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Think Enriched

Think Enriched with Amy Robles is the podcast to guide smart, ambitious women to think bigger, create businesses they love and keep their family first. Amy has trained thousands of business owners to learn marketing & sales strategies. She knows how to help and is ready to work with you. Amy understands that when you enrich a woman's life, you help her entire circle of influence. You can enrich your life and your bottom line. Join us and move forward to your dreams.
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Feb 21, 2018

You're a smart, ambitious woman. You know you're supposed to value yourself.

You make sure that the work gets done.

That everyone contributes.

And that tiny details are taken care of, things are turned in on time, and you are serving others.

You value the lessons learned in the work.

While you teach others to learn, grow and progress.

This is all so very important, but you know what else matters?

Answer this honestly inside:  Do you value yourself? 

This is something it seems, that every smart, ambitious woman is so busy looking out for all the things... the stuff of life, the details are taken care of and things keep moving forward.

You miss the chance to look back and enjoy that moment when you had that tiny win (that was more than just a tiny win... it was setting you on a whole new path for your life.)  When you should savor it.

You rush to the next thing, because it's on the list.  Yet, you haven't processed the last thing.

So as you have more things going on, you can lose yourself in it.

Don't devalue yourself.

Stop missing the moment.

Instead, be all there.  Feel how good your life is right now.

I know, you're thinking, "But my house is still not as clean as I'd like... I haven't made that next promotion... I haven't lost the weight... I'm not there yet..."

Of course not.  That's the future.

You are here.  Right now at this moment.

Answer the Emergency Text

It's late at night, you are about to go to bed.  A close friend that you haven't seen in a while texts you and says, "I'm feeling low.  Remind me why I'm a good person."

At that moment, you have no idea what's going on in her life.  You don't know if she just broke up with a boyfriend, or her job is a nightmare or any of that.

None of the matters right now.

What do you do?  Immediately, you instinctively send a text, or two, or several, reminding this friend what a wonderful person they are.  You look inside to their heart and tell them of the exact moment when she stood up and did the right thing.  The memories of the time when you both laughed yourself to tears...literal tears, comes up and you can't help but smile while you continue to text.

Mostly though, you remind your friend that she is loved. Just because.

And you are there for her, no matter where the world takes you.

Then you wait.

It takes a minute or two, but she answers you with a heart and "tears streaming down the face" emoji. She remembers that time, too. And in that tiny moment, you feel that peace.

You feel love.

Imagine Your Screen

We've all had moments when we've felt like that.  It doesn't matter how successful you are, where you come from, how nice the car you drive is...

If you don't value yourself, no one else will see you.  All of you.

You know what's crazy about that?

You're a smart, ambitious woman.

You. Right now.  You have so much value.

You are the one serving in the community.  People say to you, "Girl, how do you do it all?"

People see what you are doing on the outside.  Imagine if they saw what you were doing to yourself on the inside.  If we all walked around with our own, little speech bubble/ screen sharing the thoughts and conversations we are having with ourselves, imagine what that would look like.

The screen above the of exhausted-looking woman in front of you in the check out with 3 screaming kids would say, "I haven't slept in 3 days.  But I can't get sick.  How will we survive without my paycheck?  I'll just push on..." 

The screen of the superwoman who bakes delicious goodies and gives them to neighbors says, "These are so ugly!  You can't do anything right.  Why don't you just quit?  This will never be a business!" 

The working woman, supportive friend, that hasn't settled down woman's screen reads, "Why does it matter if I have a man or not?!?  I would love to settle down.  Quit asking about my dating life! My worth is not based on being someone's wife!"

Your screen, what would it look like?  What do you say to yourself that you would never say to another person?

Perhaps you need to write it down on a paper.  Just so you can see how those words aren't helping you.  In fact, they are hurting you.  These words are holding you back.

So rip that paper to shreds. Destroy those useless words. Burn the paper if you need to, but don't you dare let that inner voice hold you back.

Be There for Yourself

We all have days when we are feeling low.  That's part of this human experience.

We need you.  The full you.  The you that answers your own emergency text when you're feeling low.  The you that reminds yourself you are good.  More than good.  You are wonderful.  That you give and serve.  That you are doing so much to make our world better.

And mostly, that you are loved.  Just because.

You are feeling the value that you have.

Bring more of that to our world.

 

Feb 19, 2018

President Abraham Lincoln said, "I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."

 

Great thought for each of us.  We are pushing forward on our goals and even if we're slow, we keep moving forward.

Have a great week.

 

Shine on!

Feb 15, 2018

Welcome back to the Email Marketing Series!

In episode 103, we started talking about what your email marketing needs to be effective. 

Then in episode 105, we discussed your email marketing strategy.

In this episode, we'll look at why you hate selling online; how you can create relationships with customers and make more sales using email to connect with your audience.

Something you may not have considered: The reason you hate selling online is that it feels disingenuous. It doesn't feel like YOU.

Example, board a flight and the person scanning your ticket or your phone says, "Enjoy your flight."

