Three Gifts To Give Your Business This Year

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It’s that time of year for gifts and presents for family and friends, but it’s also the time of year for businesses to make any last minute purchases for tax purposes.

In this segment I share three gifts you can give your business this season, that are also tax write offs. 🎉

And here are some behind the scenes pics of being in the KSL studio.

5th Annual Marketing Blueprint Workshop in the Books

Sometimes time is amazing to me. I spent many months putting this event together, and just like that it is over. After five years I’m still wondering why people show up, but at the same time I’m so super jazzed about the content and the marketing planning and I am thrilled people continue to come and show up. Many attendees are even repeat guests who enjoy using this time to get their annual planning complete.
 It’s hard for me to put into words what this today experience is like, so I’m going to let this year‘s attendees share their thoughts with you:

Michelle’s knowledge and expertise is so content, rich, and goes so deep. Her research and preparation for this event and the specific needs of those attending is evident. In terms of cost-to-benefit ration, my benefit far out weighed my cost. High value content!

-Christi Reed, Charmed Spaces

So many great ideas! I want to do them all! Exceeded expectations! Mega Value!

-Pamela Nebeker, Nebtek

Some good insight on what will and won’t work for our business. I would recommend the price for any beginner who wants to learn about marketing.

-Lance Tarver, Nebtek

The marketing blueprint breaks down marketing into bite size pieces while creating an amazing overall strategy. I am no longer scared of marketing, and now marketing my business will be a fun challenge! Fantastic value!

-Nathalie Bowman

Michelle- She’s dynamic, lovely, intelligent, brilliant, gorgeous, added value, fun, hilarious, GREAT! Perfect price!

-Paige Sornesen, Fashion and Oils

Slides and workbook compliment powerpoint. Informational and strategy packed! A jump start for me to plan and prioritize my strategy. So worth it! Value added!

-Jodi Robinson, The Living Room/ Life Devoted

What didn’t I like?! I love the workbook. I love the specific examples and ways to implement everything

to work together and flow. I like how she suggested specific strategies for specific businesses.

-Nickie Graybill, Nickie Graybill Design & Photography

Know who you want to market to and where they play. Awesome! 100%

-MaryAnne Adams, NorthStar Principles

It was perfect for me. I know my business, but really didn’t know how to get people to know me. Ticket <<< Value! 100X

-Chrissa Peterses, 8 Ways Health and Nutrition

I love the way you present this to get me excited to get my marketing in place and set up my next year and strategies. Fantastic content- High Value

-Kris Barney, All Things Possible Inc

It’s organized and easy to follow. It is beyond worth every penny + more

-Andrea Christiansen, Stewart Palmer + Empowered Studios

I learned a ton about social media & how my org can best utilize it. We are pretty to averse to social media but I am seeing safe ways we can benefit with limited liability. Very worthwhile. Small group training was useful. Able to ask questions.

-Krissy Jordan, Integrated Medical Evaluations

Even though it was a fire hose of information, I now know what I need to be implementing for the coming year – determining my customer, message, blog ideas, the taking it to social media. Excellent!

-Carolyn Blosil

The calendar! And the updates on social media platforms! Excellent!

-Holly Richardson

What was really helpful for me was the examples you use and when you would walk us through the process. The values was worth so much!!

-Rebecca Haughey, Stewart Palmer Salon Spa

I am excited for marketing next year and feel like I have a clear strategy for what to do, who should do it and how to fit it into my calendar.

-Erin Mathie, Business Made Simple

 

6 Reasons You Should Attend The Marketing Blueprint Workshop

Live and Livestream Tickets Available

It’s my favorite time of year. I get to wear sweats and hoodies AND I get to prepare for my annual marketing planning event.

In it’s 5th Year, The Marketing Blueprint Workshop is designed to help you create your 2018 marketing plan in two days. But it’s more than that! Here are the top 5 Reasons you should attend the Marketing Blueprint.

1. Write your marketing plan for 2018 in two days. I’ll walk you through a checklist of structured exercises to help you target the correct market,
define your key marketing messages, set your budget and choose marketing mediums. Repeat attendees will tell you that their favorite part of this event is getting so much done to prep for the new year in a short amount of time.

