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!

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, and achievements to determine if the year has been a successful one.

But 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 wee k, rarely seeing my friends and family, having no time for exercise, 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.”

success-2015Too 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 try 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 metri cs 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!

do_not_disturbThere is a common misconception that all introverts like to, and want to, be alone most of the time, and all extroverts like to, and want to, be with other people almost all of the time. In my experience, I haven’t found this generalization to be true.

Take me, for example. I am categorized as an extrovert on almost every personality type test that I take. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, I come up as an ENTJ, which stands for Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinker, and Judger (which by the way, refers to someone that prefers structure, is decisive and wants things completed, not to someone that is judgmental of others).

working_outsideBecause of my “extrovert” label, it often comes as a huge surprise when people learn that I really like to be alone. No, actually, I love to be alone. I love to be with others also, but I very much crave and need my alone time. I actually spend enormous amounts of time alone these days. Since relocating from New York to California, my husband maintains a grueling residency schedule which means he is not home as often as he used to be when we lived in NY. As a self-employed entrepreneur who does a lot of virtual work with my clients by phone and video conference, many of my work days are spent here at my home office… alone.

I think there is a big difference between being alone and feeling lonely. When I’m alone, I enjoy passing the time by being productive through working or maintaining my life and home, or engaging in some of the many hobbies and passions that I enjoy doing. Do I ever get lonely? Not really. I do miss certain people a lot. I think missing people and feeling lonely are two different things though.

I know some introverts that do enjoy being around other people very much. Some introverts can be extremely outgoing and crave social interaction, as long as they then have time to be alone to rejuvenate and re-energize. And then there are extroverts like me, that can be jazzed about standing up in front of 500 people to do a speaking engagement, but really enjoy being alone before and after that speaking engagement so that I can regroup, reflect, and re-energize.

In her well-researched and fascinating book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” author Susan Cain discusses the concept of a Restorative Niche. Restorative Niche is the term for the place you go when you want to return to your true self. Even if you sometimes adapt to the situation and force yourself to take on more extroverted or introverted traits, you need a safe place to return to where your true traits are able to shine through. It can be a physical place, like the woods on a hike, an office with a closed door, etc., or a temporal one, like taking a break between phone calls. It can mean staying alone in the hotel room at a big conference instead of with a colleague, being alone before or after you go on stage as a speaker, saying no to social plans many nights in a row, etc. I love this concept, and have seen it at work in my own life, and that of my family, friends, colleagues, and clients.

When choosing a work environment, give consideration to whether there is an opportunity to engage in Restorative Niches for yourself.

Introverts may want to ask themselves:

  • timid_boldWill the work allow me to spend time doing in-character activities like reading, strategizing, writing, and researching?
  • Will I have a private workspace or be subject to the constant demands of an open office plan?
  • If the work itself doesn’t provide enough restorative niches, will I have enough free time on evenings and weekends to grant them to myself?

Extroverts will want to look for restorative niches too.

  • Does the work involve talking, traveling and meeting new people?
  • Is the environment stimulating enough?
  • Will I be stuck sitting at a desk behind a computer screen all day with no human interaction?
  • If the job isn’t a perfect fit, are the hours flexible enough that I can blow off steam after work?

Sometimes people find Restorative Niches in professions where you’d least expect them. An attorney that is able to spend time alone researching and writing all day. An actress that has a career as a voice over artist recording audio books alone in a studio. It’s not important what your job title is, or whether you own your own business, etc. What’s important is whether your work matches your personality type, or if you can find Restorative Niches when you need them. For me, being a self-employed entrepreneur does mean a lot of time at home, but it also means having the opportunity to connect with people at networking events, when I’m on stage as a speaker, and through doing my private and group coaching and consulting. It also means that if I have been sitting at my desk too long with no human interaction, that I can go out and join a group for a bike ride, or meet a friend or colleague for coffee. In other words, my work has built in opportunities for Restorative Niches.

be_yourselfWhat about you? Are you an extrovert that surprisingly loves being alone? Or are you an introvert that does enjoy a lot of social interaction? Let’s not limit ourselves to labels. Using Restorative Niches can help us go back to our true self when we need to, but sometimes we may not even need them in the first place. Sometimes we are who we are, and it’s just right — no matter what the labels say.

school_busI don’t know about you, but when I see those yellow school buses rolling again, I get the itch to take a class, attend a workshop, go to a seminar, etc… I want to jump into learning something new, especially if it will help in growing my business or improving my life.