The worst example was when our family was booking tickets to Disneyworld in Orlando.  We had to make an adjustment and after the call transferred to another someone on the phone lines, the customer service person said, "Have a magical day."  But it certainly did not sound magical.

These are prime examples of disingenuous expressions.

You are not disingenuous.  You are real. This matters to you because you are concerned about having integrity and being true to you.  Even online.

Now, think of your last movie recommendation to a friend...

Or, the recommendation I received on a restaurant in town we haven't tried, a friend said, "You gotta try the fried pickles.  They are phenomenal."

These are very specific.  They are recommendations.  And you LOVE sharing it.  

The key is to build more trust in your online business. 

You build that trust by following :

1. Reveal yourself.  Share what you are doing, where you are in a process.

2. Involve your audience in the conversation.

3. Recommend the solution that works for you.

Think about infomercials.  We've all seen an ad, you know it's an ad while flipping through channels.  You listen for a few minutes and realize a half hour has passed.

What happened?  You were involved.

So, how do you do this with your email marketing?

You build the trust.  Follow the same steps in this way:

1. Reveal yourself.  Share what you are doing, where you are in a process.

You reveal yourself when you Tell a Story.  Don't write a novel in your email, just a few sentences is enough. Make the picture evident.  

2. Involve your audience in the conversation.

To involve your audience, Ask a Question.  You've just painted the picture, you can easily ask, "What would you have done?" Or, "What do you think happened?" Or, "So guess what she did?"

3. Recommend the solution that works for you.

The story and question now give you a chance to Share the Solution (that is, What You are Selling) to explain how it worked. Be sure to share the most important part, The Results.  It's about those results.

4. From there, Make Your Offer

Tell your customer what they must do now to get those same results.  Emotion makes the sale.  Be sure to talk about how it feels to use your product/service/offer.

By following these specific steps, you make more sales through email.  But you're doing it in a way that is genuinely you.

Build trust and credibility as you make more money. That's email marketing success.

 

Feb 12, 2018

Welcome to Your Monday Maxim with Amy:

This your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

Today's quote is:

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”  Ray Goforth

 

Feb 7, 2018

You've started your online business. Things are going well.

You know you need to have an email list to make your business grow, but every time you hear someone mention it you think...

What do I even write about?  How do I get someone to sign up for my list?  What makes someone decide to learn more?

That's all part of your email marketing strategy.

The cycle of email marketing runs in a circular pattern:

Outsider >> Acquaintance >> Ally >> Insider

How do you do that?

When someone considers subscribing to your email list, they are considering if they would want you at their dinner party...

1.  Offer them something to initiate that first, critical interaction.

    So what is that?  It's called an opt-in, a lead magnet, a giveaway, etc.  We'll call it a lead magnet.  

Your lead magnet helps your potential client/customer:

  • Succeed at a new skill.
  • Make a purchase.
  • Get started on a first step.
  • Learn some secret information.
  • Save them time.
  • Eliminates extra steps.

2.  Before you create a lot of extra work, consider the following:

  • What does my customer want?
  • What is the best method to connect with my customer?
  • What do I already have to offer?
  • What do I offer exceptionally well?
  • What is the first thing my customer needs to know?

3. I've created a guide for you with 20 ideas for a quality lead magnet.  You can find that here. 

 

Just like your closet or your pantry, when you focus on your email list remember, "Quality beats Quantity.  Every time."

This is section one of the email marketing guide.  Next time we'll talk about how to make your first automated email sequence.  

Feb 5, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Feb 1, 2018

If I could go back at the start of my business, I would tell myself one thing, "Master Email Marketing." 

These next few episodes are all about the lessons of email marketing I wish someone would have taught me.

Your success is in your hands now.  It feels like I'm giving you the keys to a brand new Tesla.  

Start her up.  Set her on autopilot and watch your business take off.

Here is your email marketing primer, the broad strokes. 

1. Set Up Your Strategy.

  • Establish your rules for business.
  • Show them what to do next.
  • Walk them through the process.

2.  Be You.  The Real You.

  • Share what is happening in your life.
  • Authentic vs. Being Transparent (Authenticity is sharing how you feel inside, what you are learning intellectually.  Transparency shows the whole mess.  All of the pieces falling apart.  It's like a country song gone wrong... Don't lose credibility.)
  • Use your real voice as you are making an offer to your customers. 

3. Build Community 

  • Make the connection with your group.
  • Show how what you offer helps others.  Build interdependence within your community.
  • Focus on your own group.
  • Get their input. Ask questions. Take a poll, etc.

4. Tell a Story

Think of the 3E's:

  • Show your empathy.
  • Be the expert.
  • Share your eccentricities.

Paint a picture of what is happening.

Business is about trust.

You don't have time as a business owner to talk to people for hours on end to make a sell.

Now, you send messages out as packages to build those messages of trust.

5. Be the Teacher

Say to yourself, "Guide My Group."  You already know how to do so many things... now you can share that with your group.

