Friday, March 30, 2012

5 Fantastic Blogs for Women Entrepreneurs by Women Entrepreneurs

As we're ending March and the end of Women's History Month, I wanted to take a moment and share five blogs that I think are great resources for women entrepreneurs. I hope you find them beneficial for your business!

  1. Ali Brown is an entrepreneur mentor and philanthropist working with women around the world, helping them start and grow businesses. Her blog provides business and success advice on a multitude of topics. 
  2. Allied Women offers business tips on blogging for your business, marketing and search engine optimization techniques, information on how to get your e-book published and how to be a better business and life coach. No matter what business you're in, they have gathered information to benefit you. 
  3. Donna Marie Johnson is an author, blogger, podcast host and supporter of mom entrepreneurs, especially those who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Through her blog, she shares business and social media information and recommended resources.
  4. Moms Wearing Multiple Hats is where you'll learn how to balance motherhood and being a mom entrepreneur. The site provides educational, actionable, inspiring articles on business, website, SEO and more. 
  5. Tamyka Washington is a small business coach and mentor. Through her blog, she shares methods that combine relationship-building with compelling content and attraction marketing strategies that offer you the ability to design a solid business foundation and position yourself as forward-thinking leader within your industry. 

Happy Reading -- and Learning! : )

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Motivational Monday- 3.26.12

Motivational quotes/thoughts to inspire you!

"When you develop yourself to the point where your belief in yourself is so strong that you know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, your future will be unlimited."

- Brian Tracy

Friday, March 23, 2012

FOCUS to Overcome Fear

By Jack Canfield

As you move forward on your journey from where you are to where you want to be, you are going to have to confront your fears. Fear is natural. Whenever you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there is usually fear. Unfortunately, fear stops many people from pursuing and achieving their dreams of success.

Millions of years ago, fear was essential for protecting us from dangers like saber-toothed tigers. Today, however, most of our threats are not life-threatening. The fear we feel doesn't protect us; it hinders our growth.

F.E.A.R. is an acronym for Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real. I've come up with a new acronymn: F.O.C.U.S., which means Fantasized Outcomes Creating Unlimited Success.

Here are 5 ways you can F.O.C.U.S. for bigger results:

1. Monitor your thoughts. Thoughts produce emotions. If you want to change how you feel, you must change the thoughts you are thinking. When you feel fear, retrace your mental steps. Review the thoughts that lead to your feelings of fear.

Also, start to vigilantly monitor your thoughts. When you catch yourself indulging in thoughts that don't support your goals, immediately change your way of thinking.

2. Choose more positive thoughts. You can't rid yourself of negative thoughts simply by not thinking them. The Law of Replacement dictates that anything you want to remove must be replaced. Therefore, if you want to eliminate a negative thought, you must replace it with a positive thought and a positive visualization.

When you identify a negative, fear-producing thought, immediately visualize its positive opposite. For example, if you want to become a best-selling author, be on the lookout for thoughts like, "What if publishers reject my proposal?" Instead, visualize what will happen when a publisher accepts your proposal and agrees to bring your book to the market.

3. Use "affirmations." Noah St. John, author of The Secret Code of Success, developed "affirmations," which are questions you can ask yourself about the reality you would like to create.

Some people are skeptical about using affirmations, with which you declare what you want as already true (for example, "I am a wildly successful author"). Because what they are affirming does not yet exist, they feel their minds arguing. They know that the statement isn't true yet, so they don't believe what they're saying.

Affirmations give an opportunity to see how their dream reality could realistically become a possibility. If you find yourself thinking, "What if this doesn't work?" ask yourself, "What if this does work?" Ask yourself, "Why will this work?" Ask yourself, "How will it work?"

4. Charge your visualizations with emotions. As you're visualizing what it will be like to achieve your goals, fuel your images with emotions. Just as the emotion of fear can paralyze you, intense positive emotions can motivate you toward greater success.

Researchers know that images or scenes can be locked into your memory forever when accompanied by intense emotions, which stimulate the growth of additional neural connections. When you add the same emotional intensity to your visualizations with inspiring music, real-life smells, deeply felt passion or even by enthusiastically shouting your affirmations, the ultimate result will be more powerful.

5. Be realistic about risk. A practical -- and often overlooked-- strategy for overcoming fear is to make sure that you're not risking more than you can afford to lose. To grow and achieve greater success, you have to risk something. Just make sure that you can bear the loss if you don't succeed the first time.

Take on smaller challenges and work your way up. If you're starting your first job in sales, call on prospects or customers you think will be the easiest to sell to first. If you're asking for money for your business, practice on those lending sources who you wouldn't want to get a loan from anyway. If you're anxious to take on new responsibilities at work, start by asking to do parts of a project you're interested in. If you're learning a new sport, start at lower levels of skill. Master those skills you need to learn, move through your fears, and then take on bigger challenges.

High achievers recognize that although it's natural to feel fear when reaching for a goal, it's not necessary to be controlled by this inhibiting emotion. Use these five simple strategies to overcome your fear and live with F.O.C.U.S. instead.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading author on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Motivational Monday- 3.19.12

Motivational thoughts to inspire you!

Stay in your lane. You are unique with your own special purpose. Own it, and do you!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Motivational Monday- 3.12.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

- Mario Andretti

Friday, March 9, 2012

Top Seven Business Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

It's Women's History Month! And to celebrate, I wanted to share a few tips to empower women entrepreneurs to succeed in their businesses. Check out the tips below.

By Jan Marie Dore

Over the past thirteen years, I have worked with hundreds of women entrepreneurs as their business coach. I've noticed that many women small business owners experience the same challenges in growing and running their businesses, such as feeling overwhelmed and isolated, having difficulty keeping focused, not enrolling enough support and not planning for growth.

