21 Apr 2014 Written by chicceo
Brandon Hawk

Broke Entrepreneur: A Different Way

It seems that being an entrepreneur has become synonymous with the word "struggling." They even have support groups for spouses who are married to entrepreneurs… You have passion, yes. You have purpose, yes. You have drive, yes. BUT. You are constantly talking about how tired you are, how worn thin you are. That you barely have any money. 

It’s as if the struggle has become a badge of honor.

Here’s the truth: You’re business is not thriving because YOU are not thriving. What are you trying to prove by making it so hard? Are you trying to prove you’re worth it to yourself and everyone else? 

15 Apr 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching
Hand Written Note

The Value of a Hand Written Note

In today’s day and age, communication has been completely taken over by technology. We are so inundated by email and texts that the value of receiving a note from someone in this format has lost its novelty. Do you really like receiving a birthday or thank-you note by email? Sure it’s nice to know someone is thinking about you, but isn’t it much more personal to receive a handwritten note? This came up in my mastermind meeting the other day. When someone takes the time to write and mail you a hand written note, it really means a lot more.

07 Apr 2014 Written by esyra17star
Pure Barre

Franchising with Pure Barre

We’re sure many of you have heard the Confucius quote, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”  This sentiment resonates with Pure Barre studio owners around the country, many of whom have left high powered careers to open a Pure Barre studio... and never looked back!
04 Apr 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

What Is Stopping You?

Today and yesterday, I have been fortunate to connect with some heart-centered business owners in Marina Del Rey. The most amazing part though, is that I was in the same hotel only 4 years before for a mastermind meeting. I traveled from Canada to get there, and brought my newborn baby and Mom to help me take care of her. I was dreaming about living in California, and trying hard to make it a reality. I was willing to do whatever it took. I remember running up to the room every few hours to either pump or feed Ella.

01 Apr 2014 Written by esyra17star
Women in Business Symposium

Women in Business Symposium: How to get media attention in a fragmented market.

Sisters are doing it for themselves once again at the 15th annual Women in Business Symposium on April 25, 2014 at the Hilton Del Mar. A forum designed for entrepreneurial women to talk, exchange ideas and get information on emerging technologies and business strategies, it’s an event rife with networking opportunities.  Attendees will hear from thought-provoking presenters, sit in on brief but compelling roundtable discussions, and peruse tabletop exhibits demonstrating new products.  A handful of merchants will provide retail therapy for those who want to finish out the day with a bit of added flair.
This year’s presenters include a panel of media professionals offering tips and ways to get attention for your business in a fragmented media market.  Nicole Darling, XETV producer, Steve Cohen, KUSI Program Director and Sue Norberg writer for the Union-Tribune Retail Trends column will present and answer questions.  Renee Kohn, life coach, standup comedian and San Diego 6 team member and co-host of San Diego Living; her topic: Attract Success in Business with Heart and Soul.  Roundtable presentations will be tailored to provide helpful information on subjects as diverse as leadership strategies, minimizing office clutter, utilizing social media and micro-fitness routines that maximize returns.
This symposium is an ideal place to meet like-minded thinkers and learn about what’s changing the face of business in and out of San Diego.
The event is Friday, April 25 from 8 - 4 pm, Hilton Del Mar,15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014. Admission is $85, includes lunch, event and exhibits.
To register visit use the code at sign-up WIBS5 is $5 off admission through April 15.
21 Mar 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

So you can do it alone, right?

Ready to take on the world!

How many of you feel this way in your business? That you can tackle this beast of building a business on your own? That you've got this? I read an article this week that talks about the complete opposite and how some entrepreneurs even commit suicide. Not good. Read on for more info. on this topic.

"So you can do it alone, right?"

I am amazed at how many entrepreneurs think they can do this alone. Grow their businesses, that is. I was just reading an article earlier this week that talks about how common depression is amongst entrepreneurs. This is due to the fact that they measure their self-worth by their business results. It’s also due to no one talking about the reality of what’s going on. Many feel alone and think they have no one to turn to. If they admit they are sinking, they will appear as failing.

