Seeing Possibility (The ‘P’ Series)

This week our ‘P’ is Possibility. And it’s one of my favorite words.

When I begin working with an entrepreneur or a sales team or a corporate group, I always ask them about the goals they want to achieve.

For an entrepreneur, it’s a lot about the lifestyle they want. The possibility of living life on their own terms. The possibility of doing something they believe in, something that makes a difference in the world. The possibility of doing what they love full time and making the money they deserve while doing it.

For a sales team or a corporate group, it’s the possibility of better communication. The possibility of more sales. The possibility of understanding and utilizing the power of relationships. The possibility of enjoying their work, their career and being excited again to show up on Monday mornings.

During this upcoming holiday season, possibility is all around us on a personal level, as well. The possibility to be nicer and kinder to all around us. The possibility to be more generous and giving to those in need. The possibility to take time to appreciate the moments we spend with family and friends that we might not get to see all year.

Possibility is a word that means ‘a thing that may happen.’ You have the strength to turn all of those possibilities into realities.

An Audrey Hepburn quote came to mind as I was writing this…

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.”

Let that sink in and live that today!

If the possibility of seeing out of the box and building a business is on your mind. If the possibility of reaching a bit higher and further than is comfortable is something you want to do. If the possibility of changing your life or your organization for a new and brighter future is what you want, get on my calendar and let’s chat.

P is for…

My recent Fall retreat was all about the P’s in business.


The women at this retreat are POWERFUL examples of why PREPARING to take a day away from your business and being PRESENT and getting out of PANIC and into PATIENCE makes for one POSITIVE experience. They realized the missing pieces in their PUZZLE and the PRIZE was PROFOUND!

Amy Andersson, Founder and Owner of Price Turner CFO’s, embraced Possibility.

She is coming up on six years in business and she is growing! She realized she’d been stuck in the weeds and working too hard in day-to-day operations, instead of going out and providing consulting in financial strategy, which is what she does best. She is going to PIVOT and she is going to PROVIDE services that will change her business in 2018.

Leah Lakins, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Fresh Eyes Editorial Services, embraced Position.

She is now going from PASSENGER to captain. She will strive to be a leader in her field and take charge in her business. She won’t be in the boat with her customers anymore, she’ll be on shore, PAINTING a vision for them.

Kathy D’Agostino, Owner of Win at Business Coaching, embraced her own word: Power.

She will step into her power with PROCESS. She will streamline her approach and create new revenue generators. She’ll no longer be in her own blind spot. She’s PULLING ahead and driving into a new year with expanded PIPELINE and the PROCESS to implement.

This retreat was one for the books. I’m honored to work alongside amazing women and can’t wait to see what the future holds. For fun, in “Harvesting our P’s”, we celebrated our accomplishments with PIE.

There’s only more ‘P’ left and that is how PROUD I am to do what I do.

If you want to attend an upcoming retreat or schedule a VIP Day, contact me anytime at

War Paint and the amazing women that changed the world of beauty

I love the theatre. I’m sure my passion for dance and performance plays into that and I recently saw the amazing show, War Paint.

The show tells the story of two beauty industry icons and rivals, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

Both women founded cosmetic companies in the early 1900s and found massive success on their journeys.

Women leaders today can take a look at these dynamic women and gain inspiration and confidence that they can do whatever they dream.

Rubinstein was the oldest in a family of eight girls and made her way to Australia from Poland in her early 20s. She began working on a beauty cream formula, after her own mother had given her some to take on her trip, and by 1902 she was opening her first salon. She figured out that different skin types required different products and that was a huge discovery for that era.

Next it was on to Paris, where a few of her sisters worked with her and they were supporting their family back in Poland. Make-up was developed there and soon she found herself opening a salon in New York City, where her name and brand became very well-known. Her husband even wrote advertisements for her. Her business survived through The Wall Street Crash and two World Wars. She was a pioneer, always a step ahead in the world of beauty. She wasn’t afraid of trying innovative ideas like creating hormone creams or beauty products for men. She loved the industry and she made it her life’s work.

The youngest of five children, Florence Nightingale Graham, (later Elizabeth Arden) was born in Canada to a family that struggled financially. She eventually moved to New York and worked with her brother in the pharmaceutical industry. This is where she learned about skincare.

