My recent post on Carol Roth’s blog, Business Unplugged, shares some of my best suggestions for questions you should ask yourself BEFORE you invest a lot of time and money in a service that might not be right for you – or your business.
You can read “
5 Ways to Sanity Check Your New Service Offering” here.
I am absolutely thrilled to be quoted with some of my speaking heroes, including Michael Port of Heroic Public Speaking, Scott Stratten of UnMarketing, Carol Roth, Barry Moltz, Phil Gerbyshak, and others – woot!
Please check out “
8 Master Tips on How to Get Paid for Public Speaking.”
Everything I’ve learned about starting and growing a consulting business in one interview – 20 years of experience in 25 minutes. video
This is gold! You can watch the
video interview here.
Often, I am very grateful to Carol Roth for letting me post a rant on her award-winning blog. Two clients sent me the same article, and it made my blood boil both times I looked at it.
We keep hearing about the “gig economy” – but the definition of what that actually is can be fluid, to say the least.
I bring some sanity to an insane world and discuss why being a commodity isn’t sustainable, and how people can work themselves to death in any situation (corporate or entrepreneur).
You can read “Agency and the Gig Economy: Don’t Be an Idiot”
It was fun to be quoted on a
Fortune 500 brand’s website on March 24.
You can check out what I had to say in “Cybersecurity: 5 Risks Small Businesses Need to Understand”
I was one tired speaker after this busy week of three speaking gigs within one week. Yikes!
But I am pleased to report that I was able to inspire many job seekers to see possibility, which is the reason I get out of bed in the morning.
Here’s where I spoke:
Community Career Center
Talk: Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Job Search
March 16, 2017 • Naperville, IL, USA 10:00-11:30 AM CST
Community Resource Center
Talk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 20, 2017 • Lake Forest, IL, USA 1:30 PM CST
Success Job Club at the McHenry County WorkforceTalk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 22, 2017 • Woodstock, IL, USA – 1:00-2:30 PM CST
This is my first blog post for Vistaprint!
Having had some great outcomes working with top-notch graphic designers, I enjoyed sharing my experience, and reaching out to former clients who shared what they *wish* their clients would – and would not – do.
You can read “Working with a Designer: 5 Essential Tips to Get the Best Results”
It was fun to be included as a small biz influencer on Susan Solovic’s blog in “
14 top small biz influencers share their single most important word of advice.”
As you might expect, my comment wasn’t your run-of-the-mill piece of advice!
Oh my goodness, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I thoroughly enjoy working with solo consultants, helping them grow practices doing work that they love with clients they love to work with.
It was a blast to do this webinar with MBO Partners, a company that provides back-office support to consultants.
The first time I gave this presentation several years ago I called it “Off the Cliff: Is There a Net?” Here’s the presentation deck:
And here’s the webinar recording:
Snow-capped mountains ring Rancho Mirage
A lot of people were looking forward to dropkicking 2016. I have to say John Oliver’s skit had me doubled over laughing (and I watched it at least five more times over the next few weeks).
Still, there were some highlights, so here’s the recap. It’s always therapeutic to go through this exercise.
Overall, I had 19 speaking gigs and published lots of blog posts on topics related to career transition and small business. I am very proud of the content I created this year.
Major Client Wins
I might call this the year of the underdog. The clients I was able to help the most had lost their faith in themselves, or had been in an extended transition.
I helped a client who had been out of work for almost three years get back to work in six weeks.
I helped a client leverage her experience and land a great opportunity with a 70% pay boost.
I helped a client who had been out of work for 18 months land a project at a Fortune 50 brand in a little over a month.
I helped a stay-at-home dad of 15 years get back to work.
I did a rush rework of a resume, positioning a client for a change of industry, and she immediately got into the interview cycle for a great job and received the job offer.
I helped an IT project manager who never really gelled in corporate gain enough confidence to try going out on his own as an independent consultant.
I helped one client go from entrepreneur to employee – and then to independent consultant.
I re-launched many more professionals who had lost confidence in their skills.
Eating tapas outside in downtown Palm Springs
I started the year in Palm Springs, one of my favorite places. That wasn’t too bad. I was there for a week, escaping the Chicago freezing weather.
Everyone was looking at me like I was nuts when I went swimming because it was only 65 degrees out, except the Canadians at the hotel – they understood.