WHY Lady Gaga CRUSHED IT During the Oscars 2015 and Why It Should Matter to You

I haven’t seen the Oscars yet.  As an avid movie goer, I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t even looked up the winners.  However, after oodles of social media posts, I finally Googled “Lady Gaga Oscars 2015” and like everyone else I was BLOWN AWAY.

Immediately, I realized why this is such a powerful display and a few things we can ALL learn from Sunday night’s performance. (If you haven’t seen it click the picture to see the full official video.)

Lady Gaga's Stunning Oscar Performance 2015

Lady Gaga’s Stunning Oscar Performance 2015

Most importantly, it’s okay (and AWESOME) to show a different, authentic side of yourself.  After hosting my radio show Make It Happen for over a year, I had the opportunity to meet with a listener.  During our candid conversation and visit she said, “I had no idea you were funny!” I didn’t know if I should be offended or to laugh, but it was a very interesting insight.  She was an avid listener of my show and went on to say that she had gleaned a lot of great information, yet, she wondered why I didn’t share more of my personal, humorous side.  If I’m being candid, that awareness led me to uncover a deep rooted fear that I couldn’t be professional AND funny.  In an effort have people take me seriously, I let go of a piece of me that is an important part of who I am.  I still struggle with this from time to time, but every time I share an appropriate personal story (most often, something wildy embarrassing I’ve done) or talk about sweat tacos, I feel more at ease, and I feel like I’m shedding a shell that needs to be cracked.

That said, I feel the need to throw out a word of caution:  this is not an open invitation to be overly personal.  I loved the distinction Ann Handley, author of the bestselling book “The Content Rules” gives on this subject.  She said, “There’s a difference between being personal and being personable.”  Share the pieces of you that fans will want to relate to you and keep your dirty laundry (and string of complaints) in the closet.

While I believe that Lady Gaga is already authentic as a popular musician, this other side of her shows her multifaceted artistry and talent.  Let’s all share more sides of our true selves so people can appreciate who we are on multiple levels.  Join me?

Second, taking a strategic risk is always good.  I’m not saying to go out and make stupid decisions, though if I’m honest, some of my stupidest decisions taught me the most.  I’m on the cusp of releasing a published book, rolling out a new season of my radio show and have some projects begging to come out.  I’m feeling vulnerable and nervous and excited.  I’ve got that tightening in my chest that is half so excited it could burst and half worried if I’m making the biggest mistake of my life.   I’ve learned that opportunities abound and the gap between the ones the reach their dreams and the ones that don’t are the ones willing to take a risk.

Life is full of these Make It Happen Moments….a fork in the road where we get to decide: Am I going to play it safe, or am I going to do something I’ve never done to get results I haven’t yet gotten (as the old addage says)?

It’s time, my friends.  It’s time to create Your Make It Happen Moments that determine your future and your dreams.  You’ve probably already had some of those moments, and you’ll probably have some more.  Will you share yours?  I’d love to feature your story-your make it happen moment on my radio show and through this site.  Email us at <inquiry> @ <speakmichelle> dot com.

Michelle McCullough ThumbnailBestselling author, Michelle McCullough is also a sought after business strategist and speaker. She’s the creator of “The Marketing Playbook” a digital marketing planning tool for entrepreneurs and small businesses. She’s been featured in numerous media outlets including entrepreneur.com and the 40 under 40.  She’s also the host of a weekly radio show.  As a mother of two young children she knows there’s no time to mess around.  It’s time to Make It Happen.   (Michelle’s motivational book “Make It Happen – The Success Practices for Peak Performers” will be out in 2015.  Sign up for the Make It Happen Toolkit and you’ll be first to hear about it’s release!)

BETTER than New Years Resolutions!

You’ve heard me say that I don’t make New Years Resolutions.  I never keep them, even though I “RESOLVE” to.  Now I create a vision board and do my “New Years Roles and Goals” Activity.  It’s super powerful and I want to share it with you.

Join me at the next, “Life Balance Myth Workshop” where I will share with you BETTER than New Years Resolutions that will lead you to having your BEST year yet.  My mission is for your 2012 to be your most fulfilled and meaningful, yet.

I do personal coaching on this area and my clients pay hundreds of dollars for the information I’ll be giving away in this workshop for only $30! And since you read this post, if you enter code: speakmichelle you’ll get $10 off!  It’s a steal! (Next year, I’ll be selling this course for $99, so this is your last chance at this price!)

As a bonus, I’m giving away a free Marketing and Business Strategy workbook that will help you plan out your your business goals for 2012.  This is a $49 value, that you’ll receive for FREE.  And you’ll get it within 24 hours of your registration.  The event will teach you how to transform your personal life, and your bonus is for your professional life!

