Ladies (sorry gents… I may do a co-ed retreat in the future, but this one is Ladies Only!),

retreat_locationFor those interested in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9, just wanted to let you know that the early bird rate ends Friday, September 5th (and there is still a 2 pay option available if you want to pay in two installments). All the details are here.

I am so excited about the ladies that have registered so fa r! They are so high quality and ready to dive in to explore their next steps personally and professionally.

I’m still putting the final touches on the agenda, but here’s a peek at some of the “big picture” topics that the focused retreat sessions will encompass:

  • Personal and professional branding (online and offline presence)
  • Your leadership style and the role leadership plays in your personal and professional life
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone/making bold choices
  • Owning your value and how that shows up in your personal and professional life
  • Decision making for your personal and professional life
  • Figuring out what your purpose is personally and professionally and seeing if they’re in sync and if you want them to be in sync
  • Figuring out what your passions are personally and professionally and whether you want those to be in sync and how to incorporate them
  • Marketing and networking principles for your business or career
  • Productivity principles like life-work balance, how to say no, how to efficiently delegate and whether control freak syndrome is holding you back
  • Break through plateaus that have developed in your personal and professional life
  • Make some important decisions about what your next move is personally and professionally, and make a plan to move forward
  • And much more!!

There are limited spots left as I want to keep the event small and intimate. Come join us if you haven’t registered yet — and learn more about this amazing opportunity in my video here.

And if you want to chat with me before registering, feel free to reach out by email or by phone!

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Hopefully you saw the announcement that I’m partnering up with my colleague, Monica Ricci, to offer a fabulous online program this summer called Speak Up Summer Camp: Creating and Delivering Killer Presentations. The program begins on June 12th and the early bird rate is in effect until June 5th.

Monica and I got together using Google Hangouts last week and created a short little video to give you an idea of what Speak Up Summer Camp is all about. Click here to watch the video. It should answer many of your questions about the program, and hopefully get you excited about joining us!

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This program will help you learn how to be a dynamic speaker! Whether you’ve hardly presented at all and need to overcome your fear of public speaking, or if you’re a proficient public speaker but really want to up your game and start knocking your presentations out of the park, this program is for you.

Speaking has done wonders for my career even before I started my business, and has become a huge income stream for me in my current business model. Monica also has benefited from adding speaking services to her business, both as a marketing tool and as a standalone income stream.

We want to take everything we know about speaking . . . The art and craft of it, the snafus that occur and how to handle them, how to add in your unique voice via humor, storytelling, and authenticity, how to really connect with your audience, and more! We won’t be holding back at all. We have stellar content that we are ready to share with you.

All you have to do is Watch, Listen, Act and Speak. That is … watch and listen to this video, act on it by registering to join us, and then get ready to speak this summer!

Visit https://www.lisamontanaro.com/speakup for details and registration.

Special Bonus for the First 5 People to Register:

bonusIf you are one of the first 5 to register, you get a bonus pre-program call with Lisa & Monica. In this hour long call, Lisa & Monica will share bonus content about how speaking catapulted their businesses, how it fits into their current business model, and some other juicy nuggets about speaking to whet your appetite. You will also have the opportunity to share your background with regard to speaking, share your reasons for registering, and set goals and intentions for the program. This is ONLY available to the first 5 people that register, so hurry up and join us to get in on this bonus call!

And if you are a NAPO member or an LMGU alumni, contact me for a special coupon code for special rate!

Come spend the summer up-leveling your speaking!

Do you want to become a great public speaker or hone your existing speaking skills?

Have you been asked to give a presentation and are scared to death and aren’t sure how to pull it off?

Do you want to really wow your audience/client and get spin off speaking gigs?

Look no further!

SpeakUpSummerCamp-fireThe Speak Up Summer Camp is a coaching and training program 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, lawyer, professional speaker, and speaker coach, I will pull the speaker out of you so that you can ace your speaking engagements with confidence.

I have successfully presented this speaking program live in many locations across the U.S., including New York, Seattle and New Orleans. Now I am offering it as a virtual program so that you can take advantage of it no matter where you live from the comfort of your own home or office. No travel expenses involved! It is ultra-convenient. All you need is a phone and/or computer.

