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The REAL Reasons we get DISTRACTED & the Proven Ways to GET FOCUSED! by Shelley Mitchell

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The REAL Reasons we get DISTRACTED & the Proven Ways to GET FOCUSED! by Shelley Mitchell

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WHAT keeps stopping you, slowing you down on getting in your way of HAVING what you really want?

(ADHD or not… the answer is usually the same)
I ask this question of my potential clients who come to me because they are ready to move to the next level in their business.
It’s also the same questions I ask my current clients who gets stuck.
We ALL Get STUCK from time to time but do want to know what the #1 answer is I hear from 99% of folks?
“I can’t stay FOCUSED” – OR – “I keep getting DISTRACTED”…
 
DISTRACTIONS or “not being able to FOCUS” is the number #1 KILLER of our success!  (in our business, our lives, our health, our relationships, our careers and the list goes on!)
So my blog this week is about…

The REAL Reasons we get DISTRACTED & the Proven Ways to GET FOCUSED!


First of all, we may not realize this but FOCUS is a limited resource.

YUP!  We keep trying to find “more” FOCUS when we have used it all up on something else.

Knowing that it’s limited, you have to CHOOSE what you want to use it for.

Here are some causes of “DISTRACTIONS” which cause us to use up our FOCUS resource and have nothing left for what we thought we wanted it for.

1.  You are using up your FOCUS on the wrong things – 

According to Psychology Today, “Every time you focus your attention you use a measurable amount of glucose and other metabolic resources. Studies show that each task you do tends to make you less effective at the next task, and this is especially true for high-energy tasks like self control or decision making so distractions really take their toll.”

FIX – “Know” that your FOCUS is limited and actually make conscious choices to how you want to use it. A daily plan could act like a checkbook register for how you want to spend your FOCUS.

2.  It might not be IN YOU to actually get it done – 

Another conversation I have a lot, including when I’m talking to my son which he working 6 days a week at his intensive summer sales job is about trying to force yourself to do something that really isn’t IN YOU to do…

 If something is not in line with your internal values (and you may not even know what those are) then no matter how hard you try to do something,

SOMETHING ELSE will always seem to get in the way.

So while you are beating yourself up over and over again for “not getting something done”, the truth is… that your values are talking to your brain and preventing you from doing it.

And now you are exhausted and feel worthless and wonder “why can’t I just get that done?”.

FIX – I suggest you get in tune with what those values are and create your to-do list from things that will SUPPORT what you truly want to accomplish and not what you THINK you SHOULD BE doing. A “Values” test through a coach or the “The Passion Test” which we do for our Get Your IPA On clients is a great resource.

3.  “Winging It” is NOT a Plan – 

We get up, have an idea of what needs to happen, make the coffee, start getting ready for the day and you head to the office (in home or out) and 3 hours surprisingly pass and you have NO IDEA what happened. You were working, you were busy and you knew there was something you NEEDED to do because you couldn’t sleep the night before thinking about it. But something else happened, something went wrong, someone had a problem for you to solve, the traffic was bad or the dog got sick, who knows….

If you aren’t planning out your day, IN WRITING, and the things you are planning are not in line with your biggest priorities and your values, it really isn’t going to get done unless you just happen to get lucky.

FIX – Have a DAILY plan, a weekly plan and an overall VISION/MISSION for your life and business at a minimum. We focus on 30 days and 90 days at a time with our clients at My Personal Business Coach because we are working on adding an extra 6 figures to our business each year.

Your Daily Plan should have specific STEPS that are moving your vision/mission and GOALS forward and they should be quantifiable. (you should be able to “measure” them.)

4.  It’s Not In the Calendar – 

I created the Daily Success Planner after having thousands of people love the Weekly Success Planner. I’m a master at getting things done… but only when it’s IN MY PLANNER.

When I started working with my Health Coach, I agreed to drink a greenie each day. But each time I met with her, I had accomplished a LOT each week but that was the one thing that never happened. SOMETHING always got in the way. We were both stumped!

She called me one day and very loudly said “I figured it out!”. You are NOT drinking your greenies because there’s no place in your new Daily Success Planner for this. She said she “knew that I didn’t do anything unless it was in my planner”…  We discovered that I had incorporated the self-care piece in my Weekly Success Planner but didn’t carry it over to the Daily Planner.

SO, as you will see, PRIORITY #2 is now “ZEN” which is the place I put that one simple thing I can do for myself each day.

FIX – If it’s not worth tracking, it’s not worth doing. SCHEDULE what is important to you and hold that appointment with yourself. Give it the importance it deserves.

5.  The Oreo’s Have Voices! – 

One of my philosophies on how help our clients is to use the “OREOS IN THE PANTRY” method. That’s how I explain to my clients about what I do to help them. ELIMINATING the distractions are important. No one has the perfect willpower, 100% of the time.

If I was a health coach and we were cutting out sugar, we would throw the oreos OUT because we all know that they start calling our name from the pantry in the middle of the night.

I help my clients determine what the “oreos” are in their business and their life that are preventing them from accomplishing things that move their business forward.

FIX – You have to ask yourself the question “what got in my way this time?” and really think about it. Figure out what your “oreos” are and then throw them out, or give them away to someone really skinny 🙂

Ready to GET FOCUSED?

Get Your Weekly Success Planner and the DAILY Success Planner HERE – as my gift to you.  DOWNLOAD PLANNERS NOW


In order to know and FOCUS on what’s really important, I want to share this with you.

Here are 3 +++ AMAZING RESOURCES to FIND YOUR FOCUS!

Succeed with ADHD Telesummit! (starts on 7/13)

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Starting TOMORROW July 13, you can listen in to this 5th annual Succeed with ADHD Telesummit and hear from more than 20 of the world’s leading ADHD experts (including me) as we share our most up-to-date information, tips, strategies and techniques for succeeding with ADHD.

