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5 Ways A Vision Board Helps You Realize Your Dreams

photo of an eye looking at 2021. Do you set goals for yourself or your business? If not, how do you know you’re making progress? When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream about the type of life you want? And then there’s that ever-popular question: What is your WHY? Creating a Vision Board has become popular in recent years. Especially as the New Year approaches and people think about the past year and the New Year’s resolutions they mean to keep.

A Vision Board (or Vision Map) is simply a tool that helps you visualize your dreams and goals.

How so, you ask? Let’s explore the ways… Read more

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What does it mean to “mind your business”?

First ImpressionThe “minding” of your business means paying attention to the basics of marketing, sales, financial systems, production, distribution, regulations, efficiencies, the customer experience and more.

You are familiar with the saying that you don’t get a second chance at a first impression.  This applies to customer service. You don’t get a second chance if the first experience of doing business with you fails the customer’s expectations. How do you know what they expect? One way to find out is to ask. You’ll probably be surprised at their answers. Many times they’re not what you imagine or anticipate! Read more

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Lorraine’s Business Edge Radio Interview

Retro microphoneListen to Lorraine’s Business Edge Radio Interview here.

She talks about what motivated her to start a business and what led to writing her book, Business-Building Referrals.  Topics discussed in the interview include how to build business relationships which are the foundation for generating referrals.  Lorraine also describes her 2 major program offerings, The A-Game and Customer Service Mastery.

Michael Congemi, Business Development Specialist for the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, conducted the interview. Special thanks to J.R., weekday morning anchor for radio WWJB/WXJB, for his humor and skill.

Click here to listen

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You Gotta Like Making Muffins!

MuffinsPicSeveral years ago, a colleague and I were having lunch. She shared news that she was quitting her boring job and starting a business. Because she enjoyed making muffins, she was opening a muffin shop where she’d serve coffee and muffins from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and then enjoy the rest of the day off.

Carla (not her real name) borrowed funds to design and equip her little shop.

Rising at 4:00 am to bake the muffins and make coffee was fun for about 2 weeks, but soon Carla became weary of the early morning rush and preparation to open the doors at 6:00 am. Customers straggled in, and she barely made enough to pay the first month’s rent. The remaining expenses came out of borrowed money and savings. Read more

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Save Hours Every Week with these 3 Tips

Businessman stop time isolated on white background#1  We all take our Networking efforts seriously and are encouraged to meet with people whom we meet and want to get to know better. These after-networking meetings can be very engaging and beneficial to both parties. They can also be very costly.

To make sure that there’s benefit for both you and the contact with whom you meet, be selective about who you give your time to. I am not suggesting that you stop one-on-ones; just be choosey! Read more

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Questions To Ask Yourself

questions-to-ask-yourselfHave you ever noticed that while we have many inquiries for our families, friends, co-workers, staff, and neighbors every day, we rarely ask questions of ourselves? It could be that you are taking on other people’s mindsets rather than framing your own. Take a look at the following questions that could help you with a more positive perspective on your day.

What am I prepared to learn today?

Be a constant learner. Just because you are no longer in school doesn’t mean you have to stop being aware of the wider world. A constant pursuit of learning contributes to your overall well-being. Read more

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Stop The Overwhelm!

overwhelmhelpHave you noticed that most entrepreneurs and business owners seem to be struggling with the thing we call overwhelm? When the overwhelm buttons are pushed, it seems that madness takes over and clear thinking goes out the window!

The feeling of overwhelm takes on many forms. For instance, it can be an excuse for not taking action. Or it can be the easy position to take when asked how things are going and we don’t want to engage. Or perhaps it’s just a chronic and pervasive feeling in the non-stop environment we live in. Read more

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Where Is Your “A”?

letter-aWe learned early on that excelling was expected. Getting A’s in all subjects meant you were a good student. If you were only average, the next step down was failure. Striving with great motivation meant you would succeed and “be somebody”.

One of the exercises I usually ask my coaching clients to do is the Strengths Finder assessment. The top 5 strengths that are revealed are usually not a big surprise — but they turn out not to be the same strengths that were celebrated by parents and teachers. Read more

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We Are At The Half-Way Point

Hello July

July 1st is the beginning of the rest of 2016. Half of the year is behind us. And this half-way point is an ideal opportunity to look in the rear view mirror and review our year-to-date endeavors.

Let’s take a moment and honestly recognize the great things you’ve accomplished from January to June, 2016. Celebrate with enthusiasm what you’ve committed to and what you’ve achieved.

Then, let’s take another moment and tune in to what you hope for, but haven’t achieved yet. The big word here is YET. There are another 6 months ahead to reflect, consider, reorganize, and determine if your behaviors, practices, approach, feelings, thoughts, stance, strategies, etc., are helping or hindering your goals.

Are you on track? Do you even remember what goals you set at the beginning of the year? Have you exceeded your expectations? Are you close to the finish line?

LET’S BE HONEST…

If you are not overjoyed with your progress so far – if it doesn’t have you doing the happy dance of success – then you have some choices. You can delete this message, keep doing what hasn’t worked for the first half of the year, and continue nurturing the habits that keep you stuck. If that delusion is comfortable, then keep sitting on that couch.

BUT…

If you really want to dig in and step up your game, get the results that are possible and knock it out of the park in the second half of this year, then we want to help you do that.

The first step to take is to sign up for the A-Game that starts on July 27th. It’s a perfect way for getting faster and better results for your business. Laura W. said, “I signed up for the A-Game several times, and each time I learned something new. And my business grew every time. I can’t say enough about the positive impact the A-Game has had on my business.”

Go to www.lanebc.com/events right now and sign up. If I don’t deliver on the promise of results that the A-Game will have for your business, I will refund every penny + $100 on your investment. I am that serious about helping you make the rest of 2016 bigger and better than ever.

Stop putting your goals and dreams aside because you’re busy! Or preoccupied or swamped or whatever …

Do you really think that you’ll get better results if you don’t step up your game, get off the couch and strengthen your resolve and intention to just do it?

Commit to one hour per week for 10 weeks where we focus on the A’s of AWARENESS, AUTHENTICITY, ATTRACTION & ACTION to build your referral based business. If you don’t make this commitment to yourself, what else will you commit to?

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Mind Your Business

Mind Your BusinessWhat does it mean to mind your business?

The “minding” of your business means paying attention to the basics of marketing, sales, financial systems, production, distribution, regulations, efficiencies, the customer experience and more.

The customer experience dictates all the rest. If a customer does not see you as providing value and service, there will most likely not be a second chance for you to connect with that customer. Read more