  • Break a project down into small steps. Think about your system.
  • Write down a brain dump...look at the big picture.
  • Avoid the curse of expertise.  (That is, you work at a level 9 or 10, while the rest of the world thinks about this at level 2 or 3.)
  • Make it simple.  It will feel like you are dumbing it down.  You are making it so easy so that you can explain it in basic bones components.
  • Be the person to show someone how to do the beginner's guide.
  • Tutor the beginners.   Instant Pot example.

6. Be a Reporter For Every Email

  • Answer the questions before they ask. 5 W's:  Who, What, When, Where, Why 
  • Show them the How...
  • Find ways to walk them through the steps.
  • Remember 7th grade? You don't know the Algebra teacher...and once he starts talking, Math becomes so much fun.  The teacher has inspired you. That's what you'll do with your email sequences.

You already have high-level relationships in many areas of your life.

Use email right and you will have lots more people coming to you to learn how to excel.

Jan 29, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  Howard Thurman

Jan 25, 2018

Get out your papers and pens! This is one episode you should be taking notes!   

Today's guest is the host of the Leader to Leader Podcast and he knows his stuff!

Mark Slemons is a speaker, podcaster, and coach. He helps leaders leverage practices and perspectives to make their people and their organization thrive. It's challenging to lead well, especially young leaders who are just starting their journey. They don't have to do it alone though. With more than 30 years as a husband, father, leader, volunteer, and employee working for a multi-billion dollar international company, his unique perspective combined with practical and actionable tips will help individuals and organizations thrive. Whether humorous, serious, or sad, he uses the past to create a better future.

Connect with Mark.

Some highlights that apply right now are:

  • Mark decided to be consistent, (publish an episode every Monday) before he started his podcast.
  • Perfection addiction in his life: He struggles with not having something be perfect before he lets it go.
  • Now he has arrived at the point where he says, "This is a really good effort, and I'm okay with that."  Couldn't we all use more of that in our life?  
  • What your best is at one time is not what you do now.
  • Amy joins Mark on his show, Episode 8.
  • The ideas mature- just like you.
  • Why You Must Talk About Yourself, Episode 40-41.
  • Mark describes the feeling you get when you're on to something..."You know that if you can get ahold of this it will make a difference in your own life and hope that it can do the same for someone else."
  • You have to talk about yourself. 
  • That's not pride.  You can tell people about the good things in your life.
  • We undermine and underestimate the contribution we add, even in our own home.
  • "This notion that your great work speaks for itself while you are humble and unassuming...it's not a reality."
  • When you don't talk about yourself enough, it comes down to a self-worth issue.
  • Talk about yourself too much?  You're bragging.
  • Bragging is what has happened in the past. 
  • The difference between swagger and cockiness defined.
  • It's ultimately about sway. Sway is your influence.
  • There's an art to talking about yourself.
  • It's okay to talk about yourself that gives you credit for your capabilities, talents and results.
  • Step 1. Track your performance.
    • Everyone has a body of work.
    • You need to demonstrate your contribution in the larger wheel. Build the body of evidence.
    • Use examples that show results in your space.
  • Keep "The Glory File*," the file that keeps track of those compliments, kudos, reports of success just for you.  You can refer to them when you need to report in. 
  • Step 2. Talk about your results.
    • You must communicate your efforts regularly.
    • Position yourself to show others, the business
    • Don't be silent about your accomplishments.
    • Arrogance and silence both don't help. Find the middle ground for you. 
    • "If you're too modest, you're not helping yourself."
    • If you don't say it, there's nobody else that's going to do it for you. 
  • Step 3.  Share credit when credit needs to be shared.
    • Thank for the credit and mention how your team will appreciate it.
    • Mention the team amidst the effort.
    • Name them specifically, if possible.
  • Step 4.  Take credit for your ideas.
    • It's up to you to get the respect & authority that you deserve.
    • You can't allow others to take your credit and not put up resistance.
    • Don't be childish.  Be strategic.
    • "I'm glad you like my idea. I'd love to hear how you would add to that."
    • Your choice of words is really important.
    • Be willing to confront, not combat someone on the issue.
  • "I encourage your listeners to step up.  You have the ability to lead well."
  • Step 5. Learn how to receive a compliment. 
    • Always say thank you.
    • You can acknowledge mistakes, but don't mention your mistakes so they overpower the compliment given.
    • Give yourself the space to say thank you.
  • Step 6. Deal with criticism.
    • There are people everywhere who speak before thinking. Words can hurt.
    • Some of the feedback you get will be harsh.  If you are more sensitive to that, find a way to deal with those comments that work for you.
    • Take the valuable pieces of the feedback and discard the rest.
    • Others don't feel the pain.  Even the person who said that remark will never feel the pain of a cutting comment. You decide if that thought persists in your mind or if you get rid of it.  You have the power. 
  • "Don't go to bed with that guy tonight. He's living in your head, rent-free, and you need to evict him..."  These are the words you need to remind yourself when you find yourself fixated on a negative, or hurtful comment.

Find Mark Slemons on Twitter, or email him at mark@markslemons.com.

*  As recommended by Pamela Jett.