2. Learn the latest in social media marketing. The social media landscape changes every year, but this year, big changes are in store. We’ll talk about how to make the most of the algorithm changes and how to use social media best in your business.

3. Learn how to make your small business budget get BIG results. Your budget doesn’t have to be huge to make an impact, but I’ll guide you to make the best decisions for your business, and the best bang for your buck.

4. I’m funny. I mean, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but Jana Finch called me the Melissa McCarthy of Marketing. Two days can be hard to get away from work and life, but not only will it be jam packed with valuable info, I’ll make sure you have a good time, too.

unnamed5. Learn how I got 20 TV segments in the last year For FREE. I didn’t pay for the spots, but I used my unique formula to reach out to decision makers and now I have two regular segments on the NBC and FOX affiliates in my market. I’ll lay all the cards on the table and show you how to be successful with media!

6. New this year, live and Livestream attendees get a new addition to their workbook: Market Plays. I’m creating 10 ready to go market plays. You plug in your content and decide the reach but you can use my checklist to create a powerful campaign, on demand.

I hope you can join us. Use code SPEAKMICHELLE to save 30% off between now and November 15. And, anyone who purchases this week will also receive my How To Get Noticed By Local & National Media CD as a bonus! ($50 value)

www.marketingblueprint17.eventbrite.com

 

 

What to Do If Your Kid is A Cyber Bully (AND How to Prevent Your Kid From Becoming a Bully)

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October is National Bullying Awareness Month and with a cell phone in the hands of almost every teen, the subject of cyber bullying deserves attention and discussion.

In yesterday’s post we talked about what to do if your kid is getting bullied online.  Today, we’re talking about what to do if your kid is the instigator (AND a few thoughts about how to prevent it from happening in the first place).

What to Do About Cyber Bullying

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October is National Bullying Awareness Month and with a cell phone in the hands of almost every teen, the subject of cyber bullying deserves attention and discussion.

If your kid is being bullied:

  1. Take it offline – but ACT
    1. Remember the 3 Ds – Document, Discuss, Delete
  2. Make adjustments to schedules and activities.
  3. Make sure they get additional help and support if needed.

Check out our next post for what to do if your kid is the bully and how to prevent your kid from becoming a bully in the future.

Three Tips To Better Email Management

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Studies show that employees waste 17 hours a week on pointless work email.  Take 17 and times it by all of your employees and that’s a hefty expense for businesses.

Here are three tips to to be more productive with your email:

Schedule Time For Email – Don’t Keep It Open All Day
Cut Back On Junk – Opt Out of Emails You Don’t Read
Make Email Work For You – Create Folders

Watch the video here:

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When A Dream Becomes Reality

How "The Make It Happen Blueprint" Came To Be

17218638_10212525526323245_6703310731430754718_oOn the left, I’m pictured with David Hancock of Morgan James Publishing.

I met him at Experts Academy 5 years ago. Back then I didn’t know what my book would be about, or what it was titled or what would be in it. But I had a feeling Morgan James was part of that. So I stood in line where everyone else was pitching their books and I sheepishly said, “I don’t know what my book is yet, but when I have it, I’ll send it to you. I want you to stand here and pretend to hold a book and someday we’ll fill that space.” He said, “Awesome,” and handed me his card (not readily being handed out) and then added, “Send me that picture when you get home.” I did.

I kept in touch with him over social media. I self published my first book (The Time Blueprint for Entrepreneurs) and then I wrote “Make It Happen” a book on success & peak performance applicable for a wider audience. I initially self published that one, too, but I sent it to David with our picture and said, “I’ve already self published this one, but would you take a look at my writing and let me know if you’d be interested in my next book?” He responded within 24 hours and said, “I want this one, but I want you to add 15,000 more words.”

I added more content, rewrote other sections, sent it to three rounds of editing and then when they got the final manuscript, they gave me a publication date more than 10 months into the future.

It’s been a long process, but I’m so grateful for this journey. The picture on the left has been on my vision board since the first day we met 5 years ago.

This week, I got the picture on the right. I still don’t have a physical book yet, (as you can tell that’s just a color print).

