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03 Jan 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

How to Create Powerful Momentum by Giving Thanks

I’ve been a big believer in having a regular practice of gratitude for awhile now, but it’s even more in the forefront of my mind these days. So far, 2013 has been a wonderful year that has allowed me to step into new opportunities. This week I’m feeling thankful for the opportunity to serve as an expert at David Neagle’s Break Through Live Experience.
I’m also really thankful for the life I’ve created with my husband. Sure, we have ups and downs like anyone else, but we are truly fortunate. We are in good health, have amazing children and have been able to make some pretty big dreams come true! I’m thankful for the evolution of my business too, which would not be possible without you! Thank you for allowing me into your life as a teacher and enabling me to learn from you too. I am blessed to be able to work with such amazing people! I am sending you huge heartfelt thanks :)
This week I share a few tips on how being grateful can actually benefit your bottom line. Read on to learn how.
03 Jan 2014 Written by Sukpreet In

How Studying Abroad Made Me Richer

As a consumer based, capitalistic society, we, Americans are in love with success and all of the things that lead us up to it: religiously checking off to-do lists, staying laser focused, keeping our eyes on our goals, and averted from the rest of the world and all its distractions. Studying abroad for five months was the best thing that happened to me before I got trapped into America's web of 9-5's, home to work, work to home lifestyle. I have always been proud of my insane ability to focus on projects whether they are school related or extracurricular.

20 Dec 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

Intuition Leads to Results

Chris Atley IntuitionThought Leader Blog Post

I had a wonderful weekend sponsoring my mentor’s (David Neagle) event.  To the right is a picture of us :) I really enjoyed connecting with other like-minded business owners. The amazing part to me was the quality of the conversations. Many people were experiencing big breakthru’s around what had been keeping them stuck. I love it!

What I walked away with was just how important it is to follow our intuition in business. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! Read on to learn the difference between fear and intuition and how to move forward down the path of least resistance.

Most people don’t realize how important their intuition is to the growth of their business.

The definition of intuition in Wikipedia is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason.

18 Dec 2013 Written by chicceo In

Put The Weight On The Gain

Recently, I was introduced to the behavioral psychology and economic work of Daniel Kahneman, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, and I am now officially obsessed.

His most recent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, eloquently describes his theories behind our decision making, noting the incredible amount of error our minds output everyday based upon the heuristics we've grown up with or that society has blessed. 

Reading an interview with him today, he said something very simple that really struck me as we all head into the new year. He said, "...one important source of bad decisions is loss aversion, by which we put far more weight on what we may lose than on what we may gain. Advisors are likely to give us advice in which gains and losses are treated more neutrally—they are more likely to adopt a broad and long-term view of our problem, less likely than the affected individual to be swayed by the fears and hopes of the moment."

Risk aversion and loss aversion (to me) go hand in hand and describe exactly the paralyzing fear we go through when embarking on an entrepreneurial journey. There are some of us that aren't averse to risk and some of us that literally never step out for fear of loss. 

A simple shift in perspective here is all that might be needed if the thought of working for yourself causes you to double over in anxiety. 
13 Dec 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

Sales Strategies From the Heart

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You know, the term "sales" has such a negative connotation to it sometimes. It's such a shame, because without "sales" you have no business! It's really all in how you handle your sales process - are you coming from a place of being in service to your prospects? 

This week, in both the radio interview and my article, I address this subject. I invite you to take some time over the weekend to read and listen to the radio show and check in with yourself about your gut reaction to the term "sales" and what it means to you. How might that initial reaction be affecting your bottom line? What can you do to shift the energy around "sales" in your business to work FOR you, not AGAINST you?
There are a lot of misconceptions around sales because, unfortunately, some sales people have approached it the wrong way. Instead of asking questions and finding out what people want or need, they tell people what they need instead. This is a turnoff, right? Nobody wants to be told what they need or what to do for that matter. When people approach sales this way, it is a total turnoff and gives the process a bad rep.
11 Dec 2013 Written by chicceo In

Chic Interview with Anna Swonetz

We had the great pleasure of working with Anna Swonetz of anna bee jewelry and Swan + Saxon for our SxSW V2V event we put on in Vegas this year. We were also lucky enough to get a Swan + Saxon custom bracelet into the swag bags that we gave away to VIP's at the event and people could not stop talking about them. The jewelry and design is just beautiful.

We recently also had the opportunity to chat with Anna about her entrepreneurial journey:

10 Dec 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

4 Tips for Being Authentic in Your Business

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Last week/weekend I went to a business-building event where I met some wonderful people and was surrounded by business owners who had reached enormous levels of success in their businesses. Here is a picture of me during a photo shoot! It was such fun :)

I learned a lot from the various speakers and made some great connections, but there was something that was nagging at me the entire time I was there. By the end of the weekend, I finally figured it out!
09 Dec 2013 Written by maryellent In

The Shocking Results – Don’t Be Next!