Well, if you’re like me and are looking for a learning opportunity that will help you reach your business goals, I’ve got the perfect answer — The Successfully Self Employed Semester, a 12-week group business coaching program!

And this is your friendly reminder that the Early Bird offer ends at midnight tonight, so be sure to click through and register before the price goes up.

The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is perfect for you if:

  • You need help clarifying what business model is best for you, and what your business identity or brand is.
  • You’re interested in shortening the learning curve on complex legal and financial issues, and price your business offerings in a way that makes your business profitable.
  • You want to create a marketing plan that you can launch and be excited about.
  • You want to know how to better market your business online and offline.
  • You’re serious about creating a successful business and are ready to do the work to make that a reality!

My goal is that you walk away from the semester with me having gained knowledge AND application/implementation. I think you’ll agree that’s a terrific and important investment of your time and business capital. I stand behind the value that you will receive in this course. I know without a doubt that this is a small financial investment that you will recoup in future business sales and success — and the time it will save you from learning this on your own or through trial and error.

Today is the last day to get the early bird rate of only $697 so if you are interested in joining is this semester, be sure to register by midnight Pacific time!

Watch this video where I explain my vision for the program!

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.

I recently had the pleasure of co-presenting “Speak Up: Crafting and Delivering Killer Presentations” at the 2013 National Association of Professional Organizers Conference in New Orleans. My co-presenter was Monica Ricci, and we presented this as a half-day pre-conference workshop.

speaking-LisaWhy present a workshop on speaking? Glad you asked!

There are so many reasons to become a dynamic public speaker. If you own your own business, the reasons are plentiful. Many business owners want to be good presenters these days as they want to speak to add an income stream. Yes, you can get paid to conduct presentations. Organizations need great speakers who have superb content to share and teach. But speaking can also be an effective marketing tactic. Every time you speak, you are setting yourself up as an expert, someone that has information to share. People take notice. Your credibility increases. Your sales may too.

What if you don’t own a business? No excuse! If you work for an organization, you may conduct presentations of all different types, ranging from sales pitches, staff meetings, client meetings, Board meetings, etc. Even in a volunteer position, you are often required to speak and give presentations.

Learning how to be a good speaker is not only useful for official presentations. It will help you be a better communicator in many other ways. When you are at a networking event and engage in a conversation with someone, you are speaking. When you are outlining the benefits of working with you or your organization, you are speaking. When you are delivering a teleclass or webinar, you are speaking. That welcome video on your site? Yup. Speaking. You get the picture.

To me, being a good speaker is part of an overall plan to be an effective communicator. Most people think of speaking as on ly what comes out of your mouth. However, your oral communication is just one part of your speaking. Speaking also encompasses your non-verbal communication, which includes posture, hand gestures, eye contact, and much much more.
public_speakerIn fact, research shows that what comes out of your mouth is a very small percentage of what the audience pays attention to. Most speakers focus a great deal on content. And that is appropriate You should have solid content. That is a foundation of a stellar presentation. But the full package requires that you also pay attention to delivery. A lot goes into a great presentation: What you say, how you say it, what you are doing with your hands, body and eyes as you say it, and more.

Speaking should be a vital part of any professional person’s bag of tricks. It should be something you focus on, practice often, and improve upon. I have coac hed speakers that are professional organizers, nurses, politicians, rabbis… even a farmer! Effective communication is a fantastic skill for anyone that wants to get his or her point across clearly, concisely, enthusiastically, and persuasively.

