Archive for July, 2012

Austin, TX or Bust!

Written on July 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Yes, it's true! We sold our home in Marco Island, Florida, and are Austin bound.

Only 47 days on the market. Cash buyer with 2 weeks to close. Whew!

How did we do it?

I see it as a combination of only 3 things...

1. We priced it according to the market. Based on list to sales price ratio, we knew where to start and where we would likely end up after negotiations. There were two low offers before getting the 3rd which concluded at virtually the exact number we expected based on comps and market conditions.

2. Our home …


Robin Sharma Speaks on Leadership

Written on July 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

Today at the health coaching conference in Washington DC I got an opportunity to hear keynote speaker, Robin Sharma, author of “The Leader Who Had No Title” and founder of Sharma Leadership International.

As always, I take away some golden nuggets from any talk I hear and today was no different. Before I share my personal take-away though, I thought I would just share some of my notes.

"The fears you don’t face become your limits.” Loved this quote. It is so true. When we allow our fears to get in the way of our dreams, we impede our progress …


Tony Jeary Shares Tips on Being an Effective Presenter

Written on July 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

When people hear that I have done a fair amount of speaking and training in front of large groups, I often get requests for pointers on things people can do to become a better public speaker.

Today I had  the opportunity to attend Take Shape for Life's 10th Annual National Conference in Washington DC and sit in on a training given by profesional speaker, trainer, coach, and author, Tony Jeary. Known as  "The Results Guy," Jeary recently authored the book, "Strategic Acceleration - Succeed at the speed of Life."

I haven't yet read the book (they gave us a copy …


Avoid 5 of the Biggest Networking No-No’s

Written on July 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

When done correctly, face-to- face networking (yes with real live people) in certain circles can be a valuable way to meet key influencers, learn more about your niche market, and expand your connections.

Key ingredients when engaging in networking events:

  • First impressions are important – VERY important
  • Differentiate yourself from other people in your field
  • Come from contribution
  • Look for and connect with key members
  • Be consistent

1. Make a good first impression

It is much easier to make a good first impression than it is to fix a bad one. Take time to prepare in advance and consider what …


Motivating the Unmotivated

Written on July 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Many of my clients are working to leverage their time through hiring additional sales people.  This can be a double edged sword to say the least. The goal is to have someone on the team who is self-directed and capable of not only handling business given to them, but also going out and generating new business.

I can't tell you how many coaching conversations that start out with the client asking, "How do I motivate _____ to generate more business?" Well, I came across a great article  (below) that shares some insights directly related to that question. Enjoy...




Entrepreneurial Overdrive

Written on July 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm


Website design, content creation, videos, updated bios, professional photos, Istock images, sign up forms, blog copy, welcome messages, auto responders, email signatures, Paypal accounts... oh my!

Setting up a business can be overwhelming. So why in the world have we decided to create 3 simultaneously? Have we lost our minds? Some days I think so!

Start-up madness.

In January of 2012 we set out to formalize our coaching and training company outside the corporate arena. We paid to have a logo designed, hired a branding coach (backwards, yes I know), had a website built from scratch, bought business cards, …


Life Lessons from the SUP

Written on July 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Last week I hopped on my stand up paddle (SUP ATX), headed out of the canal, across the Marco Island River, and into my little mangrove sanctuary for a much needed break from the computer. This was a familiar route and I had taken it many times before.

Today was different. 

The wind, although not extreme, was blowing just perfectly around the point and the tide was going out as I headed in. I paddled and paddled (and paddled and paddled) and literally made no head way. If I stopped paddling, me and my board inched backward - not good. …


Ready-Aim-Fire = Happy dance

Written on July 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

As I was mentally planning for my upcoming week of coaching, something hit me. I have some pretty darn cool coaching clients right now. The kind of clients that every coach would love to have 10 more of just like them on their roster.

Ready. Aim. Fire.

Last week as I was concluding a coaching call with Lisa, I asked my typical end of call question, “So what action items do youhave that you are taking away from the call?” And Lisa, as she always does, gave me her clearly stated list of 3 or 4 things she was prepared …

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