|Date:||January 25, 2015|
|Sponsor:||Indie Business Network|
|Venue:||Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas|
I’m very excited to share that I have been named to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Natural Products Association. As such, I will be responsible for helping to govern the organization, and in particular, to assist with its public relations and media efforts. For those who don’t know, the North Carolina Natural Products Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, cultivating, and processing North Carolina grown medicinal plants. They have a great team already in place, and I’m thrilled to join them and to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to sustainable agriculture in my adopted home state.
North Carolina is filled with an abundance of natural resources, and I’m excited to join forces with NC NPA to help Makers and creative entrepreneurs to cultivate and share the natural medicinal wonders that can be found here. If you’d like to learn more about the North Carolina Natural Products Association, visit their website and follow them on Facebook. To find out how you can become a supporter, click here.
I have been a part of at least one Mastermind group, sometimes more than one at a time, for several years. I have participated in virtual and in-person Mastermind groups. There are major differences between the two, but that’s for another post. This post shares how to start and manage a virtual Mastermind group, because its likely that you already have at least one virtual connection who you think would make a good Mastermind partner. There are also different types of Mastermind groups. This post discusses business Mastermind groups, but many of the principles I share would be useful to help you establish any type of Mastermind group.
Before I get to the 10 steps, I’ll first tell you what business Masterminding is and what it has meant to my business. A Mastermind group is a group of two or more similarly situated, like-minded people who gather regularly to address and solve their biggest business challenges. It’s different from coaching because there is no “coach.” In a Mastermind group, everyone is both coach and client.
I am looking forward to speaking at the Central soapers Workshop with other professionals, and hobbyists, in the soapmaking and bath and body business.
|Date:||March 22, 2014|
|Event:||Central Soapers Workshop|
|Venue:||Capitol Federal Conference Center, Johnson County Community College|
|Location:||12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
|Registration:||Click here to register.|
|More Info:||Click here for more information.|
Pretty much every article I have ever read that discusses Facebook focuses on how much money Facebook makes, how many people use Facebook, and/or how to use Facebook for business. This article does none of those. I really don’t care how much money Facebook makes and I barely care how many people use it — though the statistics are pretty amazing on both fronts.
Facebook is of concern to me for two reasons. First, Facebook business pages appear in search engines. Second, Facebook helps me build my customer base. If Facebook didn’t do both of those things, I would not use Facebook.
I am looking forward to delivering the keynote at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering. This will be my second time speaking there and I always have a good time.
I am often asked for blogging tips. Most people want to know what type of blog system to use, how to find the time to blog, how to know what to blog about, and how to integrate a blog seamlessly into a business model. Those are great questions, and I am happy to share from my experiences. (Now that I think of it, I do address these questions in my Indie Business Blueprint.)
While it’s important to learn “how” to blog, it’s even more important to know why you want to blog and what you expect to achieve by doing so. If you don’t have good reasons to blog, then doing it will be an unpleasant and unproductive chore. If you have good reasons to blog, you will figure out the best way to blog and enjoy the process because you can measure the results. To help you get to that place where you find your reasons to blog, I thought I’d share five of the most important reasons why I blog regularly, both here and over at the Indie Business Blog. I hope that knowing my reasons will empower you to explore your motivation and create your own fun, empowering and effective blog experience.
My cousin shared this video with me today. Not only does it showcase an extraordinarily smart dog, but it also reminds me that if I want something badly enough, I’ll find a way to get it. That goes for my life and my business. I hope it has the same inspiring effect on you.
Question: How does this video inspire you to go for it? You can leave a comment below.
Overall, I am a pretty confident person. I do a lot of things that scare me, and I have learned how to be comfortable in the midst of discomfort. But there are still times when I just don’t believe in myself. Sometimes, it’s because other people do things that cause me to question myself. For example, in the not too distant past, someone I considered a friend publicly humiliated me in front of my professional colleagues. I knew she was wrong, and also that she had intentionally lied, but I still turned on myself and wondered if I really was the person she told others I was.
After that horrific experience, it dawned on me that I was paying too much attention to how I felt and not enough attention to the facts in the specific situation. In other words, I was seeing myself through the subjective lens of my feelings, rather than through the objective lens of indisputable fact. Until I decided to rely more on facts than feelings to assess myself, I was stuck in a destructive cycle of self doubt. Here’s another example.
I am looking forward to speaking at the Indie Business Network’s very first Connection Day. This exclusive event is for Indie Business Network members only, and features a full day of Masterminding, strategic planning, team building exercises, along with one-on-one mentoring and coaching with me. I can’t wait to be with my members in person!