The first impression of your business can make or break you

Regardless of the type of business you operate, repeat business is likely essential to your success. Yet, many entrepreneurs focus more on new business rather than creating a stellar experience that makes it easy for someone to want to continue to do business with you. Case in point, restaurants. Have you ever been to a restaurant for the first time ...
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Visualization is a complete waste if…

I’m always amused, and somewhat dismayed, when someone says, “You should simply let success flow to you.” Although I fully understand Law of Attraction, visualizing what you want and letting things “flow” this way may not be enough. To let things “flow” often leads to frustration, less than desired results and financial ruin. People, who believe they don’t have to ...
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How to Get Everything Done Without Overwork

Do you find yourself filling up your schedule with work, even when you have a chance to enjoy some free time? If you’re frequently swamped with to-dos, and whenever you have some space in your calendar you feel the need to fill it to avoid feeling like you’re slacking off, the problem probably ISN’T your schedule. It’s how you manage ...
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Cause marketing has changed consumers’ buying habits

The first time I was involved in cause marketing was nearly 50 years ago. I belonged to a teen group whose primary purpose was to do good works in our community. Actually, from a very early age I loved giving back. I still do. Over the years, I’ve done my fair share of cause marketing; everything from raising funds for ...
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Back to basics… why business goals matter

When I began my speaking career over 20 years ago, one of the first topics I spoke on was goal setting. I was extremely passionate about the subject matter. Learning how to effectively set goals took me from a place of barely having a roof over my head, no solid direction and a life filled with frustration to one of ...
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Hoofing it for horses and dogs

Most people have no clue how many horses are neglected, abandoned and abused yearly in the United States. According to an article on Time.com, “Rising grain and gas prices, as well as the closure of American slaughterhouses, have contributed to a virtual stampede of horses being abandoned — some starving — and turned loose into the deserts and plains of ...
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Speak Sell Giveaway: Monetize Your Message

Imagine being in a room with men and women who are all rocking it in their businesses. Experts who have a proven track record of excellence, performance and success making multiple six and seven figures a year. Those who are not just talking about success, but actually living it. Great news! You don’t have to imagine. You can virtually join ...
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Spoil Alert! A coach doesn’t do the work for you

Although I've heard about people "hitting the wall" while training for a marathon, I never knew what it meant until I DID hit the wall... hard.  My legs were burning, my feet were on fire, my mind played tricks with me and my energy hit zero.  I first noticed an energy drop at mile 12. At mile 15 I wondered ...
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What a rescue horse taught me about integrity

“Can I talk to Karen?” Randy asked, sounding out of breath. “Really. Uh-huh. Wow! Okay, I’ll be right over,” Karen got more excited, with each passing second. “The rescue arrived. Randy says she’s pretty frightened. See you later,” Karen said over her shoulder as she slipped out the door. I ran to the side porch, looked across the sprawling lawn ...
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7 Steps to Success in Marathons and Business

A few days ago I had my longest marathon training day to date - 16 miles of power walking. In a few days I'll be going beyond that with an 18 mile training day. In between I'm doing anywhere from 3 - 6 miles a day. All this is in preparation for the Eugene Marathon on May 9th.  Finishing the ...
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The more you speak… the more you speak!

The more you speak… the more you speak! The first time I heard, “The more you speak, the more you speak,” I was just beginning to use speaking engagements to build my business. It took me a few times hearing this before I actually got what this means. Simply put, the more people hear your message, the more opportunity you ...
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Are you spinning your wheels to the point of ineffectiveness?

You’re a woman, you’ve had a successful career, and now you’re ready for your “second act.” What is the second act? It’s the time in your life you are going to do things your way. You’re going to grow a business and leave a legacy of why you’re here in the first place. You’ve raised the kids, had the career, ...
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Make More Money Speaking for Free Than You Ever Can Getting Paid

Lots of people dream of being paid to speak. If you love to speak, you’re really good and you have outstanding material, getting paid to speak is a great way to make a living. Yet, there are many people making a heck of a lot more speaking for free than they ever would by getting paid. Some experts make thousands, ...
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Is Your Business “Attitude” Foolish?

A few weeks ago I progressed from a weekend warrior, self-trained power walker to hiring a coach to train me for the Eugene Marathon in May, 2015. I hired my coach because I want to minimize my chances of injury and increase my likelihood for success. I’m no stranger to coaches, having hired several over the years to guide me ...
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3 Common Mistakes Authors Make With Amazon Books Listings (and how to fix them!)

3 Common Mistakes Authors Make With Amazon Books Listings (and how to fix them!) by Karon Thackston It is finished! You've completed your book and it's time to show off your moves with a rousing rendition of the Happy Dance. As part of your marketing plan, you decide to list your new publication on Amazon. With glee and excitement, you post ...
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Is Facebook Responsible for the Demise of News Anchor Brian Williams?

If you doubt the power of social media, a quick look at recent events regarding Brian Williams should put any doubt to rest. If it weren’t for people speaking out, primarily on Facebook and Twitter, it’s likely Williams would not be taking temporary leave from his post at NBC. According to reports, Brian Williams shot down his credibility by telling ...
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It’s about pushing the limits

Life is about pushing limits. At least for some of us. In my world, if you’re not pushing limits you’re not seeing what you’re really made of. If you’re not seeing what you’re made of how will you know what you’re capable of? When I push the limits I tend to feel incredibly alive. Something that helps me in my ...
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Productive…or not… it’s your choice

Seems lots of people are "doing it differently" in 2015. No resolutions, no goals, no pen to paper with "this is what I am going to do." There's a trend underfoot of simply going with the flow. Not that there is anything wrong with going with the flow... people have been doing this since the beginning of time. But there ...
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Will Indie author, Patrick Shannon McGoey see success like Amanda Hocking?

Recently I wrote a blog post entitled, 5 Must-Know Trends of 2015.  One trend I mentioned was the leveling of the playing field for indie authors, singers, artists and creatives willing to put their work out to market. Barriers to entry for the work of Indies are almost nonexistent. Shortly after publishing the post I received an email from an ...
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7 Common Ways People Sabotage Their Success

Have you ever said you wanted something so much all you can think of is the "thing", but your actions said something different? I daresay at some point most everyone has, myself included. Such was the case with Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington. As the result of a bad choice shortly before the College Football Playoff National Championship against ...
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