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090 - F*ck Fearless & Choose Bravery with Heather Vickery

 

In this guest episode, Heather is a leadership and success coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, podcaster, and author.  I found a card promoting Heather’s podcast, The Brave Files.  I picked it up and saved it because I liked the message and branding.  Eventually, I met the fabulous Annie P. Ruggles, who was our guest on episode # 86, and she introduced us.  The world of female podcasters is a fabulous network of generous and supportive people. 

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F*ck Fearless & Choose Bravery with Heather Vickery

In this guest episode, Heather is a leadership and success coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, podcaster, and author.  I found a card promoting Heather’s podcast, The Brave Files.  I picked it up and saved it because I liked the message and branding.  Eventually, I met the fabulous Annie P. Ruggles, who was our guest on episode # 86, and she introduced us.  The world of female podcasters is a fabulous network of generous and supportive people. 

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Value vs Worth

In our ongoing series on the mindset changes we need to make in business in order to make the income, impact, and profit we really want to make,  in this solo episode, I address one of the more common problems I see with female solopreneurs: confusion about worth and value in their business. 

When we focus on value instead of worth, we make more money, get better clients, and create more outstanding outcomes.   Who doesn’t want that? 

 

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Lean Out to Level Up with Crista Grasso

I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest on The Driven Woman Podcast;  Business Strategist for online entrepreneurs, Crista Grasso.  Crista and I met at the She Podcasts Live conference and I totally fell in love with her brilliance.  Her genius is helping other entrepreneurs remove the unnecessary complexity in their business so they become more profitable as they grow.

Crista’s system, The Lean Out Method is designed to create simple, sustainable, strategic systems that scale.  She is known as The Business Optimizer and her superpower is helping entrepreneurs cut through the noise and see their business with clarity, so they can maximize both value and profitability.

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Saying No Like You Mean It

Boundaries and knowing when to say “no” go together like PB & J. In this episode, I will be talking about not the mechanics of saying no (although I do give you a simple strategy for what to do when you’re put on the spot, near the end…) but more of the strategy behind the no.  

If you are a solopreneur, creative freelancer, or indie professional, you are probably faced with a million requests a day.  Knowing when to say “no” and why is crucial to having a profitable business and avoiding burnout.   The focus of today’s solo episode is on service-based businesses, but the principles apply to most businesses, and to our personal lives as well.  

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Non-Sleazy Selling with Annie P Ruggles

I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest on The Driven Woman; fellow podcaster, non-sleazy sales consultant, and all-around genius-for-brains, my biz buddy, Annie P Ruggles.  We met online, hit it off automagically because of our mutual interest in the intersection of feminism, mental health, and entrepreneurship.  Annie is a magician in helping female entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and service business owners be more successful on their own terms by teaching them how to sell with integrity.  

If you have ever struggled to ask for the business, ask for the money, or raise your prices, you are definitely going to want to listen to this one. 

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Setting Boundaries Like a Boss

There is no cookie-cutter, one size fits all situations solution. Boundaries are culturally determined, affected by our personalities, temperaments, stage of life, mental health, personal preferences, and whether or not we have a trauma history. See what I mean about being complicated?

In this week’s solo episode, I am going to open up the topic of boundaries (we will have a few more episodes where we will dig deeper into various aspects of the subject…) by reflecting on the differences I observed visiting the homes of various friends as I was growing up in S. California from the families whose kids didn’t even have bedroom doors to those where the parents could not enter without the child’s permission and everything in between.

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Balancing Passion & Profit with Heather Zeitzwolfe

Many of us start out with one goal in mind - creating a business around something we are passionate about.  In fact “Follow your passion and build a business you love” is probably the most popular headline for a huge number of online business coaches nowadays.  It’s a very seductive promise and a glamorous fantasy, but it is simply not enough to keep your business boat afloat. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, passion is important, and maybe even necessary, especially in the beginning when you are scared shitless and have no clue, but unless you also keep your eye on the bottom line and balance your passion with profit, your business just might sink instead of sail. 

