Resisting the Nay-sayers and Standing in your Truth with Hannah Parker {heart centered business success show episode 1}

Please join me in welcoming Hannah Parker to this session of the Heart Centered Business Success Show!

Hannah is a Thyroid Nutrition Coach who helps women diagnosed with thyroid disease balance their symptoms naturally through food and lifestyle, so that they have energy to invest in their families and pursue their callings.

This week Hannah drops some major truth bombs about standing firm in your truth and overcoming other people’s options on her road to health healing and her road to building a business. Here’s what’s ahead!

Show Notes //

0:17 Meet Hannah, Thyroid Nutrition Coach
1:19 How she connected with her first paying client
3:56 How she finally found the people she really wanted to work with
5:30 The easy way she discovered her niche
7:37 What made her pull the trigger and get more specific in her business
9:29 What she does when someone doesn’t have a thyroid problem and wants her help
11:21 The #1 way she connects with people to serve today
13:52 Her heart-centered problem and how she overcomes it
17:36 How she breaks free from the story others try to impose on her business
19:19 Her personal health journey and how she helps clients who are told that nutrition alone won’t work to cure their symptoms
21:10 Why it’s okay to go against the grain in your beliefs or methods
22:22 How to know what you need in your thyroid health journey
23:50 Where to find Hannah and how to work with her

Find out more about Hannah and her powerful work and download her guide “The 5 Pillar Guide to Balancing Your Thyroid through Nutrition and Lifestyle” here: www.holisticthyroidsolutions.com

There are so many ways for you to show up and make an impact online, so this year I’m featuring stories from women just like you– women who have big hearts, big goals, #heartcenteredproblems and have overcome the odds to succeed on their own terms.

If you were inspired by Hannah’s story and are ready to connect with your next batch of clients to serve, download my first to full checklist here: www.annafrandsen.com/firstclient

Feeling stuck on the ideal client exercise? Try this instead.

Getting clear on your ideal client and what they’re needing is important. It helps you design products and services that really meet their true needs.
However, YOU are the other half of the equation, sister.
So today let’s start with this one-question exercise:

 

“How do YOU show up for your clients?”
–because how YOU do you in your business is part of your niche and the way you magnetize your ideal clients.
So it’s time to learn to find it and articulate it, even if it’s messy at first.
Here’s mine!
       Gentle but powerful.
Kind but honest.
Soul-soaked understanding… without letting you settle for anything less than the destiny you’ve been called to.
The belief-in your success and the strategic, personalized insight to make it happen…
–even when you’re stuck on the hamster wheel, feel lost in the fog and can’t believe it or see it for yourself.
That’s how I’d describe my coaching practice.
(Hint: I borrowed words from my client testimonials for help!)
Your turn! How do YOU show up for your clients?
Let me know below.

13 clever ways to connect with friends (even if they’re online!)

You have 43 things on your list; you don’t need more to-do. Yet, you know online-friendships are critical for keeping yourself at your best, staying inspired and showing up in your business in a way that makes you proud. 
 
If you’re running dry on creative ideas to stay connected… here are 12 tips to keep your connection alive between even without being able to hug in real life. 
1. Calendar It. When a friend has a big test on launch Tuesday, or a medical procedure in two months; I add it to my calendar. This way I can think of them, pray for them, and check in with them on the actual day.
2. Scroll through your Contact List (or recent FB messages). When I have a spare minute at the doctor’s office, instead of mindless scrolling through social media; I try to scroll through my phone’s contact list and pray for a friend or two that crosses my mind; I may even send them an encouraging text… or realize that I had never gotten back to them on something… whoops!

3. Use Social Media. Next time you go on IG or Facebook; try to set a connection goal, like writing three meaningful notes on friend’s photos or posts. It’s okay to write “YES!” on a post, or “STUNNING” on a photo, but when we have the space it’s powerful to speak life and empowering truth to a friend, even virtually.

4. Use Your Voice. Voxer is an amazing app for staying connected via voice, and most phones let you send a “voice memo” via text. This is a great way to send a really personal piece of encouragement even if your friend has a busy day.
5. Print photos. For your virtual friends you have had in-person experience with- you can print photos right from your phone for under 10 cents each! Other apps like Red Stamp like you create and mail a photo card for around $3. On the way home from a business retreat; take a few minutes to pick a cute photo and send a new friend a custom note.
6. Keep a Virtual Address List. I love having every mailing address I need in my back pocket. I’ve used a spreadsheet on google drive, but now I mostly use postable as an easy way to collect mailing addresses and send virtual notes.