In fact, I will be there talking about…….ADHD is a gift!  10 Keys to leverage this gift to succeed in business and career (and yes, make more money!)
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Things that will help you…

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  • Eliminate homework battles and enjoy your children
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Once again, this one-of-a-kind Succeed with ADHD Telesummit starts Monday, July 13 and lasts one week, and I want to invite you to attend as my guest, completely f.ree of charge.

That’s right – there is no charge to listen in to these experts share their experience and behind the scenes answer for succeeding with ADHD!

?Don’t worry, if you can’t attend a call live, you will have access to the replays for 24 hours! Laurie is making this so easy…right?!

So, to grab your spot and listen in to all this great information, you simply need CLICK HERE to grab your spot!


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(Sunday, 7pm, 7/12) click here to register!

 

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SUNDAY NIGHT! – Our weekly  CATAPULT Your Cash Flow! Expert Webinar Series- free training with Shelley Mitchell and special expert guests.

This week – Shelley and her LIST BUILDING SECRETS!!!
Build Your List – Build Your Business – Build Your Bank Account!

(Sunday, 7pm, 7/12) click here to register!


EMERGENT SOUL 2nd Annual Conference

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BEYOND CIRCUMSTANCE is coming to South Florida!

with Belanie Dishong (Aug. 18th and 19th)

Have you had a vision or desire to make something happen, and it is so clear that you KNOW it’s possible?

…only you come up against an obstacle?  Then suddenly, frustration and resignation set in.

There is a SOLUTION for what’s been
getting in your way!

In the Beyond Circumstances workshop, you discover exactly what limits your ability to produce different results.

In only two days:

       • Your life is transformed.

       • You break through what keeps you stuck.

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The Beyond Circumstances™ workshop is the flagship Live At Choice™ program.  In just two days, it produces change that leads to:

       • Peace, clarity and freedom

       • More effective living

       • Happier and healthier families

       • Powerful, loving relationships

       • Financial and career transformation

Life becomes free of old ways of thinking and new choices become clear.  This workshop breathes life into forgotten dreams.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (my C-Suite Private Clients get TICKETS from me as a gift)


Speaking Empire

Speaking & Marketing Academy

Empowering Leaders To Empower The World


Tampa, FL  July 24th – 26th, 2015

For this, you have to REQUEST an invitation to even attend but please let them know that I referred you and that will help you be able to get in. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST AN INVITATION or Find Out More…

 

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10 Signs You Are A PROCRASTINATOR & the #1 thing I do PERSONALLY to get $hit DONE!

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Are you a PROCRASTINATOR?  I used to be a TOTAL PROCRASTINATOR and then I changed this one thing…
In my new blog just out today, (SEE BELOW) you will discover

“The 10 Signs You Are A PROCRASTINATOR and

the #1 thing I do PERSONALLY to get $hit DONE! 

– including going from totally ADHD and DISTRACTED to 2 published books & a multiple 6-figure business!

but first, YOU MUST JOIN ME

*******TONIGHT******* Dr. Yvonne Oswald LIVE!

 

It was not that long ago that I dialed in to a free call and heard this lady talk about this weird stuff called NLP and Hypnosis..

“Hmmm, interesting but that’s just a little woo-woo and would NEVER work for me” I said to myself but then…

I was chosen to be the “volunteer” for a TWO-MINUTE Exercise in front of hundreds of other people and I learned SOMETHING about myself that CHANGED THE COURSE of my life FOREVER!

 

Now TONIGHT, I have the PRIVILEGE and HONOR of interviewing that same woman and I get to SHARE IT WITH YOU!

Please join me as I interview Dr. Yvonne Oswald, Award Winning, Best Selling Author and she teaches us

How to Write Your Brilliantly Successful How-To Book!  (in two weeks or less)!

(and I might fill you in on that 1 thing I learned on that fateful night..  YOU could be next!)

 

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR SPOT (& share with others)

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  • Dave Van Hoose with the 7-figure Speaking Empire, 2 Men & A Secret “SPEAKING BLUEPRINT” that added over $212,000.00 to my business in less than 12 months!
  • Karen Alleyne-Means, Simple & Sexy SELLING Secrets!
  • Jim Hohl and Lucas Garvin with Visify, Automate Your Marketing and Stop Working Weekends
  • Caleb Sessions, Teen Entrepreneur/Author/Speaker, When All Else Fails… Make Friends With The Cops!
  • Jena Rodriguez,  Brand with Jena & The BRAVE Entrepreneur
  • Belanie Dishong, Create Your Results, Affirmations Don’t Work!
  • Vicky Townsend, The PASSION Test!  Do what you love & never work a day in your life!
  • Dr. Yvonne Oswald, How to Write A Wildly Successful HOW-TO Book! (in 2 weeks or less)
  • and many many more…

During this Expert Webinar Series…

You will DISCOVER the real-world secrets of creating and growing a 6-Figure Business and Beyond!
What you FOCUS on Expands!
We FOCUS on CASH FLOW and your SUCCESS
(Keep an eye on your inbox for your log in/ call in information) – YOU ONLY HAVE TO REGISTER ONCE for the entire series…

See ya Soon!

Shelley and The MPBC Team!

Again, you only need to register ONCE and you will have an ALL ACCESS PASS to all LIVE Webinars in this series!

Brand New BLOG Just Released!
By  Shelley Mitchell

Being TOTALLY ADHD with a Capital H, I had a very roller coaster life and career of STARTING everything and finishing NOTHING…

Now, as an expert in helping entrepreneurs and business owners turn their Passion into successful, PROFITABLE businesses, I’m a certified Business Coach and ADHD Coach, and even built a 6 figure business in my first full year and multiple 6 figures businesses thereafter… oh, and published 2 books.

 

Guess what!? 

I’m still totally ADHD -and- even though I might seem a bit unorganized at times and ALL over the place, the TRUTH IS that I get MORE DONE in one day than most people do in a week!

 

Here’s are the 10 signs to see if you are a PROCRASTINATOR and the #1 thing I do personally to get so much done!

 

(straight from Procrastinators Anonymous)  Compulsive procrastinators may not have all the signs listed here, but if you identify with many of these characteristics, you are probably a compulsive procrastinator.

