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Lara Galloway  is my guest today and we’re talking about being a mom and wanting more — which is somewhat of a taboo subject in some circles.

Lara is a mompreneur who shares her honest story of how she struggled with not having her creative needs met as a stay at home mom and how this catapulted her into entrepreneurship.Talk about how she was a “reluctant entrepreneur”, what that meant to her and how she shifted
Discuss what Lara says her first business was lacking and how changing that thing help her prosper
We discuss what most mothers and mompreneurs are not willing to admit and the power you get once you do
Discuss the facts around having too broad a market and why you need to narrow it down for success
Discuss what’s counterintuitive to business and why you won’t be successful if you don’t get it and change your business to reflect it
Discuss the importance of business coaching and the impact it can have on a business
Talk about what Lara means by being a painkiller instead of the vitamin
Lara says Twitter saved her life – we discuss this and how social media has impacted her business [Learn The Power of Pinterest]
Discuss blogtalkradio and how Lara started her show and the impact it’s had on her business

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A stress free life…Is there even such a thing?

What if you could have your current life as it is today, but without stress. Would you choose it?

Stress is a funny thing and it’s actually much different than what most people think.

Here’s the funny thing about stress….it’s not the overwhelm in your job, the lack of time in your day or the work-life blend you’re trying to acheive. It’s none of these things, but here’s what it is.

Stress is not an external thing…it’s an internal thing.

That’s right…your job, kids, partner, bank account…none of these things are what’s stressful.success-under-stress-successful-women-talk

You’re ability or lack of ability to control these situations is what’s actually causing you stress. It’s an internal thing…mind over matter if you will.

I have faith in the fact that I can reduce my stress if I change my mindset and so does my guest, Sharon Melnick.

In her new book Sussess Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure is On, Dr. Sharon Melnick dives deep into what stress is, why it happens and how to take control over the stress in your life.

Here’s an example of me trying to reduce my stress…that’s me on the right working hard on show research.

One of the things Sharon points out in her book is that the average business professional has between 30 and 100 projects on his or her plate at any given time. They are also interupted on average seven times per hour, and faced incoming communications from multiple technologies 24 hours a day.

No wonder we feel stressed and out of control.

In my interview with Sharon, we discuss several stress management tips for controlling what you can control: The 50% rule. We also talk turning obstacles in to opportunities and much

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Amy Brann is my guest today and we’re talking about how to train your brain.

Better yet…we go into detail on her new book How To Make Your Brain Work with a focus on how to maximize your efficiencies, productivity and effectiveness.

It’s not brain surgery, but it is neuroscience and Amy has a knack for breaking it down into simple, understandable tips and tricks.Don’t Let Your Fear Limit You – Amy knew from early on that she wanted to be a doctor. Even after starting medical school, she decided to take a different path…tough decision, but she followed her gut and dream.iTunes Rate & Review for Successful Women Talk
Learn to Listen to your gut — it’s not easy to change paths or create your own path, but don’t be afraid to try. Amy knew nothing about business, but decided she would be an amazing women entrepreneur and she chose a path to get her there.
Share your gifts — Amy’s decision to write her book stemmed from her need to help others. She even overcame the fear of not getting published.
Never underestimate the Power of Storytelling – this was the decision for her writing a parable instead of a How To book.
Prioritization is key for productivity – .Know what needs to be done, picture your goals and start with an end in mind
Discuss the myth of Multitasking – basically…it can’t be done well and Amy will show you why.
To be optimally Productive, you need to minimize Distractions – it’s a little worse for women and Amy provides a few tips for overcoming distractions.
Get things out of your head — create a repository and system for tracking and following up with throughs, tasks and to do’s, but don’t keep it in your head.
Embrace the Power of Habits – we talk about what they are and how they work.
Best Productivity Tip for Women Entrepreneurs – Be mindful, specific, and super clear on what it is that you want to do.

Amy Brann is a thought leader in the field of human potential. Leaving UCL medical school to pursue a Coaching career she became fascinated by what the brain can teach us to help transform thinking & performance. Participating in over 12,000 hours of Coaching with clients all over the world. Amy has consulted to companies in Europe, Asia and Australia and enjoys delivering interactive talks and workshops. Her company is pursuing research opportunities to advance the practical applications of what neuroscience can bring to businesses.

Amy passionately delivers the message that you have a huge amount of potential that can be better accessed if you understand how to work with your brain optimally.

She currently loves living in Birmingham, UK, with her husband, daughter and little dog.

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humor and non-boring business branding.

Jessica is the host of JK TV, where she shows you how to market your business and still respect yourself in the morning. She smart, funny, and a bit of a firecracker.

