Keep These Strategies in Mind For Your Next Networking Event

Some people think that networking is a waste of time.

However, in actuality, research continues to show that careers and businesses are still being built and expanded as a result of professional relationships. People are continually hiring without posting job announcements widely (and sometimes are not posting job announcements at all), and people are still purchasing from business owners who they know, like, and trust. I honestly believe that one of my business coaching clients was able to more than 10x her revenues based on transforming her networking strategy through our coaching relationship, and I’ve definitely had career coaching clients who received their next opportunity as a result of the work we did to enhance their networking strategy.

Networking can provide you with a priceless opportunity to build relationships…if done well, and if not,… well, it can definitely feel like you’ve wasted gas and time that could have been spent doing something more productive.

Let me tell you why some of my clients and I have struggled with networking in the past, and then I’ll share a few strategies that can guide you towards maximizing the value of your time at your next networking event.

Here are some struggles that my clients and I have faced in networking that maybe you have experienced in the past:

  • Building great relationships at ongoing networking events, but not knowing how to transition those relationships to opportunities.
  • Spending too long speaking with someone where there is no feeling of connection, afraid to cut the conversation short.
  • Not speaking to anyone you don’t know at the networking event (It happens!).
  • Feeling out of place at a networking event, because the individuals there don’t connect to your career or business interests.
  • Attending a conference or other professional development opportunity in hopes of networking, and feeling like you’ve learned a lot, though you haven’t met very many people at all.

The list above has just a few networking “No Nos” and below, find some strategies to keep in mind to make your next networking event a “win” and not a “loss” for you:

  • Pre-Event Research – Should you attend?
    • Research the event, and find out if it’s truly a good fit for you to attend at all.
    • Ask yourself, “What are the top 3 most valuable results that I can get out of attending this event?”
    • Then ask yourself, “Why are those results so important to me?”
    • Most importantly, ask yourself, “How do I need to prepare to get those top 3 most valuable results?”
  • Pre-Event Research – Who will be at the networking event, and how will I connect with them?
    • If you can have a conversation with the event coordinator, do so before the event. Thank them for putting on the event, let them know you’re interested in attending the event, and also let them know that you want to make sure you take as much value as you can from attending. Ask about how many people might be attending the event, what industries they usually represent, what kinds of roles they usually have in those industries, if networking will be structured or unstructured, or any other kind of relevant question you might have. Prepare yourself emotionally to spend much of your time with individuals at the event that you don’t already know.
    • Then, research any specific individuals you know might be at the event that you want to meet. Develop a plan to connect with those specific individuals by the end of the event.
    • Prepare to arrive early and leave late. That’s when some of the most substantial relationships are made. This especially comes in handy at conferences or meetings where a lot of the content is structured. Arriving early and leaving late gives you much more time to go deeper in conversation with fellow attendees.
  • Strategize – Know how to start and end conversations.
    • Have a few conversation starters ready to avoid an awkward conversation. You can always ask someone where they’re from, where they work, why they came to the event, what they think about the event or other questions that are relevant. You can Google “networking conversation starters” and you’ll get some awesome ideas for how to start or carry on conversations.
    • If you’re not connecting very well with someone but have a limited time at the event to meet individuals, it might just be time to move on from that conversation. In that case, you may want to insert yourself and say something like, “I’m so sorry to interrupt, but I wanted to go over and say hello to someone, and I think they’re going to leave. It was really great meeting you.” Or you can make a statement that transitions well to a closing statement, such as, “How long do you think you’ll stay at the event this evening,” or “Do you have a busy week this week at work,” or anything that might be appropriate to say to lead into, “Well, it was really good meeting you. I hope you [enjoy the rest of the evening, or have a great time at this event, etc.]”
  • Strategize – Know how to transition conversations to results and opportunities.
    • If possible, you should definitely have a list of who you want to connect to when at the event. If you don’t have a specific list of who you want to connect with at an event, develop a specific number of people you’d like to connect to at the event. Then, develop a number of people you’d like to arrange a chat with outside of the networking event to get to know them more. If you can meet in person for coffee or lunch, that often works even better to build a substantial professional relationship.
    • If you’re looking for a job or looking for business, only transition to asking about those kinds of opportunities after you’ve developed a rapport with someone and feel like they have developed a positive impression of you.
    • If it’s appropriate, during a 1:1 conversation at the event or after the event, definitely ask the question, “Do you know who else I should speak to who [insert appropriate ask for advice or someone in a field you want to get into or a target market you want to connect with]?” This is how you can exponentially increase your network of relevant contacts, whether you’re asking about who else you should speak to at the event or who else you can connect to even beyond the event.

