What’s your ONE thing? [ Book Review: “The ONE Thing” ]

When's the last time you truly sat down and thought about your biggest, craziest, wildest dreams? If you had to picture it, could you imagine how those insanely humongous dreams could actually break down to actionable tasks and goals? Can you see what your path to those dreams looks like 5 years out, 1 year out, … Continue reading What’s your ONE thing? [ Book Review: “The ONE Thing” ]

So ADS Begins: 24 Things I learned in Year One as an Entrepreneur

Accidental Entrepreneurship. That's exactly what I think of when I consider where I was one year ago today. I never thought I would even think of doing this until I was 40 (although, ironically, I'm not so far from that now!). In my 20s, I often thought to myself that by the time I'm 40 … Continue reading So ADS Begins: 24 Things I learned in Year One as an Entrepreneur

Top 5 PR Tips that WORK (from one of journalism’s finest)

As entrepreneurs, everyone wants exposure for their business. Why? Because good exposure positively increases brand awareness. PR is a great way to do that “for free” so to speak – unlike traditional advertising which costs (print, digital, outdoor advertising on billboards, radio and TV commercials, etc.). Note: PR technically isn’t always “free” as many of … Continue reading Top 5 PR Tips that WORK (from one of journalism’s finest)

ADS Entrepreneur Chat with Charleigh Rocks (our 1st Facebook Live Broadcast)

Everybody loves the idea of sitting in their PJ's and making money, running a business off your iPhone using PayPal, Square and swanky, fun business tools like that. But how many of us ever actually get to experience that? We dream of starting our own business but life often gets in the way. Well Nicole … Continue reading ADS Entrepreneur Chat with Charleigh Rocks (our 1st Facebook Live Broadcast)

The Enthusiasm Challenge

Have you ever met someone who was just SO smart you think to yourself: there's no way they can't be successful. Smart people are successful right? Maybe, maybe not. I've come across some very smart people in my time - geniuses even. Calvin Coolidge reminds us, however, that "unrewarded genius is almost a proverb." Then again, … Continue reading The Enthusiasm Challenge

7 Networking Follow-up No-No’s for Entrepreneurs

It took me 45 minutes this morning to properly follow up with 14 contacts I spoke with at a networking event last night. That's about 3-ish minutes per contact - including time to briefly look up their website, see what their social media looks like (if they have it) and google them on LinkedIn. This … Continue reading 7 Networking Follow-up No-No’s for Entrepreneurs

Understand Motivations: 9 Key Words to Get You Anywhere

The key to getting anything done in business or otherwise is first understanding someone's motivations. When dealing with any personality type - whether you feel you can develop a great rapport with someone (which I almost always feel I can) or not - there are nine magical key words that will help you get nearly … Continue reading Understand Motivations: 9 Key Words to Get You Anywhere

Need a business mentor? Try SCORE.

If you're a budding entrepreneur - or even thinking about becoming one - you've got a million thoughts going on in your head. Every day. Every hour. And on top of that - more than a million things to do! You know how highly recommended it is for you to have a mentor. In fact, 70% of mentored small businesses … Continue reading Need a business mentor? Try SCORE.

The Power of the Closed Door

Why Closed Doors Can Be Just as Thrilling as Opened Ones I have a real fascination about doors. Not just any door, but the architecturally intriguing doors of old and even the newer, sleek modern doors of tomorrow. When I was in Paris this past Spring, I took a picture of every breathtaking door I came … Continue reading The Power of the Closed Door

Vision in Leadership: 7 Questions Every Leader Should Be Thinking About

"A leader's job is to look into the future and see the organization - not as it is - but as it should be." - Jack Welch Vision is everything in leadership. As cliché as that might sound, it has all the truth in the world in it. Your job as the leader in your … Continue reading Vision in Leadership: 7 Questions Every Leader Should Be Thinking About