Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cleavage in the Boardroom

My friend Ali Rodriguez is one of the most passionate, life-loving women I've ever met. A successful business coach, Ali has a way of adding her own brand of Sizzibility (sizzle + visibility) to every situation. She wrote this article recently and I begged her to reprint it. I feel like I could have written it myself. And no, it's not about wearing low-cut blouses.

Cleavage in the Boardroom

by Ali Rodriguez, Vision For Success Coaching

Tired of walking into Board meetings, with the long table, and the faces of the members even longer not to mention the never-ending meeting on topics that all of the sudden, you can't even remember, let alone care anymore? It's dreadful, isn't it? ~ They will tell you it's all about time management, but it isn't, as if it was, things will permanently change, and they don't.

Here's the answer: It's all a matter of "approach" and here's your new approach: "Cleavage in the Boardroom". Yes, indeed, you will take pride in showing your Intellectual Cleavage to the rest of the board members otherwise, you will continue to be unhappy if not unproductive; and it has to stop. It is also your duty to show others just how to do this.

A little intellectual cleavage is alluring, and people will want to know what you're up to; once you get their attention, you can present your plan and show them in all your greatness, the brilliance of your brain coupled with a few amazing ideas and results plan.

But wait, there's more. If you're wondering what is your own, individual, and totally unique "Cleavage in the Boardroom" Quotient. (CBQ) ~ Wonder no more.

Focus on two or three things that you do better than anyone else, and for which, folks come to you to ask you to solve some of their problems with what you have in that intellectual cleavage of yours. Then use your talents in an alluring way, each time you have an opportunity to speak your mind. Do this not all at once, but just little by little. You already have the talent, all you need is, "practice", "practice", "practice", and soon Boredom in The Boardroom will be transformed to Cleavage in the Boardroom, and you will be The Shining Star"!

NOW is the time to share this information with others and teach them how to find their talents and put them to good use. Can you imagine the tremendous amount of value you will be adding to the group as a whole, not to mention, individual added value? ~ Awesome, isn't it?

From now on is your turn to practice "Cleavage in the Boardroom" and you will have more productive meetings, more focused groups, and folks will greatly appreciate what you are doing for the Board and you will feel like the star you are. Make as many people happy with your intellectual genius.

Ali R. Rodriguez
Business Coach by Profession
Life changer by Vocation
visit Ali at to learn about her Power of Five program.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Intensive In Person Coaching

Anne Berryhill has been a client for years, going for intensive stints then taking long rests. Her creative mind and high energy are to be envied and her outgoing personality charms everyone she meets.

Anne contacted me recently for some intensive one on one coaching. Not intensive as in "let's set up some long coaching calls" but as in "come to my house and let's get the game plan written out!" (That's a picture of me and Anne in front of her house)

Anne lives less than an hour away so I drove to her house with a big binder of resources I compiled for her, my laptop, and walking shoes. (She's also a fitness coach so I knew we'd be getting out for a walk at some point).

The two of us sat at her kitchen table and not only mapped out the next year's marketing efforts, but tightened up her brand, sprinkled in some accountability, and topped it all off with communication and life coaching.

We had so many "ah-ha!" moments, I lost count.

What I learned from this experience is that sometimes you have to meet your clients where THEY are. I don't offer in person coaching like that, but now that she's had such great success, I'm open to the possibility. We literally camped out in her dining room for the afternoon and got it all on paper.

The biggest moment was when we crunched the numbers and made some projections. This business, if the numbers are reached (which won't be difficult) is poised to make over $500,000 by the end of year 1. We passed the calculator back and forth to make sure one of us wasn't making a mistake, but the calculator didn't lie. We had a hit on our hands.

I'm not revealing the business yet because the website is still in development, but I am so happy for her and her family. This is well deserved, a brilliant idea, and has major SIZZIBILITY going for it. (Sizzle + Visibility = Sizzibility).


Friday, May 25, 2007

Suiting Up and Showing Up

As warm and fuzzy as I come across, there is also a hard-ball chica underneath this Comadre banner. When there is no time for whining, I pull out one of my favorite mantras, "Suit up and Show up."

This applies to just about anything and it doesn't mean that you must endure pain to enjoy success. Take this past week of mine. (Please- bah-dum-dum)

Last week I fought off some nasty virus that left me tired and achy. But it never developed into full blown yuck. Until the weekend when I awoke to no voice. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday... no voice.

Tuesday was my monthly Momentum Day with my clients where we alternate having either a big group call or I take 10 minute "laser coaching" calls from clients. With no voice, I was ready to cancel.

My voice was out of order, not my hands, so I sent off a note to all clients explaining my situation and that I'd take UNLIMITED emails from them all day Tuesday.