1.    We keep disappointing other people and ourselves by not keeping our promises.

2.    Difficulty getting started on new projects or transitioning from one project to another.

3.    Poor Sense of Time – USUALLY LATE – chronically underestimating or overestimating how long a task will take us to complete.

4.    Difficulty organizing projects by breaking them down into steps; we don’t know where to start, even when we’re willing to start.

5.    Surrounded by clutter and disorganization in our homes and work spaces.

6.    We are regularly late for appointments.

7.    We are acutely aware of what we should be doing, or think we should be doing, and oddly out of touch with what we actually want and need.

8.    Trouble saying “NO” to requests from others, and instead express our resentment through the passive resistance of procrastination.

9.    Demand Resistance, (do what?)  We do anything and everything except the one thing we most need to do.

10.    Short-term thinkers, focusing on short-term pleasure while ignoring long-term well-being.  (if you don’t have a written daily plan or even a business/marketing strategy, you might be a PROCRASTINATOR)

OMG, after reading this list, that was/is SOOOOO ME!

But I have figured out the SECRET to tricking myself every single day.

While there are a lot of things that go into having a successful business, IMPLEMENTATION is the one biggest one you need to have.

Without, VISION, IMPACT, Marketing Strategies & Tactics and Systems in place, it could get a little messy but if you don’t take ACTION on what you need to do, it will NEVER happen.

The IMPLEMENTATION piece is where most people fall short.

So what is my SECRET WEAPON?  Or the weapon against my procrastinating nature…?

The answer is:  TIME BLOCKING!

Yes, Time Blocking!  This is my very tight-leash I put on myself.  Even my man knows to put the time we want to spend time together INTO my calendar.

If it’s NOT in my calendar, then it doesn’t happen, period…. 

WHY?  Because I’m so tough on myself?  Absolutely Not…

If I don’t put it in my calendar, I will FORGET everything, maybe even my name so time blocking keeps me on track with everything including:

•    what I was doing,

•    what I need to do,

•    what’s next

•    where I need to be,

•    what time I need to leave,

•    who I need to call and even simply,

•    how to plan my life

TIME BLOCKING – simplified

Color Coding –

Some people may think putting EVERYTHING in your calendar can be visually overwhelming, so I make sure I COLOR CODE my activities.

Also, when cash flow seems to be “slow” or I something seems to be going the wrong direction, I can easily look at the overall picture and see “by the COLOR” where I was spending most of my time.

The answer to my problems usually shows itself very quickly in the colors.

Here are the colors I personally use but I suggest you use what makes sense to your brain-style and your life.

  • GREEN – a potential or current CLIENT or JV (anything that may contribute to being an income producing activity)
  • BLUE – IN PERSON… Since I do a lot of my work on the phone or online, I needed a way to differentiate an “IN PERSON” appointment.  This way, I know if SPANX or mascara is going to be required…ahead of time and I’m not rushing around trying to find the two
  • PURPLE – anything personal from a doctors appointment to attending a party to my DATE NIGHT (and yes, I block out date night)
  • AQUA BLUE – anything requiring me to travel away from home/office.  Typically AQUA BLUE references the beach or ocean or a VACATION but since I made sure that I work the majority of my trips around my business.  So, whether I’m going to Hawaii for 2 weeks for vacation (which I’m sure to book a speaking engagement or something business related when I go.) or I’m traveling to my mastermind in St. Pete or speaking in Texas, it’s ALL AQUA BLUE.  I love to travel, meet new people and see new things, so this category gets my favorite color.
  • CORAL – this is an appointment where I’m getting COACHED or TRAINED or am working on business operations.  Its my own business development or personal development.  My call with Dustin Matthews or Dave VanHoose (my business and speaking coaches) is CORAL and my PLANNING TIME allocated SOLELY for the development of my business is all CORAL.  For me to do my blog, I have to block out the time to work on it – OR – IT DOESN’T GET DONE…  As I’m writing this, I’m in a CORAL block…
  • RED! – this means DO NOT FORGET, DO NOT CHANGE, SOOOOO IMPORTANT….. whether it’s my one day event “Speak Sell Serve Live” which is blocked out of my calendar, my private masterminds I’m doing with my clients or personal commitment like the Training Committee with Junior League of Boca Raton, this is RED in my calendar, so I know that it’s NOT flexible, not negotiable and MUST ATTEND.
  • YELLOW – is tentative.  These are things that I would LIKE to do.  They show up as “open” and not marked as “busy” until I make it so.  I actually keep a separate calendar in Google with all of the ongoing networking events locally and in the towns we want to expand our presence, and when I see availability for me to attend, I BOOK IT.  My team knows that these are things we would “like to” do but if a client has an urgent need or we have a potential client to work with, they can OVERWRITE this area.  It’s all about PRIORITIZING.
  • GRAY – this is my gray area.  I block out my “get ready” time and my driving time to get to appointments so I don’t get caught the ADHD’ers most common trait of doing “just one last thing” and end up late again.

ALARMS/ REMINDERS!

I add pop-up reminders and alarms for important things, so I don’t lose track of time and for the most part.

Also, everything is usually blocked out in 1-hour increments.

LABELS!

I also add “labels” in my appointments like “SS” for Strategy Session or “CC” for Current Client so if I need to do a “SEARCH”, all of my history can be pulled up at a moments notice.

Having the information on your history, your future, and your productivity is HUGE and will be the key thing to adding $$$$ to your bottom line.

You CAN be an IMPLEMENTER!

This all may or may not make complete sense to you, so I suggest you analyze how your brain works and create systems that work for you.

First, there is NO SYSTEM IN THE WORLD that works for EVERYONE!  

Also, It takes 21 days of CONSISTENT use to form a habit so you can’t do it for a week and then say “it didn’t work.”

By the way, before my son left to college, we blocked out every Monday from 3:30 to 5 pm and it was HIS TIME.  If he wanted me to go to the grocery store with him or just sit outside and talk, it didn’t matter.  It was his time, and everything else was OUT of that moment.

