A Zoom call this morning was inspiration for today’s Monday Marketing BizTip. I had a lovely call with Andrea Hunt Raco. We’re in a couple of Facebook groups together – including one she personally runs. Being the great connector Andrea is (I think it’s one of her super powers), she has introduced me to a couple of people who’ve turned out to be great connections. I was very privileged to be interviewed on one person’s podcast a few months ago, and the other one ended up joining my team! I’d say those were successful introductions. But, I digress …
When you come to a standstill, find yourself in a rut or hit a block in your business, what do you do? Who do you turn to?
Do you have someone you can go to for guidance, like a trusted friend or mentor? Do you read books or take courses or join a Mastermind group? Or do you try and fix things yourself?
It’s not uncommon for business owners to think they can do it all themselves. We seem to have that “I can do it all by myself” attitude very common among small business owners. We fight and we scrap and we do everything we can do to get it done. To stay in business. To succeed.
I’ve been providing a wide range of support services to the coaching industry for the past ten plus years. Over these years, I’ve grown quite familiar with how to support these hard-working coaches. And, along the way, I’ve managed to sell myself on the benefits of working with coaches to the point where I completely understand the benefit and value of working with a coach (or coaches) to improve my own business!
Most of us know the value and benefits of hiring a coach for our businesses. We understand how much easier it is to figure things out when we work with someone who gets our struggles … someone who has experience helping others with the same struggles. A Coach!
But what if you ARE the Coach? How do you handle your struggles and concerns and moving your business forward when you’re in a rut or stuck?
JigsawBox is an online coaching tool that was created by coaches, for coaches. This unique tool provides the ability to have a private online area clients can access any time, a place to give clients interactive solutions without the coach having to be present, and the ability to sign up and coach new clients 24/7.
This application was created by Nicola Bird as a way for her clients to access her expertise in a flexible and affordable way. JigsawBox boasts the ability to create text, audio, and video products from a single platform which allows coaches to break free from the limits of one-to-one coaching. These trainings can be complete with written questions, homework, and forums that clients can work through at their own pace. JigsawBox is like having unlimited hours for your coaching business.
Creating training modules (“jigsaw pieces”) is easy with drag-n-drop feat ures that allow customization of training packages for individuals or groups. Jigsawbox also has features like PayPal integration and the option to design JigSawBox to mirror website colors and branding.
JigsawBox has a free 14 day trial, is around $67/month, and is great way to keep your coaching sales funnel full.
Try it … you might like it!
by Jane Atkinson
Back in 1992 when I entered the speaking business, things felt much less complicated.
I worked with a speaker who was a leadership expert. We worked the ‘call-send-call’ process to book speeches and workshops. And she had a book which we used to leverage her expertise.
We didn’t offer consulting, teleseminars, membership clubs, webinars or podcasts. There was no such thing as Facebook, Twitter, Technorati, Digg or Flickr. Yet, we doubled our business every year.
I was a bit surprised by the climate at the National Speakers Association conference this year. Several very successful speakers confided in me that they were in transition and were not entirely sure which way to turn.
by Karen Susman
In the movie, All the President’s Men, when Bob Woodward tries to get information from Deep Throat about Watergate, Deep Throat answers, “Follow the money.” I take that to mean if you want to find out information, follow the money trail. Follow where and how money is being spent.
Recently, I’ve been following the energy in an effort to find out where and how my energy is being spent. Goal: to learn what fuels my mojo. I love what I do. I could speak to groups and organizations and companies seven days a week. I could train people to speak or manage stress or network or communicate straight eight days a week. I could coach/consult people who want to be at ease communicating with humans before and after every gig. These activities energize me. Yet I hear the words, “I’m so tired” coming out of my mouth daily.
by Jane Atkinson
I’m lucky to be in a business where I get paid before I do the work. There’s no waiting 30 or 60 days to receive a check. It’s all arranged up front before coaching is provided.
But this summer I had a new client who really couldn’t afford me and delayed payment for weeks after our initial session. After a lot of rig-a- marole, when the payment did arrive, it was short.
This didn’t feel great to me.
A day later another new client package arrived by Fedex. This client had started the day before. He overnight his book, the signed agreement and full payment.
Now this felt perfect.