Just because you’re not a major retailer doesn’t mean you can’t do a holiday promotion for your business that brings you new customers and makes you some great spending money for the holidays!
Watch this interview with millionaire marketer, Daniel Hall, creator of the Black Friday thru Cyber Monday online mall for speakers, experts, and authors. He shares some excellent golden nuggets of information to help you be ultra-successful while running your own holiday-themed promos. Then be sure to visit the awesome sale at http://FeliciaSlattery.com/bfcm to get all the goodies at 70-90% off their regular pricing!
Shel Horowitz is an expert in going green. He’s published books on the subject and speaks about what people and organizations can do to clean up our environment and protect our planet. He recently sent me a one-sheet that he had designed for a review and I thought I’d share that with you here. I hope you benefit from it!
And if you’re ready to create your Speaker One Sheet, I invite you to use one of my templates at www.SpeakerOneSheetTemplates.com.
This week I had the pleasure of holding a live Community Appreciation Q/A session for members of my community. We talked for two hours and I answered questions submitted in advance as well as questions that people who were live on the call asked for.
As we were talking, I provided a number of free and low-cost resources to help experts, speakers, authors, coaches and consultants build their businesses. Many people asked if they could have that list, so I figured the easiest way was to post it here for everyone.
Some of the categories of questions I answered included:
- Speaking: Making money, Getting over fear, How to get booked to speak
- Elevator speech: what to say to be concise
- Using a VA to grow your business
- Working with JV partners
- Social media: For list-building, Facebook personal vs. business
- Podcasting resources
- Identifying your ideal customer
Based on the comments and messages I received afterwards, people were very happy with everything we discussed and what they learned. So, in order of how they were presented on the Q/A webinar, here is that resource list now:
Public Speaking Comics: www.PublicSpeakingComics.com
One of the questions was about how to get over the fear of speaking. Of course, as a former college instructor of public speaking, I have
trained many (many!) people both before I started my business and since, how to get past the fear associated with public speaking. A few years ago, I sat down with a comedian friend of mine and we came up with 15 comics that answered the question, “What’s the worst that could happen when you’re speaking?” This was one of my favorite projects and always makes me laugh. I hope it helps you have a little chuckle, too!
How Many Speeches Do You Need?: Free Infographic
As the author of the #1 Amazon best-seller 21 Ways to Make Money Speaking, another common question I receive is about how many speeches a business professional who wants to market their business with speaking or have a speaking business really needs. The answer, as it is with so many questions like this, is “it depends.” For example, I have been delivering my original Signature Speech™ about “Credibility and Cash Flow” since 2007. Just that one speech alone has helped me build thousands of relationships, get me some of my BEST clients, and of course made me more than a pretty penny for all these years. The best tip I have is start with the ONE speech. Make it EXCELLENT. Deliver it A LOT. Then decide if you’re going to make money with that one speech or if you want to make money speaking other ways, too. I shared the resource to pick up my free infographic, so folks could see all 21 ways and decide for themselves. If you’re interested in reading the book, you can find it here at Amazon.com.
Podcasting for Everyone? Nope: Free webinar rebroadcast about how to podcast.
We had several questions about podcasting. One astute community member asked if podcasting was coming back (YES! – it actually never left and continues to grow) and of it’s right for everyone. The truth is, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to your marketing. Even if you’re a speaker, podcasting may NOT be the best strategy for you. It depends on your strongest skills, your ability and desire to continue delivering quality audio content on an on-going regular basis, and the ROI you see from your podcast. Also, like all marketing, podcasting works if you do it the right way and follow a proven path to success. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. You can use your iPhone or iPad to create, edit and post a podcast easily. The webinar rebroadcast will show you all about it.
Be a Podcasting Guest: Join a Facebook Community for Podcasters
One alternative to hosting your own podcast is to be a guest on someone else’s podcast. You get exposure and marketing to a group of people who likely wouldn’t have heard of you any other way, and if the interviewer is a good one, you’ll get a really great recording you can use in other areas of your business. To get booked on someone else’s podcast, you’ve got to connect with podcasters, check out their shows, see if it’s a good fit and ask them if they’d be open to talking about having you be a guest.