Lisa_and_Monica-NAPOAnd it gets even better! I’ve invited a colleague to be a guest faculty member for this LMG University program, and co-facilitate it along with me. And she’s not just anyone. My partner in crime is Monica Ricci, who is an accomplished speaker extraordinaire. In fact, Monica and I have shared the stage together a few times now with amazing results. We have been called The Dynamic Duo! (Click here to check out my blog post about how Monica and I came together to present this program live last year in New Orleans!)

Please join us for this amazing 8 week teleclass-based group program (with video components included) that will help you:

checkbox Conduct engaging, informative and interactive presentations for audiences large and small.
checkbox Learn how to prepare and deliver presentations of different types, lengths, and targeted to different audiences.
checkbox Improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles.
checkbox Inspire and motivate participants, exude confidence and enthusiasm, and establish credibility.
checkbox Overcome your fear of public speaking and use that fear to your advantage.
checkbox Increase speaking confidence.
checkbox Discover how to connect with the audience, use humor, and let your unique personality and style shine.
checkbox Learn how to effectively handle speaking snafus, such as interruptions, hecklers, and technical difficulties.
checkbox Get coaching and feedback from two professional speakers who make a significant portion of their income through speaking.
checkbox Learn how to use speaking as an income stream and a marketing funnel to build your business.

Whether conducting trainings, workshops, keynotes, or any other type of presentation, this program will help you become a more dynamic speaker!

Summer is the Perfect Time to Participate in a Program Like This.

summer_campWe’ll start Thursday, June 12th and go for 8 weeks (jumping over the July 4th week). This program can be done from the comfort of your own home or office. You can be lounging by your pool, swinging in the hammock, or sitting on your deck with a glass of lemonade. That is the beauty of a virtual program. All you need is your telephone, and perhaps a computer/tablet/smart phone if you want to take it a step further.

We named this the Speak Up Summer Camp Program for a reason. Su mmer is a perfect time to take a virtual program. You want to enjoy your summer, and any travel you do will most likely be a family vacation. We get that!

See all of the Speak Up Summer Camp Program schedule and description of services here: https://www.lisamontanaro.com/speakup

bonusSpecial Bonus for the First 5 People to Register:

If you are one of the first 5 to register, you get a bonus pre-program call with Lisa & Monica. In this hour long call, Lisa & Monica will share bonus content about how speaking catapulted their businesses, how it fits into their current business model, and some other juicy nuggets about speaking to whet your appetite. You will also have the opportunity to share your background with regard to speaking, share your reasons for registering, and set goals and intentions for the program. This is ONLY available to the first 5 people that register, so hurry up and join us to get in on this bonus call!

Psst… I’m even offering an early bird registration rate so you don’t have to dip into your summer fun stash! Check it out.

new_websiteMy team and I just completed a revamp of my site. We got rid of some old stuff and added in some cool new features. And I am loving it! Hope you do too.

 https://www.lisamontanaro.com/

Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or even better, a glass of wine!), and check out the new and improved site. Poke around.

Read some cool articles and blog posts (and while you are there, subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed for updates). Watch some videos in the cool new Video Gallery. Check out the Online Store. Claim your valuable free digital toolkit. Share the site with others. Interact, comment and stay awhile.

videosThanks for your continued loyalty as a member of my business community. I so appreciate you!

XO ~ Lisa

 

Earlier this year, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking at The Big Event in Sacramento hosted by Brian Sharp. What a fabulous experience! 400 people attended, and each speaker gave a 25 minute TED-style talk telling our story of how we became an entrepreneur. Think business meets motivation!

My topic was “Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion.” In this video, I share my story… the behind-the-scenes (and from the beginning) of how I went from an aspiring Broadway performer to practicing lawyer to successful entrepreneur. People often tell me how cool or strange it is to them that I “effortlessly” just made this shift from performer to lawyer to owner of a coaching/consulting/speaking company. “Effortless” is not a word I would use to describe my journey. Rewarding, yes. Makes a lot of sense looking through the rear-view mirror? Absolutely. But not effortless. This video reveals how it happened… the good, the bad, the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up, and the ugly (can you say FEAR)?

