Leverage Your Time

“I only want to focus on 3 things,” says Caryn. “But who will do the rest?” Burned out, tired, and constantly pulled away from her family, Caryn Kopp reached her limit. Her company, Kopp Consulting, helps clients get new clients.  Get meetings with high-level corporate decision makers. So successful, she was continually being squeezed. Because […]

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One of the key components of a strong business is making sure you always have “stuff” in the pipeline. As we move into summer and the (theoretically) warmer weather, there are lots of delicious options for networking. Outdoor terraces, harbor cruises, events in public parks–they’re a wonderful way to enjoy a bit of natural beauty […]

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Used to be, I thought being super-busy was a sign of … oh, I don’t know … Greatness? Fabulous business acumen? Being in demand? But after reflecting on this week, I realize I’ve done what Benjamin Franklin says never to:  confuse motion with action. Was I in motion? Sure. Did anything move forward? Not so […]

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“SPEAK!” PROFIT!” “ACTION!” filled my computer screen in rich tones of red and blue and green. A fellow speaker had wangled me a free—FREE!—ticket to a 4-day high-ticket workshop, and I was invited. Normally, I’d jump on the opportunity like an eager puppy. Scheme a way to attend and explain to my husband why I […]

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Last year, I went in for my annual checkup, and did not like what the numbers were telling me. Cholesterol was up. Blood pressure was up. And–horror of horrors–my weight was up (again). I was close to turning my medicine cabinet into a functioning pharmacy, with a full color palette of pills, capsules and tablets. […]

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I’m sure you’re thinking there no way on God’s green earth that building business systems = fun. That you’d rather have root canal than sped time considering efficiencies in your business.  Well, get ready to have your perceptions shattered! Paradoxically, the act of creating business systems IS a creative act, and there are ways to […]

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I had a stress meltdown recently. Not that this should have come as any surprise–after all, I run myself ragged; I spend way too many hours in front of the computer, the phone and other people, and not enough hours resting, exercising, trusting. Meltdowns for me feel like a mini-volcano: the anger, stress and frustration […]

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If you ever watched cheesy Saturday afternoon B movies featuring the Hydra—the many-headed mythological sea serpent—you’ve seen an image of an entrepreneur. (And definitely me on a bad day!)   Everyone knows you have to wear a lot of hats when you start your own business.  Even with a partner or two, there are more […]

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When it comes to business plan outlines for the coming year, many of us touch on the usual suspects: honing the target market, developing outreach plans, considering new revenue sources.  In short, it’s usually about what more we can do.  What additional responsibilities we can put on our plate. How we grow through casting a […]

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