I did some serious email coaching which was quite interesting. I read and commented on web copy, counseled a writer through deadline-phobia, read a book chapter, got more than a few people in gear... not unlike any other coaching day except this was done without talking. Pretty cool.

I was pretty worried Wednesday because I had a speaking engagement at the Orange County Holistic Moms Network in Fullerton, CA. I wasn't sure how many people would be there and my voice was super hoarse (audible, but hoarse). 11th Hour great idea: Go to Best Buy and get a cheap Karaoke machine! I knew the Holistic Moms probably wouldn't have a sound system and this was a quick solution.

Miracle of miracles, I made it through and survived. My throat was sore that night but the next day I didn't feel as run down as I had.

Funny aside: Most of the moms at the talk were either pregnant or had little ones with them. It reminded me of a birthing class- lots of pregnant women on pillows while I stood and spoke. Two adorable toddlers played catch in the middle of the circle and occasionally threw a soft ball at my feet. Here I was talking about how multi-tasking does no one any good and at the same time I'm kicking the ball back to them.

The next day was the Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Award luncheon. I was nominated for the 2nd year in a row, but didn't win. There were 158 nominees and some pretty heavy hitters in the crowd.

But I suited up and showed up, and got to enjoy the week on my terms. I was ready to cancel everything but with some creative thinking, I managed to mend my voice AND get everything done. (The goody bag at the Business Journal event was to die for. Full size spa products, gift certificates, jewelry... classy!)


Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Work At Home Mom Reality Check

Think you have what it takes to be a work at home mom?

Join award winning business coach Nancy Marmolejo as she reveals the highs and the lows of running a home based business... AND raising kids.

When: Wednesday May 23rd 6:00 p.m
Where: The Birth Connection
813 North Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA

Hosted by: Orange County Holistic Moms Network

Home based businesses are on the rise and the numbers continue to increase. Whether you’re thinking of starting a home based business or already have one, this FREE seminar will give you tips and tools to ensure your success both as a mom and a business owner.

You will learn:

· The many emotional and financial benefits of being a work at home mom

· Common challenges that work at home moms face

· How to prioritize and delegate so you don’t rob time from your family or your business

· Boundary setting strategies to ensure quality in all aspects of your life

· Straight up advice on what works and doesn’t work when working from home

· Creative solutions and ideas if you have a young one at home

· Types of home based businesses and how to choose the best fit for you and your family

· Traps and scams you must always avoid

· And much more!

About the Presenter:
Nancy Marmolejo is an award winning entrepreneur and work at home mom. Since 2003 she has helped hundreds of women business owners make more money with less effort and have the time to enjoy it. She is a recognized expert in business and creativity and has been featured in, The Orange County Register, Orange Coast magazine, Latina magazine, Redbook, and many other online and offline publications. You can visit her online at and sign up for her prize winning tips letter, The Pocket Comadre.

For more info on this event call (714) 871-0995.

About the Holistic Moms Network:

The Holistic Moms Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support and resource organization bringing moms together. We are dedicated to facilitating grassroots community-building throughout the nation, offering moms the opportunity to create local chapters where they can find the support, friendship, and knowledge that are so necessary for successful parenting. We serve moms through our local chapters which strive to create a sense of community and to share experiences and resources among our members. We also welcome moms-to-be, dads, grandparents, and partners into our organization as members! We have a very diverse membership representing parents and grandparents of all ages who share in common their interest in holistic health and parenting.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MySpace Success: Cross Posting Blogs for Maximum Exposure

My comadre Ruth of Chispa Productions just wrote a fabulous blog post on how using MySpace is helping her in her business. Ruth cross posts her regular blog onto her MySpace blog for maximum exposure.

Check out Ruth's blog and read her glowing review of my ebook Make MySpace YOUR Space.


Monday, May 14, 2007

MySpace Tip: Check Your Contact Area!

For all you MySpace users:

MySpace periodically does maintenance on the site that can throw your contact area box out of whack, especially if you have a custom designed template.

Thanks to designer and MySpace whiz Miki Fujiwara (aka Urban Envy) for helping me fix the problems on my home page.

Go to your home page and double check that when you click "Add Friend" it does what it's supposed to do. If it's off, it might take you to "Send a message" or "IM" instead. If your contact area is out of whack, contact MySpace or a skilled MySpace pro. Feel free to pass this info on to your friends.

Would you like to experience the quantum networking effect of MySpace? Get your copy of Make MySpace YOUR Space today!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

MySpace Networking Tips

In my opinion, business success on MySpace is the result of relationship building. Think about it- would you rather befriend a person with a real human profile or one of these headline heavy BUY NOW pages?

Read this article I recently published on Women's Community for great tips on networking authentically on MySpace.