He ultimately chose it to work on his topics for his TV show and brainstorm ideas for his business, school, etc. (which, of course, is my gift) but it didn’t matter.  If he chose to bake cookies together, then that’s what we would do.

IMPLEMENT and BE IN THE MOMENT!

The bottom line is that you have to live life IN THE MOMENT you are in.  You can’t be IN one moment, yet thinking about another.  It’s not fair to YOU, your clients or the people you love. (I’ve theoretically known this but Sharon Wacks imprinted this in my head several years ago)

With that being said, your brain does NOT have the capacity to PARK all that information all at once, to draw from, at any given notice.  So STOP trying to make it work that way and then beat yourself up for forgetting things and not getting things done.

If you find yourself NOT reaching your goals in your business and any of these things resonate with you, I’d like to offer you a GIFT of a “CATAPULT Your Cash Flow” Session with one of my Master IMPLEMENTATION Coach-sultants.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE GIFT TODAY!

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“If I’m Such An “EXPERT” then WHY Am I Still BROKE? – by Shelley Mitchell, My Personal Business Coach

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Happy Midweek! and happy MID-YEAR!
I’m super excited with the influx of new clients we’ve had join our C-Suite Mastermind and our CATAPULT Coaching Program and the great journey we are embarking on with them to help them GROW their businesses and make MORE MONEY!

It seems as if people either DIDN’T have a real PLAN this year and are really tired of NOT GETTING where they wanted to go in their business – OR – they had a plan but have figured out that they just DON’T KNOW HOW to “implement”… 

As an expert Business Coach and ADHD Coach, the BIGGEST CHALLENGE I’m seeing right now with small business owners (especially those who have):
  • HIRED other coaches, or spent money with coaching companies/programs,
  • KNOW or finally realized they are EXPERTS in their PASSION,
  • want to start SPEAKING and teaching and even write a book (or wrote a book)
  • bought new “systems”,
  • invested in more training,
  • sought out coaching certifications,
  • invested in a new website,
  • got a LOGO and got branded and
  • the LIST OF EXPENSES goes on and on and on…..
… is that they are still BROKE! 

All that! and they either don’t have enough clients, enough money, enough time or are just WORKING THEIR ASSES OFF and can’t get off the hamster wheel!

SOOOOO, with that INSPIRATION, my BLOG is BORN….

(Hope You ENJOY!)

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But FIRST,

DISCOVER how to TAKE CONTROL of your business

and your CASH FLOW!  …

 

at EXTREME MAKEOVER!  Master Your Money Edition

(for biz owners)

We are almost SOLD OUT for this Monday’s 1-Day Only Event in South Florida with the amazing Celebrity Guest Master Mindset and Transformation Coach, BELANIE DISHONG!

CHECK IT OUT and if you have plans, CHANGE THEM!  It’s TOTALLY WORTH IT! – Monday, June 15th, in Boynton Beach!

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“If I’m Such An “EXPERT” then WHY Am I Still BROKE?

By Shelley MItchell

You know you have a MESSAGE and something GREAT to share with the world SO WHY do you have such a hard time getting others to understand it, want it even or even pay you for it?

Here are my tips on HOW TO POSITION YOURSELF AS AN EXPERT and also have a PROFITABLE BUSINESS at the same time!
  • BE the expert!  Sounds simple but it’s not.  You have to think, feel and ACT like an expert in your industry.  If you don’t, why would anyone else trust that you are? Stop procrastinating and waffling around.  Before you do anything, THINK to yourself “What would the Expert in __(my industry)__ be seen doing or be overhead saying or ???”  Also, an expert wouldn’t spend their days or hours doing research and creating their website or hanging out on facebook.  What do you think they would be doing each day?
  • Narrow It Down!  Master your topic by DOING, not taking more training classes or googling it or researching the shit out of it for hours on it…  STOP IT… What this means is that you must have a TARGET MARKET and you must know in detail what their pains/challenges are and what they think they WANT from working with you.  The only way to know that is to actually start working with them and/or ASK them.
  • Plant Your Flag and say NO!  Position yourself as the expert by saying YES to the things that directly affect this… and actually saying NO to all of the “great opportunities” and bright-and-shiny-objects that will continue to come your way… if they don’t contribute to this goal.
  • Build Your List!  I could say this 1,000 times and there is still going to be someone out there who KNOWS this but still hasn’t followed up with their business cards, created their opt-in (designed for their target market) or is blogging regularly offering VALUE in order to build their following.  The size and engagement of your active list contributes to the bottom line of your business… SIZE MATTERS but QUALITY also trumps QUANTITY… So why wait?
  • Your MAGIC already exists!  Create Your FUNNEL with what you already have and what you already know.  Stop recreating the wheel and seeking “magic pills”!  You ARE the expert and you already have everything you need to create your packages, programs and products.  You just need to
    • get organized,
    • have a plan and
    • have a coach who knows how to get this done.

Your SIGNATURE PROGRAM is just a few steps away from the clutter you are sorting through to find your $hit… and is delayed by the confidence you aren’t having in yourself.  You MUST believe and then DO…

 

  • PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE!  “YOU” are enough to promote.  Many people used to be great in sales and promotion working for someone else and then lost their way when they figured out they now have to “sell” themselves.  Get over it!  If you had to go get a job, you would have to promote someone you don’t even like as much and you know that YOU can help your clients the BEST.

So why are you not CONSISTENTLY marketing, promoting, and selling YOURSELF?

GOOD question!  And I bet the answer is NOT what you think!

Bus Driver!  MOVE THAT BUS!

 

 

JOIN US Monday, June 15th for a 1 time only, special 1 Day event in South Florida “Extreme Makeover!  Master Your Money edition (for business owners)”  with Belanie Dishong and Shelley Mitchell.

CLICK HERE TO GET MORE INFO

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CLAIM YOUR SPOT NOW!

 

Have a Fun, Fearless & FOCUSED Day!