She opened The Red Door Salon in 1910 in New York City and would ultimately open salons internationally, in places like Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. She helped women see that make-up was not for the lower class (a thought at the times) that it was beautiful and ladylike, if applied correctly. The “makeover” was a concept started in her salons. Her business survived the Great Depression and at the top of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world.

I encourage you to read more about both of these women.

The takeaway is simple. They had dreams, they had ideas, they had information to share and at the time, it wasn’t always information people were ready to hear. They were so ahead of their time and many of the beauty techniques we enjoy today, came from the research and creativity of these powerhouses.

If your idea seems outlandish right now, think about these women.
If you don’t think you can do it, think about these women.
If you’re scared, think about these women.

They were able to build empires at a time when women leaders were scarce. We live in a different time. This is our time.

Embrace your power as a woman and lead. Make decisions. Try new things. Fail. Get back up. Try again. Someone might be writing a newsletter about you and your company in 50 years.

Maximize your time…even in the sky!

I am off! A full week on the road filled with fun, celebrations and great business opportunity.

Yesterday began a weeklong trip, starting in San Francisco and ending up in Los Angeles for my son’s graduation from USC!

I often talk about the combination of business and pleasure and this coming week is a perfect example.

I started the plans for this trip months ago when I found out the date of the graduation. I love creating business on the west coast as an opportunity to see my son and this time I knew I would be out there so it was a perfect time to reach out to friends and colleagues in San Francisco.

My connections led me to a business meeting and two speaking engagements on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Then, the universe really came through, when my daughter mentioned one night at dinner that she had days off she needed to take before the end of June. I invited her to join me in San Francisco, before we headed to LA, and she said yes!

She even put together a fun itinerary (of course she sent it to me in a Google Doc, yes she really is my daughter) and she took into consideration the times of my business meeting and my speaking engagements.

Obviously, much of my time will be spent on a plane, so here are my tips for maximizing your time, even in the sky!

  1. Buy Wi-Fi in advance for the reduced rate
  2. Catch up on quiet work (proofreading, writing) that often gets put off
  3. Filter through emails with no distractions (except maybe the clouds!)
  4. Pull out the headphones and catch up on that webinar or training you’ve been meaning to listen to
  5. Network! Yes, really. I’ve meet amazing people sitting right next to me. Heading home from Las Vegas, I met a woman, we made a great business connection, exchanged our business cards, connected on LinkedIn and Facebook and I’m seeing her again in NYC later this month.

Travel is not an inconvenience. I find it to be filled with opportunity! Do you agree? Are you finding ways to combine pleasure with work? Life is designed to be a joy, are you embracing it to the fullest?

Take a half day or an extra day when on a business trip and go sightseeing.

Use your time on the plane to work without distraction.

Read a book.

Take a nap.

Look out the window and daydream away.

Do whatever feels good and whatever makes you smile. Share with me on the SSC Facebook page what mixing business and pleasure looks like to you.

You are going to change the world

A fantastic movie does something to our souls. It can make us feel joy, hope, happiness, sadness. I recently saw, Hidden Figures, based off the real-life story of African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. I am not going to give the movie away, so it is ok to keep reading.

These amazing women worked with NASA to provide math calculations needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

I was blown away. The power and the impact these women had decades ago, in a time of segregation and a time when women in business, and leadership roles, wasn’t as common as it is today.

If these women could break through the many obstacles and challenges before them in the 1960s, what can we be doing as women in business in 2017? The opportunities we have before us are great.

No matter what industry you are in, you are making a difference and you are doing work that is needed. Keep going! I am behind you and there are millions of women entrepreneurs and business leaders on your side, too.

Just as these women’s calculations changed the course of history, our work changes the world, too.

Every time a client tells me, “They have grown their sales” or “They have stepped into their leadership and are leading a team” or “They have reached or surpassed their goals” or “They no longer have any more debt,” I know their lives are changed forever. And it makes me proud and honored to be a coach and do what I do.

You have changed plenty of lives. I’ve shared with you in the past, that’s it’s important to ask for testimonials and read them out loud to yourself, often. You are helping people to grow their businesses, save money, make money, look and feel beautiful, learn about nutrition, live with less stress – no matter what it might be.