7. Keep Stamps in Your Wallet.Keep stamps in your laptop bag. Keep stamps at your home office. This completely changed the frequency at which I connect. When the inspiration strikes, Instead of thinking “I should really write that person” and adding something else to my to-do list; I write, send AND MAIL a note wherever I am. Keep a pack of stamps near, and you will be shocked at how much more you reach out.

8. Once a Month Writing. When the mood strikes; I like to look ahead and write a few weeks worth of birthday cards in one sitting when I have a leisurely evening. Instead of hustling multiple times a month; you get to turn it into an occasional enjoyable event. Then I send them as the weeks come along.
9. Keep cards and gifts on hand. Gift cards and nice chocolate bars are always a win. It makes birthdays, celebration dinners and social events you dash to after work so much easier. BUT ALSO…

10. Be okay with short and simple. Sometimes we think we have to make it a big ordeal to send someone a letter. If the length overwhelms you; try writing a postcard. If you don’t have any stationary on hand; write on a lined sheet of paper and stick it in a plain envelope. There’s something sweet about lined paper stained with a little bit of coffee anyway.

11. 3×5 cards. You just need a pack of these things. Plain, colored, lined, x-large, you pick! I use them for to-do lists, art projects or as a way to write inspiring notes to keep by my desk. I love meditating on scripture by re-writing it on 3×5 cards, then I am able to inspire someone else by sending it in the mail. Sometimes I even watercolor the background.

12. Use Props. If you don’t like writing, send printed photos with a sharpie note on the back that says “thinking of you!”. Text someone a funny photo via text. Send some scratch and sniff stickers. But also, think outside yourself and muster together a few words to brighten someone’s day. Which reminds me…

13. Remember it’s about THEM. Leave perfectionism behind, and the accidently-self-centered hurdles that keep us from connecting with someone. Some months I write birthday notes, and some I’m too busy; but it doesn’t keep me from writing a few more the following month. Coffee spilled on the note? Write an arrow with “sending you a sip of my morning coffee”. It adds character. Forgot to send that graduation card and now it’s a week late? Send it anyway. Messy connection, as friendships were mean’t to be, is far better than no connection at all.

 

Which one did I miss? Let me know below what your favorite ways are to keep up with your virtual buddies!

Why obsessing with “automation” is hurting your business (and 3 ways to “leverage” your time)

Why obsessing with “automation” is hurting your business (and 3 ways to “leverage” your time)

What’s in this video:

2:06 — How to know when you’re NOT ready to focus on automation
4:07 — What I do INSTEAD of automation that works for me
5:35 — What to focus on as a newbie before you worry about leveraging
6:40 — How to leverage your visibility
8:20 — An easy way to magnify your content
13:15 — The first step to reaching your dream clients (before you leverage your content)
14:41 — How to leverage your time with your pre-clients
19:19 — Leveraging your time when serving your clients
21:04 — How I plan to make more money while working less in 2018
26: 59 — What’s next when it comes to leveraging your time in your business
27:56 — What to do if you feel like it’s a season to leverage your time better
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Resources mentioned:

5 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Core Offer

There may be 5 mistakes you’re making with your core offer. In this video we will discuss what those are and how to land on the perfect one for you AND your clients!

2:56 The #1 mistake people make with their core offer
4:05 My amazing hand-drawn chart and how to find your niche
5:10 The 80% rule for making decisions about your business
6:51 Why passion isn’t the only thing to think about (and what else to include)
8:23 How to test your ideas to see if they’re sellable
9:47 Why people aren’t buying your core offer
11:20 What might be missing in your sales process
15:48 The Client Map in action (LIVE Coaching)

Free tool to help you flow more clients TO your core offer here >>> www.annafrandsen.com/clientmap

6 Things I Learned the First 16 Months in My Business

Lesson #1 My business does not define me.
Lesson #2 I can sell and serve and be in integrity.
Lesson #3 I’m a high touch, deep value, relationship-driven business owner.
Lesson #4 I can give and receive in my business.
Lesson #5 It’s not my job to make people happy all the time.
Lesson #6 I can embrace that this is an imperfect process.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned thus far in your business?

