Anthony Bourdain and the Discussion We Need to Keep Having

I completely lost my mind when I read about Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. If there was one person living an amazing life, I would have said it was him.

I have written about my own mud-wrestling with depression, but this post on Carol Roth’s blog is the start of a movement for me. We can’t just talk about it when we lose a celebrity. It’s the discussion we need to keep having.

Please take some time to read “Compare and Despair: Entrepreneurs and Depression.”

Passion Led Us Here – Eight Years of Sweat and Tears and Joy

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Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. turned eight this week! Understandably, I found myself thinking about the journey – our Point A to Point B.

Between 2010 and now there have been some huge wins and some epic face-plants.

We’ve helped our clients achieve things they never dreamed were possible – a 50% pay increase, job offer within six weeks after being in transition for 18 months, transition from 15-year entrepreneur to very happy employee – so many great stories.

There also have been some crushing blows along the way… Continue reading

Boundaries: Why You Need Them in Your Business

When you’re starting and growing a business, boundaries can become fluid or nonexistent.* I was talking with a former entrepreneur who recently took a corporate job, and she commented that one of the things she likes is there is now an end to the day for her.

This got me thinking about some of the boundaries I need to firm up between me the person and me the business owner. Here are some lines in the sand you may need to draw:

1. How much time you invest in your business

This is a brutal one for entrepreneurs, especially if you work from home. The workday can easily bleed into the working evening, and even into the late-night obsession.

I like to break up my day with a midday walk or short outing. I feel I return clearer and more focused.

However, I would be better off if I set a cutoff time for working hours and incorporated some ritual or reminder for the end of the working day, helping me transition to my personal time.

* This post was published originally on | Business Unplugged and you can read the rest of the post here

February 2018 Posts for Small Business

As you may know, I publish most of my content for small business on Business Unplugged | because I am the editor-in-chief of that blog, and Carol has a bigger platform in the #smallbiz space.

Here are my posts from February:

Paid Content Promotion: Specificity Is Everything.  – This post did really well. I was over the moon when Mari Smith, a leading Facebook expert, tweeted it out to her followers. Wow!

A Social Media Etiquette Refresher – Many of us are on social media a lot, but it seemed a good time to remind people about what you should – and should not – do on social media.

How to Have Profitable and Enjoyable Client Enrollment Calls – The apple fell and hit me on the head recently.  I am actually in the client enrollment business (or I won’t have a business).

Your Competition Isn’t Who or What You Think It Is – Note to self: your competition isn’t the other service provider, it’s the noise we’re all drowning in.

January 2018 Posts for Small Business

Here are some of my recent posts for my #smallbiz clients and colleagues that were published on Carol | Business Unplugged.

Change One Word and Feel Better Immediately – This easy habit changed everything for me! Truly.

Communication Skills: Brutally Honest Is Just Brutal – As a coach, I need to tell people difficult things. Here’s how to do it without being brutal.

Being “The Wizard” May Be the Problem – Struggling in your business? Step away from the laptop!

Entrepreneur: Know Thyself – Ask yourself these questions and you’ll have a MUCH easier time growing your business.

Case Study: Speaking for Free Can Have a Big Payoff – The story about a recent speaking engagement, and what a great use of time it was.