You are making an impact in this world. You are a strong leader and in 2017, reflect on that positive power.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

I think that is perfect advice to leave you with this week. What are you going to do in 2017 to make a bigger impact in this world? Share with me on the SSC Facebook or LinkedIn page.

P.S.  I do recommend seeing Hidden Figures!

Traveling? Still time for sales!

I’m back from LA where my family and I attended parent’s weekend at USC. We had so much fun! Great meals, tailgates, football games and quality time spent together.

I love time with my family, especially now that my kids are adults and we have fun in an entirely new way.

People always ask me,”Ivy, you’re on the road so much and you always make time for family, but how do you keep moving your business forward and have time for sales while you’re away?”

I talk and teach about sales all the time. A businesses success and growth potential is based on strong and consistent sales. It’s the backbone of any business. The result of sales is what pays our bills, gives us money to invest in marketing and growth and allows us to live the lifestyle we desire.

Here’s how to continue making sales even when you’re on the road or spending time with family.

Here are some of my personal tips I use at SSC:

  1. Always have a short list of follow-ups with you. It could be in your phone or printed out, but most importantly have it handy. Keep yourself on people’s minds.
  2. Don’t rely on Wi-Fi.
  3. Delays and downtime will happen. Be ready to take action, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.

I use the three I’s as a resource to stay connected:

Information. Send a great article of something that you believe from getting to know someone that they would find interesting and would add value for them.

Introduction. I love to introduce people who would be good connections. It’s thoughtful and will be remembered in great light.

Invitation. Invite someone to an event, or anything you might be doing that you think they would find of interest. This can be a networking function or even a movie or cultural event if you have this in common.

When I travel, I always have downtime to think and spend time catching up on airplanes. I make great use of this time and I recommend it highly. In fact, I’m writing this newsletter from the sky right now!

There is always time for a quick call or email. Make it work.

Let me know how you use your travel time to sell or if you have any other thoughts on staying on top of sales.

Let me know on the SSC Facebook and LinkedIn pages. If you are struggling with sales, don’t wait, reach out to

Burger or Lobster…

After moving my daughter, Alex, into an apartment in downtown Burgers or Lobster... Ivy Slater - Slater Success CoachingManhattan a week after we moved my son, Bryce, into his apartment in LA, my husband Michael and I needed a good meal before collapsing!

We went to Burger & Lobster and let me tell you, the insight I got after looking at this menu made me so excited to write this week’s newsletter.

I am assuming most of you have heard the teaching about packages and the recommended offering of three different ones.

Don’t confuse the buyer.
Keep it simple, right?

People always ask me if this actually works in business. They feel like if they have more options, they will sell more. They fear limiting themselves and losing income.

Burger & Lobster is a perfect example as to why this concept really does work…

Michael and I sat down and realized there were only drinks listed on the menu. No food. The waitress came over and asked if we’d been there before (we hadn’t) and she said, “We serve burgers and lobster.” We smiled at her, replying that yes, we’d read the name of the restaurant but…

She then made it 100% clear. They had three things on their menu: burgers, lobster or lobster roll. They all came with a salad and fries. The other option was a combo: ½ lobster and burger with a salad, fries and dessert.

My family teases me because I’m usually the one asking the waitress or waiter a million questions, but this time, I didn’t have one! We both ordered the combo, burgers medium rare. Simple. As. That.

Don’t you wish closing a sale could be that easy? Well, let me tell you. It can! If your offerings are clear and simple, it’s a no-brainer for a potential client.

We were eating around 3:30 in the afternoon, after lunch, before dinner and we still had to wait for a table. So the concept works.

I encourage you to think about your offerings this week.

Are they simple and easy to understand?
Are your choices clear and accomplishing exactly what the client needs?

Or is your variety too large? (think a Chinese take-out menu with many, many options)

If you are struggling with keeping your packages and business simple and know this is costing you business, reach out to

My Colored Pencil Taught Me A Lesson


You might not know this, but I love to color! It’s a great stress reliever and creativity booster. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now and I was coloring the other day with the twistable colored pencils, the ones where you can actually twist the top to get more lead out, so no sharpening involved. If you haven’t tried these out yet, I definitely recommend them.