Get Booked As a Podcast Guest or Speaker: Create a One-Sheet with These Templates
When you contact the podcast host, it helps to give them an idea of what you’d talk about. The more professional your pitch is, the more likely you are to get booked on a show. The same is true of being on stage. Put together a segment or podcast show guest proposal, provide the topic you’d cover in your interview, a few potential questions, an image of your book or you speaking on stage or just your head shot, your credibility-building bio and you’re on your way to getting booked!
No, You Don’t Need An Elevator Speech: Free Chapter and Resources to Help Say Goodbye to the Elevator Speech
My most recent #1 Amazon best-seller is Kill the Elevator Speech: Stop Selling, Start Connecting. People have LOADS of questions about this topic because everyone in business has heard we need one of these suckers if we’re going to a networking meeting, conference, trade show, or other event where we will meet people and be asked the dreaded question, “what do you do?”
The truth is, people are only going to remember 2-4 words about you anyway, the purpose of networking is to connect with other people and begin a relationship, and if you go in looking for a sale you’ll come across as the desperate salesy person no one wants to talk to.
If you don’t get out to meetings much and work primarily from home, you don’t need an elevator speech. If you’re saying more than “I’m a XYZ,” and have more than 2-4 words after that, you need to change what you say. Instead talk about what you love about your work, what lights you up, what you’re passionate about, what project you’re working on now, what your clients are up to, or what your favorite part about doing what you do is. Tell a story about your work; don’t verbally vomit marketing gibberish on someone who simply wanted to open a conversation with you but didn’t know what else to say. Get the book on Amazon or wherever fine books are sold.
Tales from Box Mountain Part 3: Broken Promises, Cut Locks, and No Texting While Driving (Not what you think!)
Note: This post is the third in a series about what I learned about life and business from moving my family from the suburbs of Chicago to Knoxville, Tennessee. You can read the first post here and second here.
Whenever you move, one of the biggest issues to contend with is how to get all your stuff from your current home to your new home, expediently, efficiently, and safely – and as cost-effectively as possible, unless you are being moved by your company and they are footing the (potentially massive) bill. That was not us.
During our recent move, we looked into the options, which as far as we could tell included:
- Hiring a big cross-country moving company (far too expensive).
- Renting a truck and hiring a driver (not sure we wanted to trust some random driver with all our earthly possessions).
- Renting a truck and driving it ourselves (no one in our family has a truck license, plus … just no.).
- Having a service bring a container to our driveway, we load it up/ hire movers to load it up, and have it picked up again, shipped to our new home, dropped off, and unloaded.
We went with that last option because we had done it before, twice, and while those moves were local, it worked out well enough both times we felt confident it would be the best choice for us this time. So I did my research and made a choice on the company to use.
First, I have to say, ultimately we were happy with the service. However, there were A LOT of missteps by the company we choose, ABF Freight, otherwise known for it’s consumer service called UPack.
We chose them on the recommendation of my father-in-law, who had used them in the past and remembered their prices being far and away less expensive than PODS, Pack Rat, or any of the other consumer container storage and shipping companies. He was right… the price was almost half of what everyone else was going to charge. That was explained in their marketing. Because the company is a commercial freight service, they may place a few boxes of their own on the back of our truck, to be delivered to another of their commercial customers en route to our new home. Makes sense to me.
The first misstep came with their scheduling online. I wanted to set up my moving date for the last few days in June. But their online scheduler automatically chose a random date two weeks into the future, which was still early June, and wouldn’t allow me to change it online; so I had to call.
Lesson #1: If you have an online scheduler or order process, make sure everything can be done online without forcing your customers to make a phone call or jump through other hoops.
After I *thought* we had the date squared away (more coming later), the phone rep told me part of the deal was that the driver would be texting my container’s location to me along the route to my new location so I would have an idea where my stuff was. That wasn’t anywhere on their website, but the site had already proven to be less-than-reliable, and it sounded like a cool value-add. Plus, with my knowledge of technology and what’s possible, it was perfectly feasible that a driver could check into an automated system, that would then send me an auto update like “Driver 7245 has now entered Kentucky with your container.” It makes sense right? Well, the person I was on the phone with was making that up apparently, because in subsequent conversations (to fix the wrong drop off date AGAIN), this customer service agent said there was no such offer of texting while driving, so to speak.