But this is happening and I waffle between tears of joy & gratitude to being metaphorically in the fetal position. 😂

Some people ask me why my first published book wasn’t a marketing book. I’ve produced Marketing Mastery, a 4 disk audio & The Social Media Blueprint, also a 4 disk audio (in it’s 3rd revision). There’s a marketing book in me for sure. But my journey started first with understanding, implementing & creating new success practices. Without my own “Make It Happen Blueprint” I couldn’t be a marketing strategist or social media speaker.

While I’m sure this won’t be the end of the story, this brings you to the present.

 

I hope you’ll be part of this story.  I hope that you’ll purchase and read “The Make It Happen Blueprint” and that you’ll be sending me YOUR Make It Happen Moments. Whether they take 5 days, 5 months, 5 years or MORE to come to fruition your goals CAN be realized.

 

Create your dream, make a plan and make it happen!

 

– Michelle


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The Three Levels of Support Every Entrepreneur Needs – Excerpt From Make It Happen Blueprint

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the-three-levels-of-support-every-entrepreneur-needs-excerpt-from-make-it-happenThe following summarized blog post is the chapter “Power Team” in my latest book “Make It Happen Blueprint“.  For the whole chapter and to read the rest of the book go to your favorite bookseller.  This book is available online and in brick and mortar stores near you.

Enjoy!

Practice – POWER TEAM

THE THREE LEVELS OF SUPPORT

Choosing your power team is just as important as choosing how to spend your time. You need the right people in the right place at the right time in your life. I like to think of the power team in terms of a pyramid with three levels. Each level serves its own purpose, and each is critical in its own way. Odds are that you already have people who support you on the various levels. As we discuss each one, think of who in your life fits in that category, and who else you could include to expand your power team and operate at your desired peak performance level. You may even want to write names down as they come to you. And remember, just as you need people on your team, peak performers are part of other people’s power teams as well.

1. Foundational Support

Every pyramid needs a strong base, and your power team is no different. The foundational support level is comprised of people who assist and can have responsibilities delegated to them. Since peak performers know their strengths and delegate the rest, they rely on the people in the foundational support level to help them get things done.

Lower Level Tasks

There are two types of tasks that are typically delegated. The first, is lower level tasks. These are things that should be handled by an assistant, a contractor, or someone at a lower pay level. That doesn’t mean the tasks, or the people doing them, are of lower value. Delegation is simply a way of dispersing tasks to the appropriate level of expertise.

I love Ken Blanchard’s book The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey. In it, Blanchard talks about the concept that “All monkeys must be handled at the lowest organizational level consistent with their welfare.” This single principle has guided my professional life for the last 14 years.

Hire and train the right employees, contractors and vendors to help you do admin activities so you can focus on your core strengths.

Skill Based and Upper Level Tasks

The second type of task that can be delegated involves things that are either above your level of expertise or require skills that you don’t have. These are called skill based or upper level tasks.

For example, I have a client who is a graphic designer. After going through a delegation activity with her, I noticed she was spending one to two hours a week, sometimes more, on bookkeeping. As a creative person, she should spend most of her time creating art, graphics, and marketing materials. Instead, she was crunching numbers and tracking payments. Not only did she hate doing it, she really wasn’t good at it—no offense, of course.

Because she hated this task, she ended up dreading it every single week. Sometimes it got pushed into another week and then pushed into another week. By the time she got around to it she had to spend an entire afternoon, or even a full day bookkeeping and invoicing just so she could get paid. For her, bookkeeping was something she needed to delegate to someone else.

When I pointed this out, she said, “But Michelle, I can’t afford it.” So I asked her, “Well, how much do you make an hour?” She replied, “It depends on the project, but about $75 to $100 an hour.” To that I said, “Okay, so for the $150 to $200 a week you are spending on bookkeeping you could afford to hire a professional to do it for you.” Light bulbs went on, and I think she may have done a dance on the spot. The point is, as an entrepreneur you do not have to do everything yourself!

Take a look at your current to-do list. Better yet, look at some completed lists or back lists. If something is not in your area of expertise, and if it is not something you really want to be doing, you should be delegating it out to a professional who can do it better. Or, you might even consider finding an assistant (temporary or long-term) who can do it faster or for less money than it would cost for you to do it.