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Even though it was two years ago, I can still remember the conversation like it was yesterday.

My friend, Janet, called me in hysterics the night of her company holiday party. Earlier that evening she was mingling with many co-workers. As the night went on, she found herself deep in a conversation with one of her male co-workers. And before she knew it, she was being hit on harder than a hammer to a nail.

And not only did this “prince charming” know she was married, he was married as well!

Well, over the next year, the situation got so bad that she eventually left the company.

Because of the obvious anguish Janet was in and how astonishing this was to me, I needed to find out more.

So I surveyed the WMO community to see just how common this occurs in the workplace.

Well, my friends – it is not just prevalent, it is a freakin’ epidemic!

I could not believe my eyes when I saw that 81% of the Working Moms Only community had been hit on by a co-worker at a company holiday party.

You heard me right – 81%!

And the hits keep on coming . . .

I have always adopted the philosophy that knowledge is power. If you do not know that a problem exists – you cannot solve it.

So, I am publishing the results in their entirety:

03 Dec 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

6 Strategies for Attracting More Clients

Thought Leader Blog

Chris Atley April PhotoI had the honour of speaking at Scripps College on entrepreneurship earlier this week! I love how more and more college students are thinking about heading in this direction. One gal is even starting her own entrepreneurial club. How exciting! I couldn’t help but think how far ahead these students will be after learning the info. I shared. It’s really not information being taught in school, and I was happy to teach it :)

In the article today I share how you to can grow your business in an authentic and meaningful way.

#1: Get clear on what you do for people. I’ve talked a little bit about “WIIFM” (What’s in it for me?). Make sure you know what results people get as a result of working with you. Get clear on the befits you offer. Make sure this is sprinkled throughout your marketing materials and also in the way you speak about what you do. People want to buy based on the solution you can solve for them. Think about past clients you’ve helped or even what your expertise is.

27 Nov 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

Address Your Money Beliefs in Order to Soar!

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It’s interesting to me how many people have negative beliefs about money. This comes up repeatedly when I out chatting with different people. I truly believe we can be, do and have anything in life with the right tools. One of these tools is clearing out negative beliefs and therefore having a perspective change. If you stay stuck in old beliefs that are no longer serving you, it will be hard to grow and achieve new levels of success.

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18 Nov 2013 Written by chicceo In

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16 Nov 2013 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching In

Do You Suffer from Sleep Sabotage?

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Have you ever noticed how getting a good night sleep has such a HUGE impact on literally everything you do? How you interact with your kids, neighbors, business contacts? I’ve really been paying attention lately to just how important this is. It literally makes all of the difference from having a throw-in-the-towel type of a day v. a rainbow and butterflies type of experience. What I mean by that is when you’re tired, it’s easier to slip into self-doubt and negative thinking. This does not lead to making good decisions. In fact, it leads to such a downward spiral that you might feel like giving-up on your business. Am I right?

When you get a good night sleep on the other hand, you are flying high and can see the positive in everything. Your world is filled with rainbows and butterflies. You know your success is certain and you’re so excited to get your message out there. Your ideas and decisions are different when you’re in this place. You are acting like the businesswoman/man you want to be. You are at your best.
14 Nov 2013 Written by maryellent In

Stop Networking and Start Making Money

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It’s a self-marketing tactic I’ve really come to hate…

I’m talking about “networking.” Sure, I’ve been hearing all about networking for years. I’ve even used the word myself!

But when you get down to it, networking is cold, sterile… and it seems self-serving: one person trying to form a web of contacts whose sole purpose is to do something for him.

That’s not how I want to do business.

Lately, I’ve been rethinking what “networking” means. For instance, when I meet people at a so-called “networking” event, what is my end-game?

You know what? My ultimate goal is not to network with them… It’s not to find out what they can do for me… It’s not to add them to my address book until I need something from them…

It’s to connect with them!

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08 Nov 2013 Written by chicceo In

How To Retain Your Customers

Did you know that retaining 5% of your customers can lead to a 30% increase in profits? 
04 Nov 2013 Written by RefWriter In

I Once Was Random, Then I Reinvented Myself

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In college one of my suite mates, Robin, used to call me random.  She would say I had the most random interests, jobs, and friends.  Just last week I met John, and he told me I was the most random person he had ever met.  I don’t believe I am random by definition, lacking a definite plan, purpose or pattern, but I believe I am passionate about a lot of things and I do not fear change or the unknown.


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