Jan 22, 2018

"If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do." - Shiv Nadar

Jan 18, 2018

Have you felt like you're taking care of everyone around you and you're nearly burnt out?

Or, have you felt like you haven't done anything new in weeks, maybe even months?

This episode is just for you.

The lifelong friend of mine joins us today.  This conversation with Mandy Green was pure delight.  She loves being a mother & wife, yet had a strong desire to do something more.  You won't believe what that led her to do.

In our conversation, we uncover three steps to enriching your life.

Today's highlights include:  

  • How her parents raised the strong, creative personalities of Mandy and her siblings.
  • The influence of Mandy, and our friend, Erika, to live fully in the moment.
  • You're empowering everyone else around you when you are full of light.
  • Every smart, ambitious woman needs a group of friends like ours.
  • Learning Hebrew was difficult for her to grasp.  Mandy's solution? Attend Hebrew U in Israel.
  • The power of travel in her life.
  • Mandy explains the process of how she gained the support & favor of her family before she left.
  • Her husband, Brent, in Mandy's words is "The shore to my raging sea."
  • When you feel that call and you feel that this is something you should do, it takes courage to step out.
  • The pivotal moment in prayer to decide to stay or go back home. 
  • Throughout her travel, this quote kept her aligned, "Don't be afraid of your fears.  They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it." - C. Joybell C.
  • "Scared is what you're feeling.  Brave is what you're doing."  "It takes courage to grow up and become who you are meant to become."  - E.E. Cummings
  • There are three steps to enriching your life
    • You notice it within, a crisis of character. Loss of individuality, your Spirit is empty, and personality suffers.  Something has to change.
    • This moves you to the phase of curiosity.  You are looking.  So many people are in this phase. They begin studying and learning so much more about a creative outlet.
    • After you've been learning for a while, people come to you and ask to learn.  They do this for 2 reasons.  First, you have knowledge. You have become an expert, you just didn't notice. And second, you are lit up. 
  • Her experience in Jerusalem has helped her gain perspective and conquer fear. After living in this situation, she knows her life has a purpose.
  • Something bigger guides your life. There's power in consciously choosing to do what you do.  
  • See humanity to support one another.
  • The term helpmeet translated in Hebrew means, "The exact, but the mirror image."  
  • The hymn of the pearl.  The pearl is yours, and yours only. The explosive, exponential force that comes from 2 people who know their purpose working together. 
  • Marianne Williamson's quote, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. It takes to courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery, rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives."  
  • Click on the link to learn more from Mandy online. Giovanni Giocando, Christmas Eve, 1513: "Life is so generous a giver, but we judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor woven of love by wisdom with power. Welcome it. Grasp it. And you will touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me that angel's hand is there. The gift is there. And the wonder of an overshadowing presence are joys too.  Be not content with them as joys. As joys, they to conceal diviner gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose. So full of beauty beneath its covering that earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it. That is all. But courage you have and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending  through unknown country, home." Just stay open to the open to new opportunity.
  • From Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in mere philosophy, Horatio."

Find more about Mandy Green.

Thanks for listening!

Let's connect on Instagram.

Jan 15, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

 Today is Martin Luther King Day, and his birthday, here in the US. Our quote had to come from him.

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams." - Martin Luther King 

 

Jan 11, 2018

Today's interview is with the long-time friend of Amy's, Kevin Clegg.  Kevin is a successful businessman, father and serves on the Board of Directors at A Child's Hope Foundation.

Be sure to like A Child's Hope Foundation on Facebook.

Particularly today, as you listen, pay attention to:

  • Specific feelings in your heart
  • What your mind tells you to do next
  • Then, be sure to write that down for guidance on your personal journey.
  • Be sure to share your feedback with me

Show notes: 

Finding a way to give more to the community and the world is a way to discover more of your talents and gifts to the world.

Kevin's request on Giving Tuesday... and the surprise from others that came from that!

How Kevin and his family found the organization and how that changed his family's perspective on holiday giving.

Why Kevin talks about "The Kids" over again. 

How the Clegg family began to make repeat visits regularly. 

The timeline of the trips to make and travel looks something along the lines of... 

  1. Tuesday night travel together.
  2. Wednesday- Friday schedule.
  3. Saturday family fiesta time!

How you can help even if you have no idea how to work with construction/industrial tools.

The main goal is to engage in the role of aunt/uncle or cousin of the kids in the orphanages to help.

The recommended age to bring your children to help and have a complete experience to serve and give in the projects.  Kids connect can throughout the entire week.

The group of family friends, like-minded people, that becomes friends and has reunions.

How Paul Cook started the organization with a group in Haiti.

The story of one man helping over 1,200 kids. 

The vision of the organization: Connecting kids with families. Back to their families, to a relative, adopted to another family, or giving them the best family experience within the orphanage to be able to have a good life afterward. And how they are bringing this vision to fruition.

Why money isn't always the solution to this situation.

Relationships are a critical component of the effort.

One of the challenges they face is: "Who can give what to help these kids?"  Matching the right person with the right opportunity.

They are completing over 25 trips with over 1,000 volunteers this year.

