A Superfluity of Success

Last week my clients in Club 100 thought they broke me. Pffft! As if. But I tell you this…if I was gonna go, that’s the way I’d want it to be, in a week like that, a week of joy and celebration with my fabulous clients. And, to be fair, I gave them good cause to think they’d broken me and that it was All Their Faul One day last week their good news just kept on coming in waves and it has barely stopped this week. And, credit where credit is due, it is all down to them. They just wanted […]

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Certainty and Wisdom

Thank you to all those who wrote in after last week’s newsletter. You make my day when you do that. It is the way to this writer’s heart. Thanks to Katherine who sent me this photo. You can find more of her cross stitch patterns featuring quirky quotes and beautiful word clouds at her Etsy shop KeenStitch. Liz and I had an exchange of emails as we are wont to do, always a meeting of minds. And words. And Sarah, who is a client who gives me the BEST testimonials, sent in another one. Let me be clear… it isn’t […]

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Podcast Ep 123: How to Make Up Your Mind About Anything

In today’s Episode 123 of Own It! the Podcast we discuss how to evaluate an opportunity. How do you make a good decision when you are in two minds? Nicola’s been invited to speak at an event in Brisbane. The invitation came from a friend whose company she really enjoys. She’d love to see him again and he’s even offered to pay for her air fare up front. So why’s she hesitating? We talk pros and cons, limiting beliefs, struggles real or imagined, the length and arduousness of the travel to Brisbane, her lack of clarity about the event and […]

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Amplifiers of Goodness

I writing to share with you some stories of clients being nice to one another. And not just nice for nice’s sake as women especially often seem programmed to be, but nice in genuine and wise ways from which I too learned. The first was in Club 100 where one beloved client asked us to review and critique the copy on a web page. I did and then so did another client and what broke out next was a mutual admiration exchange. What this helped me to realise was that for one human being to clearly state to another what […]

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Podcast Ep 122: Making Your First Sales

Today’s episode #122 of Own It! the Podcast was the first ever where I had to say to Nicola the day before “I have absolutely zero to talk about!”  I knew when I got there that I would be able to make a half-decent contribution, but in doing my show prep on Tuesday I could only see that I’d had a quiet week for various reasons. February’s ten calls with my clients in Small Business Big Magic ended on Tuesday 28th and, since then, I’d had given myself Thursday off. Then, on Monday, no clients showed to the Live Facebook […]

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Your Own Definition of Amazing

Sam Bell said something nice about me on Facebook on International Women’s Day and included me in a group of just four women she thought to mention as inspiring – that’s me and Yvonne Halling, Lady Gaga and Helen Mirren. Wow! Helen Mirren is on my vision board, my personal inspiro-girl. I’ve never wanted to be like Gaga, though undoubtedly she is a Top Bird; I’m a fan without being a wannabe. What I liked especially about Sam’s feedback was that she appreciated me for precisely the things which I already know and love about myself, thus reinforcing them. And […]

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Creating an Offer

You’ll remember last week I told you that Susan had given me a couple of ideas for my newsletter and we started by talking about #1 which was Growing Your Platform. This week? #2 is Creating an Offer. When Susan and I first spoke way back last September we got on the same page about her new business and we brainstormed her ideal client and her new pricing and how many clients she would need/want at that price. Pretty standard stuff round these parts. But we overlooked something quite crucial. Susan is reassuringly expensive. And last week she wondered aloud […]

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Podcast Ep 121: What Do You Find Endlessly Fascinating?

Today’s episode #121 of Own It! the Podcast is all about The Oscars 2017. I was up all night watching until 5.30 a.m. I was inspired to get myself one of those delightful tiara-like glittery hairbands as modelled by Janelle Monae, Salma Hayek and Ruth Negga, and even to make an intention to be in the USA (preferably California) for the show this time next year. The Oscars brought forth both my word and my inspiration for the week, producer of La La Land Jordan Horowitz who kept his head when all around were losing theirs and handled the whole […]

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Podcast Ep 120: Persistence and Fortitude

The topic of our Own It! the Podcast today, episode #120, turns out to be about keeping on keeping on. Nicola wants to set the world on fire and talks about her tussle between the desire to set goals and intentions with the dilemma of managing her feelings if her results are not overnight. This is something we can all relate to; we are impatient and yet very enthusiastic to gain momentum in our businesses and with our ideas. It is a topic close to my heart since I feel it too, of course. And it is something I talk […]

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