The only thing I can think of now, as I reflect, is perhaps that is an offering for their freight customers but not for their individual consumer customers and the customer service agent I spoke with was confused. I don’t know, but I felt like I missed out on a great service.
Lesson #2: Deliver on your promises.
Lesson #3: Make sure your entire staff can effectively explain your offerings correctly.
Interestingly, I soon learned this company DOES use texting to confirm that your container will be dropped off to be loaded on a certain date. That was good because I received a text with the wrong date, so I had to call AGAIN. In fact, I planned an out of town in Minnesota for a business retreat on that date, which had been scheduled for months, so I would have never set that date up as a drop off or pick up date. The good news for this company is they had the text confirmation set up so I could see the error and immediately call to avoid having a driver show up at my home while I was out of town and pick up an empty container 2 days later because I was still out of town. Their system worked in this case to catch the customer service agent’s mistake.
Lesson 4: Have systems in place to catch any errors before they turn into bigger problems down the line.
After we received our container, on time and set up exactly how we wanted it, we set to the hard work of packing it. In another post, I’ll share about the fabulous service our movers provided, because they deserve their own post with more lessons learned.
Another promise was after we packed up our belongings, we should LOCK the wall they provided to completely secure our things in the container. A regular pad lock wasn’t going to fit, so my Dad went out and bought a $25 heavy duty industrial lock for the job. We secured our belongings as stated in the contract and on the phone and were on our way.
Not long after our container was picked up, however, I received a phone call from the local dispatch office. At this point, we were on the road somewhere between Illinois and Tennessee. The dispatcher on the phone asked me to come in to remove my lock so they could get their ramp, which was inside the truck when they delivered it to us, and we put it back inside. There was no mention that specific ramp, which we would need in Tennessee to get our stuff OUT of the truck, had to stay in Illinois. Apparently the Tennessee dispatch office would have their own ramp. Unfortunately, I had the only keys and we were on the Interstate somewhere. So they cut off a brand new $25 lock and now our personal items weren’t secure.
Lesson 5: If you want something to be a certain way (in this case, the ramp to be accessible to the local dispatch office), spell it out in your instructions and make sure it’s well-communicated.
As I said, overall we were happy with the end result: our container was safely delivered, when we wanted it, where we wanted it, and at an affordable and fair price. After we arrived in Knoxville, everything went very well and the Knoxville dispatchers were great with accommodating the times I needed for our container to be dropped off and then later the same day removed.
Could I recommend this company? I would, with the caveat that people I refer read this blog post so they know what to expect. What it comes down to is this:
FINAL LESSON: If you teach your customers what to expect from you and then deliver that exact promise through the customer experience, you will have raving fans every time.
After my husband and I made the decision to move from the suburbs of Chicago to Knoxville, Tennessee, we thought renting for a year would be a better choice because we looked at more than 20 homes to buy yet never came up with quite what we wanted. Plus, we don’t know the area AT ALL, and we didn’t want to rush into buying just any old house in any old place.
In another post, I’ll talk more about the decision to downsize from our 3000 square foot home to an 1121 square foot apartment, but for this story here’s what you need to know: in that process, we realized our daughters, ages 10 and 13, would have to share a bedroom in our new 2-bedroom apartment.
I suggested the girls might enjoy bunk beds, and they were both elated to have that experience. So I set to work on finding some gently used bunk beds for sale at sites like Craigslist, Bookoo, and OfferUp. I soon negotiated a good deal on a set for sale near our former home that I really liked because the lower bunk is a full-sized bed, which allowed a few more options.
When we picked up the black metal frame of the bed, it was in parts. That’s when my Dad took over. You should know my Dad is the handiest of handy men, the most intense assembler you’ll ever meet, and a complete perfectionist when it comes to doing any project he undertakes, no matter how long it takes to get it done right. If you’ve ever seen the HGTV cable network star contractor, Mike Holmes, who makes EVERY thing perfect about a project, you have an idea of how my Dad tackles a project. Plus, he’s retired now and has FULL TIME to devote to any pursuit he wants. And in this instance it was all about the bunk beds.
Once he was involved, Dad went online and printed not one, but two full sets of directions to assemble the set. Then he took the whole bed completely apart so it would fit on the moving truck. He labelled all the little screws, nuts, bolts, and pieces that were part of the assembly of the bed, organized them by what part of the bed they came from into little plastic bags, and then put those into a bigger plastic bag. Finally he packed the whole lot into a well-marked cardboard box and sealed it up.