So, get out there and speak! The world needs to hear you.

This Giveaway Event has ended

Have you heard the buzz yet? The Skyrocket Your Biz Giveaway Event has opened its doors!

One of the 100+ high quality gifts totaling over $14,000 in value is mine, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Join us in the celebration of dreams, abundance, and entrepreneurial success here.

My colleague Martina Zorc of StarBrandStudio.com, the host of this incredible event running through February 28, has designed this virtual party to help you quickly and effectively jumpstart your business and leave behind any limiting beliefs or actions that might be holding you back.

In short, there’s a lot to get excited about, but you’ll have to sign up to see what I mean.

And, just in case you’re worried about getting overwhelmed by all these goodies – we’ve got you covered!

To make is super easy and exciting for you to get exactly the support you need and desire FAST, the gifts have been grouped into these 9 categories:

  • Boost Your Mindset And Confidence
  • Build Your Brand
  • Master Your Marketing
  • Get Publicity
  • Grow Through Collaboration
  • Attract, Enroll, and Keep More Clients
  • Increase Your Profits
  • Become More Efficient
  • Accelerate Your Results

And you can get my “gift”, Productive & Profitable Business Kit, which includes these amazing resources:

  • Stop Stepping Over the Elephant in the Room: 10 Tips to Boost Your Productivity (60 minute audio)
  • Lessons Learned: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known When Building my Business (60 minute audio)
  • Smart Business Growth and Planning: Take Your Business to the Next Level (75 minute audio)
  • Bold Business Moves: Next Level Business Success ebook

I hope you agree with me that 2013 is the perfect year to fall in love with your business and life all over again, and – with renewed energy and drive – boost your results beyond your wildest imagination. So, why not let the Skyrocket Your Biz Giveaway Event experts help you get started?

Register now, it’s FREE.

P.S. This event is NOT one of those events where you spend hours browsing through low quality gifts, or get overwhelmed right from the get go because there are so many pages of gifts to flick through. Learn why, and join the fun here.

I’d like to presonally invite you to my upcoming Free Teleclass:

C’Mon Get Happy:
The Power of Positivity

What does it mean to be happy? Is it something that you can just turn on or off? And what’s the difference between being happy and being positive?

I am fascinated by happiness and positive psychology… and apparently, so are a lot of other people. Happiness seems to be a hot topic these days, as evidenced by the many best selling books on the topic, such as The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.

If you are intrigued by this topic, join me for a complimentary teleclass that will explore what it means to be happy, how the power of positivity can improve your life, and how to increase your happiness.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
7:30 – 8:30 pm (Eastern)
6:30 – 7:30 pm (Central)
5:30 – 6:30 pm (Mountain)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Pacific)

Sign Up Here to Join this FREE Call!

inspirationI will be sharing what I’ve researched and learned, as well as some personal habits that work well for me in this area. But I also am open to hearing your thoughts on the subject, so feel free to come ready with questions, comments and insights to share — either live on the call, by , or on my Facebook business page, which we will use as an interactive resource before, during, and after the call.

So, if you are struggling to get happy, or have tapped into the power of positivity and want to shout it from the rooftops, or fall anywhere in between, join me for what I am hoping will be a thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting call into this fascinating topic. (And yes, the call will be recorded so if you can’t make it live, you can still “join” us. Everyone that registers will get a link to the MP3 recording to download and listen at your leisure.)

Register Here

I’m trilled to be presenting for the NAPO Professional Organizers Learning Academy in Los Angeles!

Bold Business Moves: Moving Your Business in the Right Direction

This workshop focuses on two main areas: creating multiple streams of income and outsourcing and delegating for your business.

