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How To Handle Stage Fright

Sep 21, 2020

“All the world’s a stage.”

William Shakespeare’s words have never been more true. With social media and technology, all the world really IS a stage.

But how do you share your message and let your voice be heard when you’re paralyzed with stage fright?

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a business owner that was stuck in stage fright. Face to face in a personal conversation she had powerful words and was filled with passion. But once the camera turned on for a LIVE video, or a microphone was in her hand in a small room of people, she froze with a deer-in-headlights look on her face.

In the world of social media, the fear of public speaking and stage fright is real. And the only way to get over it, is to confront it.

I used to be terrified to speak in front of people. TERRIFIED! I had no problem singing in front of large audiences but the idea of speaking had be tongue tied beyond belief. I was scared of sounding stupid. So here’s what I did...

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How To Say No When You Want To Say Yes

Sep 14, 2020

Have you ever found yourself saying yes to something and eventually (or immediately) regretted that you didn't say no? 

As a recovering people-pleaser I understand this urge to always say yes because you don't want to disappoint anyone. But eventually saying yes when I should have said no led to overwhelm and burnout. 

Sometimes the hardest time to say no is when the opportunity is a good one, but not great for you. 

 

Maybe you've been asked to do something you are great at or passionate about. Or, it's a request from someone you've always wanted to work with. Or, maybe saying yes will open up new opportunities. But in all reality no matter how good the opportunity is, it simply doesn't fit into your current schedule and priorities. 

Here's a script for how to say no when you want to say yes. 

Years ago we started giving our clients a script for how to say no when they wanted to say yes. Sometimes you just simply don't know what to...

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Common Myths About Rest

Sep 07, 2020

Rest is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. And the practice least utilized by most people!  Why? Maybe it's because they believe a myth about rest, and it is sabotaging their efforts without them even realizing it. Let's talk through a couple common myths about rest so you can identify them and break the cycle of not getting enough rest. 

Myth #1- I Will Get Less Done 

Hands up if you believe you will get less done if you schedule time to rest and relax? So many people do! But, research proves you will get MORE done if you make rest a priority. Here's some interesting statistics about performance, rest, and relaxation from a Huffington Post article, Relax! You'll Be More Productive.

  • In a study of nearly 400 employees researchers found that sleeping too little (less than 6 hours a night) was one of the best predictors of burn-out.
  •  A Harvard study...
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Common Symptoms of Stress and What You Can Do About Them

Aug 31, 2020

If I were a betting woman, I would say you have felt increased levels of stress in the last 30 days. How do I know? Because most of us have. From job stress to financial strain you are probably feeling the pressure of increased stress! While stress is a part of the human condition, you don’t have to let it run amok until you are forced to deal with dire consequences. You can learn how to recognize the common symptoms of stress and then manage it.

Turns out our jobs are the largest source of our stress.

I bet you are not surprised by that at all! Check out these statistics from The American Institute of Stress. Yep stress is so high, and the consequences so great, we need a whole institute to study it! 

  • US businesses lose up to $300 billion yearly as a result of workplace stress.
  • Stress causes around one million workers to miss work every day.
  • Only 43% of US employees think their employers care about their work-life balance.
  • Depression leads to $51 billion in costs due to...
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Why Creating A Personal Brand Is A Good Thing

Aug 24, 2020

By: Mandy B. Anderson

If I told you that "you are a brand," what would you think?

Chances are you would look at me cross-eyed and be tempted to argue with me. We typically think of brands as big entities like Target, or Old Navy, or Nike. The average human being does not go around seeing themselves as a brand. It's just not a normal perception!

But what if we DID start to see ourselves that way? Would it change how we show up each day? Would it change what we post on social media? Could it be that by simply thinking of ourselves as a brand, we could connect the missing dots in our lives in new ways that finally help us get to where we want to go?

I think so.

I fully believe that you are a brand. As an employee. As an entrepreneur. As a person. You are a unique human being with experiences and skills that nobody else has!

I know, it sounds...a bit sleazy to think about creating an image for marketing purposes, right? It's okay if you think that way right now - I totally get it!...

