Never be stuck about what to write in your blog or for an article! I love this fun infographic from Copyblogger - one of my favorite sites for creating content! You know I love to create content but even I need new inspiration.
Enjoy these 22 ideas for writing about your expertise! Most of all - Have fun with it!
Joyful Business Success Strategy:
Increase the success of your marketing by being consistent. Spend some time this week creating a quarterly marketing calendar of your marketing activities: blog posts, newsletter, social media content. I love to use a big wall calendar and sticky notes for all my activities. Make sure you plan the time to WRITE/FILM/CREATE the content too!
En-JOY Your Success!
Lets play with our phone camera and street photography?
I'll share something I've learned personally about taking leaps in your business. If you really want a big shift...you can't keep doing the same thing over and over again. It's not about "do more" harder and faster.
The truth us you have to change it up. Do something different. Be willing to rock your refined schedule, ditch the urgent emergency only actions. Youve got to Take time for you...to grow personally.
Because when YOU leap....your business leaps.(and so does your personal life but I know you probably have to justify this personal creative growth I'm calling you to by making it all about your biz!)
When you open up your creativity within yourself it gets translated in all sorts of ways into your business...more confidence, practicing that muscle of being courageous, creating from the heart, opening up your vulnerability in new exciting ways which are scary and yet make you more accessible and relatable to your clients, readers and fans.
That's why I'm starting off this year with more emphasis on my own creative growth rather than just focusing on business how-tos. (Those are important, but we're talking about how to grow by leaps and bounds).
I want to share a cool creative program I'm going to be a part of. It's called the Photo Essay Project. It's led by Bindu Wiles who is helping me open up my deeper creative reserves in many ways. In this program we are going to take photos with our iPhones and droid mobiles of people around us. Reminescent of street photography we used to see in LIFE magazine. It's part about the creative process but what I'm learning about Bindu it's really about finding mirrors of ourselves within others.
I'll share that for me it sounds like fun and yet I'm scared. Its vulnerable to bring your creative mess, er, process to a group...and yet I know it's a valuable part of being able to break down my own barriers for a deeper sense of connection...with others, myself and the creative spirit.
What I know is that my growth will show up for you too. It'll help me access a deeper wisdom and creative wellspring to be more of service in my life and through my business.
Want to join me for a creative escapade in street photography? I'd love to share about our creative journey..you can check out Bindu's program and let's see where our courageous leaps take us!
This week, I had the great pleasure and honor of having author Julia Roger Hamrick (author of Easy World, one of my favorite books) as the guest expert for my Business Goddess Attraction Marketing Program.
If you haven't read the book (which, again, I HIGHLY recommend), her mantra and affirmation is
"I choose to live in Easy World where everything is easy."
For our Business Goddess Attraction Marketing Program, she created ten more affirmations around Easy World and Business (yes, they really can go together).
Here are three of the ten she created:
Easy World is my place of business!
Because I choose to work in Easy World, all my work is joyful!
My actions are always fruitful because I take action only when I'm inspired and energized.
Thank you, Julia, for the lesson and the reminder that living and working our purpose in the world brings us energy and inspiration - and can be EASY!
Well, it's joyful if you can create an info product that creates revenue (we like that!) and is easy (we really like that!).
My very good friend and colleague, Kim DeYoung, the "Get It Done Girl," is offering her Take Your Brain to the Bank: 5 Shortcuts to Creating Your Very Own Revenue-Generating Product - for free.
Joyful Hint: Your info product doesn't have to be created out of nothing. Using what you already know and have, you can EASILY (and joyfully) create an info product.
This my Joy Infusion gift to you - a breakthrough that is just waiting for you to claim it....
For the first time ever, I'm offering an entire Open Coaching Call where I coaching Business Goddesses on their Bigger Game Breakthrough, and it’s even free.
Join me next week on this Open Coaching Call and stop being stuck, frozen or confused… and tap into the power to shift your success!
For all the juicy details and how to register, click here
If you are ready to open up your flow and receive amazing results in your business...
P.S. I’ve never offered a Open Coaching Call – so this is a rare opportunity to get fre.e coaching from me… don’t miss out!
If you haven't already, it's time to plan for your success in 2011. I find most entrepreneurs fall into one of two categories when it comes to planning. See which one resonates with you.
You resist planning, thinking that it will restrict your freedom and creativity. This means that you just let your business flow in any direction. The result is that you probably are frustrated that you don't get any truly big success or momentum.
Or you love planning so much that you never seem to get to the manifesting part of your plans. You stay in ideation. Falling in love with writing and talking about your plans, but you never seem to be able to get them off the ground.
Either way leaves you disappointed and frustrated... and NOT achieving the success you are truly capable of!