These are just a few substantial strategies that can work for individuals at all levels of career or business when it comes to truly maximize the value of your time networking. I hope they’re extremely helpful to you and anyone you might share this post with.

Definitely email me at and let me know if you find the strategies above to be helpful!

Also, if you’re feeling like you could benefit from greater accountability and/or strategy when it comes to moving your career or business forward, definitely comment below or email me at, so we can talk about how I can support you!

Four tips to make you a strong candidate for any job (even before you need one)


You may have heard this before, but I want to remind you that, “The best time to look for a job is when you don’t need one.”

Let me tell you why.

I’ve had my share of jobs. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I’ve managed to have jobs in project management, nonprofit management, education policy, teaching, public relations, news reporting, newspaper editing, and more. I always had either a full-time opportunity or one or more part-time opportunities while in between jobs.

I learned how to have income-security versus job security.

This is because in our work culture, not only is our generation more fearless to leave a job when it’s not a good fit, but the jobs we have aren’t always jobs we can stay at for a long time, even when we desire to. There have been jobs I’ve had where the whole company was dissolved unexpectedly, where a staff member came on who shifted the work culture so I no longer felt it was healthy to work there, where the company was about to fire everyone and re-hire those they wanted to invite back, or where the company shifted strategy, so I could continue on in the company, simply in a different role. I was often able to survive shifts in the companies I worked for, or was able to attain another opportunity (even attaining a $13k salary increase in the midst of the recession), or I happened to be moving to a different geographic location before a shift was made, although it’s still not a great feeling when you feel like your fate is in a company or individual’s hands.

So, if you’re going to work hard and give your all at your current job, and if you’re serious about wanting to build a legacy based on your career, you’ll want to make sure that you’re implementing the career-mastery strategies below even before it’s time for you to seek out employment in the future to make you the strongest candidate for any future position:

1) Update your resume now. Make sure your resume is not only professional and up-to-date, but impressive! Your resume should evoke a positive response when even you read it. Some of my most capable and gifted clients often utilize a lot of my support in strengthening their resumes to make them more achievement oriented. Do this now before it’s pressing.

2) Brush up on your interview skills now. If you feel that you’re not the strongest interviewer (and all of us can do better), definitely find resources to enhance these skills before you need to use them. One of my previous clients just landed her dream job, living in one major city while working remotely at a job in another major city in a brand new career field. Hours of us doing interview role-plays while working on her areas for growth in interviewing were key in her transition. Another client landed her first senior position in a brand new career sector after in-depth interviewing practice with me as well. Interviewing well is key not only to be a good fit for your next job, but to also be able to speak strongly about your brand. Determine what you can do to strengthen this critical skill.

3) Identify what your next dream transition would be. The sky is the limit for what kind of job you can pursue next. Really take some time to explore your previous work experience, your strengths, your weaknesses, and even your life’s mission, whether that’s pursuing financial freedom for your family or influencing international policy, for example. One of the most powerful things I do with some of my clients is to spend time digging deep to explore what their personal and professional mission and values are. It clarifies what matters as they decide what opportunities to pursue next. Check out job listings, determine which are of most interest to you, and really spend some time reflecting on what you desire that’s in alignment with what you really want before you feel pressured to get a job simply to fulfill financial obligations.