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An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs in the Messy Middle

Aug 10, 2020

Dear Fellow Entrepreneur, 

This letter is for you. The entrepreneur who is ready to quit because it's lonely and thankless building a company alone. The small business owner who doesn't know how much longer it will take to make enough profit to bring home a paycheck. The founder who wonders why they started in the first place. And, for everyone in the "Messy Middle" of building a successful business.

The “Messy Middle” is the years between when you start your company and when you finally make a profit and bring home a paycheck. Depending on what kind of business you are building this could be a few years, or even up to a decade. You need to know this! Because if you do not you will quit on your dream too early, thinking you are a failure.

One of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is the Pink Papaya, founded by Sarah Landry. She has a podcast with over a million downloads and 1.6 million followers on Instagram. She is goals for most of us. Anyway, a few...

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The Five Crucial Pages Every Website Needs

Aug 03, 2020

By: Raychel Perman

Building a website from scratch is daunting to say the least. And, if you’re like most entrepreneurs you are saving some cash and bootstrapping the process. I have done that for every single website I’ve built in the last decade! Turns out the process is quicker if you know the five crucial pages every website needs. No more wasting precious time! Yes!

  1. About Page

This is the page where everyone goes to learn more about YOU and your company. It can be formal, quirky, or anything in between. It’s the place where your personality can shine because this page is all about the greatness of you, and what you have built. Here is some basic info you need to have:

  • Photos of you and snapshots of your life and work
  • A Personal bio with details about you, your education, your hobbies, your family, and any other fun details you want to provide.
  • Why do you do what do (What made you start this business and why are you passionate about it?)
  • What people can...
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3 Ways You Influence People Without Realizing It

Jul 27, 2020

By: Mandy B. Anderson

You influence people every day, and the problem with that is you probably don't even realize it.

Becoming an Influencer doesn't mean you have to have a massive audience. It means you understand what you bring to the table, and you're intentional in sharing it. But when you don't know that you already influence people every day, you squander the opportunity to make an impact. Over the next few moments, I want to share with you three ways that you already impact people without realizing it every day.

 

1. You influence people by how you treat them.

Did you smile at someone today or say thank you to a stranger that held the door open? If so, you influenced them to have a better day. On the other hand, if you were rude and cranky, you possibly influenced them to have a negative day too.

Your attitude and how you treat people you know, as well as people you don't know, is one of the most simple ways you influence people. Keep that in mind when you're in real...

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Stop Procrastinating and Start Working: 3 Steps to Stop the Procrastination Cycle

Jul 20, 2020

by, Raychel Perman 

Procrastinating is strange, isn’t it? We actively avoid the things that will bring us more clarity, happiness, and success in our lives and businesses. And instead focus on the tasks that make us feel busy but are not as important to complete.  

Why do we do that? It only creates more confusion and overwhelm! Thankfully, there are some things you can do to stop procrastinating immediately. Yes, immediately! But, first let’s talk about why people procrastinate.

It turns out understanding your WHY is key to stopping the procrastination cycle. Procrastination is complex and different people procrastinate for different reasons. According to an article called, Why People Procrastinate: The Psychology and Causes of Procrastination, we need self-control and motivation to help us get a project done. However, we also have all kinds of factors that demotivate and hinder us. When what hinders and demotivates us outweighs our self-control...

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How to Recognize Burnout Before it Happens

Jun 10, 2020

By, Raychel Perman

Have you ever experienced burnout? Many busy professionals have! Burnout is caused by excessive or prolonged stress that eventually causes emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. Because it is gradual, and does not happen overnight, we can easily miss the early signs of burnout. However, if we catch it early, we can prevent it all together. Let’s talk about it.

According to a Gallop study, burnout is reaching crisis levels for full time workers. “Nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job.” https://www.gallup.com/workplace/237059/employee-burnout-part-main-causes.aspx

That’s a huge amount of the workforce! Of course, you can bring yourself back from full on burnout. But, why not catch it sooner if you know the early...

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