Here's a summary of my best advice for any woman running a small business -- my top seven tips for women entrepreneurs:

  1. Focus on your strengths. There's an old saying -- 'Do what you do best and delegate the rest.' Know what your top strengths are. Delegate or drop anything that you're not exceptionally skilled at, and focus at least 80 percent of your time using your key talents that bring you income.
  2. Put yourself first. Your growing business needs a lot of time and attention. Many women in business put themselves third or fourth on their list of priorities. Put you and your business first (when possible), and everything else will fall into place.
  3. Learn to say 'no.' I ask women who have started a business to drop anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent of their time commitments when we start working together. Most women are too over-committed with non-business related activities. Be strategic about what you say yes to, especially in the first few years of your business. Guard your precious time as the valuable asset that it is.
  4. Plan for success. Lack of planning causes more businesses to fail than anything else. Planning is very valuable because it causes you to think ahead to your vision and next steps to reach your goals. You can create a simple one page marketing plan that outlines your business objectives and how you will achieve them. 
  5. Ask for support. Don't try to figure it all out by yourself. Notice where you are stuck and could use some help, and ask for it. Ask colleagues or others who have been in business and could mentor you, hire a business coach, or form your own mastermind support team. 
  6. Delegate or drop your weaknesses. Get clear on what you don't enjoy doing or don't do very well. Either stop trying to do it, or find someone who will do it for you. A perfect example is bookkeeping. If you dislike it, give it to someone else to do, and free up your time to earn money doing what you do well. 
  7. Keep an eye on the bottom line. You don't need complex financial statements, but setting targets and tracking some key indicators every month will help you understand how you are doing. You'll know sooner what's working and what's not working so that you can make strategic adjustments.

Implement at least three of these tips, and watch your business flourish!

© Copyright Jan Marie Dore All rights reserved. 

Jan Marie Dore, 'The Professional Women's Success Coach,' Speaker and Author, publishes valuable marketing tips to grow a professional service business and increase profitability in her newsletter and blog 'Success Secrets for Solo Professional Women.'

Jan Marie teaches women how to attract more clients and financial success, and as a result, live extraordinary lives. For free resources and programs on marketing a professional practice, please visit

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Motivational Monday- 3.5.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Success is the effect generated by right thinking and right actions."
- Tommy Newberry

Friday, March 2, 2012

3 Ways to Increase Engagement With Your Facebook Fans

By Kim Garst

Facebook Pages have become harder than ever to manage as a result of Facebook's new algorithm changes to their News Feed. Studies by Edgerank show that fewer impressions and less involvement is the frustrating result.

This begs the question -- If you have a Facebook Page, how can you increase your impressions and start driving your brand or business engagement levels up?

Start with these top 3 ways to increase engagement for your Facebook Page

1. A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Words...REALLY!
More than that, they can mean the difference in engagement levels as well. Top studies keep showing that images mean a higher number of impressions and a greater degree of engagement in your brand.

The main thing to consider is what your primary reason for sharing your content is...are you trying to get out a specific message -- an announcement or new blog post -- or are you just trying to raise awareness of your brand and promoted engagement overall?

If you have a specific message to impart, make sure it comes with a picture so that it stands out on the News Feed. Even blog posts, which you attach as a link, will have a small image attached as long as you have a default image or thumbnail image on your site. If you are using a service like Hootsuite to pass along these posts, make sure the proper image is attached.

If you are driving engagement and raising awareness of your brand, attach your image first so that it becomes a focal point, attracting the idea and enticing others to share your content. Many are finding that images with quotes or funny sayings included in the illustration or picture are easy to share with a quick note and receive more shares than a simple text-based quote.

2. Change up your Posting TImes
Though your workday might be 9 to 5, most people access Facebook after they get home from work or even later in the evening.

Buddy Media recently completed a study showing "brands that post AFTER "normal" business hours saw a 20% increase in engagement when compared to those posts posted during "normal" business hours" (presented in Social Media Today).

Remember, more engagement means more people seeing your post as it is deemed more relevant by Facebook's alogrithm. Each person who "likes" your post or shares it increases the chances of more people seeing it.

3. Choose Your Words Carefully
While content is always king, when you are looking for a greater degree of involvement from your fans, sometimes even one word can make a huge difference. Grammar and proper spelling aside, key words seem to entice more sharing, liking and commenting as well.

Just look at this newly released research reported in All Facebook showing that the words "like" and "comment" actually showed a greater engagement rate; "like" being the optimal word with an engagement rate of 38%.

Though Facebook allows longer status posting, don't think that more is always better. Short and sweet can drive a lot involvement as well. Research shows that longer posts on Facebook reflect higher interaction rates, but if you choose your words carefully, a short and powerful punch can still drive a lot of engagement. Mix it up so that your fan base doesn't get used to the same ole same ole. Remember, the goal is to stand out!

The takeaway to posting for your Facebook Page?
Content is still King, but making it look pretty drives engagement as well. Creativity in what you post, how you post it, and when you post it, will allow your content to stand out in News Feed overrun with others trying to grab attention for their own brands, causes and personal lives.

To attract that attention, you have to stand out, which is true on Facebook and on any social media platform for that matter.

What are you doing to drive engagement today? Have you changed your Facebook Page posting content or timing? Have you noticed a change in your Facebook Page's engagement with users? Please share your techniques below. I would love to know what works for you!

This article was first published by Social Media Branding. To receive Kim's "30 Fun and Creative Ways To Increase Your Facebook Likes," go to and claim your free eBook NOW!

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