4) Network! If you’re planning to be considered a valuable prospective employee or if you plan to be considered for a senior position in the future, it will be critical for key players within your organization and within other organizations to know who you are and know the value of the work you bring to the table. If you’re in a city that has regularly occurring networking, make it a point to attend networking events regularly (even if that means you’re attending once every few months) and form substantial personal and professional relationships while there. Many new positions are not listed within companies, and a substantial amount of positions are filled through networking. If you’re hesitant about networking, know it’s possible to break through your networking challenges to be an expert networker. I’ve seen it happen for a number of my clients who worked with me to master the art of networking through our video calls or in-person at events. You too can work to start to or continue to master the art of networking and make it work for you!

I’m hoping the tips above offer some great perspective and practical guidance so you can be a competitive candidate for your next opportunity and so you can continue to move forward in confidence when it comes to your career journey! 

If you need help along the way to pursuing your career goals, definitely feel free to book a quick chat with me so I can learn more about what you’re looking for and how I can help!

As always, feel free to forward this post to friends, family, or colleagues who might benefit from this information, and also feel free to email me at if this was helpful.



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Here’s a plan to help you accomplish major goals in 2018!


You know what?

Sometimes, I think that we focus so much on New Year’s Resolutions that we miss out on the great opportunity that we have in the present to accomplish our vision.

With this being the last quarter of this year, I challenge you to determine what are the top three goals that you can commit to accomplishing this year that are realistic, yet extremely impactful, that fit within your current time constraints to accomplish.

**I would strongly urge you to take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to do the exercise below, or something similar, within the next 2 weeks so that you can work towards making major forward movement in the areas of life that you value the most.

Here’s how you can go about planning for and implementing your top three goals for this last quarter of 2018.

1) Firstly, think about what aspect of your life you’d like to focus on when it comes to any one of your goals. Family life? Personal development? Mindset? Finances? Fun? Spirituality? Career? Friendship? Relationship? These are just a few categories to get your wheels turning.

2) Then, think of a timeframe that is feasible for you to be able to implement these critical goals in. Maybe for you, focusing on a goal that can be implemented in 2 hours or 1 day or 1 week or 10 days would be best for you. Time-limited goals where we commit to deadlines or routines within a restricted amount of time often give us the momentum we need to implement them.

3) For each goal, write a list of every single thing that needs to happen in order for you to be able to accomplish that goal.

4) Address the challenges that might come up for you. Write a list of any emotional, physical, or logistical obstacle that might come in the way of you accomplishing the goal. For every “obstacle thought,” write a new thought and an action that could combat that obstacle thought.

5) Lastly, schedule in all of the small action steps from #3 and #4 in your calendar, and make your goal happen!

I believe in you and look forward to all that you’re able to accomplish as we close out 2018!

Feel free to comment below or message me to let me know if you thought this was helpful, and definitely share with family, friends, or colleagues that might find the plan above useful!



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Three ways to increase sales for new and repeat business

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One of the questions established business owners often ask themselves is, “What are small, but substantial tweaks that I can make to my sales process to increase sales?”

Here are a few strategies that might help! Let’s call them, “The Three R’s.” Once I started to implement these small strategies in my business more, I definitely noticed an increase in leads that converted to sales, whether those leads came from new or repeat business.

1) Recap

As soon as possible, and definitely within 24 hours after a sales call or sales meeting(if that time-frame is possible within your industry), send an email to recap what you spoke about in your sales conversation and include any estimate or proposal as well if you usually send that to prospects. I used to wait 1 or 2 weeks to send this recap email, because I didn’t prioritize it. Once I did prioritize it, my conversion rates skyrocketed! One of my Business Accountability Coaching clients also credited her revenues growing by 5x partly to drastically decreasing the amount of time it took her to provide quotes to her prospects. The psychology of sales is that people are more likely to take action when their interest and excitement about your product is at it’s highest–during or soon after a sales conversation. If you know that your product or service would truly be a blessing to your prospect, share that recap email with the prospect while your product or service is still a hot topic, even if you’ve already closed the sale within the sales conversation.

PRO TIP: If it’s possible, draft the email you’ll be sending the prospect after your sales call at some point before your sales call and schedule the time for when you’ll be sending your recap email before you have the sales conversation, so that recap email is definitely sent within 24 hours after the sales conversation. If you do in-person sales meetings, you can even complete and send your sales email before you even get home, stopping somewhere to work after you get just a few blocks away from the prospect (Do this especially if you feel like you get caught up in other priorities once you get home or to your office).