Why Kevin is so lit up to talk about this.

How the energy he receives from giving in this capacity overflows into other areas of his life.  He has seen this evidenced in his own life. 

The passion that he has seen throughout this experience.

"Goodness happens when you're trying to give to others."

People want to learn more and are attracted to your energy when you have that passion.

"It's never exactly what you expect either."

"Connecting orphans with the givers who will help them thrive."

Why they work to make it affordable to give. It's about making sure to help families have this experience.

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We want you to come back again and again.

You can get your questions answered at ACHF.org.

Closing:

Find a way to have an experience, give more to the world, and come alive.  

When you enrich a woman's life, you impact her entire circle of influence.

 

 

 

 

Jan 8, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

You are glorious.

Jody Maberry shares how a business focuses on what makes them unique in his podcast.  Imagine if we all did the same.

Jan 4, 2018

New year, new look.

Did you see the new podcast art?

Let's talk about it. New logo defining the show more completely. 

That's my FACE on there now!  I feel a bit nekkid putting my face out there for the whole world to see.  It's just one more step to not being holding myself back.  It took about a year for me to get off my duff and do this.

Also, you may have noticed that's an elephant topping the "I" in Think.  The elephant runs in a matriarchal order.  Not that I don't appreciate men, I just come from a long line of women taking care of more than their share.  I honor those women, and each of us, who lead families, work teams, organizations, and share our influence with the world in that image.

Thank you to my designer, Jason Clement, for helping me put more me into the conversation.

Then you see my name a little structured and maybe a bit mischievous. That's me.  I learn more when I'm playful.  It's the balance of the structure and the creative that makes me who I am.  

You can find out more from Jason Clement at http://jasonclement.com/podcast-covers/

The 5 Best Books for a Breakthrough

This started out as "The end of the year booklist."  But this is more than that.  

This is the list for you, you smart, ambitious woman, when you are ready for a breakthrough.

But every challenge requires a different kind of breakthrough.

I'm not a fantasy reader.  I don't get into to fiction much, because, I have more practical things to take care of. 

And that's what my list of books has brought me.  Practical solutions.  Excellent reads.  Lessons and strategies.

I like to implement directly.  In fact, I've been told I just run with an idea like a horse out of the gate. 

This is the list that helps you crash through that door and stand tall in your place. 

Here's my criteria to make it on this list.

1. Every book here I read in 2017.  That means it is fresh and current in my mind. The notes, ideas & lessons are applicable today.

2.  Every book I read at least twice. Most I listened to the audiobook first, then read the Kindle version. (Our family has a daily commute to school and I listen to books on our drive.)

3. Each book listed comes with a direct recommendation for a particular point, challenge or struggle that a woman faces right now. 

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes is a powerful read to help you realize that you are not being sensible, safe or living smart...you could easily be living in fear.  And not even know it. 

Shonda shares her insights on how she decides to stop saying no and for one year, just one year, she will challenge herself to say yes.

A perfect read for the woman that:  Is ready to start her new year and step out of her comfort zone. She's not quite sure where this will take her. The leap of faith is what she needs.

Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown

Brene Brown makes me realize I'm not alone in my challenging thoughts.  Braving the Wilderness is as the tagline reads, the "Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone."

If there's one thing we have learned in 2017, it's that people think differently than we do.  That should be okay. Using the internet, we can polarize ourselves on issues and create battlefields that hold us back.  This book helps us find an understanding and be willing to discuss the issues in peace. 

People are hard to hate close up.

"True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are, it requires you to be who you are."

A perfect read for the woman that:  Wants to understand the other side.  She is ready to have a conversation without judgment.  She yearns to be more comfortable standing alone and ready to participate in a bigger conversation.

The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks

This book had been on my list for over a year. One little nudge from Ray Edwards podcast to get me to read it.

Read in the month of November, I've re-read it 3 times now.  That's saying a lot for me.  The Big Leap takes a deep, deep dive to on how each of us can hold ourselves back.  There are many reasons we believe we are unworthy. 

A perfect read for the woman that:  Achieves in many facets of life, but continues to struggle with one specific area.  She is ready to cancel all the self-sabotage holding her back.  She seeks opportunity to work in the zone of genius.

Wrecked, Jeff Goins

In our interview with Jon Stolpe, he mentions this book.  I devoured this book in a couple days. Wrecked touched my spirit. it is so easy to be involved in your own life, that looking out for other's needs doesn't seem to be the top priority.

Service, compassion, and giving are great topics at the holidays and sometimes missed throughout the year.  This book shares poignant moments that touched me deeply. 

A perfect read for the woman that: Seeking new insights, tools, and find ways to serve & have more compassion in the daily routine. She is ready to "get over herself," and have a more humanistic view of the world, then put her talents to use in some capacity in that. 

The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins

This is the book a lot of us need.  The 5 Second Rule is the book that helps us overcome that space from, "Yes, I know I need to do this thing..." and "I am doing this thing." 

That space is where we can get so stuck.  We think about accomplishing that thing.  We talk about it.  We have a pretty good plan to make it work.  