I remember when I first started my business; my friends would ask me how many clients I had. I’m still not sure what that was about. Were they jealous and hoping I was failing? Were they just nosy? Was this a way to be supportive? I’m not sure how that would have been the case to be honest. The more I think about it, none of my best friends ever asked this, so I think I have my answer.

17 Mar 2014 Written by khale

Think Big Before You Negotiate


As a former practicing attorney, I spent a lot of time learning about the art of negotiation. The lessons on successful negotiation were wide ranging. From the more familiar, "know your audience" and "understand what you bring to the table" to the less conventional, "keep your arms folded” and "do not wear bright colors.” Apparently hot pink does not go over well in negotiations.



There was one recommendation for effective negotiation that was given in every seminar I attended or book that I read: "identify what you want before you begin negotiating."

This advice is sound. If you go to the car dealer unsure whether you want a used Honda Civic or a brand new Honda Accord, you are more likely to be cajoled into the newer and more expensive option, regardless of whether it was what you wanted or needed. Identifying what you want from a negotiation at the start of the process can help to avoid disappointment – or worse - with the outcome.

Yet, I never was instructed on how to identify what it was that I wanted. In rare cases, the outcome may be obvious and non-negotiable, but in most cases the outcomes are much more wide ranging than you imagine. When you approach possible outcomes with too limited a mindset, you put ourself at a disadvantage from the get-go.

14 Mar 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

How Inspiration Leads to Success

When we’re inspired, we can truly create anything. It literally changes our perspective from a glass half empty to a glass half full. We are inspired to dream big and do big! Life is exciting! We feel unstoppable – like we can change the world. It’s these feelings that fuel us forward. It’s this inspiration that drives us to achieve big goals and do great things. It’s in this place that we need to stay and operate from.
10 Mar 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

Success Depends on Your Follow-up Plan

These simple steps will help you implement a follow-up system that you can start implementing now.

When you know you’re going to a function, make sure you schedule in time the next morning to follow up with the people you met/interacted with there. For example, when I go to a networking event, I make time the next morning to send emails and make connections on Facebook with anyone I connected with. It’s important to do this right away while you’re still fresh in the person’s mind. If you’re hoping to meet with someone in-person, i.e. for a lunch or coffee, it’s best to reach out right away to increase the chances of making that happen.

09 Mar 2014 Written by chicceo

SXSW 2014 Startup Roundup - Day 1

SXSW Interactive 2014 is off and running! I moderated a panel today called "Life Automation for Entrepreneurs" with Dave Asprey, the BulletProof Exec, Veronica Belmont with Sword & Laser, and Maneesh Sethi, founder of Pavlok. We had an amazing discussion about when and how to automate tasks in our lives and our businesses to mitigate decision fatigue. Fascinating stuff.

Just like I did last year, I am bumping into founders of new startups and this year is already impressive. Here's my roundup of the coolest startups I've met today.
1. In the greenroom before the panel, I got to talking with Ulysses Alvarado as he was ironing his pants. I asked if he made sandwiches too. Ulysses and his co-founder Phillip Gabbard, have started one of the first social media sharing sites for the latin market. It's called TuVision Canal and they've been described as a mashup of YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo - they are launching here at SXSW. @tuvisioncanal

2. Also in the greenroom, we got to chatting with a gent who has created a company called Geppetto Avatars. They build artificial intelligence that brings virtual characters to life. An example use case he describes: children with asthma can be taught how to treat themselves using the avatar - they can ask questions, learn lessons and get treatment. @geppettoavatars

3. People+ pitched today in one of the many pitch competitions going on this week. I chatted with Peter Berger, Founder and CEO, before he headed in to compete. People+ is in beta, but they describe themselves as the wikipedia meets LinkedIn. You can add info on a person or a company just like on wikipedia so people can search through user generated content about people and companies. @getpeopleplus

4. Cristina Quintania was at the MoFilm tent drinking a Deep Eddy cocktail tonight when we got to chatting about her new startup: ReFashion. ReFashion is about to launch their podcast in April and will be discussing the intersection of tech and fashion. She'll be focusing a lot on what's being innovated on in the fashion world via technology, by interviewing entrepreneurs that are working to change the landscape. @refashion_co

xoxo, Stephanie


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