s set up a Discovery Call to see what is the best match to improve your speaking skills, draft or improve your presentations, and/or market you as speaker.

melindaemersonJoin me on May 29th at 8pm EST as I am interviewed by Melinda Emerson in her Small Biz Chat Twitter Show. We’ll be discussing one of my favorite topics, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Law: Using the Law as a Protective Shield for Your Business.”

We’ll talk about issues that every business owner needs to be aware of such as:

  • The reality of lawsuits for the small business owner.
  • What a small business owner can do to create a shield through business structure.
  • Written agreements
  • What small business owners should do to protect themselves when hiring or retaining help.
  • Investing in business owner’s insurance.
  • Classifying team members in your business as employees or independent contractors.
  • Handling funds.
  • Protecting your intellectual property.
  • And how an attorney – and other resources can help you protect your business.

You can participate in #SmallBizChat: http://bit.ly/S797e; try our prepared @Tweetgrid and join us at 8pm ET on May 29th http://bit.ly/SBChat181

 

increase_successEntrepreneurs of all kinds,

Are you Ready to… 

…kick your business into high gear?

…create the business model you’ve been striving for?

…stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?

…charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?

If you answered YES, then you cannot miss this!

Join me on June 25th at the Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp

business_bootcampHosted and Sponsored by NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter in Philadelphia, PA. 

I will also be offering 2 -hour laser VIP Intensives the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 25th, and all day Wednesday, June 26th, for those who want more personalized attention and a targeted business butt-kicking!

What do you get when you combine an attorney, mediator, trainer of entrepreneurs, business coach to organizers and other entrepreneurs, and an owner of a successful organizing business? You get a Kick-Butt Presenter that you can’t miss!!

During this bootcamp, you will:

  • Go through an in-depth business building assessment to get really clear on what’s going on in your business and where YOU need to be putting your attention.
  • Make some powerful mindset shifts that will have you think and act like a 6-figure business owner.
  • Leave knowing exactly what to do, with a clear plan to take YOUR business to the next level.

Topics include: Define Success/Your Role in Your Business, Passion/Unique Areas of Brilliance, Marketing/Unique Selling Proposition, Ideal Client/Target Market, Multiple Streams of Income/Leverage, Outsourcing/Delegating, Accountability Checks/Tools, Business Systems/Operations Manual.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for years, join us for some invaluable expertise for your business!

Bootcamp Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2012
  • Time: 9 am – 1 pm
    Lunch and Networking Hour from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Host and Sponsor: NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • Location: Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
    9000 Bartram Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19153
    215-365-4500
  • Bootcamp Registration Cost:
    General Admission = $129
    NAPO Members = $89
    NAPO-GPC Members = $49
  • Registration closes on Friday, June 21st.
    Space is limited to 60 attendees.
    First come, first served!

See all of the details and register here.

SPECIAL OFFER! Add on Private Coaching with Me:

Additionally, I will be offering one-on-one, targeted 2-hour private coaching sessions after the bootcamp ends to assist you in applying everything you learned in a focused way to YOUR business. My process with clients is like a laser beam to help you blast through issues holding you back, come up with a solid plan, and give you the tools to implement, so you know that in 2 hours, you can experience a huge shift.

Discounted Coaching Cost for Attendees

$300 for a 2-hour, private session (regular rate = $400)

Coaching Times

Tuesday, June 25th

  • 3:00-5:00pm – Coaching Session 1
  • 5:30-7:30pm – Coaching Session 2

Wednesday, June 26th

  • 9:00-11:00am – Coaching Session 3
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Coaching Session 4
  • 2:30-4:30pm – Coaching Session 5

Please register for the Coaching separately. You will be sent an email with a link to my Time Trade calendar to choose your live session! There are only 5 live session spots — so first come, first served.

Can’t make any of the live slots? Don’t fret! If you are a Bootcamp participant, you can do your coaching virtually by phone or Skype with me after the event, and still get the special rate. Just register now, and then you and I will choose a mutually convenient date and time to do your session.

See all of the details, and register for the Bootcamp and Coaching here.

Lisa_and_Monica-NAPO-3I just got back from co-presenting a pre-conference session at the 2013 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in New Orleans. My fabulous co-presenter was Monica Ricci. We had a blast presenting the workshop, “Speak Up! Crafting and Delivering Killer Presentations.” There were about 36 attendees, and the workshop was 4 hours long. And the workshop was a real hit, thankfully, but that’s not the main point here. What is the main point is the story behind the workshop and how it came about.

Monica served as Moderator of the popular Ask the Organizer Panel at the NAPO Conference for years. 10 years to be exact. In 2010, I had the distinct honor of serving as a panelist under Monica’s moderation. I was smitten. Okay, that may sound strange, but when I meet someone who is a great presenter, a smarty pants, has a killer sense of humor, and a great sense of style, I take notice. So, we became buddies. Little did we know what the future would hold.

The following year in 2011, I was selected to be the Moderator of the first-ever Golden Circle Ask the Organizer Panel, which was made up of organizers that were Golden Circle members, but would be presented in front of all conference attendees. Monica stayed in her role as Moderator of the traditional Ask the Organizer Panel. And so we worked side by side, taking photos together, sharing ideas and notes about our respective panels, and enjoying our roles.

Lisa_and_MonicaIn 2012, we both served as Moderators again, but this time both panels would have pre-submitted questions, which was never the case in the past for Monica’s panels. So we worked even more closely together as my Golden Circle Panel functioned by having pre-submitted questions only. Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks when the “old dog” (you know what I mean… not talking age here folks!) is a pro. Monica knocked the panel out of the park even with pre-submitted questions and was able to go out with a bang as that was her last year serving as moderator. I had one more year left to my 3-year term as Moderator.

My good friend and colleague, Andrea Bowser, was hanging out with Monica and I in 2012 and commented to me afterwards how it was too bad we would no longer both be serving as Moderators. She suggested how cool it would be if Monica and I teamed up to co-present something together at the conference in the future. Lightning struck! I contacted Monica and the rest, as they say, is history.

We submitted a pre-conference session on speaking, which seemed only natural as we are both professional speakers and have served in that role at the NAPO Conference for years. We prepared for months via Skype and phone, and really enjoyed the process. We created all content together, organized the presentation, and timed it out. We then split up the sub-topics, each taking ones to present, so that we weren’t talking over each other too much (we are both talkers so were concerned about it getting too chatty!). We wanted it to be interactive, so added in exercises, stories, and role playing.

Monica shared that she had never co-presented before. This was news to me!! I felt honored that she trusted me enough to team up together, and was hoping it would go really well.

And it did. It was an absolute blast for us to present, and our attendees, thankfully loved it. We are humbled by the rave reviews, and are thrilled that the attendees are all pumped up to get out there and speak more, and speak better.

Lisa_and_Monica-NAPO-2The moral of this story is that you have to go for it! Set your sights on something and make it happen. I could have dismissed Andrea’s comment and not approached Monica. Monica could have said no, especially given that she had never co-presented with someone before. NAPO could have rejected the proposal to present. But the stars aligned. In some ways, it goes even farther back than that. Monica could have held a grudge that she had to share her Moderator role with an interloper (that would be me!) when I was selected to take over the Golden Circle Panel. But she didn’t. She embraced the change, welcomed me to the inner sanctum, and became my ally. That decision and attitude led to the two of us becoming partners in crime… a dynamic duo. And I for one am not only grateful for it, but look forward to what the future holds. Look out world, here we come…