Can you answer these questions?

I have to get that marketing strategy completed.

I have to go to that networking event in the city.

I have to call that client back about their invoice.

I have to post more on social media.

I have to…

STOP AND ASK MYSELF TWO QUESTIONS!

What? & Why?

Last week, I hosted a BSR and spent two fantastic days with business owners at all levels and stages of their careers.

Everyone felt really stuck in the work and what needed to get done. So we turned off that part of our brains for a moment and we talked about what is important to them and why it’s important. Two really simple questions.

I talked about buying a timeshare. Was I really buying a timeshare or was I buying a ski holiday with my family? You know the answer.

We buy ‘things’ but we actually buy time, experiences, happiness. My adult children love to ski with us, it’s something we really enjoy as a family and a trip we always plan.

In business, we work for ‘money’ but that’s not what we want. Money is just the energy of what we really want in our lives, what is important to us and in today’s currency model it is how we achieve it or purchase it.

What do you want and why do you want it?

I encourage you to create a list to make it really top of mind.

If you want to share your list with the SSC Community, please do so on the SSC Facebook page. And let’s support one another as we share. If you want to reach out and talk because your what and your why are not clear, I’m here. Schedule a chat right now.

Why you should go…to that holiday party

Holiday parties on your calendar? Not feeling it. Would you rather go home after work, take off those heels, grab a book to read and head to bed? Hey, I feel you. But getting out there at this time of year is not just about the holiday party. It is a way to network with ease and joy and make true connections that will help your business, your career and your life. Read on.

And, it’s about FUN!

All year we work with our clients and our mentors and don’t get to spend as much quality time with them as we wish. I have so many clients, team members and colleagues that I just want to grab for a coffee on a Saturday and finish that conversation about their kids. Or take to my dance class with me to help them de-stress or invite them over for dinner so I can meet their family and introduce them to mine.

I have a genuine interest in people and their lives. Whether I was running my printing company, working with clients coaching or facilitating, I am a people person and I enjoy learning about others. It’s why I became a business coach. And any chance I get to spend a little extra time with my network is special.

Business relationships are great, but personal relationships and connections is what keeps it all together.

This is the time of year to get out there, mingle, have a glass of champagne or whatever your fancy and just talk. It’s not as stressful as a networking event where you feel like the focus has to be on business. Focus on life.

A friend and business colleague was just sharing with me some medical issues her mom is having and we chatted about it because my mom has had some, as well. Our moms are the same age… in their 80’s. Funny thing is, she needed to make some arrangements, needed a specialist and rehabilitation plans and who came to her rescue, someone from her networking group. They had a connection to a great doctor and she is in good hands.  

At holiday parties, if business talk happens to enter the conversation, fantastic. When you have a chance to just catch up over a glass of eggnog and cheer –  many wonderful business opportunities and expansions happen. Allow yourself to enjoy the art of networking. It doesn’t have to feel awkward or yucky. When it happens organically and you realize you can help someone solve a pain point they are facing in their business or vice versa, you find someone that can help you, it reiterates why networking is the best way to build your business.

With just a few weeks left in the year, make the most of it. Yes, it is a busy time of year, identify a few parties that you will be able to connect and reconnect with a bunch of people and say YES!  I have one tonight in my calendar and I am excited.   

Have a great networking story? I’d love to hear it. Share with me on the SSC Facebook or LinkedIn page.

Do this every day…

I’m all about looking toward the big picture, putting plans in place to reach financial goals, sales goals, client goals. But the big picture isn’t available right in this moment. Not for you, not for me. Every day is a step, an opportunity to increase our chances of eventually securing that big picture.

Decide on three actions, just three, you will do every single day to move your business forward. They don’t have to be the same three things every day, you can change them up as often as you need to, say weekly.

For example, three actions you might take today would be:

  1. Making at least one sales call.
  2. Spending 30 minutes on marketing.
  3. Reviewing numbers and finances for one hour.

Create this list for yourself and don’t stray. You’re having a tough day and a sales call doesn’t seem like your favorite thing to do? Do it anyway. That call might turn into a client that changes your financial situation and brings you one step closer to your yearly goal. And suddenly, the tough day just turned around. If you never make the call, you never receive the result.

30 minutes on marketing might seem minimal. But if every day for a week, you spent time on it, what would you accomplish? You post in some of the Facebook groups in which you belong that you’ve been neglecting and suddenly you’ve connected, received access to a free training or found out about a really great networking event in your area.

