Mon, 20 August 2007
You may notice that the closer you get to your right life and business, the more frequently coincidence, synchronicity and serendipity occur. Once thought the purvey of mystics and dreamers, more and more business people are embracing insight and intuition as a critical business skill. In this episode, I share:
Technical note: This is the first podcast I am recording with my new iMac, and I saved the audio file in a different format than usual. Let me know if you have problems listening by leaving a comment here, and I will make sure to address it. Thanks!
Tue, 17 July 2007
Even the most optimistic and motivated aspiring entrepreneur will reach a point where frustration or anxiety grinds progress to a halt. This is otherwise known as "hitting the wall."
It can happen when doing things you hate such as:
Tue, 3 July 2007
It is often tricky to know when it is safe to call yourself an expert in your field. If you have done any research in marketing and PR, you know the benefits of an "expert" designation: free press and the trust and credibility of potential customers, leading to more sales.
But it can feel a bit presumptuous to call yourself an expert, right?
This episode provides questions you can ask yourself to test your expertise, which go beyond the traditional formula of years of experience + number of academic degrees + number of books written = level of expertise.
Please share your thoughts about when it is safe to call yourself an expert on the blog at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com.
Mon, 18 June 2007
I was stunned and awed this weekend when I read a great book on creative blocks called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Best known as a novelist of books such as The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, and The Last of the Amazons, Pressfield writes a short but exquisite analysis of the source, purpose and solution to creative blocks. It was published in 2002, but is a timeless classic for anyone who feels blocked from starting anything.
I chose a few key concepts to explore, including:
"Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that's what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying, and always full of shit."
I am very curious what your experience has been with creative blocks, and what you have done to move past them. Please share at the blog! www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
P.S. Yes, you heard a little bit of 2-year old screaming in the back of this episode ... I didn't have the time to re-do or edit the recording, so forgive my imperfection as a sign of DO-ING to slay the dragon. :)
Tue, 5 June 2007
People are drawn to entrepreneurship for a variety of reasons including work/life flexibility, the opportunity to contribute something meaningful to the world, the chance to make a lot of money or the platform to get known as an expert in your field.
Regardless of your intentions, chances are you want to make money at what you do, and use the benefits of press and publicity to market your efforts. In my shorthand, I call this getting rich and famous, even if in your humble definition this means being able to pay your light bill on time and getting a one-line mention in your local paper.
Many first-time entrepreneurs struggle to balance the effort it takes to get rich with the effort it takes to get famous. So in this podcast, I share 5 tips including:
Mon, 21 May 2007
A blog reader recently wrote an email and shared his frustration at being stuck in a corporate job and hating it, but not knowing how to begin a new business in a new field.
To answer this question, I outlined a number of steps you can take to go from vague and fuzzy idea to concrete business concept, highlighted here:
Please share your thoughts on this topic, and what has worked, or not worked, in your own businesses at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com.
Mon, 7 May 2007
Most small business owners have big plans to develop new services, re-invigorate marketing efforts or enhance online offerings. But if you are working alone, sometimes the tasks seem overwhelming.
Participating in a group class or workshop can be a great way to:
Personally, I am hopeless without a deadline, so the final point is of particular importance.
Some resources mentioned in the podcast:
If you want to share your own experiences as a participant or know of good classes or directories of classes for small business owners, let me know at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com.
Tue, 24 April 2007
If you were raised in a conflict-averse household like I was, you may find that your early training seeps into your business and you are afraid to upset anyone with a controversial product or service.
The most successful (and interesting!) businesses take a stand and create something different, unique and meaningful for their target market. You should be no different. In this 6-minute episode, I outline why I think it is so important to take a stand and do the following things when designing your business:
Mon, 19 March 2007
For all of you who have just made your first sale, congratulations! You should jump up and down and dance a jig at your accomplishment.
Very soon, however, you will discover that a closed sale does not equal money in your bank account. Based on personal experience and that which I have learned from smart friends, I share some guidelines for making sure that you plan and contract for a stable cash flow in your new business. They include things like:
Please share your horror stories, best practices and tips at the blog: www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
Mon, 5 March 2007
We all get comfortable using email to introduce ourselves to people we find compelling or share common business interests with. It is a quick and painless way to connect with people all over the world.
But with the influx of email in everyone's inbox these days, as an alternative, why don't you try picking up the phone?
In this episode, I cover some tips for phone networking so that you:
Share your thoughts about this at the blog: www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
Wed, 21 February 2007
If you are anything like me, you sweat the details of your business, wanting to make sure that everything is flawless and of the highest standards. The problem is, in a rapidly moving world and life, it is impossible to be perfect at everything you do. In fact, you will most likely stress yourself out and get little done if your standards are so high that you get paralyzed.
In this episode, I invite you to redefine your relationship with perfectionism and invite "good enough" as a new standard for releasing work and getting things done. In order to do this, you will have to:
If you have struggled with perfectionism and have some insights, please share them at the blog at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
Mon, 12 February 2007
Intrigued by questions from many of my blog readers about small business marketing, I thought I would get answers from John Jantsch, one of the most well-respected small business marketing experts in the world.
Do any of these questions ring true for you?
Please share your thoughts on your interview here or at the blog! www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
John's website: www.ducttapemarketing.com
John's blog: www.ducttapemarketing.com/weblog.php
Mon, 29 January 2007
All aspiring entrepreneurs have fears about starting a business. Such as:
In this episode, I walk you through a specific exercise that you can use to diagnose and alleviate your fears.
You may want to listen to it when you are sitting at a desk where you can scribble notes, or in front of your computer where you can create a simple table.
Enjoy and let me know your own results by dropping me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a comment on the blog at www.escapefromcubiclenation.com
Mon, 15 January 2007
Departing from the regular, brief bursts of information in this podcast, this interview is a 40 minute conversation with Martha Beck, author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and monthly columnist for Oprah's O Magazine.
Martha provides lively and insighful information about how to figure out the work you are meant to do, a critical step in deciding which business to start as a new entrepreneur. Her approach may surprise you, and I guarantee it will make you think.
You can find Martha at www.marthabeck.com.
From this point forward, I will be publishing longer interviews like this one once a month. I welcome your feedback about this format change.
Mon, 1 January 2007
It is easy to get in the habit of being the "person behind the curtain," creating fame and glory for charismatic clients, executives and spouses. But when we choose to play small, we limit our lives to "next best" and miss the opportunity for great contribution to the world and personal joy and satisfaction.
In this episode, I share some of my own experiences with playing small and the tremendous surge of energy and abundance I experienced when I decided to play bigger.
Why not decide to play big this year?