I learned this lesson early on when I started my first business, a promotional products company. I would spend a lot of time putting stickers on catalogs, writing the addresses, and mailing them out, before I realized I could have a neighborhood teenager do those things for significantly cheaper. Delegating the tasks freed up my time so I could focus on marketing and getting new customers. What was even better was the fact that I had some happy neighbor kids who were getting paid to do something other than flip burgers. They liked the money, they were learning to work, and I had time for more important activities.

If you’re an entrepreneur and could use additional help in this department, two chapters in my book The Time Blueprint For Entrepreneurs are all about the hows and whys of delegating.

If you’re not an entrepreneur, get creative about the ways you can utilize others strengths and resources to get the “monkeys” off your back and build the foundational level of your power team.

2. Core Friend Support

The middle level of the support pyramid is for our friends and family members. These people are our cheerleaders—sometimes, quite literally. They are the ones who are sitting on the front row at our events, by our sides during key moments in life, and celebrating every victory with us. They also have their arms around us when we lose. We can trust and rely on them.

Typically, this level is where people naturally have the most support. However, if you find yourself lacking in this category, I have a couple of suggestions to help you build a stronger power team of friends.

Connect with like-minded individuals. Networking events and social groups are a great way to seek out like-minded individuals. There are so many options! Professionally, consider chambers of commerce and other groups with potential to strengthen your business associates and friends. Personally, consider sports teams, clubs, and organizations surrounding interests or hobbies you enjoy.

Consider what kind of friend you are in return. With some honesty and transparency, some of my clients have discovered the reason they are weak on this power team level is because they haven’t been supportive of others, and now there’s a social void in their own life. Never fear, because it’s never too late to repair what might seem broken, or make connections with new people with similar interests.

One thing to note about this level is that the people in it often change over time. I’ve noticed in my life how friends change as my lifestyle and my circumstances change. With a handful of exceptions, the friends I had in junior high school are different than the friends I have now. I would assume that’s the case for you as well.

Also note that there are a lot of friends that I love but I don’t take their business advice.  They are  good sounding boards, but beware of advice you take from a friend.

3. Mentor Support

Mentor or coach support is the top level of support I picture mentors and coaches as being above me. In other words, they are the people who know what I want to know, and they have blazed a trail for me to follow. I want and need their support to help me get to my destination faster.

Mentors come in many forms. They can be a friends with knowledge or skill sets you want to learn. They can be business associates that teach and train you. Whatever form they come it, they are knowledge givers, coaches, and consultants.

I worked at a television station while I was in college. My boss was a nice, smart man who to this day is one of the most organized and polished people I know. He even had a specific system for ironing his shirts so the creases would be just so. He never had a hair on his head out of place, and all of his folder tabs faced in one direction.

I remember being surprised when he told me one day that he had hired a life coach. Honestly, I had to try really hard not to laugh out loud. I couldn’t believe Mr. Perfection needed help achieving more in his life. I critically thought, “If you can’t figure out how to handle your own life, you might have bigger problems.”

The irony is that I’m a coach now. I get it. Even though I am a coach and work with clients across the country and in various parts of the world, I still pay coaches to help keep me on my A-game. I find coaches with a skill or expertise that I want and then I learn from them. Coaches help me “get there faster” in my life and business, and I see my coaches as prime examples of the mentor support I’ve had to help me be a peak performer.

Though I have paid people to coach me, I have also used the help of free mentors, mastermind groups and accountability partners who I consider to be an important part of my power team.

The people you spend your time with can effect your projects and dreams in big ways. They can cheer you on, support you and help you grow, but they can also discourage you or be negative with their “let’s be realistic” comments. Be careful about who you include on your power team, and the time and energy investment you make in people who are raining on your parade.

I feel very blessed to have amazing people in my life at every level. I couldn’t accomplish what I do without employees, friends, family members and coaches who show up in powerful ways to help me be a peak performer.

Take some time to nurture your own relationships and help your power team understand what their support, at any level, means to you! Gratitude can be a great currency for strong relationships.

Who is on your Power Team?  Who has helped you on your entrepreneurial journey?

Get your own copy of the Make It Happen Blueprint PLUS see who’s on MY power team in this amazing High Performance Bundle offered until March 21st.

Originally Published on StartupPrincess.com on September 17, 2013