Ready to kick your business into high gear – and take it to the next level?

businessbootcampIn order to have a thriving and successful business, you need to be strategic. You don’t have to do everything. You have to do the right things for your business!

Well…. if you are in the Atlanta or Washington DC area, come to one of my Kick Butt Business Bootcamps! Here are the details for each:

  • The Atlanta event is hosted by the NAPO-Georgia Chapter 
    Saturday, May 30th
    9:00 am – 4 pm
    Decatur Recreation Center, Decatur, GA
    Early Bird Rate = $149 (until April 30, 2015)
    Regular Event Price = $169 (until May 15, 2015)
    “It’s Not Too Late” Rate = $189 (after May 15, 2015)
    Go to www.KickButtBusinessBootcamp.com for more details and to register
  • The Washington DC event is hosted by the NAPO-Washington, DC Chapter 
    Friday, June 5, 2015
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Keller Williams Realty Offices, Alexandria, VA
    Early Bird Rate = $149 (until May 5, 2015)
    Regular Event Price = $169 (until May 22, 2015)
    “It’s Not Too Late” Rate = $189 (after May 22, 2015)
    Visit www.KickButtBusinessBootcamp/NAPO-WDC to read more and to register

During the Kick Butt Business Bootcamp, you will learn how to:

  • grow_businessGo 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!

Can’t make either bootcamp? Contact me to discuss doing some private coaching together for your business!

I want to share something with you. Starting my own business was scary — REALLY scary (but also exciting)!! When I decided to leave my legal career behind and start my first business 13 years ago, all I had was an idea (or several all at once but was unsure where to start), and a load of self-determination to actually try being a business owner.

difficultThe hard truth is… your first 3-5 years in business are typically the most challenging and the time when many amazing people simply give up. Many new business owners experience some, or ALL, of the following entrepreneurial fears:

  • “I have an idea but don’t know where to start”, or
  • “How do I even set up a proper/legal business structure?” or
  • “I’ve started my business but I’m spinning my wheels, feel frustrated and I’m losing money… I need to get a ‘real’ job…” or
  • “You know what… this is just too much for me, I’m not cut out to be my own boss.”

Well, I’m happy to tell you: First, you’re not alone, and second, you can absolutely get through the first 3-5 years and thrive with the right business guidance, information, planning, support and mindset. With expert support and training, you can create the success you envision and so much more.

be_the_star_of_your_lifeTo that end, I’m thrilled to announce the first LMGU “Self-Study” course that you can take at your own pace! The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is now an on-demand training program for newer business owners or anyone that is serious about starting a new business. This course offers all the required skills, knowledge and guidance for the newer entrepreneur/business owner (or an experienced business owner that wants to go back to basics or plug some missing holes in your business!).

So many people contacted me to say that they really need this entrepreneurial training program, but can’t take it at the exact time I offer it live. Therefore, by popular demand, SSES has been converted to a self-paced, on-demand, home study course.

And the entire program is affordable — only $499 — enabling you to get the training you need for your business without breaking the bank! (If you’re a member of NAPO or an LMGU Alumni, contact me for a special discount).

The SSES Self Study Program consists of 10 modules of audio recordings and handouts that are yours as soon as you purchase. You learn on your own time from the comfort of your home or office.

Topics covered will include:

  • Businesss Ownership
  • Business Identity and Branding
  • Legal Structure and Issues
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Networking and Public Relations
  • Sales, Pricing and Money Issues
  • Blueprinting Your Business Operations

Campus doors are open! Stop spinning your wheels to figure everything out yourself. Get the help you need to set up or grow your business so that you can be Successfully Self Employed.

To Your Success!

I love to work with business owners on a mission.

My clients are not men and women who are complacent with the status quo. They KNOW they are meant to do something important.

They see something they want and are looking for support to go and get it. “It” can be a boost in their business or a change in their lifestyle – the common denominator is passion and vision.