I only have 25 seats available for this class on Wednesday, November 30th, at 6:00 PM, so reserve your seat soon!

REGISTER NOW

As always, I’m here to answer questions you may have!  Contact me here.

– Michelle

The #2 thing I've been asked consulting with women entrepreneurs over the last 3 years

Can you guess?  The number 1 thing I’ve been asked over the last 3 years while talking with women entrepreneurs through Startup Princess is, “How do I get more customers?” (We’ll have a marketing conversation later… 😉

The #2 thing I’ve been asked is: “How do I balance my business and my personal life?”  For a while, my answer was, “If you find out, let me know!”  (and I was the “business expert”!?)

Now, I answer that question with ease and help women (and men) in all stages of growing a business AND a life through my Life Priority System.  They LOVE me for it.  I created this system based on the things I wanted to be not on my growing list of to dos.  Now my to dos still get done, but there is greater meaning to my days and my personal and professional life are thriving!  I’ve even lost 40 pounds in the last year!

This is the first time I have offered this strategy in a live public event.   My coaching clients pay hundreds of dollars to learn these strategies in conjunction with business consulting, but I’m offering them in this introductory workshop for only $25.  That’s right, $25.  This workshop is NOT introductory in content, it’s introductory in my offering it to the public in this way as I try to share my message with other like-minded business people.  And it’ll never be this inexpensive again.

Secure your seat by registering here.

AND, the first 30 people who register get a ticket to the “Pre-party.”  Make connections at Stand Up Speed Networking from 6:00 to 6:30 and then strap in for juicy content from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  A good time will be had by all!  But you need to secure your seat for the event by Friday, October 17th to get the networking event add on for no charge.

Finally, I’ll give you a guarantee, if at the end of the event you don’t feel like you received $25 worth of goodness, I’ll refund your money.   No questions asked.   🙂

Register Today!

My First, Live, Solo Event – October 20th, 2011


I’m feeling super excited and super vulnerable today (how’s that for open disclosure?).  My first, live, solo event is coming up in less than 3 weeks.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?  Unfulfilled?  Out of balance?  At the end of your day do you wonder where all that time went?  Have a list of to-dos that seems to get longer instead of shorter?  Have you tried to “balance” your life, but easily slip back into old routines?

You aren’t alone! I’ve been coaching small business owners for the last 3 years.  I discovered that when there is a problem at the office, there’s usually a personal problem as well.  Especially for women.  They’re trying to balance growing a business and raising a family or have a satisfying personal life and wondering, “What’s the secret?  Other people seem to have it all, why can’t I?”

Then it happened to me.  In January of 2010 I was running 3 businesses, heavily involved in my church service, and I had just had my second child.  I was trying to balance having a toddler and a newborn, maintain a happy marriage, keep my businesses afloat and still have time for service and myself.  I kept looking around at other successful women entrepreneurs who seemed to have it all together and I went in search of what they had.   Frankly, things got worse.  Then through trial and error and honestly trying every life balance and time management program on the planet, I still felt like something was missing.  I realized life balance is a myth and I decided I needed to create a program that did a better job of focusing on my most important roles and responsibilities.

I created the Life Priority System.  When I share this with clients and friends they love me for it and I’m dying to share it with you.  I’ve created this event to help you manage your life’s work.  You’ll also learn how to get your loved ones on board with your dreams!  Whether you’re a full-time parent, a full-time entrepreneur, a full-time employee or some mix of the above, my system is designed to help you to bring greater meaning to the things most important to you.

I share these secrets with my coaching and business clients for hundreds of dollars, but in this introductory workshop, I’m sharing my best stuff for $25.  It’s NOT introductory in content.  It’s introductory in price and offering to you.   And really, what is your life worth?  How much would you spend to learn tools that can bring you happiness and fulfillment?

In addition to rich content, you’ll receive the Life Balance Myth Workshop workbook, and additional conference materials.  I want you to have the tools you need to be successful when you leave so I’m pulling out all the stops and putting my best stuff in the materials.

AND, the first 30 people who register by Friday, October 7th will receive a 10 page Joy Journal starter kit (both in print and in digital format).

AND, if you’re not completely satisfied with the content and tools I share, I’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.  Simply see me or one of my event staff members at the end of the event and we’ll refund your money.

Reserve your spot and register today!

Event Details: Thursday, October 20th, 2011 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Tahitian Noni Visitors Center – Outrigger Conference Room (No, there will not be a network marketing presentation.  They offer meeting space available for community events and I like their location!)

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at michelle@speakmichelle.com.  I welcome a conversation to discuss if this event is right for you.