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People Pleasing is Killing Your Profits

I think it's really important as women and business owners that we understand how our culture has conditioned us to have certain beliefs, expectations, habits, and behaviors that interfere with our ability to achieve our goals and be successful. Most of us don't even realize all the things that we are doing that are killing our profits. So I'm willing to offend, to annoy, and even risk being a trigger because I think for those of you that are ready to hear the unvarnished truth and do something about it, you are going to be able to maximize your profits in your business without even having to hire me. You are welcome. 

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The Multipassionate Creative Career with Sarah Mac

Growing up singing and dancing in the UK, Sarah Mac fell in love with the theater and decided that a career in the performing arts was the one for her.  A believer in manifesting opportunities in alignment with her desires, Sarah found herself taking advantage of one exciting experience after another. In a matter of years, her “say yes to everything” motto lead her to the edge of burnout and she realized she needed to find another way. 

Sarah reinvented herself as a creative business coach who works with coaches, healers, and artist-entrepreneurs who are ready for 5-figure months, more freedom, and fun in life and business.

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Changing Your Mind, One Thought at a Time

I often say that human beings only have two problems: We are always thinking and we always believe ourselves. While this may sound sarcastic (and it probably is) the underlying truth is that for many of us, our thoughts are the source of our suffering, not our circumstances.  That’s not to say our circumstances might not need some changing, but plenty of us have everything we need to be healthy, happy, successful, and fulfilled and we aren’t, because of our stinking thinking.  Truth bomb. Today’s solo episode is the next topic in the mindset series, how to actually begin to change your brain by changing your mind.

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The Not-so-Secret Secrets of Confidence with Nicole Kalil

Today’s guest, Nicole Kalil is a speaker, trainer, and host of the This is Woman’s Work Podcast. She left a successful corporate career in the male-dominated industry of financial services and is now an executive coach for women in leadership positions in a variety of industries.  As you will hear in this interview, Nicole is just as passionate about helping women to reach greater levels of confidence and success as I am. 

Nicole shares her favorite definition of confidence, the 5 limiting beliefs that derail our confidence, and the 5 beliefs we can replace them with that are confidence boosters.  This convo will not only motivate and inspire you, but you can put Nicole’s advice into practice today. 

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Question Your Fear

In the years I’ve been coaching bold, brilliant, badass female entrepreneurs, I have never once encountered one that was not capable of more than she was experiencing in her business success.  Sometimes the issue was skill, occasionally it was will, but nine times out of ten,  it came down to fear.  Fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of being envied, fear of embarrassment, fear of proving someone right, even fear of betraying their roots are just some of the possibilities.  

Fear is something we need to learn how to manage if we want to move to a higher level of influence, impact, or income in business.  Until we do so, we will stay right where we are, and with the world moving forward at an ever-increasing pace,  staying in place is falling behind.  

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Women & Money: It's Complicated with Melanie Lockert

The more women I talk to, the more I realize that almost all of us have “issues” with money.  We either aren’t earning enough, are living beyond our means, are caught in the trap of student loan and/ or credit card debt, or are terrified to ask for what we actually need to float our boat.  

So, I invited speaker and writer, Melanie Lockert, author of the best-selling book ‘Dear Debt”, host of the Mental Health & Wealth Podcast, and a woman who has learned a thing or two about money, the hard way. Melanie is passionate about empowering women, helping others get out of debt, and mental wellness. 

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Negative Self Talk

One of the things that is so frustrating about the human brain is how often it cranks out negative self-talk, no matter how smart, capable, or successful we are.  In this solo episode of The Driven Woman Podcast, I spill the tea on how the brain actually works, why there is nothing wrong with you just because you have negative thoughts about yourself (spoiler alert, just about everyone does….) but how simple it actually is to change them and think better thoughts. 