Check out my interview with Jessica to learn more about her, how she works and her tips for work-life success.Discuss working from home and few tips on setting boundaries to help you be less distracted and more productive. iTunes Rate & Review for Successful Women Talk
Be smart about business structure – Talk about how she structured herself as a freelance contractor and found anice balance between working on her business and her clients businesses.
Embrace the power of Networking – Jessica shares her story of how she friended everyone she new on FaceBook because she knew some of them might need her services in the future.
Grow and respect your email list – this also helps with business referrals in the future.
Organization is in the eye of the beholder – we discuss how Jessica get works done and the tools she uses to stay productive. It’s important to find a system that works for you.
Delegate and automate whenever possible – especially with repetitive tasks.
Work-life success is important – talk about how she breaks her day down into different tasks depending upon when her kids are home.
People do business with people – be human, humor is ok — keep in fun and professional.
With branding — be yourself, stop trying to be Marie Forleo…she’s taken, be yourself.
About guest Jessica Kupferman

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Jessica Kupferman is a Gossip Expert, Trend Spotter, Technical Idiot Savant and creator of a brand new comedy/ business talk show. When she’s not broadcasting her latest guilty pleasure, Jessica helps small business owners create an army of passionate + loyal fans using the power of social media, easy technology, and gossip.

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem so efficient, while others struggling finding enough time to finish one project?

time-management-for-women-entrepreneursBetter question….are you the efficient one or the one struggling to finish the project?

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably a little of both.

A universal theme I often hear is “I don’t have enough time.” I’ve said it, you’ve said it — but what does it mean?

Does it mean if you had more time, you would be more efficient? Would all of your problem magically go away? Would you finally have time to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy?

Probably Not — most of us would still be thinking…“I don’t have enough time.”

So if more time isn’t the answer…what’s is?

NAME IT, OWN IT AND MASTER IT
Like it or not, there are some things in life we’re good at and some things we’re not. Believe it or not…not everyone’s as perfect as they appear on Facebook.

Now i’m not suggesting it’s easy to admit when we’re lacking in an area (or two), but I am suggesting that you’ll be much closer to the time solution when you name it and own it!

Let’s practice…I’ll go first.

I’m good at helping others systemize the chaos in their business, but I suck at grammar.

There I said it — I named it, owned it, and now I know what to work on.

If you’re not great with time management and you find yourself saying “I don’t have enough time” – name it and own it.

The truth is…it’s not a time issue, it’s a management issue and you can’t improve what you don’t measure or recognize.

IT’S TIME TO CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS
One thing I’ve finally realized is that time is relative and my definition of enough time is much different than yours.

Yes, it’s true we all have the same amount of hours in day, days in a week, weeks in a year, but we value and spend our time differently.

But here’s the game changer….it’s not productive to say “I don’t have enough time” – because it sets up a negative tone.

I’m sure you’ve heard the concept of The Law Of Attraction — it’s a belief that “Like Attracts Like” and the benefit of focusing on positive or negative thoughts. Focus on positive, you get positive. Focus on negative and you get negative.

I TOTALLY believe in this concept and about a year ago I started applying it more in my life. So instead of saying “I don’t have enough time” (because I do), I now say “I didn’t take the time to xxx.”

It’s amazing how changing the script changes my feeling toward the outcome.

THE MAGIC IS IN THE SYSTEM
Luckily, there’s enough research out there on our side which basically proves that greatness and excellence aren’t innate — they’re learned behaviors.

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Practice make perfect” and it’s true. So don’t worry if you’re not currently a time management ninja — you’ll have plenty of time to practice.

It starts with understand, requires a mindset change and is mastered by developing skills for success.

Here are a few strategies to help you improve your time management:

Schedule Your Life – both work and free time
Create Lists – Know what needs to be done and put it on your schedule
Set priorities – Complete the most important things first
Work on One Thing at A Time – Multitasking does not work!
Know when to say No – Delegate and stop trying to do it all.
Healthy Life, Health Mind – Exercise and Get Enough Sleep
Create Systems for anything you do more than twice
I’m a true believer in the fact that You Can Have It All, but in order to do so you need to become a master at time management.

Now It’s Your Turn
I would love to know what systems you use to keep yourself organized and on task, so leave me a comment below so we can learn from your success.

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Jules Taggart and Krystina Feucht from KickStart Kitchen are my guest today and we’re discussing the power of launch and learn when it comes to a successful business.

These ladies have started multiple business and networking communities for women and they say you’ll learn much from the process of launching and learning than you will from trying to be perfect. Perfect is overrated so “forget about it” — imagine me saying that with an Italian accent.

