Get the Most Out of Any Conference

Each month, I team up with Linda Laitala of Raven Performance Group to offer a free workshop that helps business owners and professionals stay up-to-date on the latest marketing, sales and business tools. Workshops and conferences, like those offered through our Central Minnesota Small Business Academy, are most valuable when you’re prepared to learn and

You’re Here…Because You Didn’t Make Any Other Plans

Do you ever look around your life and ask, how did I get here?  I know for a fact, if I had told my 13 year old self the story of how I got to 2016 I would have never believed it. People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve them than people

What Do You Want Me To Do? website layout

I was visiting with a person, who I really hope becomes a client, last week and she has this totally rad, fun website and social media thing going on.  They are having a problem with not being able to turn that into sales. You can guess what I did next.  I went to the website

Do you buy ENCYCLOPEDIAS from a guy at your front door?

Do you buy encyclopedias from a guy at your front door? I don’t believe there exists a business of door to door salesmen selling encyclopedias.  If you have had someone come to your door in the last year selling encyclopedias, let me know.   Times change and so does what you do to reach your

I am Going to LIVE! – said by a man who was slowly dying

“I am going to live!” “I am going to LIVE!” said a random stranger coming through the doors from back of the clinic. I was sitting in the waiting room of a medical clinic, there were about three of us in the waiting area, not counting the three large goldfish in the aquarium in the

Silent Talking is not Listening

Silent Talking – is not LISTENING I was reading the “Art of Negotiation” by Dr. Henry Cloud and the term just caught me. How often do I silent talk? Gerard I. Nierenberg and Henry H. Calero describe it on page 52’ “It’s what so many of us are doing when we think we’re listening. Unconsciously,

“When I make my fortune…” – Would you say that out loud?

“When I make my fortune…” Yesterday I was reading through scholarship applications. It is one of my most favorite things to do. In a few paragraphs a student is asked to summarize why they are going to succeed, how they got to this point in life and what a scholarship would mean to them. When

Groovebook Review- Free your Photos – A little bit techie persons review

SHARE- – A LITTLE Tech and Sharing So while you are creating memories this holiday season I want to encourage you to share those photos you take.  Not just via facebook, twitter, instagram and all the other ways, but also by printing them out for the senior and tot generations. Kids love nothing more than

FOCUS – Don’t Run Me Over!

audio version at bottom Life Balance Many books, articles, workshops, gadgets and TV shows are dedicated to helping us find balance in our life. As a group, I think women are drawn to these marketing words, we feel out of balance more than we feel that everything is balanced and easy to handle. What if