Looking at your numbers forces you to make decisions. Looking at what is coming in, what is going out. Looking at what will change as a new season approaches, a new program launches, a new team member is added. You might find yourself planning ahead because you dedicated the time and since you weren’t rushed to figure it out quickly, you were able to make smarter decisions.

This is a simple exercise to practice when moving your business forward. And another tip, why not add a fourth action item every day specifically for you. A health and wellness action, a mind reset. A spin class, yoga with friends, happy hour. These are important actions to take to keep you moving, too.

What three actions will you commit to today? Share with me on the SSC Facebook or LinkedIn page. And if you want to talk further, reach out anytime to support@slatersuccesscoaching.com

Feeling Emotional…

 

SSC Live was just a few weeks ago and producing the event brought me back to some of the other major events in my life and the emotions that accompanied them.

True Love and Joy.

My wedding day.

Amazement, Anxiousness, Happiness.

The birth of our children.

Beaming with Pride.

Watching our children celebrate milestones (Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, graduations)

Confidence and Honor.

Starting a successful business and watching it grow each year.

Running your own business is very emotional. It comes with ups and downs. It’s a rollercoaster and you’re never quite sure of what turns, twists and hills are ahead.

Every experience and every emotion adds to your growth. 

When you hold an event and attendance far surpasses your goal and sign new clients with ease, you feel HAPPY.

Then again, when you hold a webinar and sign ups are slim and you spend time and energy and don’t see results, you feel FRUSTRATED.

When you brainstorm with your team and come up with an awesome new marketing campaign, you feel EXCITED.

But when you speak at an event and you don’t feel the audience connected with you at all, you feel DISCOURAGED.

Every experience and every emotion adds to your growth.

Take it all in.

The good and the bad.

Celebrate the happy times and learn from the not so happy times.

I’m feeling emotional because another annual event is in the books and I’m on to the next big thing.

And believe me… I felt happy, frustrated, excited and discouraged throughout the planning and execution of this event. It wasn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Every experience and every emotion adds to your growth.

Tell me what you’re feeling emotional about today on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.

 

Ivy

Join Me at SSC Live! May 17, 2016 in New York City

I have to tell you…I’m EXCITED!!! My annual event, SSC Live, is happening injust a few weeks and I have so much to share with you.

I started this event because I wanted one day where I could really connect with my clients and potential clients in a fun and motivational way. I’ve seen more breakthroughs happen at SSC Live than I ever thought possible and knowing that people had those milestone moments with me is what being a coach is all about!

Being an entrepreneur is a crash course in personal development!

You quickly figure out if people don’t like the way you speak or write or even dress! You are forced to view yourself from an outside perspective, because you are putting yourself out there. This is a good thing! There is nothing more vital to your success and growth than dedicating days to your personal and professional development.

I attend various events every single month, whether I “have time” or not. I look ahead, get them scheduled into my calendar and I GO! I show up! I do it because it’s made a HUGE difference in my business and it will for yours, too.

If you’re looking for something challenging this month, something to get you excited, something to get you out of a rut, something to make you smile, maybe even make you cry, think about joining me and dozens of other amazing entrepreneurs at SSC Live. All the details are right here.

This year’s theme is “Creating YOUR Business Success.” I’ve learned over the years that success means something different to everyone and it only matters what that success looks like to you.

Your action plans, your goals, your dreams…

I want you to live the life you desire and run the business you love. 

Don’t settle for anything less!

I know I don’t, and I want to help you realize why you don’t have to either.

During SSC Live, we cover four focus areas: Money, Marketing, Sales and Mindset.

It’s a powerful day of change and development and it’s also A LOT of fun. We interact with each other, fill out personal workbooks with action plans to put in place immediately, do creative exercises to work on thinking differently, meet others looking to grow and develop and work on our business and most importantly, ourselves.

Tickets are only $97, so you don’t break the bank, but you do break the chain. The chain that keeps you going around in circles, wondering what the next move is, the next step is. 

I really look forward to this event every year and I hope to see you there.

Check out all the details here!


Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page if you’ve attended before or if you plan on attending this year. I would love to put names to faces!

 

 

Ivy
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Get Organized: My Top 5 Spring Cleaning For Your Business Tips

April 26, 2016 by

April is almost over and if your spring cleaning hasn’t happened quite yet, 
that’s okay! But this is really a great time of the year to not only do some spring cleaning around the house, but also in your business.

I hold my annual event, SSC LIVE in May (just a few weeks away now) and spring cleaning has NOT been on my agenda. I’ve been busy with my team working on slides, talking to venues and preparing details for this major one-day session.