When we arrived at our new home, for the first couple of weeks one girl slept on the twin-sized sofabed and the other slept on her mattress on the floor because my Dad wanted to be the one to put the beds together the RIGHT way and had planned to come down the second week we were in Tennessee. He’s great at assembling anything and loves it, plus we had plenty of other tasks to do before my parents arrived (have you seen the photo of Box Mountain in my dining area?!), so we came across the well-marked box, and put it into a very safe place.
When the day came for Dad to put the bunk beds together, we started looking for the well-marked box with all the nuts and bolts and pieces neatly organized inside. The well-marked box was about the size of a shirt box at Christmas, but double the thickness, so it wasn’t a massive moving box, but plenty substantial that it could easily be noticed.
But nobody could find the well-marked box ANYWHERE.
We looked all over the apartment, which was easy enough because there are only two bedrooms with walk-in closets, the main living space, and the kitchen/dining area. No well-marked box.
I recalled having the box in my hands and placing it into the girls’ bedroom in the stack of other boxes in there, but as we organized their room and closest, emptying moving box after moving box, the one well-marked box we needed to find to make their beds was not among them.
My husband saw the well-marked box a handful of times, too. He ran back and forth to the storage area (I couldn’t part with my dining room table, our Christmas decorations, and some much-loved bigger furniture pieces!), and he could never find the well-marked box.
My mother-in-law and father-in-law, who live near us here in Tennessee had been helping us unload and unpack. My mother-in-law remembered seeing the well-marked box, but wasn’t sure where it was, either.
After several DAYS of searching off and on for that well-marked box, my Dad and my husband finally decided that we needed a Plan B. We called the manufacturer and explained our situation, hoping they would sell us just the parts, but that wasn’t going to work. So we ended on Plan C: Buy a new set of identical bunk beds to the set we already had and start fresh.
Now, being a thrifty sort who isn’t quite a conservationist, but hates throwing things away that can be used, that really upset me. We had all the BIG pieces for the bed, it was just those screws, nuts and bolts. I knew we would someday come across that well-marked box, so I thought at the very least I could re-sell the whole original set so it could go to a home that would use it.
While my Dad and husband were at the store, buying the new bunk beds, I said a prayer to St. Anthony (the saint of lost things), and suddenly I had a revelation.
It wasn’t the well-marked box we needed AT ALL. It was the stuff INSIDE that mattered.
Suddenly, with a new determination — and NOT looking for a BOX, but instead looking for the actual thing we needed — I FOUND IT within 2 minutes.
Where was it? In the girls’ room, right next to the parts of the bed. What we needed had been removed from the well-marked box, which had apparently long been discarded, so instead it was a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags in which all the pieces were!
All along we had been looking for a BOX, when what we wanted was what was inside the box, and ignored everything else. We probably each looked right past the set of plastic bags a half dozen times each.
What a relief to finally find what we needed!
The Life and Business Lesson Learned:
Sometimes we THINK we want the box because the magic, we’ve been told, is right inside that particular box. All we have to do is open it. But instead of seeking the magic itself, we seek the box.
Put into concrete terms related to business, we want what goes with a successful business: the credibility, the clients, the cash, the freedom… but instead of working for those things, we spend a ton of time worrying far too much about the box we THINK those things are inside such as a perfect website, a finished information product, a book fully written and published, and so on. You CAN achieve what you want, without worrying about the box.
In life, too many people wait to go after their dream job or search for the person they want to enjoy the rest of their lives with because they are stuck looking for the perfect box of making their body perfect, or their resume perfect, or their wardrobe perfect. You can reach those personal goals, without worrying about the box.
My friends, keep your eye on the prize. It’s not about the box at all, no matter how well-marked and how certain you are you will find it one day. Seek what is inside. Go for what you REALLY want.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. As you can likely guess from the title, because you’re smart like that, I’ve been preoccupied with relocating my family from the suburbs of Chicago to the 3rd biggest city in the state of Tennessee, Knoxville. Yes, I’ve been working, but doing the bare minimum to get by.
