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Posts made in August, 2013

TCCs Top 10 Links of the Week

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Christians, Free Money, Healthy Tips, Positive Affirmations, SmallBizLady, Tools, Vision Statement | 0 comments

TGIF! It has been a long but productive week. I’m sure you are just as ready for the weekend as I am. And I know that you haven’t had time to read and relax. So take some time this weekend and do just that. I have scoured the web for some of the best content available to help you move forward. Whether you are looking for tips or tools, there is something here for you. Sit back, relax, and happy reading!

  1. Leadership Qualities That Will Help You To Win And Cause Me To Want To Follow You
  2. Positive Affirmations for Love, Abundance and Anxiety Relief that Produce Results! 
  3. Will You Blast My Event….. SAPs
  4. How to Write a Mission and Vision Statement
  5. 21 Characteristics of Highly Influential People (aka: Christians)
  6. 5 Easy to Use Tools to Effectively Find and Remove Stolen Content
  7. Is There “Free Money” For Small Businesses?
  8. 10 Healthy Tips for Fitness Success
  9. Ask SmallBizLady: Should I Focus on My Personal Brand or Brand My Company?
  10. 7 Things Successful Women Do Differently
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Video of the Week: Juggling Life: Redefining What’s Possible: Jennifer Slaw at TEDxPrincetonLibrary

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Jennifer Slaw, Juggling, Patience, Perseverance, Persistence, TEDxPrincetonLibrary | 0 comments

In today’s video, we learn about juggling. I know, I know, who wants to learn about juggling. But the there are benefits to learning how to juggle. Jennifer Slaw, a professional juggler, discusses how juggling has helped her and how she has used juggling to help others. More importantly, she discusses the lessons she has learned from juggling, including how to handle failure and the importance of patience. This is a short video today, so if you have 20 minutes to spare, take time to watch. Have a great day, folks!

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Kickstarter vs. Peerbackers – Choosing the Right Crowdfunding Site for You

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Crowdfunding, Entrepreneur, Kickstarter, Peerbackers, Projects | 0 comments

Isn’t the internet wonderful? In this modern day and age, the startup now has easier access than ever to enter the marketplace. With Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other forums, gaining exposure is not as cumbersome as it used to be. But bringing your product or service to the masses still takes some amount of funding. With the economy in the current state its in, going to the bank for a loan isn’t really feasible. And sure there’s the venture capitalist, but what if your startup or project needs smaller amounts to get going? That’s the beauty of crowdfunding. It gives startups an opportunity to raise funds for a project without going into debt. But there are a lot of crowdfunding sites out there. So today we are focusing on 2 that I really like: Kickstarter and Peerbackers.

Kickstarter – Started in 2009, Kickstarter offers creators a chance to gain funding for their projects in exchange for rewards. The rewards must be related to the project. For example, if you’re trying to raise funds for a movie, you can offer tickets to the premiere of the movie. A pair of socks would probably be rejected as a reward. Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing format. The funds are released only if the goal is met. Once the goal is met, payment is handled through Amazon Payment, so you will need an Amazon account to access your funds. Most of the projects on Kickstarter focus on Arts and Entertainment (i.e. Movies, Documentaries, Books, Music). Also, the funds raised though Kickstarter or any crowdfunding site are taxable. So keep those receipts for your tax records.

Peerbackers – Founded in 2011, Peerbackers offers a lot of the same features as Kickstarter with a few differences. Unlike Kickstarter, Peerbacker will allow you to keep the funds raised if you can reach 80% of your goal and you can deliver on your rewards. Also, the rewards offered do not necessarily have to be connected to the project. Just make sure your rewards are interesting. Peerbackers offers a wider range of projects to support, including non-profit endeavors. Once the project ends, the payment is distributed through PayPal. Remember that funds raised are taxable.

Both Kickstarter and Peerbackers charge a 5% fee. You also have to take into consideration that PayPal and Amazon Payments also charge a fee as well. Keep that in mind when you consider your goals.

Both sites are appealing and user friendly. Ultimately, if you decide to create a project, you will have to put in some work to get it funded. You just have to decide which site would be best for you based on the type of project you are doing.

Image courtesy of ddpavumba at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Quote of the Week: Girls make excuses. Women find solutions.

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Choice, Defeat, Excuses, Solutions, Victory | 0 comments

Girls make excuses. Women find solutions. 
There is always an excuse to why something was not accomplished. But it’s just that. An excuse. Instead of giving an excuse, find a solution. I learned this indirectly by working with sex offenders. 
Believe it or not, offenders don’t actually enjoy sitting in jail. So to avoid sitting in jail, they typically cut a deal with the state. Well, the state says in order for you to not be in jail, here are all the rules you have to live by. And believe me. Here in the state of Texas, they are serious about following the rules. And when my offenders would step out of line, and give me some lame excuse, that was shut down immediately. I would tell them that as long as they were on probation or parole and they wanted to stay out of the orange jumpsuit, then they have to live as if they have a solution for every problem. If their car breaks down on the way to group, they should have at least 10 backup plans to make it on time. If they lose their job between sessions, they should be pounding the pavement to find another one and have my money ready by the time of the next group. Now, for those who decide that they would rather live by excuses, rather than find solutions, they didn’t last very long on probation/parole. I have seen many an offender get sent back.
Now how does this apply to you? For most problems that you run into on your path, there is a solution. It may take awhile to figure out. It may take years. But there is a solution. So you have 2 options. You can make an excuse and concede defeat. Or you can find a solution and fight towards victory. The choice is yours.

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Coaching: Boundary Setting 101

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Boundary Setting, Clients, Coaching, Packages, Voicemail | 0 comments

One of the most important things to implement in a coaching relationship is boundaries. When you set boundaries with your clients, you let them know the expectations of the relationship. Boundary setting should start at the very beginning. Some clients are more high maintenance than others. They will expect you to be available at every beck and call. But you have other clients to serve as well. So in order to maintain communication, but not be overwhelmed by the needs of your clients, here are some tips to put boundaries in place.

1. Have clearly defined packages – If you have packages where clients are paying for x months of coaching, let the client know what that includes.
Ex: 3 months of coaching consisting of 9 45 minute sessions, plus an assessment session and unlimited email support between sessions.
This lets the client know what they are paying for and leverages expectations.

2. Voicemail – Use voicemail appropriately. If you’re in the middle of a session with one client, and another one calls, let it go to voicemail. After listening to the voicemail, if its something that requires your prompt attention, call back as soon as possible. If you let the client know upfront, that they will receive email support between sessions, respond by email. Inform the client that you received the call, address their concerns, and touch base at the next session.

3. Keep personal disclosures at a minimum – The purpose of the coach-client relationship is to help the client achieve a specific goal. The client doesn’t necessarily need to know about that time you got dumped in high school or what you did last night with the family. Personal disclosures should only be used as it pertains to helping the client. For example, if a client is struggling with self confidence, it may be appropriate to say, “I have experienced times where I lacked self confidence, but this is what helped me.”

Remember that you are in business to serve others. But do not be a slave to your business. Boundary setting is essential to maintaining the proper balance.

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