Let me share with you my three-step process which will make all the difference between your plan just staying a plan and never meeting with success. I call this my Living Business Plan.
In my corporate career I literally created or reviewed over 1000 business plans. I can tell you for a fact--the year never goes as planned; all sorts of unimaginable things happen to throw your plans off track. But when you have a plan, you have a focus. You have intentional energy. That gives you momentum to attract opportunities to you and then you can co-create with the universe.
You'll want to break your creative planning process into three different stages.
Step #1 in successful creative planning is Dreaming. Before you jump in with your plans and to-do lists, you need time to just dream and brainstorm the possibilities. What are your "what if's" for the new year? What if this is the year you finish that book, write that screenplay, record that song? What if this is the year that you create the mediation CD or launch your first information product?
I know you have lots of creative projects, marketing ideas -it's an everlasting list of possibilities. I believe this: You can do anything. Truly anything is possible. But first, you need some time to just dream and put those possibilities out on the table. See where your ideas lead you. Allow them to get bigger. Let them evolve into an even bigger idea that could impact more people than you first imagined.
Keep asking, and be curious. "What if...?" Let yourself dream first before anything else.
Step #2 in successful creative planning is Organizing. Now it's time to take those ideas and projects and put them in some order, and, yes, this means editing down your ideas. You have lots of great ideas, but you can't do them all in the first quarter. For some of you, you can't do all your creative ideas in one year! So a big part of planning is prioritizing your ideas. Listen to your joy-o-meter, follow your energy, listen to your heart--let it tell you which projects are ripe and ready for now.
Then, put those projects on your calendar. Chunk your projects down into manageable pieces and actually get out your calendar and plan them. WHEN do you want to launch your info product? Reverse engineer your way through the steps from launch back to creation - go backward from launch date to the first steps. You'll figure out what resources you need (time, money, support), and you're more likely to get it done.
Step #3 in successful creative planning is Taking ACTION. First you dream the plans. Then, you organize and schedule the plans. And then you take action on your plans. This is where many plans fall apart. The secret is you need to schedule time to take the actions. Schedule time to write the book, record the audio, research, write the blog posts, hire a team member. Put your action time into your calendar. It won't get done if it just stays a plan. You have to schedule WHEN you going to write it, create it, research it, hire. And then follow through on that commitment.
Once you start taking action, pay attention. Keep following your energy. This is what makes it a Living Business Plan. And then say YES to opportunities that are in alignment with your vision. Remember that the universe works with you by presenting you with opportunities. Most importantly, trust the process.
I wish you a magical year full of prosperity in every area of your life and business!
If you are like me, then you are probably mixing in holiday shopping, baking, and list-making with visions of your business growth for next year. I know I am busily working on some new programs and projects for 2011!
So what about you? I’m sure you are ready for 2011 to be YOUR year of launching something NEW!
And... I know you’ll want to make sure you have your new project or program up on the web – on a sales page so you can reach lots of the "right people."
Let me help you make the whole sales page thing easier.
I’m having a special two-day opportunity:
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You’ll also receive visualizations, resources, interviews with sales page and copywriting experts as well as worksheets to get you going on your page right away! Plus, I’m always adding new examples of my favorite sales pages, and offering special teleclasses on the latest authentic marketing techniques for sales pages.
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I am really pleased to be a part of a special group of 30 successful women who are giving you a really amazing “Gift Bag” – virtual-style! It’s in honor of my friend, Gina Bell, and celebrates the birthday of her organization: International Association of Women in Business Online (IAWBO).
More than 30 successful women (including me!) have contributed their wisdom to this complimentary gift bag devoted to supporting – and accelerating – the success of women in business online - like you.
We each created a new unique resource not available for free anywhere else. Ipersonally created a new gift of 7 Business Goddess Audio Marketing Tips - to help you market like the Business Goddess you are!
Here's the part I love about how Gina's done this: you'll get immediate access to all 30 gifts with just ONE opt-in! (You don't have to subscribe to any other list - unless you want to).
The virtual gift bag is valued over $1000 and is only available for a short time. You can see ALL the fantastic gifts included on this special page. I’m going to check it out too – I love adding to my success library!
I'd love to hear what you think as you check out the valuable content. You can see ALL the fantastic gifts included inside here.
P.S. What a great way to launch into the fall season…with the wisdom, creativity and new tools! I hope you en-JOY!
Laura Howard West is a certified professional coach, writer, speaker and the President and Chief Creative Officer of The Center for Joyful Business. She is the creator of The Joyful Business Guide™, a business attraction system blending law of attraction principles with smart business designed for solo-entrepreneurs and business owners.