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IT TAKES COURAGE TO SELL

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My previous experience doing home parties in the Direct Sales industry, taught me a lot of about the limiting beliefs and fears that many women have around selling their products and services.

I saw women express worry or concern at being seen as salesy or pushy or feeling like they were doing something wrong by selling. Some women were completely uncomfortable calling people to share the business opportunity or to see if they wanted to book a party. That was pretty amazing given that they thought enough of the product to invest in it themselves.

Frequently, I would hear people say things like “I don’t know that many people”, “she doesn’t have the money”, “she wouldn’t be interested”, “I don’t want her to think I’m a part of some MLM scam” etc. In other words, reasons not to do anything that would feel the slightest bit uncomfortable or make you look bad in the eyes of others.

One of the ways to book parties was to make a list of everyone you knew and start reaching out to people to let them know what you were up to. Another way was to throw your own party and book parties from that one. Or to participate in someone else’s event where you could share the product and book parties that way.

I think the same marketing tools of direct sales apply to sharing your coaching services. If it’s challenging to come up with a list of potential leads in your network, you’re in resistance. If setting a date to host an event keeps getting pushed further and further out, you’re in resistance. If coming up with one package to offer potential clients seems really complicated, you’re in resistance.

Resistance is fear. Fear of not being good enough, fear about what others will think, fear of not doing it right or not being perfect, fear of getting a no or fear of rejection.

Leaning into the fear is courage. It takes courage and vulnerability to sell. It takes putting yourself out there to get crickets, praise and/or sales. In fact, making sales requires you to be open which exposes you to being hurt or to being appreciated more than you can receive or feel worthy of.

How does it land with you that it takes courage to sell?

If you’re looking for the guidance and support to take courageous strides in your life and business, let’s set up a Business Clarity Call.

 

PS- This is me using the products I was selling.

 

SELF CARE IN BUSINESS

asianwomanSelf-Care becomes even more pivotal to your life when starting and growing your coaching practice. It takes a certain amount of energy and bandwidth to hold space for others, create content, market your services, lead discovery calls, engage your community, deliver coaching sessions, launch programs and the list goes on and on.

It becomes very easy to dedicate all your time to your business needs. However, you are the foundation of your business and if you are worn out, uninspired, sick, stressed out, you don’t have much to offer the people you want to serve. Not only that, you become less available for divine inspiration to flow through you.

Self-care is not limited to pampering yourself, although I love me some pampering! It also includes, setting boundaries, making sure you are eating properly, getting enough rest, unplugging from technology and business related activities. It means setting up business systems and structures to make things run easier for you.

Most importantly, self-care is having the support of at least one person who has your back as you do the brave work of being visible and sharing your body of work in the market place. I am so grateful to have Mike with me every step of the way along with the private and group coaching I personally receive.

If you are craving private 1:1 support to birth your coaching business, let’s have a converation talk about how I can help you get your first paying or next paying clients.

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PS- How will you practice self-care this week?

MAKING MONEY MEANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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What would an additional $500, $1000, $2000, or even $5000 or more mean for you or your family?

How would that change the quality of your life? What kind of changes would clients receive in their lives by investing in themselves through working with you?

Learning how to get coaching clients is not just about “getting” someone to sign up with you.

✔️It’s about believing in the value you provide.
✔️It’s helping someone get to the other side of their unconscious limitations so they can have what they want.
✔️It’s being properly compensated and financially supported for your skill set and experience.
✔️It’s about the trickle effect that one client’s transformation has on their own circle of influence.

What would be the impact for you in mastering the art of getting new clients and growing your business, FOR REAL?

Travel? Private school? Donating to causes that matter? Help with household finances? Staying at home with your children? Going back to school?

If learning how to acquire clients feels like a pressing priority for you, let’s have a conversation about how I can support you in doing that!

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BE KIND TO YOURSELF

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Hey lady,

If you are not quite where you want to be.
If you haven’t had your first client
If you are in between clients
If it seems others are doing it better or faster
If you are tired
If you are overwhelmed
If you are not believing in yourself
If you want to give up
If you just can’t seem to…

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Where can you forgive yourself?
Where can you acknowledge yourself?
Where can you be grateful?
Where can you be patient with yourself?
How can you help somebody else?
How can you love yourself with what you have and where you are?
How can you celebrate you?

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

WHO AM I TO BE THE EXPERT?

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The first meet-up I hosted was centered around a book. I’d never held a group before and I thought that organizing it around a book would be a great way for me to start. Still, I had reservations about leading a group about finding your soulmate when I hadn’t found “the one” and I was so frustrated with my dating experiences at the time.

I had thoughts like “how I can I help people find their mate when I haven’t found mine?”, “what if they ask me questions, I don’t know the answer to?”, and “what if nobody shows up?” Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

The other part of me thought, well I’m not claiming to have all the answers nor pretending that I’ve found my soulmate. Additionally, I realized that:
a) I really wanted to go through this book myself
b) I wanted to bring women together and facilitate the process
c) as a coach I didn’t need to have the answers but the questions that would lead to the answer.

Well guess what happened? 8 people signed up for that class. I FINALLY, went through this book that had been sitting on my shelf for years. As the leader, I had to go through the material so I could make the lesson plans. AND, I actually connected with my partner during that class and we have 2 kids.

Stepping up to lead and take more responsibility opened the door to ACTUALLY create the thing that I wanted.

Is there something that you’ve been wanting to offer or teach but feel like you are not qualified?