  • When: Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm — prior to NAPO-LA meeting
  • Where: Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Cost: NAPO-LA Members $25 — Non-Members $35
  • Register: Online at www.napola.org

Advance registration and payment required. Registration will close Thurs. October 18

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Presentation Descriptions:

Creating Multiple Streams of Income

You are a solopreneur or small business owner, and you wish you could make more money, but you can’t be in more than one place at one time or clone yourself. What to do? Create multiple streams of income! Multiple streams of income help to build a business with less work by offering multiple ways for clients to access you, your company, and your services/offerings. Learn how to leverage and re-purpose your content, expand your delivery methods, offer options at multiple price points, and give clients a menu or suite of services.

Don’t Go It Alone: It Takes a Village to Run a Successful Business

Are you a solopreneur and often find it lonely? Maybe you are you a small business owner with employees or subcontractors, but find yourself wanting to brainstorm with those outside your business? You can! Imagine a group of people that are available to bounce business ideas off of, help you make pivotal business decisions, and serve as a sounding board. Set your business up for success by enlisting the help of others. Options are plentiful, from using virtual assistants, independent contractors, and employees, to brainstorming with business colleagues, setting up a formal Board of Advisors, participating in a Mastermind group, or hiring a business coach. Determine which accountability tools are the best match for your business, and how to implement them. Hear about what other like-minded entrepreneurs are doing. Walk away with a plan to enlist the help of others in your business in a way that makes the most sense for your business model, stage, and needs.

 

Lisa Montanaro is a sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, which is the umbrella organization under which she offers productivity consulting, success coaching, business strategizing, and speaking to individuals and organizations globally. Lisa’s presentations focus on productivity, entrepreneurship, and life-work balance issues. Lisa’s workshops are informative, interactive, and despite the sometimes weighty subject involved, entertaining!

So, you are a perfectionist. And proud of it! And in some ways, that serves you really well. You maintain high standards, delivery quality, and people value your level of expertise. But sometimes, that perfectionism is causing you stress, procrastination, and depriving the world of receiving your great ideas and content. So what to do?

Adopt the mantra, “done is better than perfect.” Now before you get defensive, let me explain what I mean by that statement. I am not advocating that you use this mantra as an excuse to pump out shoddy, low quality work. That wouldn’t feel very authentic. After all, you’re a perfectionist, remember? What I am advocating is a relaxing of your unattainable standards. Allow yourself to make an objective judgment call as to when something may be good enough, even if you could make it slightly better if only you spun your wheels a little longer.

When it comes to productivity, I see a lot of clients that actually could be mo re productive if they permitted themselves to finish projects to completion. So what’s stopping them? Perfectionism. And what’s behind perfectionism? Well, a whole host of issues, some of which are trivial and some of which are deeply psychological.

Try this exercise. Pick a project that you have been hoping to finish, but that you have not completed yet because you want to get it “just right.” Now finish it. Not to perfection, but just to completion. Then release it into the world. There. The earth didn’t stop turning on its axis! Am I being sarcastic? A little. But really, that is what goes on in our heads. “I need to make this perfect,” “It is not good enough to share with anyone,” “If I only had a little more time, I’d get it right.” And so on. And while sometimes that may actually be true — a particular project may not be “ready” yet — other times, it can be “done” even though it may not be perfect.

Or is it perfect because it is done? The word “perfection” derives from the Latin “perfectus,” which in turn comes from “perficio” — “to finish,” “to bring to an end.” Perfection thus literally means “to finish.” So in that sense, done is equal to perfect! The oldest definition of perfection is attributed to Aristotle. He distinguished three meanings of the term, or rather three shades of one meaning. That is perfect:

1. which is complete — which contains all the requisite parts;
2. which is so good that nothing of the kind could be better;
3. which has attained its purpose.

So ask yourself if you can carry out a project to completion and allow it to attain its purpose even if it may not be the best of its kind. Could you improve upon it later? Could you use its imperfect state as a learning tool for you or anyone that you are releasing it to? Could you honor its imperfect state and ask for feedback, assistance, or guidance?

Next time you feel perfectionism breathing down your neck, ask yourself if done is better than perfect in that instance. If the answer is yes, then let it go… and see how it feels.