Whether you are a total brain science nerd or your eyes glaze over when someone starts talking about neurobiology, I promise you will not only understand every word of what I am sharing in this episode, but you may just stop feeling bad for how nasty your self-talk is, once and for all. 

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Authentic Networking with Juliet Peay

Today’s guest, Juliet Peay, who recorded our interview on her 28th birthday, is one of those people who have really good instincts and trusts herself enough to follow them.  She decided a few months ago that corporate life was not for her and took a leap into entrepreneurship.  She had no connections, no referrals sources, and no portfolio and instead of venturing into journalism where she at least had a degree, she followed her intuition to copywriting for online coaches, helpers, and healers.  

Even though she is at the very beginning of her entrepreneurial journey,  she is already making really good choices and setting herself apart from the masses.  I predict this driven woman is destined for success and I’m thrilled to share her with you. 

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Client Success Story: Meet Danielle

I don’t often get to work with clients at the very beginning of their entrepreneurial journey, and it is very exciting when I do.  When I heard from Danielle Meitiv she was just a few months into her business and even though she is a woman in her 50’s she built an audience of over 150k people in just a few months in a place you wouldn’t expect to find her, TikTok.

Today’s guest and Client Success Story had already been successful in a previous career when she decided to start helping other people heal from thyroid issues.  

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Planning for Success with Mridu Parikh

Far too many female entrepreneurs fail to reach their goals because they don’t plan for success.  They think that passion, energy, and creativity are enough and may reject the idea of planning as unnecessary, irrelevant, or just too painful.  I used to be one of them and gave myself every possible excuse for why I couldn’t plan when I was actually afraid I wouldn’t follow through. 

Today’s guest, Mridu Parikh, a former professional organizer turned productivity coach, author, podcaster and speaker is obsessed with planning and believes that not only does planning create freedom, but that we will never reach our most important goals without a plan. 

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Client Success Story: Meet Kris

This week’s Client Success Story episode features Kris Zarnoch who is a podcast editor and producer, wife, and mom of a special needs son. Kris hired me to help her with productivity challenges related to being a creative freelancer, who was working from home, during the pandemic.  She struggled with setting boundaries and establishing the value of her work.

During our work together, Kris learned how to say no & leverage her time by hitting the pause button before answering when asked for help and knowing you can revoke your ‘yes’ at any time. Better boundaries = a better business.

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Something to Prove with Kellie Roy

Today’s guest, Kellie Roy, knew from the age of 18 that she wanted to be a casting director, even before she knew what it was called.  She loved movies and had her favorite actors and actresses, often thinking “I wish this actress would get a chance to appear in bigger movies so more people would know how awesome she is.” Once she learned that there was a job where she could do exactly that, she was determined to follow that path and has never looked back. Kellie is an excellent example of how we can gain confidence by facing our fears, embracing failure, and developing resiliency along the way. 

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The Confidence Habit

I have been working with women for many years and one of the more perplexing things I have encountered is how often I witness bold, brilliant, badass women doubting themselves, settling for less than they really want, and holding themselves back from the level of success they deserve.  I believe that all behavior is habit-forming, so in order to become more confident, women need to stop thinking so much and just act

Confidence is not just feeling good about yourself, and it is not a reward for good work, but a skill and a choice. Confidence is a belief in one’s ability to succeed, a belief that stimulates action. Taking action increases our belief that we can succeed and confidence accumulates. This is the essence of The Confidence Habit.  

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Driven by Purpose with Kyra Mitchell-Lewis

My special guest today is Kyra Mitchell Lewis, who started Glow Up, Gyrl, an online membership community for women who are looking for balance and purpose in their lives, and Glow Getter University, with tracks for personal evolution and entrepreneurship. As you listen to this interview, you will readily see that her mindset is her biggest asset. Nothing is going to stop her, discourage her or slow her roll. She is probably one of the most positive, optimistic, and resilient women I have met since starting this podcast.

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