It is my desire that this video will both deeply move you and inspire you to take action to propel your own dreams forward. Wherever you came from and whatever has happened in your life, you have the power to rewrite your story starting today — if you want to, of course. You may be exactly where you want to be. If so, enjoy it, my friend.

What’s YOUR story? How did you get to this point? Do you plan to change it? I would love to hear from you!

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.

Coaching/Consulting FAQs

How Does Coaching/Consulting Work?

As soon as we decide to enter into a coaching relationship together, I will send you a Coaching Packet that will include an Agreement, Policies, and a Coaching Profile for you to fill out with pertinent questions to answer. This will help assist me in getting to know you better and being able to prepare for our work together. Many clients say that there is coaching in the forms themselves and that they feel the coaching process begins as soon as they contact me!

Coaching is provided in person, via Skype, via email, and/or over the telephone. Usually it’s one-on-one, but occasionally there will be cause for me to work with two people at once or groups. If you were to be a fly on the wall during a coaching session, what you would observe is talking and listening — real active listening — a deep conversation.

What is a Discovery Call?

I call it a Meet-and-Greet call. We’ll get to know each other and determine if we are a good match to transform your business together. I’ll be asking questions and getting to know you and your business, and at the end of the call, I will make recommendations to you as to what level of coaching (if any… I do “select” my clients!) would be the best match for you at this time.

What the Discovery Call is not…

A free coaching session. This is for the person who’s seriously considering working with me, and is able and willing to make the investment of time and money, so I ask that you please respect my time and approach this in a professional and respectful manner. I promise you I will bring my A game to the Discovery Call, as I will to the entire Platinum Coaching Level experience.

Please Note: Strategy Sessions and e-Coaching can be booked immediately online. All other longer-term coaching programs require a Discovery Call, so that we can make sure we are a good fit before we dive in and spend some time together.

If you want to dream big, stake your claim, and create the life and business/career that you desire and deserve, take the next step and book a Discovery Call!

Coaching Not in Your Budget At This Time?

Alternative Resources

No problem! For everything there is a season.

If private coaching is not a good fit for you at this time due to a limited budget, consider my group coaching programs, audio programs, ebooks and print books as an affordable alternative. Visit the Online Store for do-it-yourself options.

If you are on a very limited budget, there are many free (and valuable!) tips and resources available on this site, including the “Achieve Powerhouse Success with Passion, Purpose and Productivity” Tool Kit, as well as hundreds of expert articles, thought-provoking blog posts, and some cool videos too (and while you are there, be sure to “Subscribe” to my blog and You Tube Channel to get updates whenever I post).

I periodically offer free teleclasses, webinars, or video series on various topics, as well as lower priced group training programs and home study products. I almost always offer an Early Bird Rate, to reward people that take quick action. Sometimes I even offer a new program, product or service with a special low Introductory Rate to beta test it before a full launch. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out on these opportunities is to get on my mailing list now.

Disclaimer & Refund Policy

Every effort has been made to accurately represent my services, products and programs, and their potential. I am committed to working with my clients to help them to learn how to be more successful in business, career and life. I believe that by adhering to the strategies, advice and guidance I provide, you can see increased productivity, profitability, happiness, and success. However, I cannot guarantee any minimum level of results or suggest that the testimonials of my clients will be typical of your experience.

The testimonials and examples used are specific personal results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire, commitment and motivation. For business coaching or consulting, as with any business endeavor, there is an inherent risk of loss of capital and there is no guarantee that you will earn any money. Although I have repeatedly seen business coaching clients make a significant return on their investment, that is no guarantee that all clients will be able to do so, or even desire to do so. Coaching often provides the framework that leads to increased productivity and profitability, but is not always a direct correlation.

There are no refunds available for any coaching programs. The reason is simple. The more committed you are, the more successful you will be. Please only enroll if you’re really ready to commit to being successful. Your engagement in coaching is critical to that success. I’ll help you get started and keep you moving forward, but it’s your responsibility to show up, to utilize your coaching, and to put the work we do together into action.

In this final video in the Cable Vision Financial series, I discuss how you can organize your shopping and menu planning with tips like making a list based on your supermarket layout, and keeping track of your spending to see where your food budget is really going. As a productivity consultant, I have more video tips in this series here.