Which is why I am so excited to work with the men and women I am privileged to call my clients.

My current client roster includes business owners who are looking to make a difference in:

  • Arts
  • Technology
  • Law
  • Productivity
  • Relocation
  • Finance
  • Personal Image & Style
  • Entertaining and Enlightening audiences
  • Interior Environments
  • Non-Profit Consulting/Mediation
  • Marketing
  • Social Work

. . . and many other disciplines and industries. I know how to create a life for myself that is balanced, energizing, fulfilling and helpful to others. One of the ways I do this is by limiting my practice to a manageable number of clients and groups.

PowerUpI will be starting the 6-month PowerUp Your Business Group Coaching & Mastermind Program on January 6th for a small, special group of business owners who are passionate and know what they want, and who desire to become a part of a committed group to reach their vision. That’s my promise.

If you’re ready to make a commitment to yourself that sounds something like: “This is my time, my year, my turn to make it happen,” then join me and watch “it” come to fruition.

Check out all of the details here.

BONUS! If you sign up for Platinum Coaching with me, you get PowerUp at reduced rates. Contact me for the details.

Every business owner has that next “big” goal constantly on his or her mind.

I know I do – and I’m sure you do too. Maybe it’s writing a book, hiring an employee, raising your rates, re-branding your business or expanding your service offerings.

Or maybe your big goal is a bit more personal — taking more time off, adding your personal passions or interests to your business, or facing your fear of delegation.

I want to help you reach your next big goal by combining the power of a mastermind group with my 12+ years of business experience and coaching/consulting/training.

Each time we meet as a group, we will define manageable action steps, share challenges and provide feedback.

Our time together will be laser focused – we will work together to help yo u overcome whatever issues may be holding you back so that you can achieve your next big goal.

PowerUpThe PowerUp Your Business Group Coaching & Mastermind Program will be held over a 6-month period, giving you time to make things happen and get things done.

Our group will meet twice per month via teleclass on Tuesday afternoon/evenings (4pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern), starting January 6th. All calls are recorded so you can listen in if you miss one.

The number of participants will be limited to a small select group chosen by application only.

special_offerThe price to participate is $2,295** (there’s even a 3-pay option for those of yo u that need to spread out your payments). However, if you enroll before December 30th, you will receive the Early Bird Rate of $1,995!

If you have the vision and passion to attain your next big goal, then this group is for you.

Click here for details and to fill out the application.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions.

I am looking forward to working with you next year!

What if I told you that you could be part of an awesome group of business owners that have made the decision that the year 2015 is THEIR year to up-level their business?

new_year_new_adventuresImagine if there is a six-month mastermind program that gives you all of the tools, masterminding, accountability, and coaching that you need for your business and at an affordable rate?

What if this program was able to help you finally blast through some plateaus in your business, create multiple streams of income, improve your overall profitability, help you develop and thrive as the owner of your business, and more?

PowerUpAnd what if I told you that there’s even a 3-pay option so that you can spread out the payments if the overall investment is still slightly out of your reach to pay all at once?

Fantasy or reality? Trust me, it’s reality! It’s my new PowerUp! 6-Month Group Coaching & Mastermind Program, which starts on January 6, 2015 for business owners that are ready to step up their game in the new year.

This program is perfect for the expanding business owner who’s seeking to:

  • Become clear on your business purpose
  • Stay focused on your product(s) and service offerings, as well as learn how to take them to the next level
  • Solidify financial strategies/increase profits
  • Focus on operations so you can run your business, rather than it running you!
  • Develop multiple streams of income
  • Determine what’s not working in your business & how to make a change
  • Make your business your TRUE passion
    And so much more….

The PowerUp Program is open to all business owners, but is especially targeted to the expanding business owner so that you can craft and fine-tune your business, and also YOU as a business owner.

Click here for all of the details, and to apply.

Yes, this program is by application only. Just like you’ll need to review the program to determine if it’s right for you, I’ll be reviewing applications to see who would be a perfect fit for this program.