 

Shelley

www.mypersonalbusinesscoach.com

Contact us at 561-320-1517

Extreme Makeover: Master Your Money edition (for business owners) is here for 1 Day Only! Monday, June 15th in South Florida

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Extreme Makeover:  Master Your Money edition (for business owners) is here for 1 Day Only! Monday,  June 15th in South Florida

#shelleymitchell, #belaniedishong, #extrememakeover, #moneymindset, #mypersonalbusinesscoachDesigned JUST FOR Business Owners and Entrepreneurs!

Extreme Makeover! Master Your Money Edition

1 Day Only! with Celebrity Master Coach, Belanie Dishong

Having your OWN business is HARD dammit! It’s NO walk in the park! and CHALLENGES pop up DAILY!

One at a time, these challenges might seem small but together,

they feel like a HUGE BUS that won’t budge, no matter how hard you PUSH!

And your “beloved business” you used to be so in love with… is NOW dragging you down and sucking the life out of you!

Well, Ty Pennington Ain’t Seen Nothing yet!

Bus Driver!  MOVE THAT BUS!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

“You will learn more about real-world BUSINESS & making MONEY in just 1 day than you have in 1 year!!”

Are you working your butt off in your business and are frustrated that you still:

• Don’t have the “right” people working for you?

• Your SYSTEMS aren’t completely in place yet?

• Only have a few clients and they aren’t the perfect IDEAL clients for you?

• Aren’t getting the RESULTS or making the MONEY you expected no matter how hard you work?

• Do you feel like no matter how much money you make, there is still is NOT ENOUGH to pay the bills and you can’t seem to get AHEAD?

• Are you struggling with procrastination, distractions and even challenges out of your control seem to keep popping up no matter how much “planning” you do?

• Are you OVERWHELMED, OVERWORKED and frustrated and can’t seem to get “FOCUSED” to do what you need to do… to have a SUCCESSFUL business?

• Are you tired of hearing “I Can’t Afford It” when trying to get new clients/customers or even get the current ones to continue to do business with you?

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Learn how to start getting the ideal clients who want to PAY you for what you love to do and have them coming back for more!

  • IMAGINE what your business would look like if you had a real plan and knew exactly what to do and FOCUS on each day!
  • FEEL THE CONFIDENCE you’ll have knowing you can effortlessly find the right team members to support you and have a business FULL of your ideal clients
  • SEE YOURSELF having a business that you LOVE and experiencing the FREEDOM to do what you want, when you want and how you want because all of your SYSTEMS are in place

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How to Find Free Images With Google’s Advanced Image Search

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How to Find Free Images With Google’s Advanced Image Search

I found this GREAT article on google for those clients who need images on a regular basis but want to do it with INTEGRITY, the right way…  See below and I hope this helps 🙂

Shelley


The general rule of thumb in the Internet world is that at least one image should be used to complement every blog post you create. There are several benefits to doing this, with the most important being to capture the attention of many more readers by giving your words a boost with a little visual appeal.

However, this doesn’t mean just importing the first image you come across. It must first, make sense and correlate with what the post is about and second, not infringe on any copyright laws. There can be consequences that go along with this that you won’t want to personally come across. The easiest way to find an acceptable image is to change your Google search settings to filter out anything that could potentially bring you repercussions.

Using images is a great way to enhance your blog post and can help to:

  • Produce a nice thumbnail or featured image
  • Introduce your message
  • Break up your content
  • Encourage social media sharing
  • Support your point
  • Make your blog more memorable
  • Capture emotion
  • Add color to your blog
  • Improve SEO by adding Alt tags and keyword-rich file names

Naturally, bloggers will go straight to Google and grab one of the first images they find in the search to use on their blog. Snagging copyrighted images can get you into a heap of trouble.

It’s no fun receiving one of these threatening letters from the Legal Department at Getty Images demanding nearly $1000 per image.

Follow these simple steps to find royalty free images using the Google Images advanced search.

Step 1

Enter a search term in Google Images search.

Step 2

Click the Gear icon, then select Advanced search.

Step 3

Scroll down and use the usage rights drop down menu to select free to use or share, even commercially.

Step 4

Click the Advanced Search button.

The image search results will provide you with a plethora of images to choose from.

Step 5

Just to be safe, you want to double check that the image is really “free” to use. There are tools, many free, to check usage rights, like the TinEye reverse image search, that can help you locate additional information or creative commons usage.

This step is highly recommend as other webmasters and bloggers could have removed the copyright and metadata from the image and re-uploaded without the owner’s permission.


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Shelley Mitchell, My Personal Business CoachFrom COMBAT to COSMO to CORPORATE to COACH, Shelley Mitchell, a master at IMPLEMENTATION, is an expert at helping Smart, Driven Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and Professionals determine their VISION, create a PLAN, FOCUS and PRIORITIZE, take ACTION and MAKE MORE MONEY to reach their Dreams and Goals!

As the President/CEO of My Personal Business Coach LLC and My Personal ADHD Coach and creator of her wildly popular Signature Program “Get Your IPA On! Stop Making Noise and Start Making Money”, Shelley is also a certified Business and Entrepreneurial Coach, an ADHD Coach, a Nationally-recognized Motivational Speaker and Teacher, and Author of several books such as “Build My List! Build My Business! Build My Bank Account”, “More Ways to Success with ADHD” and the upcoming books “God Didn’t Put Your Here To Be BROKE!” and “How to Get and Keep What You Really, Really Want”

Shelley Mitchell and her coaching company, My Personal Business Coach, offer a variety of ways you can work with them to CATAPULT your business, career and life, from Speaking, Training, Products, Programs, Intensive VIP Days, to her exclusive Gold and Platinum Coaching programs.

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Q – What do I do when people want to exchange services instead of paying my fees with money?

