What a VA (Virtual Assistant) Can Do For You

You know you need help, but what do you give someone to do for you? I tell my clients to hire a VA for even just five hours a month. This does two things: It gets you out of “I-have-to-do-it-all mode” and gets you in the habit of having support It gets you in your zone of genius and into the tasks that actually make you money You can Google lists of stuff your VA can do for you. Things like this: https://www.chrisducker.com/25tasks/ are really great lists. Here’s a list of what I have my team members do: Assistant #1: Scheduling and managing all appointments in Acuity, which is the scheduling system I currently use Website updates Email System: Sends newsletters (I write the content and a lot of the times I send the newsletters but I’d like to remove the sending of emails off of my plate completely. Sets up reminder emails for live calls Sets up email sequences Tags people accordingly sets up forms Shopping cart sets up products connects the purchase to the membership system if applicable sets up coupon codes processes payments Handles all customer service emails, including questions people have about their login info, access to programs, etc. Figures out technology glitches and escalates issues to my web person if she can’t solve it Assistant #2: Event and retreat concierge and research Communicates with the venue and vendors for all event details Researches event details then provides the details to me so I can confirm decisions Content Repurposing: Manages videos and audios on all channels Posts one meme per week to my FB group and page...

When You Suck at Implementation: Identify the Five Core Areas of Business

What is truly required to grow a business without over-spending your time or money? What support do you actually need? In the coaching world, there are lots of folks (I used to be one of them) who say, “You need a coach.” My point of view now is that statement can be a great system for coaches to convince people to work with them. I now don’t believe that everyone needs a coach. I’ve certainly hired people when I thought I “needed” a coach and what I really needed was clarity on what I was creating and IMPLEMENTATION support. Time and time again, I have seen clients and a LOT of entrepreneurs struggling with taking action and getting results from the plan and strategies they hire. I’ve seen my own clients struggle with this. If you’re not getting results, consider this: Hiring another coach may not actually help you get results. You may not have a mindset issue. You may not even have a money issue. So what will create results? And where is the real problem? In a lot of cases it comes down to two things: Lack of clarity. Clarity in what? I’ll get to that in a second. Implementation. Most entrepreneurs I know of pretty much suck at implementing. They are great at the visionary stuff but when it comes down to actually getting the details DONE, no bueno. So what do you do if the implementation is not your zone of genius? Maybe technology isn’t your thing. Maybe setting up your website isn’t fun for you, in fact, maybe it’s a train wreck. I was...
Episode 43: Spirituality. Religion. Connection. Curiosity with guest Tai Goodwin

Episode 43: Spirituality. Religion. Connection. Curiosity with guest Tai Goodwin

In this Business Alchemy podcast, we are talking beyond business and who you are at your core and how that is expressed in all areas of life. Take this journey with us as we explore topics like what it means to be Christian, how the black community is questioning their faith in light of the recent administration in the US, and what it means to be fully expressed in your business.

Are all events slimy? Part 3: Hosting Events

Are all events slimy? Part 3: Hosting Events

Did you catch the intro, part 1 about Speakers and part 2 about selling in this series? Part 3: Hosting Yes, there are speakers who don’t care and their focus is to get as many sales as possible, whether it’s a fit for someone or not. I’ve been behind the scenes at enough multi-day events to hear the conversations about how to GET as many sales from people and it doesn’t matter who the person is, what they really need, or if what they’re being sold is actually a fit for them. In my experience, there are a LOT more people who actually care then don’t care. Remember in the very beginning of this article series and I shared that one of my events called THRIVE was more salesy than I was comfortable with? How did I let that happen? Why did I let that happen? The answer is simple: I was doing what I thought I was supposed to do. Fear or Out of Alignment? When I expressed my concern that it was too salesy to my mentor, I was met with “Oh that’s just your fear talking. I promise this will work.” That was one of the many experiences I’ve had that taught me the difference between being out of alignment and fear. At the time, I was experiencing both fear and that something was WAY off for me. I didn’t know how to discern it and I was paying people lots of money to tell me what to do and no one was asking me what was true for me. I now make very different choices when...
Episode 47: How to Co-Create in a Partnership with guests Orange, Liston and Dew

Episode 47: How to Co-Create in a Partnership with guests Orange, Liston and Dew

When three established business owners let go of their main sources of income and form a partnership, one of two things will happen: it will implode or it will be magic. The founders of Orange, Listen and Dew transparently share what it takes to form a true collaboration and what they had to let go of to create what they’ve seen missing in the coaching marketplace. You’ll hear what they love about this new way of working together, what they’ve struggled with, and the tips they have for any kind of collaboration you are considering. Join Orange, Liston & Dew for Coffee Talk, where they help business owners come up with fresh and different ways to meet their challenges in real time at StellaOrange.com/Coffee-Talk Watch here: Listen here: Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More About Orange, Liston & Dew: Orange, Liston & Dew is a marketing shop and business incubator co-founded by a copywriter, business intuitive, & integrator-at-large. They serve coaches, healers, consultants, and brick-and-mortar business owners who love their work and are building singular, sustainable, and satisfying businesses. The trio offers a full range of proposal-based services including strategic vision, writing, planning, and implementation support. As a business incubator, they hold an uncommon and rare place for their clients’ business dreams to be seen, nurtured, and grow in the community – while deeply rooted one’s own values. They host BeaverCon in person several times a year and Beaver Lodge LIVE online, gathering business owners around the world who know that we can go farther and build faster when we do it...

Why “I Need a Website” is often MORE than just a website

“I need a website.” “I need snazzy copy on my site to attract more clients, can you do that? Hmmm…I hear these things a lot and after asking a few questions, people can get overwhelmed by all of the moving parts included in a website. Do you just need a website? First, I’m going to talk about a “website” and how you probably don’t need just a website. Part 2 of this will be why good website copy costs more than $500. 🙂 People come to me thinking they need a website, but they actually require a few other things BEFORE they can get a website created that reflects who they are and that actually works for them. What’s in a website? A website is a marketing tool. Ideally, it’s something that helps you make money in your business. It’s not just slapping up a few pages online with a clipart logo and saying “good enough.” It also doesn’t mean spending $10,000 on a site when you don’t have a paying client yet or know what you are offering in your business. Here are a couple of questions that will guide you to know what you really need so when you get quotes to create a website, you’re getting accurate numbers and have realistic expectations. 1. Do you have a clear and compelling message (you know what you do and who you do it for) Side note on this one – your message is NOT your certification or modality. It’s YOU – your essence, what makes you unique and stand out. If you have a certification that is the...

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