You know how “they” say moving is one of the top 5 or 10 or whatever most stressful life experiences up there with getting married, having babies, changing jobs, and driving in traffic (that last one has to be true, doesn’t it?)? Well… I am here to say, yep, that’s about right. Whew.
During our move, over and over again I kept seeing so many business and life lessons I decided to share them in at least a series of blog posts, if not, someday soon, a short book. So I’m starting here and we’ll see where this takes me.
As a preview for what’s coming:
- We about pulled our hair out over looking for a certain box, when I realized it wasn’t about the box at all. That’s when I found what I was looking for.
- My wedding and engagement rings were in a super safe place… so safe I thought I’d lost them forever.
- Two reactions to getting lost during travel; he wanted to be upset, so I let him be.
- Broken promises, cut locks, and no texting while driving. (Not at all what you think!)
- Going from 3000 square feet (plus garage and shed) to 1121 square feet with a family of 4, plus a dog.
These and other stories will follow this week. Some may appear as written posts and others as video posts. We’ll see what comes up!
What lessons from moving have you learned that can be related to life and/or business? I’d love to learn from your experiences – post in the comments below!
It’s not every day you get to share a ride with an executive at one of the world’s biggest companies who becomes interested enough in what you do to ask you to get in touch. But THAT’s exactly what happened to me when I landed in San Francisco a few weeks ago.
The video below tells the story and I recorded it as part of my 30-day storytelling on video challenge.
Moral of the story: Quit using a dag-gum Elevator Speech! (I wrote a whole book about exactly how!)
Now you can live in my home, and work in the same office that launched both of my #1 best-selling books, built a successful consulting and training business, and took me from being a Mom in the suburbs to an internationally-acclaimed business professional.
Here’s the video announcement my family made on May 8 on Facebook that to date has more than 3,000 views:
We are very excited about moving, but first we must sell the home we’ve raised our family in for more than 10 years.
Here are the photos so you can see it all:
Imagine what it would be like to live in my home:
You’ll love the breathtaking 2-story entrance to this gorgeously maintained home, with a beautifully landscaped, fenced yard with mature trees, in a quiet cul-de-sac location.
There are a total of 5 large full-sized bedrooms, with one on the main floor currently being used as a home office… bring your biggest furniture and move right in! Gourmet cooks will adore the custom granite countertops, double oven, and extra deep double sink with telescoping faucet in the kitchen. There’s plenty of storage for all your pantry items in the many solid oak cabinets (upper cabinets are a storage DREAM at 42” tall) and large pantry.
Step outside to your big-enough-for-entertaining-a-crowd brick paver patio and into the massive fenced back yard complete with a lush well-manicured green lawn and quaint organic heirloom vegetable garden (already planted for the season!) to pick your herbs and veggies for dinner tonight. Watch the kids play on the wooden play yard in the back while you wash up after dinner and put your dishes into the new stainless steel whisper-quiet dishwasher (all appliances were recently installed at the end of 2014 – all less than 6 months old!).
On weekends, arise slowly in this quiet neighborhood luxuriating in your master suite, complete with two large walk-in closets, custom tile floor, private commode water closet, and large shower. Again, enjoy more storage than you can imagine with space for everything you need in the master suite linen closet, and two linen closets in the upstairs hall. The three remaining guest rooms are all ample-sized for whatever your family and guests would enjoy in each.
Meander down to your basement where you can set up an art studio in one room, an in-home fitness center, and a place for the children to explore their imaginations and play for hours. Or create a workshop in the unfinished area and putter away at whatever hobby projects you revel in most.
If you have a lot of “stuff” you’ll find more storage in the garage with installed cabinets along the back walls, and several closets in the basement, not to mention the under-the-stairs area. Oh yes, don’t forget the shed out back to store your outdoor tools, gear, and equipment of all kinds.
In this family home, sweet babies became middle-schoolers, two successful home businesses were launched, and many happy memories with hours of laughter were created and shared. If these walls could talk, they’d tell you stories of love and life well-lived and now await the next family to begin their new adventure. It’s your time to settle in and get to enjoying life in your new home!
Here are some more facts about the home:
*Entry to house can be wheel chair accessed with sloped entry (no step) and double entry doors.
