Interviewed on School for Startups Radio

School for Startups RadioThis is the best interview I have done to date. Jim Beach, bestselling author and founder of School for Startups Radio, asked great questions. He is the first interviewer to ever walk me through my my signature system of how I work with clients, the PALMS™ Framework.

We talked about growing a small business, career transition, productivity, and lots of other things. Please note: he doesn’t prep guests so I had no idea what was coming.

There are great takeaways in this interview.  You can listen to it here March 31, 2015 – Transitioning w Catherine Morgan.

From – Guest Blogging: The Right Way to Pitch a Blog Editor

solo workingHaving been the editor of Carol Roth’s blog, Business Unplugged, for almost four years, it seemed like a good time to share the right way – and wrong way – to pitch a blog editor.

If you are thinking about using guest blogging as a promotion strategy for your business, you might want to take a look at Guest Blogging: The Right Way to Pitch a Blog Editor.

Can You Buy Your Way to Expert Status?

Catherine Morgan media interviewsWe all want to be seen as an expert – whatever we do. If you’re a service provider, you want to be seen as a thought leader. If you’re a tech startup, you want to be seen as an innovator.

If you are new in your business, you want to establish some kind of credibility so that you can get clients and build your knowledge base. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all new in our business at some point, and you probably have some transferable experience – or you wouldn’t be starting that business.

However, I have some real issues with faux experts. It seems like everyone is a bestselling author or media personality.

Have you earned the right to call yourself a bestselling author if you contributed one chapter to a book with 10 other folks? Or if you sold your eBook for cheap for a few hours and had all your friends buy it on Amazon so you hit No. 1 for an hour or two? I don’t know…. Continue reading

Nominated for 2015 RuleBreaker Award

RBA Nominee 2015Those of you who know me will not find this at all surprising: Sometimes I don’t follow the rules.

Like many of you, I realize that some rules are necessary, and some rules need to be broken.

I was thrilled to be nominated for a 2015 RuleBreaker award. The rule that I am breaking is that I think mid-life career transitions can be amazing, and that there are possibilities for everyone.

In fact, I wrote an eBook about it titled Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. Continue reading

From – How to Make Money Even If You Suck

Sometimes I am so grateful to have Carol Roth’s blog as a forum for my writing. While I am frequently described as “appropriately irreverent,” as a coach I try to bring a kinder, gentler vibe to this blog. (So I don’t scare prospective clients away!)

But even coaches have to rant sometimes – and this is a good one. Unfortunately, it’s also great advice and true. I hope you don’t provide products or services that suck, but if you do, here’s how you can still make money: How to Make Money Even If You Suck

Speaking at the Engaging Speakers Meeting January 21

It’s TONIGHT – can I get an “opaa!”? I’ll be talking about personal branding and how cranking up the volume of YOU can be the best thing for your business and speaking. Join me at the Engaging Speakers downtown meeting at the Parthenon in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Saganaki will be served!

Check out “Engaging Speakers Chicago January 2015″ 

From – Productivity 101: Your Friend the Calendar

Yes, I am jumping on the new year, new habits bandwagon. This is actually an old habit for me, and one that I recommend to friends, family, and clients whenever they say they are not getting stuff done.

This does work – and it works for pretty much everybody who uses it consistently. Combined with the BIS (butt in seat) technique, you will achieve your personal and professional goals.

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2014: Year in Review

This was one of the longest years I have ever experienced. I can’t believe that it was just April when I drove west from Chicago to Sonoma County. Seems like a million years ago. This year sure has had its share of wild rides, although that particular one was quite fun and very scenic.

I feel compelled to share some of the highlights and challenges of the last year. I spoke 20 times in 2014 if you count podcasts with the speaking gigs. Not bad! Continue reading