Rob Bell and the How To Be Here Experience

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Rob Bell at Wanderlust Hollywood 11/19/2016

What were the odds that I would just happen to be in the Los Angeles area for the final stop of Rob Bell’s “How To Be Here Experience” in West Hollywood? What a fabulous stroke of luck!

I was in the front row for this talk. Rob is an amazing speaker and I wanted the up-close-and-personal experience.

Rob said that he decided on this in-the-round configuration because he wanted it to feel like a big living room. I wasn’t more than three feet away from him for seven hours. But how do I describe this riveting one-man show?  Continue reading

SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016

SCORE and Sam's ClubIt was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.

About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.

Carol Roth at SCORE Spring Training

The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.

My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.

You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.

It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.

Speaking at TEDx Heartland Community College May 30, 2015

TEDx Heartland Community CollegeThis is B I G news. I will be giving my first TEDx talk on May 30, 2015. I am thrilled and honored to join the elite group of TEDx speakers.

The overall conference theme is “Sustainability.” I will be talking about the importance of sustaining your personal energy to fuel your professional success.

The event will be held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. More information and tickets are available here. 

Here is how the organizers described it:

Sustainability – how do we Sustain the Ability to do what we do? Is the way we do things able to continue? The core notion of Sustainability goes beyond the Environment, encompassing the Personal, Economic, Technological, Health, Social, and Cultural realms of life.
~ TEDxHeartlandCommunityCollege

More information and tickets are available here.

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

Interviewed on The Shut Up Show with Berni Xiong and Phil Gerbyshak

This video interview was pure joy for me. It was a veritable love fest talking with my dear friend and client Phil Gerbyshak, and the fabulous Berni Xiong. Phil and Berni are two professionals I greatly admire.

The Shut Up Show is for entrepreneurs (or intrapreneurs) who are trying to do big things and need to get past fear and negative self talk. Basically, this show will help you to tell those unhelpful voices inside your head to (wait for it) shut up!

Nobody likes to admit the stupid things they have done in their business, but it’s my – and their – hope that we can all learn and grow from other people’s mistakes.

So I hope you will check out Catherine Morgan Helps Us Get from Point A to Point B – Episode 20. The show notes Berni put together are hilarious! And the video interview was a blast.  

Los Angeles Event: Off the Cliff – Is There a Net?

 

Off the Cliff – Is There a Net? Getting Your Business Started

Please join us for a lively discussion about how you can get past your blocks and actually START your business.

Catherine Morgan, the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., will be our presenter. In addition to being a business coach to consultants through her company, Catherine works with Carol Roth, the New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation, and manages Carol’s award-winning blog, Business Unplugged™.

You will learn some techniques for:

  • Getting past fear – how to identify what is stopping your progress, and how to work through it
  • Stepping into your power – how to reclaim your skills and expertise, and embrace being a business owner
  • Surviving the emotional rollercoaster – how to spend less time in “the dips” and more time being happy and productive
  • Connecting with others to support yourself and your business – why some of the connections you should make might surprise you

This will be a fun and interactive presentation suitable for anyone looking to start a business – or any existing business owner needing an energy boost.  Continue reading

[VIDEO] Selling ‘We’ is Easier Than Selling ‘Me’: Collaboration is the New Black

I had the opportunity to do a short talk at Ignite Chicago in the fantastic 1871 co-working space in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on June 18. The format is like speed dating for speaking. Everybody has to submit their slides a week in advance – and you only get 20 slides AND they advance automatically every 15 seconds. Crazy.

If you ever want to test your speaking skills, I recommend this format. But be warned: You will prepare as hard for five minutes as you will for a 70-minute talk!