*2 story foyer with spacious entry and generous-sized double-door guest closet
* Oak stairs with landing on the 2nd floor
* Cathedral ceilings in living room and dining room
* 9 ft ceilings on remaining 1st floor rooms
*New light fixtures
*Many rooms recently painted
*New all stainless steel appliances in kitchen
*42” uppers for kitchen cabinets
*Center island in kitchen
*Eat in kitchen for breakfast table and open to family room.
*Family room with new carpet
*1st floor home office has a closet for a main floor bedroom.
*1st floor bath has full shower with walk/roll in option (perfect for handicap usage)
*1st floor laundry off the garage entry
*All window treatments included (please exclude the 2 girls rooms curtains)
*Large master suite with 2 walk in closets and spacious master bath/double bowl sink and private commode area.
*All bedroom closets have closet organizers.
*New tile in Hall bath and main floor bath
*Basement is full ( no crawl!) and is 85% finished with 3 rooms.
*New water softener
*Lovely fenced back yard with large paver brick patio for summer enjoyment.
*Home warranty included
Contact Felicia [at] Felicia Slattery [dot] com and I’ll schedule a private showing for you or your friends, family, or others you know who would like to live in lovely Oswego, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, close to shopping, great schools, and a perfect place to raise a family. Or send people to this post OR our official home sales page at 711BlossomCt.com
What have I gotten myself into THIS time?!
You can keep up with my progress on Facebook, YouTube and here on my blog (as soon as I’m home from my vacation and get all the videos uploaded everywhere).
I’ll tell you one thing, if it wasn’t for the accountability with my friend, video marketing expert Lou Bortone, and the public promises I made to keep this thing going, I’d have quit by now, less than a week after posting my first video.
But I’m all in. Keep coming back for a new story and lesson each day.
Today’s guest blog post comes from my friend, Nicole Dean, who at a recent keynote “double dog dared” everyone in the room to be more awesome and launched what she calls her “Awesomization Nation.” I call it 30 days of awesome you! You can call it whatever you want, but I urge you to consider joining us. We officially start tomorrow but many of us have been warming up and being awesome since last week!
I Double Dog Dare You to Be Awesome!
By: Nicole Dean
Question: What is Awesomization Nation?
Answer: The Awesomization Nation is a group of awesome entrepreneurs who want to be their awesomest selves. We’ve got hundreds of members already, and each person in the group is posting at least 3 small awesome things they’re doing each day. We encourage members to do a minimum of one thing in their business, one in their lives, and one thing to impact their world or THE world.
Question: Why NOW?
Answer: I was scheduled to give a Keynote at NAMS in March 2015 and the topic was “I Freaking Double-Dog Dare You to Be Awesome” and so the idea for the Awesomization Nation just happened. I wanted to create a movement and the amazing thing is that it’s already taking on a life of its own and we haven’t even officially STARTED yet.
The Awesomization Nation was supposed to start on April 1st, but the members are so eager that they’re already doing awesome every day and posting about it. I’m amazed watching the group and participating in it, too. Joint Ventures are forming, connections are being made, and inspiration is flying everywhere. I honestly am blessed beyond measure that I get to be in this group of positive people.
People are hungry for an invitation to be better versions of themselves, me included. I’m just shocked at how it’s taking off – and thrilled and excited, too!
Question: Will being part of Awesomization Nation help me grow my business or is this just another distraction?
Answer: Being part of the Awesomization Nation will awaken you to potential in your business and your life that you may have stopped seeing. Yes, you’ll receive all kinds of valuable information and inspiration for moving your business forward. But the other important thing is that I want you to have grace to take small steps forward – as long as you ARE moving forward.
For instance, one item you do for the day may be to take 5 minutes to map out the outline of the book that you want to write. Instead of letting 6 more months go by being overwhelmed by the task, break it down and let Awesome You do one part to move that project ahead. Or perhaps an awesome task you might do one day is to schedule a coaching time to talk with Felicia about your Signature Speech™. Instead of putting it off and letting yourself be overwhelmed, take the 5 minutes to book the call, invest in yourself, and walk away ready to rock the stage. That’s definitely what “Awesome You” would do. So do it!
And, to answer your question, YES, it will help you to move your business ahead. Any time you invest in taking action, you’re moving in the right direction. And, these people are definitely taking action. I can’t wait to see where this leads and the RESULTS that our members will get by the end.
Join us at The Awesomization Nation and become more awesome today!