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Oh No! What Do I Do Now?

You got that new client. She looks like a great fit. You send off your welcome package and make the initial charge to her credit card as you agreed. Yea!

Later that day, she replies, “I’m not totally comfortable with that 6-month commitment to coaching we discussed. I’d be willing to contract for three months and then reevaluate.”

You know it doesn’t actually serve most clients to expect to see full results in less than six months, but you want to accommodate her needs, so you reply …

“I want you to feel comfortable with me and confident in the process. So, I’ve changed the paperwork to reflect a three-month commitment. We can reevaluate where you are then. I want you to feel delighted with our work together!”

A few hours later, you’re totally surprised to hear: “I’ve changed my mind and have decided not to pursue coaching. I’m not ready at this time. Please refund my fee.”

Wait! … What?

Do You Have a Handle On This?

You’re in business to make a profit. So, as a business coach, I always look at what your numbers are telling you about how you’re doing and, more specifically, where you’re getting the most return on the time, money, and effort you’re investing.


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The Big Social Media Mistake

There’s nothing wrong with using LinkedIn to connect with people who may eventually become customers or clients. That’s clearly a big part of the appeal.

But there’s a problem out there in LinkedIn land, and I don’t want you to fall into a common trap where you turn people off and end up hurting your reputation.

Why Do Your Prospects Choose You?

Have you ever wondered why one service provider gets chosen over another? Why did they pick that coach or consultant instead of you? The first thing I’ll tell you, as a business coach, is it’s not always about price.

Intangibles play a much bigger role than you might imagine.

And I want to give you one simple insight that can mean everything for your business, allowing you to attract more clients and make more money!

The #1 Way to Connect with Your Audience

You’ve always loved a good story … ever since you were two. And we all really love a classic redemption story. For me, personally and professionally, it goes beyond the basic human interest appeal. As a business coach and a speaker coach, I rely heavily on the redemption story to connect with people … to illustrate … to guide … to inspire.

Last month, in my Life Lessons newsletter, I wrote about Tiger Woods after his improbable victory at the Masters at age 43 … with a fused spine. How he lifted himself from the depths of despair to get his life, his body, and his game back in shape.

I got more feedback on that article than any I’ve ever gotten. (Thanks for your nice comments!)

So, what I want to do now is piggyback off that article and talk to you speakers and wanna-be speakers out there about how a well-chosen redemption story can help establish your credibility and get the audience to like you and really listen to you. And to help you make your essential point in a way only a story can.

The Biggest Mistakes You Make with Your Fees

As a business coach, I talk with entrepreneurs everyday, helping them refine their processes, so they bring in more business, generate more income, and serve their clients to the very best of their ability.

And there are three mistakes I see person after person making on the fee front.

The One True Magic for Your Business

“The Lord helps those who help themselves.”
Aesop’s Fables

Hmmm … as a business coach, I want to parse that statement to see if we can find a gold nugget in there for you business owners.

It’s a simple idea. If you expect to catch the blessings ready to be showered upon you … if you want to receive the gifts you’ve asked for … it’s a good idea to hold out your hands.

What’s that mean?

It means you need to set a clear intention for what you want … like getting new clients and/or expanding your business.

Engage fully and do the work … take action … follow through … show determination and grit … and stay the course.

You have to do “the work.”

But note … this is a two-way deal.

Too many of us, myself included, have a tendency to think that the outcomes we get in life are totally dependent on how hard we try and how much time, money, and effort we pour into making things happen. I approached life like that for years!

But there’s something I’ve come to appreciate more and more.

Just One Change = A Big Payoff

It’s that time of year when people are crafting their resolutions for the New Year. We’re encouraged to write down our intentions … our vision … our goals for the coming year. I already have six newsletters in my email box prompting me to do just that. As a life and business coach, I work with clients everyday on their goals, intentions, and vision. And yet, when I look at those newsletters telling me what to do and how to do it, it just makes me tired!

How about you? Will you actually take the time to write down your goals and intentions? Some of you will. It fits your style and personality.

But many of you won’t. You’ll tuck it away as a good idea, but never take the time to sit down and write it all out!

What if I could make it easy for you? What if I could give you an exercise that’s valuable … one that’ll bring you results in the coming year … but only takes 5 – 10 minutes of your time?

You Can Make You Better

Don’t look now, but there goes 2018. That was quick. I don’t know about you, but the life of this business coach never really slowed down.

How well did you do with what you wanted to accomplish in your business this year?

If you came up short, don’t feel bad or beat yourself up about it. Most of us come up at least a little short much of the time, because we’re not perfect. We’re human.

And yet, this is a perfect time, during this holiday lull, to do some introspection and see where you might have undershot expectations, and more importantly, where you might make some fundamental changes that could seriously impact your performance in 2019.