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After writing this blog last week, I had 3 different people (who clearly had not been enlightened by this yet, come to me and offer to “barter” their services with me.
As much as I would LOVE to get services from all of my clients who are extremely talented – LISTEN UP!  Hear me out and please LISTEN CAREFULLY!
WE DO NOT BARTER and if you are my private client, I will STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU DO NOT DO IT EITHER!!!
Unless it is clear that you have absolutely NO MONEY for rent, groceries or ANYTHING YOU NEED, offering to BARTER with someone can actually be perceived as a SLAP IN THE FACE by one or both parties and even if they don’t, neither will value the other quite the same.
Think about it!  If you KNEW that I spent $500 on a service last month with someone to do something with my business and then I came to  you to “barter”, you would likely be insulted and believe that I didn’t think YOU were worth my heard earned money…  You never know….  Please READ and Please DO NOT BARTER…

I received  a GREAT question from a special reader today and because I get this question A LOT, and sadly, I see it HAPPEN A LOT, I wanted to share it with you…

Q – What do I do when people want to exchange services instead of paying my fees with money?

 
My ANSWER
If someone doesn’t buy from you and they say to you “I can’t afford it”… it’s typically for one of the two reasons I’m listing below.

1.  They don’t BELIEVE it will work for them

– OR-

2.  You have NOT done your job in showing them the VALUE of what you are offering… 

If someone wants to directly trade or exchange services, it’s because they are doing the same thing with their own business (and not VALUING what they do or provide to it’s fullest).
Note:  I am NOT referring to using a real service such as NUBARTER/REVENU that helps businesses move excess inventory which is a great way to market your business and preserve cash flow… which we are members of.
If you BOTH truly want what the other has to offer then some suggestions are:
  • Invoice each other true RETAIL-TO-RETAIL for the fees/services you are providing one another and whoever has a balance should pay the balance; happily!   Everyone should feel “whole” during this transaction.  Do not do this is one of you doesn’t REALLY want the product/service…
  • ENERGETICALLY (& probably legally – check with your CPA), the RIGHT thing to do is that each person write a check to the other for the correct value and never ever do an even trade.

WHY PEOPLE BUY

“People BUY based on the emotion of what they believe their result will be in the future by using your products or services!” – Shelley Mitchell
Coca Cola just put out a great commercial during the Super Bowl that made me want to go buy a COKE – even though I know darn well I need to avoid sugar like the plague.  See the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibgvkXm9Qkc  #makeithappy Official Coca-Cola BIG GAME Commercial 2015 #makeItHappy
You will notice it’s the PAIN they show people going through that evokes the emotion to change.
 
HAPPY doesn’t sell, but the elimination of PAIN does sell!People BUY based on your CLEAR message that you understand THEIR PAINS and CHALLENGES and …
how you can show them the VALUE of WHY they should PAY YOU for your products/services based on the BENEFITS they believe they will receive.  Coke does a great job at showing you HOW their product stops the pain…  and all without even saying a word.Even though you KNOW what you do and HOW you help people, if you cannot communicate this CLEARLY to your ideal client, YOU are definitely struggling with getting MORE CLIENTS and making the MONEY you deserve.
So, what are you doing about this?Our entire coaching program helps you do this, but you can get one amazing day of creating this at our HIGH-ENERGY, Interactive Boot Camp at
SPEAK- SELL- SERVE, LIVE! is a SMALL PART of the DESTINED ENTREPRENEUR where we teach you exactly HOW to:
  • SPEAK clearly to ONE or MANY so they are CLEAR on how you understand their pains/challenges, and HOW can help them – quickly and effectively
  • SELL MORE through speaking and networking and to SHOW THE TRUE VALUE of what you offer so your ideal client will PAY YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES!
  • SERVE MORE CLIENTS! by understanding and with INTEGRITY…

Isn’t it time you learn to SPEAK in a way that gets you more CLIENTS and to make MORE MONEY?

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Have a Fun, Fearless & FOCUSED Day!

 

Shelley Mitchell, BA, ACC, CPM, MORS

President/CEO (Author/Speaker/Coach) – My Personal Business Coach & My Personal ADHD Coach

Author of “Build My List! Build My Business! Build My Bank Account!”,Co-Author of More Ways To Succeed With ADHD, &  Author of the forthcoming book series “How to Get (and keep) What You Really, Really Want”.

The Reason WHY You Are Not Making MORE Money & 5 Biggest Mistakes to AVOID!

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The Reason WHY You Are Not Making MORE Money & 5 Biggest Mistakes to AVOID!

Are you STRUGGLING to find a SIMPLE Road Map in Your Business To Make MORE MONEY??  Well, CHECK OUT MY LATEST BLOG!

 

First things first, there are so many reasons why you may not be making the money you truly deserve.  I’m going to cover a few that me and my team see commonly almost every single day when working with business owners, start-ups and even just meeting them out and about in my daily life.

The #1 reason people are not making money in their business is because they have not committed 100%  to treating their business as a REAL business and putting on their CEO hat. Its time to put your big girl panties on, (or big boy undies), ACT LIKE a CEO and treat your business as such; a REAL business!

 

Once you‘ve made that COMMITMENT, not just to yourself but to your business, then come the mistakes as to why you are not making MORE MONEY.  

 

Below are the 5 Most Common Mistakes I see every day.  Which ones are you making? 

 

1.  LACK OF CLARITY of your Mission and your Vision –  the number one mistake I see so many business owners make is not being clear in what they’re trying to achieve. While you do not have to do a “formal” business plan if you‘re not seeking financing from a bank, you do have to have a PLAN (written)! In order to have a written PLAN,  MUST KNOW exactly what your PURPOSE is.

 

The premise of “Do what you Love and the Money will Follow” is bullshit!.   Someone left the middle part of that statement out, and it has really screwed up many entrepreneurs over the years.  It should say “Do what you Love… have a REAL PLAN, take Consistent ACTION with IPAs (income producing activities) …and then, the MONEY will Come”.

Do you see the missing puzzle link?

 

You cannot create a real plan unless you are clear on what your vision is – the big rock, the purpose, the goal, the mission, whatever you want to call it.  If you do not know exactly where you are going, how can you possibly get there?