So if you’re ready for great things to happen in the new year, take a look at PowerUp! It’s going to be an awesome program, and if it appeals to you, apply so you can come join us

 Only One Month Left to Join Me in California Wine Country for my Live Retreat!

If you want to have a more successful and passionate life, and profitable and productive business or career, then ponder this:

“What got you here, won’t get you there.”

What you’ve been doing up until now has only gotten you where you are now. To reach higher goals, to get where your desires are calling you, you need something different.

You need to shake up the same-old, same-old.

You need to blow up the plan and get a new one!

wine_country_viewAnd you need to do it in an environment guaranteed to coax you out of your normal habits and patterns of thought and into fresh new ways of looking at your business, your life, and your opportunities.

Like beautiful California Wine Country this fall!

I’m taking a small group of women to Sonoma Valley next month to help them shake up things and step into a new plan for where they want to go — in their business/career and lives.

If you are serious about improving your life, personally and professionally, I’d like you to consider joining me for the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders held November 6-9, 2014 in Sonoma Valley, CA. (And you still have a chance to use the 2-pay option today and spread payments out 14 days apart.)

The Good News is: We’re nearing full but still have room for a few more women! And there are still 30 days before the retreat, so ample time to plan logistics, like transportation, lodging, and time off. Yes, that’s par t of the beauty of this event… you get to unplug from your “regular” life and work and do a deep dive into your personal and professional development.

vineyard_grapesIf you are interested in joining me, give the retreat page a look and go ahead and register… or feel free to set up a chat with me if you have any questions.

We are such reflections of our environment: the people we hang out with, the four walls we work in, the food we eat, the routines, the habits, the everyday.

Get out of your everyday environment. Join me in California Wine Country and surround yourself with:

  • like-minded go-for-it women entrepreneurs and leaders
  • facilitative guidance, insights and training from me
  • the inspiring and nourishing Wine Country landscape, food, wine, and culture

The retreat will be a game changing experience! Hope to “see” you on November 6th for our Meet & Greet Wine Reception. See the details here.

So we are coming to the end of another year. And a particularly popular exercise that a lot of people do at the end of the year is to look back and reflect on their activities, goals, achievements to determine if the year has been a successful one.

measuresuccessBut this begs the question: How do you measure success? It seems to me that it’s important to have metrics in order to measure success. But these metrics are going to be very different from person-to-person, and from business-to-business.

Is success based on earning a certain amount of money? Maybe. But to me, not if it means working 100 hours a week, rarely seeing your friends and family, and never taking a vacation. I value financial wellness, but not at the expense of my life. For others, making a lot of money, even at the expense of their personal life, is a very important measurement of success. Only you know where your metrics lie when it comes to money.

Is success based on ticking off a huge to do list? From a personal productivity standpoint, I’m all for being effective and productive, which often includes ticking items off of your to do list. But sometimes the better option is culling down the to do list and only focusing on what’s really important and is a priority. An overflowing to do list can become a regimented replacement for enjoying the moment in favor of often unimportant activities.

Is success based on receiving external accolades, winning a competition, or getting some other type of attention? Again, it depends how important this is to you and what value it adds to your life or business.

I think success is highly personal and varies widely among people and organizations. What is considered a huge overarching success to one person, can be considered a colossal failure to another. Success is usually made up of activities and goals that lead to achievements that then lead to feelings of accomplishment, value, and self-worth. But for some people it’s not even the achievements that lead to success, but the activity of striving for a goal itself. In other words, it’s not the completion of an activity or goal, but the progress and effort of working towards it. As Greg Anderson so eloquently stated “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but doing it.”

Too often, we are measuring success using the wrong metrics. We need to be crystal clear as to our definition of success in order to know if we are, in fact, successful. To me, success can be defined as taking consistent action towards achieving my goals personally and professionally. I tried to reward myself for progress and consistent action, not just results. Sometimes results are delayed, and sometimes for very legitimate reasons. If I only measured success when I actually achieve the results, it would certainly make the journey seem much longer and laborious.