Let’s jump right in to learn a little more about Jules and Krystina — including how listening to their clients is totally changing their business model.Having an accountability partner can be key in business – consider masterminding to help you learn and grow
Systems and schedules are great and needed, but remember to build flexibility into your schedule
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When it comes to having several ideas on what type of business to start, most people really do know what they want to do – they are usually struggling more with what they think they are supposed to do vs. what they want to do.
The key to being successful is to be able to ask yourself WHY you’re doing something – sometimes we continue down a certain path because we started and we feel as if we must finish. Know when it’s ok to step away.
Pivoting in business is OK – it’s not a sign of failure, it’s a sign of being aware of marketing needs and your strengths.
Listening is key in business – speak less, listen more.
Time management and work-life balance are key for women entrepreneurs – especially since we tend to want to do everything. Tip: schedule, systemize and delegate.
One more course isn’t going to fix your problem – implementation is key and seek help if you can’t figure out how to apply the learning.
Launch and learn – you will learn much more from the activity of launching and learning than you will from trying to be perfect.
Tools they use: Google Drive, Podio, Basecamp.

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Carrie Wilkerson went from over worked, over weight, depressed and in debt to one of the leading mentors and thought leaders in online marketing and women in business.

She’s a Texas girl who’s down to earth, has a non-BS approach to business and she’s making a difference in the world.Don’t let your own fear stop you from achieving great things – Carrie was over weight, over worked, depressed and couldn’t even get an interview. One day she said “Enough is Enough” and she’s paved her own way ever since.
If you want success – step out of the place you don’t want to be. There’s no “Easy” card and you must do the hard work, but it’s a choice. [see previous interview with Dyana Valentine – Making Choices and Turning Your Flaws Into Awes]
The reason you haven’t achieved what you want to achieve is because you haven’t decided that you WILL – you may want, but you must decide you will.
You will have critics and negativity in life – don’t let it get you down. Learn from it and look at it from a measure of grace. You don’t know what path others are walking [see my previous interview with Basma Hameed to see how adversity and bullying has helped her succeed]
On work life balance – balance is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe rhythm is a better way to label it instead of balance. Schedule important things on your calendar.
On systems and processes – Carrie uses several tools such as Time Trade which sync’s to her Google Calendar, she has a VA for support 10 hours per month, she only accepts scheduled incoming calls and she tries to take off every Friday to spend time with her family.
Don’t let fear stop you – you can be scared and broke or afraid and well paid. You’re going to be scared either way, so you may as well be paid for it.
About guest Carrie Wilkerson

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Carrie Wilkerson is the voice of experience. From corporate life to teaching high school to direct sales, to information marketing and coaching she has ‘been there and done that’ professionally and personally. An ‘overnight mom’ to 2 toddlers through adoption, her priorities instantly changed and so did her workplace. She’s now built several businesses and coached others to do the same while overcoming extreme debt, losing 110 lbs and having 2 more children, for a total of 4, aging from toddler to teen!

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Ameena Falchetto – the master of brand visualization – is my guest today. She’s a serial entrepreneur with experience in both the online and offline world and she’s a self proclaimed advertising geek who enjoys a mailbox full of adverts.Discuss Ameena’s background and how she got to where she is today
Discuss branding and visualization
Talk about the importance of known what story your brand is telling
Discuss why it’s important to know your who your ideal client is and to actually have a visualization of them
Talk about her recent hiatus from social media and the impact it had on her and her business
Talk about the importance of not following the crowd and sticking to your core beliefs and skill sets

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Basma Hameed is a successful female entrepreneur, but she had to beat the odds to get there. When she was 2 years old, Basma suffered severe facial burns in a kitchen accident. She underwent hundred’s of surgeries, was bullied by other children and at times was afraid to come out of her room. When she was sixteen her physicians told her they could do no more for her scaring and she looked the best she ever would. Well…they underestimated Basma.

After having an eyebrow tattoo procedure she had an aha! moment. Check out my interview with Basma to learn more about her, her story and how she’s making a difference in the lives of others.Discuss her accident and the effect her scaring had on her life – including being severely bullied
Discuss how her receiving a cosmetic tattoo lead her building a successful business around the art of tattooingbasma-hameed-before-after-cosmetic-tattoo
Talk about her aha! moment and how she decided to tattoo her own face
Talk about her current business and how mission and passion to help others
Discuss the importance of fixing your insides before your fix your outsides

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Jessica Kim, founder of BabbaCo, started here first business out of her college dorm room, sold it to fund her MBA, started another business – BabbaCo – and despite the fact that it was successful – knew she needed to pivot.

She was accepted to Excelerate Labs and it was there where she had her “aha” moment and pivoted to a monthly subscription based business – the BabbaBox – a monthly activity box for kids 3-6. Her story is inspirational and inspiring.Discuss how she originally came up with the idea for BabbaCo and her passion for community
Discuss why she decided to do Excelerate Lab and her “aha” moment
Talk about the importance of mentorship
Discuss what she said is the number ONE thing that’s made her business successful
Talk market research and the depth they took with the BabbaBox
Talk about the importance of team – hiring, being pro-active, hiring people smarter than you
Discuss marketing and how to set yourself apart from competitors
Talk subscription model vs. product based businesses
Discuss how she met and eventually worked with Gary Vaynerchuck

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