 A perfect read for the woman that: Has had the same resolution for the past few years.  She knows precisely what has to happen but she just doesn't feel like it. She wants to change, really change, but gets stuck in her head.

What book would you add to the list? 

Dec 14, 2017

How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

This week I'm delighted to have Jon Stolpe on the show.

We discuss:

  • How we connected. 
  • Why STRETCH is such an important term in Jon's life.
  • He's helping men around the country help improve their commitment to fatherhood, family, faith, and work challenges.  See the Stretched Men Group for more info.
  • How Jon first got to Guatemala.
  • The big confirmation that allowed him to go there.
  • Jon and his blog audience brought the finances available to build houses.
  • His book, Rooftop Reflections.
  • How the book, Wrecked, for something good, as Jeff Goins described.
  • The socio-economic status of families in the Guatemalan culture.  How widows struggle amidst the situation.
  • They have built multiple homes in Guatemala to help families of widows in Guatemala. 
  • Jon's vision to build 100 houses in Guatemala before he passes away. 
  • The next step in his journey to impact families and involve the community in the process.
  • What Jon and his family would like from you.
  • How much it costs just to build one house for a family in Guatemala.
  • The life change his family experienced through this.
  • Jon & his wife chose to sell their home to have more margin in their lives to live, give, and save.
  • How they have chosen to live differently to make a greater contribution.
  • "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone,"  Andy Stanley.
  • "You can be extraordinary right where you live with the people you rub shoulders with every day."
  • Do a little better.  Stretch yourself.  Make an impact.
  • How difficult it is to translate what that experience was like.
  • The Hobbit's parallel and how hard it is to come back to regular life.
  • You are not ordinary.  You have an amazing opportunity right in front of your eyes.  You can change the world for someone else and yourself.
  • Do something today. Cause yourself to stretch.  Become your best.
Dec 7, 2017

The holidays are so much fun...and so much extra work.

This time is so precious. You can easily run out of energy, zest, and enthusiasm if you’re not careful.

Enjoy your marathon, and set yourself up to WIN. 

Holiday Extras are your Responsibility.

Take care of yourself, girl, there are too many other depending on you.

Solution:  Get a team.  Involve others.  Ask for help.  Let the older kids wrap presents with you... or don't wrap at all!

Too Much Good Stuff.  Everywhere.

Too much of anything is just too much.  So enjoy the goodies.  Just be wise.  

Solution:  Drink your water. Decide your limits. Get a water tracking app.

Lots of late nights and ridiculously early mornings.

Sleep Doesn't Happen in December.

Solution: While it's easy to say you're going to bed on time.  Set yourself an alarm. Really.

Making sure it's...perfect.

Say no.  Even in December.

Solution:  It's time to laugh more at Christmas.  Tell your family and friends you are not going for all-out perfection.

Plan the next thing.

Explain how the mind can trick you.  Multi-tasking is not helpful.

Solution: Let yourself be in the moment.

And enjoy...you deserve it.

Make Time to Laugh.

Explain how the mind can trick you.  Multi-tasking is not helpful.

Solution: Let yourself be in the moment.

Nov 16, 2017

Ep. 89 You've made the sale. Now make a connection.      How to Get Your Customers Speaking About You.      Be the tour guide. Remember that funny scene in Toy Story? Tour Guide Barbie drives them through the experience. 1.  Show them what to do next. Don't assume they know. (Don't give them a fish!)  Think of our discussion on the last the sales episode.   Focus on the relationship. Thank them directly. Tell them, “Great!  Do this next…” Take them to the next step, add the link so they can follow your process.  2.  Need a testimonial or review?  You guide them through it. If they send you an email with some great feedback, ask if you can share it. If they tell you in person, ask if you can write that down and they can add their insights. You can write a testimonial and ask if they would be willing to endorse you. Ask customers to leave a review on Yelp. Or your Facebook page. Only ask for one request.  Too many requests and what happens?  Nothing. 3. End every communication with Calls to Action (CTAs).  As the tour guide on this sweet experience for your customer Walk them through the maze of customer service.  Example?  Trying to pay the electric bill here is completely different experience from paying the cell phone bill.  Say, for example, “Now, click on the link and leave a review on iTunes.” You may have to show them how.    Social Media Steps to Get them to Speak More About You Consider opportunities like this for social media: Ask a question.  Tell them to “hit like,” or “Give this a thumbs up if you know what I’m talking about…” Ask for exactly what you want. 'Fill in the blank..." If you are on a Facebook live, ask your audience to give you some love (click on those little hearts) then share this recording so others can learn, too. On a live recording, tell them the exact words you want them to post below. Intrigue your readers on your blog, “Comment below,” or to share this on social media…   Real Life Steps to Take so Customers Speak About You The process is: See > Serve > Show > Share: See:  they see me, I see them. We connect. Serve:  help them somehow.  Share some insight.  Show your personal touch. Tell them why. Show: Show them how.  Take their phone, open the podcast app, subscribe them to the show. (Note:  I actually did this with some women at jury duty last week.  This works!) Share:  Ask them to share it with someone who would love this.  (People don’t enjoy buying what they NEED, they enjoy buying what they WANT.)   So, How Do You Quickly Get Started with Your Solid Sales Funnel? Take one step and start moving forward. Next time I'm going to show you how to do even more and get your customers to start talking about you. You have big work to do. I love showing you how to simplify the steps so you are working smarter instead of harder.