 

2. Not knowing your IMPACT statement can be devastating, cost you A TON of money and cause you to lose potential clients and customers each and every day.   If you stumble or go around in circles when someone asks you whatyou do, this means that you lack clarity in your message that you carry from your brain out of your mouth to people or onto paper.  Having your true STATEMENTwill clear all of this up for youreally quick, and your perfect, ideal client will PERK UP as soon as you tell them what youdo. If other people do not perk up, it is because they are not your ideal client.   I see this almost every time I go to a networking meeting or am interviewing a potential new client.  If a simple website developer cannot even tell me what they love to do or whom they love to work with and what their unique benefits are, then how will anyone know if they are the right person to hire?   We help you clear this up quickly in our Signature program, Get Your IPA On!.  We do not let you go any further in your business and waste your time, energy and money until you have this ironed out so everything else will come so much more smoothly to you, especially MORE MONEY into your bank account.

 

You can be the best (fill in the blank) in the world but if people do not know whatyou do in a clear concise manner, how you can serve them, or how to find you, they’re not going to write you a check. Simple fact!

 

Giving yourself some zippy name like the “bedazzled business babe” isn’t going to bring your clients either.  You can’t possibly know what your IMPACT STATEMENT is until you are clear on your  target market, niche, who youreally serve, the pains challenges and struggles that they deal with and the benefits they get from truly working with you.   

 

 

WARNING:  Get clear on your impact before youproceed to do anything else and stop draining your bank account as you watch all of your potential clients just pass you by to go and work with someone else.

 

 

 

 

3.  Your Marketing STRATEGIES & TACTICS are too few, too MANY or just a big MESS! 

 

Creating a brand, developing a logo, letterhead, business cards,website, marketing plans, blogs, videos,articles, and everything you are doing in your business can be a total waste of time, energy and a boat-load of money if you do not know what your impact is.  Stop creating websites, logos and business cards and tell you get clear on this. You‘re wasting your time and money, as soon as you do, everything else will start going much more smoothly. I promise!

 

The number one reason WHY businesses FAIL is because people QUIT. They quit right  before they’re about to strike GOLD, and it’s very disheartening. This happens because business owners are exhausted and arent making the money they deserve even after they have worked their tails off to build their businesses.  How does that happen to good people? Well, simple…  Their marketing strategies and tactics are all over the place and do not have any consistency or structure to them, and unless they TIE to an IPA and a plan, they are worthless to you.  In our Signature program, Get Your IPA On! you will learn how to create and IMPLEMENT these, so you do not  find yourself broke after spending a lot of money and not bringing any in.  We also teach youthe 100+ marketing strategies and tactics that you can use yet so many people try to do ALL AT ONCE.   It’s a wonder why they are all exhausted. We teach youhow to evaluate what you were doing that is working so you can do more of it, what you are not doing so you can START DOING it and easily incorporate it into your activities, and what you‘re doing that is not working so you can stop doing them or correct them so you can start making more money.   Then we narrow it down to what WORKS FOR YOU and eliminate all of the other NOISE  that is occupying your life and business.

 

4.  Systems Overload or the Ice-Age!  

I often find that people will spend money on SYSTEMS  because they think they are a magic pill and will fix all of their problems.  Of all the things that I just mentioned such as Clarity, Impact, Strategies & Tactics, etc.. youMUST have those things in place to know HOW to decide on which “SYSTEMS” will best serve you such as which CRM is best, which financial or bookkeeping system is best, which list building system is best, which customer management system is best, which website and online systems are best for you, how to manage your social media and your marketing systems, how to handle creating your business, getting new business, doing the business and RUNNING the business…  It too can be exhausting if you do not have the tools to make the best decision.

 

We teach you how to do this in our Signature Program, Get Your IPA On!  BUT we teach you how to do this affordably!  As a certified Business Coach with a lot of successful clients who are continuously growing and MAKING MORE MONEY, I’m also a single mom who had limited funds and resources available to start my business. I had to build my business on a shoestring budget to include a lot of hard work and elbow grease so I know personallywhat works and what doesn’t. I never recommend systems that are costly if they’re not going to work for you, and I also do not recommend cheap systems if they’re not going to accomplish your goals either. We help you find the right combination for YOU and then GUIDE YOU in putting them into place so youcan step from all of those time suckers, be the CEO of your company, and thenmake the MONEY you truly deserve.

 

5.  Accountability and Coaching – yeah yeah yeah, you‘ve heard it all… the more money you spend on a coach, the better you‘re going to get. Right???  I adamantly say, “Wrong!”  You should EVALUATE where you are in your business life-cycle and find the person who is the best fit for you. You do not have to like them, but you do need to be able to trust them and know that they have your best interest at heart at all times.   I have had to change coaches over time, but that does not mean they were not ALL amazing.  First, you do start with the mindset and learning about yourself, etc.. But when you know that you‘re focused on your mindset every day, most people need ACCOUNTABILITY soyou can ensure you are going to take the actions you‘ve committed to takingand that you know HOW to do themHow are you supposed to know what the next step is if someone, who has already been there and done that, doesn’t SHOW YOU THE “WHAT” and the “HOW”??? 

 

NOTE:   A good BUSINESS COACH is also a CONSULTANT who canteach you the steps and HOW to IMPLEMENT your PLAN.  In order to be able to help YOU DECIDE on which SYSTEMS are best for YOU, they should have an overall knowledge of how they function and operate and definitely know how to LOG IN..  If you can’t TRACK it, you can’t ACHIEVE it.

 

First, MINDSET – then WHAT STEPS – then the HOW!

 

In our Signature Program, Get Your IPA On! We will also have GUEST SPEAKERS for each module who are SPECIALISTS in each of these areas, who are NOT selling ANYTHING but are there to ANSWER your questions in order for YOU to find that missing puzzle piece that has been holding you back from making the MONEY you truly deserve.

 

In addition, every other week, we have included our Group COACHING, Q&A and also HOT SEATS  for those who are ready to step up in a big way.

 

It’s ALL included in our GET YOUR IPA ON! Signature Program.

 

So JOIN THE MOVEMENT, Stop Making NOISE and Start MAKING MONEY!

 

TO Join NOW or to get MORE INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

Have a Fun, Fearless & FOCUSED Day!