2) Resources

Every client acquisition phase is different, but you might be able to shorten the timeline of someone becoming your client to 3 months after you talk versus 7 months or to 1 year after you talk versus 3 years by sending that prospect resources that might be helpful for them from what you know about the prospect. Some examples of resources are:

  • a link to an event that might be of interest to them
  • connecting them to a contact that might be helpful for them
  • a book
  • an email, text, or call with a thought you had about a challenge they might be experiencing
  • “serve calls” instead of “sales calls” where you simply call to check in, see how things are going, and offer quick encouragement or advice

Your being in service to your prospects (including previous customers) will not only keep you top-of-mind for that individual for when they’re thinking about using your service, but also will keep you top-of-mind for prospective referrals they might send your way, and it’s an added benefit that you get to be a blessing to that individual in the process.

PRO TIP: The greatest business people know that people buy from who they trust, know, and like. Great customer service when you’re serving your clients also contributes to repeat business and referrals (and makes you an awesome social change agent if you’re like me, trying to make a positive impact on the world around you!).

3) Remembering

Find ways to remember those things that are significant to your prospect that they share with you. Think beyond birthdays to things that they mention are important to them like: weddings, baby births, graduations, trips, birthdays of those they love, big events happening in their business, and more. You can include content about a personal interest or anecdote from your conversation with the prospect in your recap email, but also reach out to your prospect long after your sales conversation to let them know that you’re thinking of them when it comes to the things they’ve mentioned to you are important to them. There have definitely been times when I have reached out to individuals with resources or to show them I’m thinking of them and in addition to showing genuine care for the individual, have also gained a client in the process. PRO TIP: You could even send something in the mail or via email that shows care, acknowledgment, encouragement, or thoughtfulness. Some simple yet meaningful examples of this are:

  • greeting cards
  • business card holder for a college graduate in their family
  • suitcase tag
  • flowers

I hope you see from above the trend of great sales strategies also allowing you to really be a blessing to your prospects whether they choose to work with you or not. Great business strategies are often also in alignment with simply being amazing to the people you serve.

So, go be amazing!

And definitely comment below to let me know if you think these strategies will be helpful to you and your business, and if you implement any of the above as a result of this post, let me know how it goes!

P.S. *If you’re looking for consistent accountability on the way to growing your client base, feel free to book a free 1-hour consultation and sample coaching call with me to learn more about how I can help:


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VIDEO – Four Organizations with Free Tools to Help You Launch or Grow Your Business!

There are some organizations that I really wish that I had known about at the start of launching my business. Not only have these organizations played a significant role in helping people launch their businesses, but a number of these organizations have also played a part in helping businesses get to the 7-figure mark and beyond from my research.

The best part is, these organizations offer many of their resources for FREE!

And so I created a super short video to share these resources with you! 

You can also find out more information on the organizations I mention in the video at the sites below:

1) SCORE: A nonprofit supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides free local mentors, e-mentors, resources, and templates 

2) SBDC (Small Business Development Centers): An organization funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides aspiring and current small business owners with free consulting and low-cost training services

https://www. .gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc

3) Apple Business Collection: A series of hands-on sessions for business owners and entrepreneurs to explore business tools and network with fellow colleagues

4) Facebook Community Boost: An event happening in major cities across the country featuring free business training and workshops for small businesses

Please watch, like, and share this video with anyone you think this might be helpful for!

I truly hope that this video is a blessing to you!

Onwards and upwards!

What really makes a business successful?

If you’ve been following me long enough, then you know that when I first started my business, after I thought I was in for a huge, successful launch my first month in business, I brought in just $75 a month for my first few months of being in business. Years later, my monthly revenues are on average above the industry average for coaches, and I had up to 38 clients the month before I recently went on maternity leave.

I have spent a great deal of time really trying to determine what I did to get here. What had I done to become a successful entrepreneur when 90% of new businesses fail?