Oct 19, 2017

The next few episodes, we're going to take each step, each component, and really go into that, how you can make that work for your business, how it's going to happen, and put the pieces together. By the end of the next few episodes, you will have your own kind of sales funnel to get your marketing going for your people.

 

The question really comes down to is where are your next customers?

 

You know they're out there. You know they're people can benefit from what you have to offer. Not just the product or service, but from you as a person.

It all comes down to this. You need a sales funnel.

It's some jargon marketing sales talk just to relate the customer experience.

I learned about sales funnels in a marriage and family relations class in college.

Smart sales funnels take the entire population and guide the person through the experience and keeps them not only to become a first time buyer, a customer.

Examples of sales funnels you see daily.

Define the Terms of a Sales Funnel

Make it a snack

Email in your sales funnel

Oct 12, 2017

Hey Smart, Ambitious Woman, You Good?

Speak the Lingo:

Here's a term we should all know:  netiquette.

Yes, it's really a word, meaning, the etiquette of the Internet; polite online behavior 

netiquette. (n.d.). The Dictionary of American Slang. Retrieved October 12, 2017 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/netiquette

 

5 Easy Ways You Beat Stress Right Now

I see you. I hear you. You are busy.  You are serving.

Components of life:

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Finances
  • Fitness
  • Friends 
  • Feed running

That's running on normal autopilot.  What happens when that is overpowered by something else?

How can you take care of yourself while you are taking care of so many?

Try a couple.  When you find yourself in that moment, there's a lot going on and you just need a break, take your 5-minutes. Because we need you.  We need you GOOD.

  • Have a drink of water. Your stress, headaches, muscle aches and more could simply be that you are dehydrated.
  • Take a bathroom break. Your body responds to your mind. 
  • Listen & dance to one thing that makes you feel AMAZING. 
  • Have a laugh. Really laugh. (Go to YouTube. Search for your favorite comedian. This is a great place to find a quick break. I really laughed at Oprah and Ellen talk about going to the bank.
  • Make list. Right now. Write it down. Get it out of your mind.
  • Call somebody. (Yes, you can fit a 5- minute call in.) They might think it’s weird. Tell them to listen to this podcast.
  • Breathe. Inhale. You can’t always exhale. (Brene Brown shares the story in Braving the Wilderness.)
  • Try a 5-minute meditation.  Find them for free on YouTube or other podcasts.

 

Oct 5, 2017

Books every smart, ambitious woman should read.

I read in the car.

In today's list, I'll share with you the book and why you need to take it in.  Then you can decide which order to read them.

 

The Deeper Path by Kary Oberbrunner

This book, The Deeper Path, profoundly impacted my life.  I have given away multiple copies to friends.

You should read this because: like all of us, you have a tendency to hide your failures and pain. You can either work through toil and suffering, or you can work to create your OPUS, your masterpiece. This book takes a profound look at how to take your pain, the scary room in your heart, and all of who you are to create your OPUS.  

 

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

If there is one thing every smart, ambitious woman understands, it is that there is not enough time to get it all done. But where do you decide to cut something off?  Essentialism helps you navigate that space.

You should read because: not only have you found yourself stretched too thin... you, smart, ambitious woman, have definitely felt completely overworked and unfulfilled. The substance of the book is made of 3 questions we have discussed, specifically: 

  • What is the core mindset of an Essentialist?
  • How can I discern the trivial many from the vital few?
  • How can I make doing the vital things almost effortless?

 

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

What a powerful read this one was.  I was laughing out loud and crying at times by the sheer rawness of Brene Brown's honesty.  Braving the Wilderness touches on some important issues we must address.

We have forgotten how to communicate with one another, and how to just be with one another. The final chapter, Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart. had me in absolute tears.  

You should read because: you understand what it means to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time.  You have so many listening to you and depending on you, that you must know how to speak truth and be civil. And, oh, smart, ambitious women need a place to hold hands with strangers.

You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Note: she is a bit crass for some readers and listeners.  It's part of her charm and adds to her perspective. You've been warned. Most people have no idea what their mindset of wealth is.  Jen Sincero breaks it down in a very plain, easy to understand steps.  At the end of every chapter she shares a "Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it)"

Most people have no idea what their mindset of wealth is.  Jen Sincero breaks it down in her easy to understand steps.  In You are a Badass at Making Money, at the end of every chapter she shares a "Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it)"

You should read because: you need to know what is holding you back from making money.  You will know how to tap into your natural ability to grow wealth. And she is highly entertaining!

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller

In a world eager to point the blame, personal accountability is rare. 

John G. Miller shares his insight in QBQ, why each of us needs to accept personal accountability with wisdom and integrity.