YOU’RE BETTER THAN YOU THINK

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I recently listened to a program I created a few years ago called BLOOM INTO YOUR ABUNDANCE: The Art of Womanifesting. Being that it had been a couple of years since I heard it, I received it with new eyes and perspective.

I hadn’t planned on listening to the whole thing because it’s over 7 hours long. But, I got sucked into my own program and was amazed that I was having that reaction to it. I was actually able to go through the material as a participant. Of course, I enjoyed teaching it and I had so much fun creating it, but I don’t think I knew how good it actually was.

One of my biggest takeaways as a participant was to identify the qualities I think manifesting a particular thing would bring into my life and to start cultivating that quality NOW. I was also reminded how important it is to take focused action but to release attachment to the how and when of something coming.

I recommend reviewing your material when you aren’t trying to make sales or looking for feedback so you can get an objective view of your work. It can be so easy to see your own work through the lens of your own biases and take in everyone else’s stuff with an objective point of view.

Its such a rewarding feeling to digest something you’ve created with no agenda and notice how it makes YOU feel. And I gotta tell you it felt pretty darn good!

DO I HAVE TO DO VIDEO TO GET CLIENTS?


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I often hear clients and prospective clients express hesitation or disinterest in doing videos. “I don’t like my voice”, “I don’t like how I look”, ” I don’t know what to say” etc.

Video is just 1 of many ways to put yourself out there and share what you do. The advantage to doing videos is that it’s the next best thing to meeting you in person. People can engage with your content without speaking to you and see if it’s a fit to work together or not. That saves time for both you and them. Also, given that so many people have a fear of doing videos, it’s a pretty quick way to establish credibility and be seen as an expert.

That being said, you don’t have to do videos to get clients. None of my initial clients came from doing video. They came from live events and online groups. You can get yourself out there in person, asking for referrals or use audio or written marketing. So you absolutely can grow and fill your practice without using video marketing.

If you have never done video, giving it a shot is a great way to stretch yourself and find out if it’s a good tool for you. I was so uncomfortable doing my first videos and even more uncomfortable sharing them. But I can say I have gotten better and more comfortable over time.

How do you feel about doing videos?

SCHEDULING YOUR TIME

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Do you have specific days and/or times when you do things or does everything flow together?

Tuesdays and Thursdays I have both of the kids and Monday, Wednesday and Friday I just have my son.

MWF are the days I see clients and take care of work related activities that are much harder to do when my daughter is there like discovery calls, correspondence, doing videos, creating content etc.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do more family and household related activities like shopping, errands, personal calls and that sort of thing.

I have found that it actually saves times to have allocated time and/or days to do things. Otherwise, it can feel like you are trying to do everything at once which can be crazy making.

What helps you make the most of your time?

BUSINESS ISN’T ALWAYS COZY

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Not every action you take in your business is going to make you feel warm and fuzzy. It’s easy to avoid or resist taking steps that you know would move you further along out of comfort.

Who doesn’t love to feel comfortable? I know I do! But growth doesn’t happen in any area of our lives without stretching and doing something new. It’s the thing that breaks us out of our routine, that can infuse our life and business with new energy and YES money!

If you can accept that taking certain actions might make you feel uncomfortable, nervous, self-conscious, even scared than it becomes easier to make friends with change. You might also find that along with those feelings are excitement, curiosity and inspiration.

FEAR isn’t always a sign to stop, slow down or step back. Often times, it can be an invitation to lean in. A sign that there is a place for you to grow and expand.

Next time you find yourself feeling hesitant to take a particular step in your business ask yourself “what’s the best possible outcome for me if I say yes to this?”. That will help you focus on the benefits of moving forward rather than on the fear.

Where do you feel like you’ve been holding back?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FEEL READY

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I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mother and have children. However, when I found out I was pregnant, I felt nervous and scared. I didn’t know how my life would change, how my body would change and how my ability to pursue the things I wanted out of life would be impacted. The thought of going from single, carefree woman to stable parent, putting someone else’s needs before my own was daunting.

I wondered if I was emotionally and financially READY to take on this life changing responsibility. Not to mention, I had terrible morning sickness all day long the first trimester AND I had broken out in hives for the first time in life, which lasted for months. NOT FUN!

Yet, somehow, I knew this was my child and I stepped out on FAITH that I would grow into who I needed to be. I took becoming a mother step by step and I still am. I began to seek out professionals that would support me in having an empowering pregnancy and birth experience. I found a midwife and a doula. I took hypnosis for childbirth. I watched beautiful videos of childbirth and breastfeeding. I got a belly cast and had some beautiful pictures of me taken while pregnant.

As the months went by the fear subsided and I couldn’t wait to meet my daughter. Stepping into the unknown of childbirth and motherhood taught me so much about TRUST. I deepened into the knowing that you don’t have to have it all figured out. Life REALLY does usher to support you when you step out on FAITH. This has come in the form of money, clothes, toys, help, advice, and so much more.

I think starting and growing a business is like being in gestation and giving birth. It’s never EXACTLY as you had planned. I don’t know that you can be fully “ready” for a baby or to to take the next leap in your business. You just don’t know what you don’t know until you are there. But when you say YES and keep putting one foot in front of the other and gather your resources of guidance, the way will be made clear.

Today, I invite you to dismantle this idea of readiness in favor of choosing to move forward in your business even though you may not feel “ready”. You can choose to take the next step. That might be hosting a workshop, setting up your FB page, writing that blog post, reaching out to a potential client, making an offer, following through on some divine inspiration, etc. The path of FAITH will teach you everything you need to know and will bring you the people and resources you need!❤️

P.S~ I was 8 months pregnant in this photo with my daughter Naima.

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