So look back on your year, keeping your definition of success in place, and deciding on the metrics that you will use to measure it. Make sure that your metrics are not so difficult to achieve that you set yourself up for never feeling like a success. On the other hand, try not to make your metrics so easy that you have nothing to strive for.

I hope you’ll join me in a toast. Here’s to a successful year — no matter what your success metrics are!


LMG University is thrilled to announce its first Master’s Level program for expanding business owners/entrepreneurs looking kick their business into high gear. The “PowerUp! Business Mastermind Program with Lisa Montanaro” is a 6-month comprehensive, intensive, and virtual group business coaching, training, and accountability program designed specifically with you in mind… See the details here.

new_year_new_adventuresWhat if I told you that you could be part of an awesome group of business owners that have made the decision that the year 2014 is THEIR year to up-level their business?

Imagine if there was a 6-month mastermind program that gives you all of the tools, masterminding, accountability, and coaching that you need for your business and at an affordable rate?

What if this program was able to help you finally blast through some plateaus in your business, create multiple streams of income, improve your overall profitability, help you develop and thrive as the owner of your business, and more?

PowerUpAnd what if I told you that there’s even a 3-pay option so that you can spread out the payments if the overall investment is still slightly out o f your reach to pay all at once?

Fantasy or reality? Trust me, it’s reality! It’s my new PowerUp! 6-Month Group Coaching & Mastermind Program, which starts on January 7, 2014 for business owners that are ready to step up their game in the new year.

As many of you may know, in August 2013, I launched LMG University – a virtual business and personal development training campus. Our first Bachelor’s level program — the “Successfully-Self-Employed Semester with Lisa” — is almost complete and has been a wonderful experience for all involved.

LMGU-smallNow LMGU is proud to launch the first graduate level business program: “PowerUp Your Business 6-Month Group Coaching & Mastermind Program!” This program is perfect for the expanding business owner who’s seeking to:

  • Become clear on your business purpose
  • Stay focused on your product(s) and service offerings, as well as learn how to take them to the next level
  • Solidify financial strategies/increase profits
  • Develop multiple streams of income
  • Determine what’s not working in your business & how to make a change
  • Make your business your TRUE passion
    And so much more….

The PowerUp Program is open to all business owners, but is especially targeted to the expanding business owner so that you can craft and fine-tune your business, and also YOU as a business owner.

Click here for all of the details, and to apply.

happycrowdYes, this program is by application only. Just like you’ll need to review the program to determine if it’s right for you, I’ll be reviewing applications to see who would be a perfect fit for this program.

So if you’re ready for great things to happen in the new year, take a look at PowerUp! It’s going to be an awesome program, and if it appeals to you, go ahead and submit your application so I can see if you’d be a great fit.

If you have any questions for me about PowerUp, drop me a note at

Boo! Happy Halloween…

And if you’re a business owner, I have a “treat” for you (no it’s not candy… I’m sure you have enough of that!).

halloween_pupJoin me on Tuesday, November 5 at 4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern for a complimentary teleclass, “Kick Your Business Into High Gear & PowerUp Your Success.” Sign up here.

As an entrepreneur, I know your goals are similar to mine — to increase your profits and your sense of personal fulfillment, while serving your clients to the best of your ability.

But perhaps you are stuck… maybe you have plateaued and you are wondering how to break through to the next level. Maybe you’ve “lost that loving feeling” for your business and are ready to turn it into the business that you love! Or maybe you just k now that you could be doing things better, smarter, and faster.

Join me for a thought-provoking class designed to get you thinking… and acting!

And if you can’t join me for the live call, no worries — it will be recorded. Just go ahead and register in order to get the link to the recording.

In the meantime, don’t eat too much candy! Register here.