You should read because: he gives you the structure on how to ask the right questions.  The QBQ method allows you to look at yourself and see if you are behaving and asking questions as a leader or as a victim. 

 

 

Sep 18, 2017

 You Need an Excellent Community Now.

Today's focus:

Autonomy is not Isolation. Technology pushes us to believe that they are similar.

Why You Need Community?

  • Loneliness and Social Isolation are Risk Factors for Mortality. Social isolation, loneliness, and even living alone can increase your possibility of death by at least 26% for people younger than 65.  See this paper.
  • Gender, length of time, and region of the world didn't matter in that same study.
  • Connection is the Opposite of Addiction, according to this.

What is Community for Smart, Ambitious Women?

  • Your community is your social group.
  • Community of excellence comes when you make time for it. 
  • Set your standards
  • Make time for that
  • Encourage, empower & uplift your community

 

 

"Networks are only as valuable as those they bring together and what happens as a result. The innate value of a network and what you get out of it can make or break your chances for development." Athena Vongalis-Macrow, Harvard Business Review

 

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions When Evaluating a Network Group

1. Who is in the network?

You want valuable members who are: part pack rat, part librarian, and part Good Samaritan. 

"The pack rat brought a range of resources that could be accessed and used to create new and fresh ideas. The librarian brought information and knowledge. And the Good Samaritan had the attitude and practice of sharing. A network built on relationships between talented, knowledgeable, and supportive members is worth joining. If that rel ationship doesn’t exist, you may need to look elsewhere." HBR

2. How well does the network connect?

Consider the frequency and quality of communication.  

Find out if it's an invitation-only group.

Ask about mentoring options within the group.

3. Is there functional communication?

"Care and concern create network value because they are resources that help build trust and support. Ask yourself, does your network offer support that enables you to overcome difficulties?"

4. Who are you talking to?

Find out if the network gives you access to more influential people. 

 

How to Create a Support Network

1. Join a group.   

2. Create a group. 

3. Volunteer in the community.

4. Start an online group.

  

The many resources for today's episode:

Let’s connect!

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Jun 19, 2017

This is the first episode in the Naked Summer Series. 

Today we talk about why it's important to say no. Why you need to say no even more than you think you need to say it and I share with you an exercise I learned from Greg McKeown on how to do that.

Why you need to say no even more than you think you need to say it and I share with you an exercise I learned from Greg McKeown on how to do that.

Now get your fruity beverage, sit by the pool or beach (if nearby), and let's have a chat!

May 8, 2017

The world makes way for those who know where they are going.

Get that in your purse:

I just finished reading "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes. 

I thought I had to know of every episode of every show she's ever created to get it.

Uh, no. 

Here's just one quote to give you some perspective.  "When you negate someone's compliment, you are telling them they are wrong. You're telling them they wasted their time. You are questioning their taste and judgment."

Say Yes to yourself.  If you're not a reader, I know you're a listener, because, well, this is a podcast.  Get Year of Yes and listen while you are driving the kids in the car.

 Get the Audiobook here .

Speak the Lingo:

Today's Leadership Lingo Term: ambitious

Having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.

 

Today's focus:

Being a Smart, Ambitious Woman is tough.   

We are too tough on ourselves. 

We expect more from ourselves than is necessary. 

Our striving for excellence can actually hold us back.  We need a reminder.

We need perspective.

We need to understand why we are fighting that internal battle of pushing to excel while allowing ourselves to be content at the moment.

That's why I've written "The Smart, Ambitious Woman's Manifesto." If you would like your own copy to print out, save with your PDF file or take a screenshot and use on your phone click here. 

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." - Salvador Dali

 

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Apr 30, 2017

 

 

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Today's focus:

Stop Suffering from Super Woman Syndrome and Shine

I play the piano for the kindergartener's graduation program.  It has been an adventure.  

Which brings me to the Super Woman Syndrome.  Do you suffer from this affliction?

Consider, a Super Hero:

  • Solves problems.  Only fixes things and moves onto the next challenge.
  • Thinks herself invincible.  She pretends she is completely unruffled by life.
  • Never gets down.   Always happy.  Always have a fake, toothy grin.
  • Is a doer.  She does it all herself. She doesn't need help from anyone.
  • Is a complete workaholic.  All she has is proving to the world she's a hero.

 

Now consider a Smart, Ambitious Woman.

She:

  • Asks for help.  Sometimes even just a little more than she needs.  (It's because she understands that she is giving someone opportunity to lead & serve.)
  • Allow herself to be vulnerable.  She mentions to someone she trusts when she is struggling or feeling the fear that comes with progress.
  • Gives herself room to feel the emotions of life.  She is real.  She allows herself to breathe and just be in the moment.
  • Communicates.  She doesn't try to do it all herself.  She encourages and graciously accepts help from others.  That doesn't mean she's weak, she understands the value of teamwork and relationships in life.
  • Appreciates hard work, but puts that aside to focus on other things to make her life enriched.

Which would you rather be?

Smart, ambitious women are so much more fun.  They're more real. They are living life, not just going through the motions.

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