One thing that I’ve realized with my business coaching clients is that an individual first has to have a great product or service that people definitely want to purchase. More often than you think, the biggest challenge for clients can come when they realize that what they believe is a great product or service actually is not something that their target market would purchase. Another commonality for successful businesses is the ability to market and sell that great product or service. Sometimes an individual has a great product or service but has no idea how to get it in the hands of those people who might invest in that product or service.

In addition to having a great offering and knowing how to get it into the hands of those who desire it, so that I can always be improving how I serve, mentor, and coach my business clients, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring what other components are essential for a business to flourish. Here is what I came up with, especially when it comes to solopreneurs, who are, at least for now, the sole employees of their businesses.

In my experience, a successful solopreneur has to have:

  • a clearly defined target market, urgent need, and results;
  • the proper elements of a powerful business pitch;
  • a solid grasp on how to efficiently organize time and coordinate administrative tasks;
  • an understanding of business compliance;
  • the ability to package products and services well;
  • clear, unique sales proposition–what makes you stand apart from your competition;
  • effective marketing tools and strategy for consistent business growth;
  • firm understanding of foundational sales principles;
  • the ability to close sales;
  • “success mindset” that allows for pushing past fear and confidently taking risks;
  • and amazing customer service.

That seems like a lot, right?

But it’s all really feasible to integrate into your repertoire if you commit yourself to consistent professional development, training, reading, networking, and mentorship as you move forward in your business journey.

Last week, I wrote to you about a resource to help you develop personally, and this week, I want to let you know I also have a resource I’m launching in September for entrepreneurs looking to gain practical tools to move their businesses forward. It’s my Clarity – Cash Flow – Confidence Group Business Coaching Program, where you’ll get group coaching and one-on-one coaching to support you in moving forward towards your business goals over our 6 months of working together. In this program, you’ll receive “Challenges” every single call, twice a month, that will push you out of your comfort zone to build your business, as you receive tools associated with each critical piece of a successful business that I mentioned above.

If you’re interested in learning more about my CCC Group Business Coaching Program, starting in September 2018, and you’re wondering if you might be a good fit for this program, feel free to sign up for a 15-minute chat with me here so I can learn more about your business and for us to see if you might be a good fit for this program. The first 3 people to register will receive a highly discounted price, so definitely take action soon by emailing me back or setting up a 15-minute chat with me if you’re interested. You can also learn more about the program by clicking here. Due to the interactive nature of this program, seats are limited to the first 8 registrants until our next cohort opens up for registration.

Also feel free to email me if you have any questions about this program or about Daphne Valcin Coaching at

And as always, feel free to share this blog post with family and friends who might benefit from this post as well.

We have to watch what we’re sowing: Creating a roadmap for personal and professional success

Years ago, I sat at a dinner table with fellow young professionals who were high-achievers, and we began to share about challenges that we had experienced throughout our respective journeys. People at that table spoke about such things as confidence challenges, family issues, loneliness, and even dealing with addiction or suicide when it came to family members or friends. Through all of this, these individuals managed to be doing great work within their communities and careers. That which was happening in their hearts and minds was impacting them, even as they were achieving. Something I came away from that conversation with, was that we need to watch what we’re sowing as we pursue our vision and goals, because often, we’re unconsciously reaping what we sow. 

The bible says, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6),” and I wholeheartedly believe that to be true. As someone who has always focused on both achieving and serving, when I was most experiencing challenges with confidence and fear, I wasn’t able to do my greatest work. I avoided speaking to wonderful people who intimidated me, I didn’t take advantage of certain opportunities, and I feared judgment. I was sowing fear and reaping missed opportunities. When I didn’t have a great handle on my direction, I didn’t accomplish as much. When I realized where I wanted to go in terms of my vision, I began sowing seeds of financial abundance, career progression, and entrepreneurship that all reaped greatly. And once I understood how to truly be organized and energized daily, things got even better in my life both personally and professionally.

What are you sowing?

Whatever your answer is, we all should continuously be working to push past personal and career challenges that might be preventing us from reaching our fullest potential. 

There’s always so much more we can do to truly live out our greatness, and it is an honorable endeavor to take the time to identify what we need to live the lives we’ve dreamed of.