The Power of Group Work (continued…)

Pull ten women together, charge ’em a little money and BOOM you’re off running with your powerful work. …not so fast 😉

In last week’s blog post I shared the FIVE gifts that doing group work gives your business
http://www.annafrandsen.com/power-of-group-work/ ] …but I also want to share the reality of getting to that powerful place.

All that I shared it true, and RUNNING a group usually means more time per hour spent, BUT it’s also important to remember that selling the group can be more of a challenge. Much of your work on the “group” will go into filling it up!

Here’s my top THREE tips for filling your group

1. RESEARCH… Validate that the topic (and the actual title/messaging) is resonating with real humans in your audience. The beauty of doing 1:1 work first is you’ll know exactly what your audience is needing and how to walk them through it.

2. REALISTIC REACH… take stock of your current audience and amount of pre-clients ready to work with you and make sure the target size of your group matches. You might need to do some audience building and value-giving to prepare for selling your group.

3. READY… be available to show up and sell! People are going to invest in your group program because you’re confidently communicating the value. Your confidence and belief in the work needs to shines through! Doing a combo of private invites and public marketing can be a great way to fill your group.

Which of these three things do you need to focus on to prepare for your next group offer?

The Power of Group Work

Many of you know that I started both of my business with group programs.

…but you may not know why I believe group experiences can be so powerful.

Here are my five FAVORITE things about doing group work in my business.

1) BEING A CONTRIBUTOR :: As Denise Duffield-Thomas says, we don’t have to have the pressure to be the all-knowing expert, we are simply a contributor to the conversation. This is true all the time in our biz, but hosting a group means that I get to especially lean into this role and create a space where everyone is learning AND contributing and getting new nuggets from each other. I always learn too!

2) TIME & IMPACT LEVERAGING :: I get to leverage my hours and create the same amount of income but impact more women in the process!

3) AFFORDABLE & EFFECTIVE :: Group work provides a more economical option for women to work with me, but still is more effective than a non-interactive course where there is low interaction or accountability.

4) GROUP MAGIC :: In whatever capacity, I think there is something special when you pull a group of like-minded women together in a space. You deliver what you’ve promised, but there are always secondary benefits like the friendships that are formed in the process.

5) REAL LIFE CASE STUDIES :: There’s nothing that’s more effective than seeing your concepts, teaching and material applied in real time with real humans. As group members are coached/taught by you and as they start to apply and process the info- they are teaching the other members who are observing in a powerful and digest-able way.

Those are my five favorite things about group work and experiences whether it’s a group workshop, a group program, an in-person experience etc.

Do you want to run a group in the next year?

Let me know below what your favorite thing about group work is.

That Special Spark Series – Reina Pomeroy

Reina runs a life and business success coaching practice at Reina & Co., where she supports creative entrepreneurs to put their skills and talents into the world. She helps visionaries focus on what’s most important so they can take action and be the go-to expert in their industry.

Reina’s leveraged her secret sauce by creating the Social Glue Method, where she encourages entrepreneurs to make meaningful connections with other business owners. She also helps business owners hone in on what makes them stand out with her “Verticals” approach, a super simple system for organizing your messaging. Reina points out that the key piece of unlocking your special spark is realizing that there is no competition.

Join us for the rest of the series and download your free Spark Chart to help you uncover more of your special spark and leverage it in your business to attract clients and stand out from the crowd.

References:
Heart Centered Biz Bosses Community
Social Glue Freebie
Verticals Freebie
The Heart Centered Entrepreneur Community

That Special Spark Series – Nikki Elledge Brown

I had such a refreshing conversation with Nikki Elledge Brown. Nikki started her business four years ago helping entrepreneurs communicate their message effectively. She worked 1:1 with 100 people in her first summer in business and then created her signature course, A Course About Copy, to help people write their website copy in a way that feels true to them. Now, she runs a podcast, Naptime Empires, where she has a conversation on the realities of balancing entrepreneurship and parenthood.

Nikki uncovered her special spark during her early morning journaling sessions. She realized she had to share her strengths with the world and make a bigger impact.This year, in addition to her podcast launch, Nikki created a mastermind for women to share their experiences and learn how to navigate parenting and entrepreneurship together.

Join us for the rest of the series and download your free Spark Chart to help you uncover more of your special spark and leverage it in your business to attract clients and stand out from the crowd.

References:
Nikki Elledge Brown
Naptime Empires
A Course About Copy

The Heart Centered Entrepreneur Community