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Shelley Mitchell, BA, ACC, CPM, CAPS, CAM, HCCP, COS, MORS

President/CEO *My Personal Business Coach & My Personal ADHD Coach*

Author/Speaker/Coach

Author of “Build My List! Build My Business! Build My Bank Account!”, Co-Author of More Ways To Succeed With ADHD, & Author of the forthcoming book series “How to Get (and keep) What You Really, Really Want”.

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New Years Resolutions Do NOT Work!

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by Shelley Mitchell, CPM, CAPS, CAM, COS, HCCP, MORSAre any of the resolutions you are considering or putting in to place today the same exact ones from last year or even remotely similar? What about your business/career? Your relationship? Your health? Your personal life? Your BUCKET LIST??? Your income and finances? Wouldn’t it be nice to set your intention today and actually ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL and NOT having to reset the same thing next year because something got in the way of accomplishing it as it did in 2012?There will be lots of roadblocks and obstacles that will be thrown in front of us in 2013. The difference is how equipped we re to handle them. There is a REAL WAY to actually reach your dreams and goals without having to beat your head up against a wall. My Personal Business Coach and My Personal ADHD Coach have proven methods to help you OVERCOME the obstacles that get in your way. We show you how and and help you eliminate PROCRASTINATION, Lack of FOCUS, Dis-Organization, DISTRACTION, focusing on the wrong things and spinning your wheels, lack of or poor PLANNING, FRUSTRATION of not knowing what the next steps are or FRUSTRATION with the economy and not knowing why others are succeeding or having quicker results than you are, being Stressed Out, being OVERWHELMED, or just being plain ole’ STUCK.

If you are truly ready to make a lasting, permanent CHANGE, send us a message to schedule a no-cost STRATEGY SESSION to see if we are a good fit to help you finally reach your DREAMS and GOALS. http://www.mypersonalbusinesscoach.com/

Our GOAL is to help you get what you REALLY, REALLY WANT by using our 7 Step Methodology:

1. Determine your true VALUES so you can discover what it is YOU really, really wantfor your life and your business/career.
2. Get crystal CLEAR on your VISION and SET GOALS that ignite your passion so you can really ACCOMPLISH them.
3. STRATEGIZE your Actions – Create a step by step, easy-to-follow PLAN and take real effective ACTION that moves your forward quickly.
4. Upgrade your SKILLS – we show you how to determine your niche, your talents and what makes you unique so you can BRAND and MARKET yourself and your business and start building impactful relationships that keep you strong… through ANY economy.
5. Optimize your Environment – we help you MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS and ELIMINATE PROCRASTINATION, get more ORGANIZED and have more FOCUS so you can have major BREAKTRHOUGHS in reaching your GOALS.
6. Master your Psychology – we help you become proactive and eliminate those obstacles and barriers that have always gotten in your way in the past so you can move towards your dreams and Goals with ease so you are UN-Stuck, Un-Stressed and OUT of Overwhelm.
7. Accountability – You now have an Accountability Partner to guide you every step of the way and KEEP YOU ON TRACK. No more getting side-stepped, no more negativity from frustrated friends, spouses or colleagues and NO B.S.! We also hold your best interest at the top of our list and always provide honest feedback. We are your true trusted source.

Again, If you are truly ready to make a lasting, permanent CHANGE, send us a message to schedule a no-cost STRATEGY SESSION to see if we are a good fit to help you finally reach your DREAMS and GOALS. http://www.mypersonalbusinesscoach.com/

You can also visit our website and get your GIFT.. Get your Exclusive Printable WEEKLY SUCCESS PLANNER template for FREE as our GIFT to you as a THANKS just for stopping in! (Having a GOAL without a PLAN is only a wish…)

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What are good neutral “small talk” subjects to discuss on a networking lunch with people you have never met before? (especially men)

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First, Sports is always a good choice (because that’s what two men would do) but only if you know what you are talking about. I would highly recommend staying away from politics and religion. I know realize some people may be thinking “duh… that’s common sense Shelley” and we all know this goes without saying but these days, it’s so incredibly easy to get sucked into those conversations with the elections and the issues at the forefront. (Just check your facebook newsfeed)  Neutrality on this subject is super important because so many people are on one side of the fence or the other and we can possibly be  judged for our personal political opinion even if it has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to serve someone in our businesses.
 
Therefore, my best answer to this question would be to simply ask them about themselves.  Ask them about their businesses, what they do, how they got started, what they are excited about, what their goals are, etc…  People are typically in business for themselves and are at networking events because they are passionate about what they do.  They WANT to talk about it.  They WANT to share it with others.  You can also ask about their interests, their hobbies and so on to see if you can find some common ground. You only need one piece of common ground to form a connection, whatever it may be. The more you learn about them, the more interesting they will think you are. Then when you follow up with them 24-48 hours later, you can add a personal note about something specific they discussed with you which will add to the rapport you are building with them.
 
As a side note, if you are networking with two or more people and one is a woman, you have to give more attention to the woman or psychologically, you may be at risk of her not thinking you are taking her as seriously as the man. As many of us know, women have worked very hard to get to the positions they are in and if they are partners in a company, they want to feel just as important. 
 
In summary, when networking with others you are just meeting for the first time, keep your subjects current and up-to-date but keep your opinions neutral.  Always ask about them and find out what they are passionate about.  They have been listening to everyone else and really want someone to listen to them.  Always follow up, thank them for their time and add a personal note to include something you learned about them and finally, when dealing with women in a mixed group, ensure you give her enough attention and respect for her position and contributions.  HAPPY NETWORKING! 
 
If you have any questions you’d like to ask and would like me to share answers on my blog, please contact me at www.MyPersonalBusinessCoach.com or on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyPersonalBusinessCoach
 
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by – Shelley Mitchell, CPM, CAPS, CAM, HCCP, MORS, COS

(*Author of the forthcoming book series “How To Get & keep What You Really, Really Want – Using SMART Goals to get UNSTRESSED and OUT of OVERWHELM”)