I challenge you to both identify and implement what you need to sow more of in your life, so that you can reap the fruit that comes from an empowering pursuit of your personal and professional vision.



If you’re looking for a resource to support your forward movement towards your vision, I’m launching a 6-month program specifically designed to equip visionaries with research-driven tools for personal and professional success starting this August 2018. I designed it with my experiences, best practices from experts in areas of personal and professional success, and the experiences of my colleagues in mind, considering the question, “What does it truly take to be successful both personally and professionally, and what strategies and tools would contribute in a powerful way to the lives of others?” If this sounds like it might interest you, check out more information about this program below or by clicking here.


This program is for you if:

  • You feel like you need to work on your ability to bounce back from situations that have happened in the past or situations currently happening in your home, at work, in relationships, in friendships, or within your entrepreneurial plans (Resilience),
  • You can’t always find the emotional, physical or spiritual energy you need to move forward in a spirit of joy and excellence daily and want to know the secrets toliving an energetic life (Energy),
  • You’d like to be able to have more initiative when it comes to your daily routine, being able to more readily avoid procrastination, adhering to your commitments, confronting challenges, and pursuing your dreams head on (Action),
  • You have been seeking the right routine that will allow you to maximize your personal time, family time, entrepreneurial time, relational time, etc. (Productivity), AND
  • You’d like to work on the critical aspects of releasing feelings about the past that are not serving you and move forward into strategizing in detail what the future might look like and the path to get there (Release and Progress).

Seats are limited to the first 8 registrants, and this program starts August 2018. Sign up for a 15-minute chat with me, where I can learn more about your personal and professional goals and tell you about next steps to register if you’re a good fit for this program!


The 6–month program format will consist of:

  • One monthly group webinar (1.5 – 2 hours each) where you’ll have the opportunity to work through these critical components of Release, Resilience, Energy, Action, Productivity, and Progress through conversation, group support, an interactive curriculum including proven and research-based exercises, worksheets, and journaling.
  • One monthly one-on-one coaching session (1 hour each) via Skype, phone, or in-person with you and I (a certified life coach) where we delve deeper and/or strategize around areas of most concern to you, coming up with strategic plans of action.
  • Personalized HW from 1:1 calls and group webinars to ensure you’re steadily moving forward with your personal dreams and goals while analyzing your current state of mind and empowering yourself along the way.

Past participants have experienced varying results, which include:

  • attaining new job roles where they are making exponentially more in salary,
  • establishing healthier friendships, enhancing romantic relationships, increasing peace, having the ability to resolve major past challenges, and now exhibiting a greater level of fearlessness and direction when it comes to both personal and professional endeavors.

If you’re interested in moving forward with being a part of what could be a life or perspective-changing experience, starting in August 2018, feel free to sign up for a 15-minute chat with me here so I can learn more about your personal and professional vision and for us to see if you might be a good fit for this program. Due to the interactive nature of this program, seats are limited to the first 8 registrants until our next cohort opens up for registration.

Also feel free to email me if you have any questions about this program or about Daphne Valcin Coaching at

As always, feel free to share this post with family and friends who might benefit from this post as well, and definitely comment below if this post resonated with you.

My interview with Marie Denise Simmons on her “Creative Mindset” live show!

I had an amazing interview with Marie Denise Simmons of MD Simmons Productions on her live show, “Creative Mindset.” In it, I highlight a few of my motivations for the excellence I apply to my coaching practice including the spiritual foundations of my coaching practice, and I also tell part of my personal story that influences how I approach life in general!

Click on the image with the play button to watch the recording. I hope you enjoy it!

VIDEO: Tips to determine if your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity is right for you – Why I turned down a million-dollar opportunity

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Here is the recording from the Facebook Live that I did a few weeks ago that has almost 1,000 views thus far on Facebook: “Why I Turned Down a Million Dollar Opportunity: A Few Tips to Determine Whether the Next Job or Entrepreneurial Opportunity is Right For You.” 

