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Secrets of a Master Manifestor – Part 2

_r2_c2Since my post on manifesting the business you want through “Vision Crafting,” I’ve gotten a ton of emails from people sharing that the “vision thing” isn’t so easy for them. I get it! Creating a clear, compelling, written vision of a business that’s aligned with your values and infused with the freedom and abundance you desire doesn’t come naturally for those who were brought up to not “ask, expect or want” what might be out of one’s reach.

I can remember back to my college days, after I selected “East Asian Studies” as my major. One of the biggest arguments I ever had with my dad was about goal setting. “But daddy, I don’t want to set goals. I want to go where I feel drawn. I want to follow my passion!” This drove my entrepreneurial father nuts. To this day, my mom still chuckles at the irony of that moment, as today, I’m a huge proponent of the power of vision and goal setting when it comes to creating the life you desire. […]

Celebrating Entrepreneurial Independence!

flag-dog1On this day of celebrating the red, white and blue, I am celebrating my own independence as a self-employed woman who, for 29 years, has chartered my own path as an entrepreneur.

The independence that comes from having your own business is the sweetest kind of independence, as it calls us to be the best version of ourselves in all areas of our lives. Like our founding fathers, we are called to embody the qualities of ingenuity, resolve, fortitude, creativity and integrity; not because we have to, but because we are driven to live a life of significance – one that leaves a legacy for years to come. So, on this Independence Day (the half-way point for the year), I will take two steps to re-set the trajectory of my life and business for the remaining 6 months. […]

Why It’s Time To Take Your Content Virtual

globehand1Let’s face it… delivering content through physical or simple downloadable means is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  As a coach, trainer, speaker or author you need to understand why.

First, most clients are not completing the programs they buy from us. When they don’t complete they not only miss the opportunity to experience the results we promise, they leave feeling more discouraged than when they came having one more investment they haven’t really used.

Second, the world is going digital – especially personal growth content. This shift in consumer expectations requires that we deliver our programs in a way that is convenient, compelling and inspires completion and implementation.

Third, the world is “going green’. The less excess packaging your product represents the more your customer will respect you and respond to your offer as a green learning alternative. […]

Secrets of a Master Manifestor – Part 1

Spiritual_Energy1The other day a friend said to me… “You’re a master manifestor, Jane. For years I’ve watch you start new businesses with a sense of certainty. There is never a doubt as to whether your vision will come to be – only a question of when and how.” She then shared an analogy. “When I walk into a room and flip the light switch, I never doubt or worry whether the light will go on. I expect it to.
That’s how you are with each new venture. You believe that if you flip the switch, it will come to be.”

I thought about this a bit and here’s what I found… my success in starting new ventures lies in the first and most important steps I always take… I craft a clear, compelling, written vision that becomes the seed for my success.

In the event you could use a little business-creation magic, here is a look at my vision crafting model that has helped thousands of business owners take their first steps to success. […]

Day 30: The Entrepreneurial Quest

Welcome to day 30 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

victory_r1_c1I made it – the last entry in a 30-day experiment to blog “almost” daily. If you’ve been watching or check the post dates of the 29 entries below, you’ll see that I did a pretty good job – posting almost daily over a period of about 45. Then, like a marathon runner who falls 10 feet short of the finish line, I stopped cold. While I intended to find something interesting to share, nothing came… except chirping crickets. My team’s been waiting for this “final post” with great anticipation. (No pressure, right?) Still… nada!

So what’s the lesson here – for me and for you? I think it’s this… the art of growing a business is a bit of a quest… always reaching for that next step that will move you toward the elusive vision of getting it right. It’s a quest that never really ends because as we get closer to the vision we set out to achieve, we find something else that calls us and add an element that puts the vision just out of reach again. So we keep on moving.

But the journey isn’t easy. It’s sprinkled with highs and lows. The highs feel good, like the sun on your face. You close a big sale, nail a presentation, delight a client or feel what it’s like to change a life. […]

Day 29: Pollyanna or Purposefully Positive?

Welcome to day 29 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.” (Almost there!)

ThumbsUpDo you ever wake up with a sinking feeling that everything you are doing to grow your business is either off the mark or failing miserably? In the early morning hours (or 3 am at times) do the “shoulds” or “should haves” feel so overwhelming that you are ready to throw in the towel?

If yes, you are not alone. The truth is, I have these “I suck” mornings just like you. After 28 years of growing businesses and more successes than I can remember, there are still times when my alarm goes off and I feel so “off my game” that I simply want to pull the covers over my head and sleep all day.

I share this because just recently, someone in my tribe shared that they didn’t think I was being very vulnerable in my posts. […]

Day 28: Three Keys to Sustainable Business Success

Welcome to day 28 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

Momentum1Business success is simple… 1) find something a lot of people really want, 2) systemize your sales process so sales keep flowing in and 3) devise a process for delivery so clients experience the results you promise.

The problem is, if we get lazy in any step the momentum slows, the mojo disappears and sales slack off. This is exactly what happened with one of my companies, the Virtual Training Academy. Luckily, we recognized it early and responded with a full-throttle attack to innovate, re-ignite and re-launch the company in LESS than 4 weeks.

Guessing you might need a little “Momentum Mojo” I’ve decided to share the 4 things we did to breathe new life and sales into a program that was doing “just OK. […]

Day 27: Seven Secrets of the Unstoppable Team

Welcome to day 27 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

UnstoppableConnectionsIf you read my last blog you know I was recently challenged, along with 5 other women to 1) produce a product 2) select a charitable cause and 3) raise as much money as we could in only 4 hours on a Friday night.
What resulted was nothing short of miraculous… $4000 raised for Rising International and a “team building experience” that will forever shape how we each lead our teams.

Priceless lessons came from this experience, and I’m detailing them here so we can all apply them to our next business project where the stakes are really high.

So what made this team unstoppable? […]

Day 26: Six Chicks on a Mission For Good

Welcome to day 26 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

If you are looking for the link to donate to the Six Chicks Mission, click here!

6chicksToday I’m sharing a story that provides proof of what’s possible when like-minded people come together to accomplish something important, yet seemingly impossible.

It was 4:30 pm on Friday – the second day of Adam Urbanski’s Breakthrough event. I was there as a sponsor to share the benefits of Value Quiz.
Given all I am juggling I had not been able to sit in on all the sessions.

So I decided to peek in for the wrap-up of the day. I’d then scoot out and meet with Sherri to strategize on an upcoming launch.

“Get into groups of Six.” Adam instructed.

Always up for a cool exercise, I found five other women who happened to be standing nearby. “Your task,” Adam explained, “is to use the next 4 hours to 1) produce a product 2) select a charitable cause and 3) raise as much money as you can.” […]

May 5th, 2014|Inspiration, Leadership, Personal Growth|0 Comments

Day 25: Six Tips for Taking Your Content Virtual

Welcome to day 25 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

CashHaving launched 15 virtual courses of my own and helped nearly 75 clients do the same with our online delivery platform, I’ve learned quite a bit about delivering content online.  One thing remains true – there is a science to creating transformational programs that keep students engaged and experiencing the transformation you promise. Here are few tips to either assess what you’ve already created or get you started on the path to virtual profits.

1. Give Them Your Best – Your first E-Learning Platform should be based on your most popular program – your signature content upon which your brand is built. […]