Maybe you're not in the New Year's Resolution camp. Or maybe you do make those goals every year, only to find out your zeal for those lofty weight loss, finance and meditation dreams have yet again fizzled and faded by February (congratulations, you're a normal human being). Maybe this year you should think about just … Continue reading What’s your One Word for 2018?
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” ]
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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.
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