For those of you who prefer to read a bit of the content-rich detail of what I spoke about, here’s the basic outline of what I covered in this video:

I started out by speaking about the journey of a gentleman who happens to be a senior in age who I spoke to after a goal-setting workshop that I facilitated for him and a few other individuals. After the workshop, he shared with me the significance of him making the right decisions about what to prioritize as his life focus. He felt as if this was extremely critical with these possibly being the last years of his life. His story made me think about why we don’t all have the perspective of living our best lives now, especially since, whether we would like to admit it or not, none of us are guaranteed many years of life from this point forward (though I hope we all have an abundance of years moving forward!).

I then went on to give a few major tips on how to determine if your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity is right for you. Here are a few things I covered that we should all think about when it comes to our next opportunities:

1) What do you want from this season in your life?
More time with family?
More balance?
More of a focus on building wealth?/ Paying off debt?
More time?
Action: Write it down – What do you want and why in every area of your life? Does your dream or opportunity currently fit into these desires? 

2) What might others feel like they need from you in this season?
What might your spouse or family desire from you?
What is your child or husband’s love language, and are you able to fulfill that love language while pursuing a specific opportunity?
Do you have a sick parent or family member that you need to take care of while pursuing your next opportunity?
Is there debt that needs to be paid off in your family that you need to address as soon as possible?
Action: Talk to your loved ones before making huge decisions. Have your dream team on board to support you through your dream.

3) Is what you want entrepreneurship or a job?
Are you okay with uncertainty or do you need guaranteed profit?
Are you okay with experiencing failure on occasion that might impact your income or do you need definite additional income?
Action: If you desire to take risks with your next job or entrepreneurial opportunity, take risks at the best possible time. Maybe that means that you take the risk now while you have a full-time job, are single, or have guaranteed retirement. Maybe that time is in the future. If the time is now to take a risk, what will you do to start working towards making that dream happen?

4) Think about if an opportunity will truly make you happy doing the task that you’ll be doing, and if that happiness in doing your work truly matters to you (maybe profitability matters more to you when you explore your heart deeply).
Does happiness matter more than the profit you’ll be making in your next opportunity?
Did you find that you have a degree but are not choosing to do the thing that will bring you wealth? Maybe it’s because happiness in what you’re doing might matter more to you than profit.
If you’re currently in school, do you find that you’re not pursuing a major or degree of study that might not bring you wealth?
Answer the question: Might your happiness be more important than your wealth?
Action: Write down the experiences you’ve had that have truly made you happy. 

5) Think about if you’re honestly satisfied with the status quo (you just might be).
Is outside pressure or popularity forcing you to feel like you need to be wealthy?
Action: Pray, meditate, and determine what you want and why? What do you like about how things are going now? Do you honestly want to change?

After evaluating the above, you should have a number of strategies and tools to feel more confident that your next entrepreneurial or job opportunity is right for you!

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She Paid Off $20,000 Of Debt In 5 Months

Do you know how it feels to pay off $20k of debt in 5 months? It feels absolutely amazing, and that is exactly what happened to one of my business coaching clients as a result of our coaching relationship. This client was just re-launching her business after our first coaching session. The other day, she texted me stating that she had paid down $20,000 of debt in just 5 months as a result of the work that we’re doing together. I was ecstatic!

So, I know what you’re thinking. What exactly does this have to do with me? Well, let me tell you that no matter if you’re coaching with me or not, that if you put in work towards your vision, if you’re super strategic about your approach, and if you persevere even when it’s not easy, that you might just experience the results you’ve been dreaming of, whether personally or professionally. For some people, those results come very quickly, and for others, it takes time, but research shows that perseverance and grit are the most common attributes of those who are successful. 

My client, who’s now on track for working towards paying off her house (that she recently bought), not only is always hungry for knowledge, but she has a huge focus on mastering her craft when it comes to the service that she provides. Both personally and professionally, she definitely has the perseverance and grit that research cites as being critical for success, and even when things aren’t going perfectly in life or business, she is honest with herself about what’s wrong and pushes forward towards a resolution to do better or be better. And you know what? You don’t have to be exactly like my client, but your character, values, and approach to hard work will be super important on your life’s journey. 

Practice daily the values that you know will get you to where you want to go in every area of your life, and prayerfully, you will see the fruit that produces over time!

I’m rooting for you!

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