Anyway, I found I was being extra cautious not to turn the top too much and cause all the lead to come out and break off. It actually made me stop and write this blog, because I realized, we do this very thing in our businesses every single 


I’m guilty of this, too. We are cool with being comfortable. We don’t want to rock the boat, right? So, we only use a small amount of our potential (like the pencil) when planning our next move. We are so afraid of something “breaking,” we often don’t take the risk of twisting just a little more.

I’m encouraging you to TWIST. 

I’m asking you to believe in yourself and take the risk.

I’m begging you to go for it.

 No one successful today stops twisting. Sure, there will be breakages and plans don’t always turn into a masterpiece, but for the ones that do, it’s so very worth it.

I’ll tell you my twist story…

A few years ago, I started offering SSC Live every Summer. It’s an all day event, where business owners and entrepreneurs come together to learn about and work on their businesses. And I am up there leading the way.

I was terrified the first time I decide to launch one of these. I mean, these people were coming to see me, they were paying money to hear me, they were giving of their time to gain value from me. Could I deliver?

I twisted and I created a program that made a difference. And now, people come back every year. It took a lot of belief, confidence, support from my team and clients and pure GUTS to make this happen. I couldn’t be happier I took this risk. I have met clients, friends and supporters from all over the world because I twisted just a little farther.

Tell me how you will twist this week. Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.

Know this, if I was not willing to take risks I would not have moved on from a 7 figure printing company to start a coaching business.




Create The Circumstances You Desire

I came across this George Bernard Shaw quote and it really stuck with me…

Create The Circumstances You Desire

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw

Wow! Powerful statement and so very true. And I see this in successful people every single day.

Instead of blaming her former employer for laying her off, Lisa went and started her own business.

Instead of working 60+ hours a week and never seeing her kids, Tammy decided to evaluate her finances and drop down to part-time.

Instead of feeling lonely as a stay-at-home mom, Megan joined support groups and is now the president of her community parent program.

These women changed their circumstances to work for them and I encourage all of my clients to do the same exact thing.

You are never stuck.

You are never without options.

You are never at the end of your rope.

I know it can feel that way and I’ve been there.  

But that is the time to reach out to a coach, mentor, friend or family member and figure out your next steps. Figure out how to create the circumstances and the life that you desire.

All the cliche statements like “it’s never too late” and “never give up” and “age is only a number” may be overused or even annoying, but guess what, I absolutely believe in them.

I started Slater Success Coaching when my kids were in their teens, it was the second chapter of my business and parenting life. I had already experienced success in the printing business and I created an entirely new venture for myself because I wanted to make new circumstances.

I wanted flexibility, a steady income and to live my passion.

I wanted something challenging.

I wanted to make a difference.

And I did it. 

And you can do it. 

I know that for a fact. 

We start my “7-Day Money Challenge, It’s Only Money Game” next week and I want you to join me. This is one way to live out the action of making new circumstances. Getting comfortable with your money is a fantastic place to start.

What circumstances do you want to make happen for your life right now? Tell me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.



Creativity = Money…REALLY?


Stepping Outside The Comfort Zone

One of the things I love about my business is that I have created retreats as Creativity = Money…REALLY?
parts of different programs I offer. I have seen entrepreneurs thrive from these retreats, stepping outside of their comfort zone and into the next level.

Sometimes it’s a room full of strangers. Other times, a small intimate community or family who works one-on-one with me and gather several times a year to support and grow their businesses.

Keywords for Success

Recently, I held a “Money Masters” retreat. These are my high-level clients and we worked together using two keywords: Creativity and Structure.

I truly believe in the combination of these two powerful words as ingredients for growth in your business. Too often, entrepreneurs ignore the importance of Creativity and the vital piece it plays in development.

Systems and Structure are great, but a business lacking Creativity, lacks the power to expand.

During the retreat we looked at wildly successful business people like Bill Gates, Sara Blakely,  Richard Branson, Elon Musk and how they are always on the cutting edge of Creative.

Start with Structure and then use Creative ideas to build it into a system that expands, develops and creates income.

One of the fun activities we did to bring home the key aspects of Creativity and Structure was a cooking class, just for us, with a private chef.

Development of a recipe begins with the Structure, the primary ingredients. Then, of course, the Chef adds their own flavor and Creativity to the dish to make it in their own style. Those unique styles set famous chefs apart from ordinary ones.

Be the Chef in your business. Get creative! What is one Creative idea you’ve had lately that you really want to explore further? Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and LinkedIn page.