I decided to take some time today and put together a list, for me, just as much as for you, on some spring cleaning action items. You know me, an action plan is the way to accomplish a goal. Without one, goals tend to remain goals and never turn into realities. Being organized in your work area leads to successful actions and results.

So here are my Top 5 Spring Cleaning For Your Business Tips:

  1. Clean out your emails! Delete what you don’t need and save what you do. Looking at a messy inbox is just as bad as keeping clothes in the closet that you haven’t worn for 6 months.

  1. Follow-up with the last ten people you met and close at least one deal. Get those business cards out of the ‘to do’ pile and into the ‘follow-up’ pile. Follow up with some of the people or companies who were interested in you, yet were not ready to commit. If you haven’t made contact yet, do it now before the summer months creep up on you and you’re on the beach, not at your desk.

  1. Think about a summer team retreat and plan it. Summer gives us a little more time to have fun. Many of our clients will be on vacation, we ourselves will be on vacation, and projects tend to get held off until the Fall. So, use the slower time and get your team together. This is really  important if your team is virtual, or scattered across the globe, because it might be the only time of the year, you can all get together in one place to brainstorm, strategize and just plain hang out and TALK.

  1. Stock up on promotional/office supplies. This task probably falls to one of your team members, but make sure it’s on track. Do you give out pens? Folders? Keychains? Make sure your inventory is stocked. You might want to pass some out as you meet people on vacation this Summer and it’s a lot more friendly when you network with a gift, something thoughtful and fun, and not just a business card. Plus, by the time Fall rolls around and you’re busier than ever, you’ll have this piece of the business under control. Running out of business cards or company envelopes and having to do a rush order is costly and unnecessary.

  1. Write down the worst 3-5 ideas you tried this year that just didn’t work. Looking at that list will really help you moving forward. These items need to be ‘cleaned’ from your brain. Maybe you thought it was going to be a good idea to join 20 Facebook groups for entrepreneurs. And you realize you were only active in about 10. Get out of the groups that aren’t doing anything for you and focus on the 10 that are. Clean out the stuff that just isn’t making the cut and don’t repeat.


I want to hear some of your spring cleaning tips for your business. Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.

 

 

Ivy
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My Colored Pencil Taught Me A Lesson

April 20, 2016 by

 

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 
day.

WE STOP TWISTING!

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.

 

 

Ivy
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Create The Circumstances You Desire

March 15, 2016 by

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.

 

Ivy
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Tips On Rebounding To Success

March 1, 2016 by

 

My mom had a hip replacement last week and because I’ve set up mySSC Minute - Tips On Rebounding To Success 3:1:2016)
business in a certain way, I was fortunate enough to take the time off to be there with her.

You won’t see a post surgery photo or me mentioning her age, because she’ll kill me. I’m being a smart daughter, here!

I watched my mom go through this surgery and then in 48 hours, get up and walk around her apartment, entertaining her friends that had stopped to visit. Her group of friends are ladies that are true go-getters. Inspiring and amazing.

I always learn something when I’m spending time with mom, like this Sunday. We were speaking with her nurse and therapist and the funny conversation below actually took place:

Therapist asked: “Where could you use therapy?”

Mom responds: “My shoulders.”

Therapist says: “I thought you had your hip replaced?”

Mom: “Yes…”

Therapist asks: “Why do you need therapy on your shoulders? What about your hip?”

Mom: “My hip was fixed, it’s great. I am walking, I am fine.”

Therapist: “Can you lift your arm above your head?”

Mom does so.

Therapist: “So you have movement?”

Mom: “Yes, it hurts but it doesn’t stop me.”

Are you like my mom, letting nothing stop you? 
Or have you let too many things stop you?

Can you rebound back?

Have you before?

Business is a journey. Life is a journey. Curve balls are thrown at you constantly and you have to be ready. Because when something stops you in your business, it goes stagnant and has a great impact in your life.

How are you navigating the journey in order to rebound when you have something holding you back?

A few tips I suggest:

  • Face it. Ignoring it only makes it fester, get bigger and stop you in a huge way!

  • Brainstorm. If you don’t have any great ideas on how to navigate it, talk it out with someone. I do this all the time. I am a verbal processor and I love to talk things through.

  • Take action. Stop worrying on what the “right” thing to do is, the most important thing is to do something! Action = results. If you have results, you can navigate the next step. If you aren’t loving the results from the action you took, you have the ability to do what I refer to is “course correct them.”

We had an extra day this week with Leap Year. I hope you make it count!


I’d love to have you weigh in on how you navigate rebounding to your success. Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and LinkedIn page

 

Ivy
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