100 days until Christmas?

Christmas - Canva - FreeI saw a meme on Facebook the other day that said “100 days until Christmas.”  Honestly, I am not looking forward to Christmas this year.  The past two years have been just terrible for me and my family.  In 2016, my father was dying of lung cancer.  My mother-in-law recently had a stroke.  And because of all of this, Christmas was at MY house.  And to top it all off, my brother-in-law and his wife were coming up from Florida, so we had to entertain them for a few days.  It was a rough Christmas.

In 2017 (the first Christmas without my dad), I volunteered to have Christmas at my house, again.  It was not only sad, but my sister and her family were over an hour late (and dinner was ready), her youngest child screamed throughout the entire night, nobody was in a good mood, and I ended up with a monster headache.  But, I had enough energy to take down every Christmas decoration that night before going to bed.  By December 26th, Christmas was GONE.  I vowed this year I would not put up any Christmas decorations.  And my husband wants to go to Vegas.  So, when I saw “100 days until Christmas” on my Facebook feed, I just about threw up.

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Email Marketing: 7 best techniques that can lead to a great campaign

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7 Techniques

Subject Line:
grab viewers’ attention and keep it direct and to the point

Image:
always use a catchy image that is relevant to your content

Content
short paragraphs and bullet points, and link relevant content back to your website

Always Proofread:
typos and grammar errors are very unprofessional

Share:
include a way for your viewers to share through social media, or forward your email to others

Social Media:
include images/links to your social media accounts for viewers to connect with you easily

Track Results:
by tracking open and click-through rates, you will know what works best and what needs adjusting for better results

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Do you ever talk to the wall?

Today, my son came home from drivers education and said he couldn’t finish his worksheet because the book he was using didn’t provide any useful information (the answers) to the questions on the worksheet.  He was worked up and frustrated, so I should have known that whatever I said wouldn’t have mattered.  Apparently, I wasn’t listening, because he finished our conversation with… “I’d be better off talking to the wall.”

Well, kid, I feel that way too sometimes.  I feel your pain!!

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Here’s the thing…   I love having business conversations with my clients.  I really do!!  But, when I have to repeat things over and over again, “I’d be better off talking to the wall.”  I work alone, so if I talk to the wall it’s likely nobody will hear me.  So, maybe that’s what I’ll start doing.

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How to be a Great Business Coach!!

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If you’re thinking of becoming a coach, read through these 6 steps and see if they fit you and what you envision your coaching business to look like.

1 – Have you had business success yourself?  If you’ve had proven business success, make sure you add your story to your website and share it with your prospects; also back it up with client testimonials.

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Do you have September Anxiety?

It’s ALMOST that time of year…again!

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Yes, September is literally creeping up upon us.  My August is sooooo jammed pack with life and work, I don’t even want to look ahead, but really can’t help it.

This month I have the following going on:

– 16 year old son is in Driver’s Education class
– 16 year old son needs driven back and forth to class and to work
– 14 year old son is going to band camp (for 1 week)
– Preparing 14 year old son for band camp
– Taking a Business Writing course online

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Starting Something New!!!

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OK.  So, here I go again.  It’s “that time” where I get an itch to start something new.  I LOVE what I do…helping other business owners, like myself, grow their businesses.  Up until now, I’ve worked with the following professionals:

– Realtors (not my favorite)
– Lawyers (not too bad – just don’t know enough about the industry)
– Business Coaches (I love them…they are the best)
– Business Owners (most of them are incredible…one of my favorites)
– Authors (again, not too bad – just not something I know a lot about)

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Should you start a business blog?

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When I chat with potential clients for the first time, I get as much information about their business and why they contacted me in the first place.  They ask me questions and I ask them questions.  One of my questions is “Do you blog?”  90% of them say “No, but I would love to start.”  Yes, it’s a very time consuming task.  Yes, it takes some thought on your part.  Yes, it can be frustrating.  No, it’s not impossible.  No, it’s not expensive.  No, it’s not useless.  So why should you start a business blog?  What’s the purpose of it? Can it help your business?

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