Last week, I got a call from the group at T. Harv Eker , with the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar.  They offered me two complimentary tickets to attend a three day conference in the Boston area for this coming weekend.  There was a $100 deposit to hold my space, and I hesitated to commit. Would it be a waste of time? FEAR. It was for a full Friday, Saturday and Saturday in June, and finally, we have beautiful weather!  Hmmm.  Would I be losing out on a weekend? FEAR. What if it was boring?  FEAR. Honestly, I resisted for days. I asked about cancellation policies. I noticed a pattern of “if it’s not good enough”, I would leave.  My time was more valuable than a seminar, that didn’t provide value.

What I realized was that I was making excuses for something that hadn’t even happened.  I was focusing on failure, in the future — instead of the possibility of growth, prosperity, and creative expansion.

If I got just one MAJOR insight, then I could apply it in my own life and business, and teach it to my clients.

There are free trainings every day available on the great www.

You could listen for days on end, and be a student for life. Some of those trainings are fantastic, some not so much.

If I find the conference useful, I’ll stay, and be delighted.

If not, it’s June.  I’ll work in my garden.

When I was little, my Mom told me never to talk to strangers. I knew she had her reasons, and being the good doobie that I was, I didn’t talk to many of them — until I got older and realized, that I liked talking to strangers. Why? I never knew what to expect, and I liked meeting new people and listening to different ideas.

In my tweens, I learned how to harness the power of interaction and looked for opportunities to connect with others. My Dad owned a recording studio, and I worked there part-time, as a receptionist. I met actors, musicians, writers, producers, entertainers, sports figures, and teams of people that worked behind the scenes. Life, from my perspective, seemed full of drama. I watched, listened, and learned. I still remember the buzz.

Probably no surprise that I majored in Communications, and eventually loved talking to strangers. What did they do? Where did they work? What made them tick? How could they be so talented, or not – and succeed? Talking to people you don’t know, for years on end, can give you the ability to laser focus at a glance, and develop confidence to talk to anyone, at any time. Heck, talking to strangers can even lead to meeting new friends, colleagues, potential roommates, husbands, wives, even prospective clients!

This past month, I met two entrepreneurs at Staples and both will work with me. Had I not chatted it up at the Copy Center, I might have not met these wonderfully talented individuals with so much “intellectual property” in their vault. My guess is they’ll be earning interest very soon from an eager community who want to learn from them. And, they too, will most likely be strangers.

If you have an inner circle of colleagues and friends, you know who they are. Clearly, they aren’t strangers. But, the other five billion plus people who live on our planet are.

Who would you like to meet, talk to, and share insights with? Who would you like to work with, write for, or ask to dance?

In all likelihood, it could be a stranger today.

Tomorrow? You tell me.

Best money ever spent? Buying one of the companies I was working with for commission only on future sales. A TOTAL win for me,since I didn’t have to come up with big bucks to get Fortune 500 clients,and existing work.Company still thrives 9 yrs later!

Thanks to The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur for sharing this tip in the The Best Money We Spent In Our Business compilation.

By Shaunna Gately
MILTON —Strategist Robin Samora helps professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses with the launch of her new personal coaching business Let’s Make You Shine. The Milton resident started the business coaching service last June, as part of her event planning and marketing firm Partner Promotions Inc.

During her 20-year career as a business strategist, Samora worked with many large corporations. But she said she started Let’s Make You Shine as a way to give back to aspiring entrepreneurs who need solid business advice.

Samora reviews different aspects of a client’s business, including what is being done in the marketplace and how her clients are presenting themselves. Samora goes a step further to develop a rapport with her clients to help manage their day-to-day struggles as well as their long-term goals.

“I help people that are ready to make a difference and do something big with their life,” Samora said. “That’s the kind of person that I like to work with. I’ve worked a lot with my own coaches … and I think that’s what really opened my eyes, is learning about really what’s serving you in your life and what’s not.”

Samora meets with her clients for a couple of two-hour sessions each month, and tries to hold her clients accountable for sticking with the strategic plans they develop.

Samora has been taking her business savvy on the road by hosting a business strategy tour, a series of informal talks at coffee houses throughout the Boston area.

The events are coined “Make Money Mondays” and are part of her push to spread the word about her new business. Samora’s tours finish at the end of June but will resume in September.

“I’ve worked with all different kinds of people to help motivate them, to get them where they need to go,” Samora said. “When they finish with me, my goal is for them to see themselves in such a different light and they are just beside themselves, so happy.”

Shaunna Gately may be reached at sgately@ledger.com.

Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20110510/NEWS/305109255/

Today’s Million Dollar Tip, is something you may or may not be doing. But, it’s important enough to be a reminder. Stay current with what’s going on in your industry. Take and make the time to learn, and see what others are doing, and how they’re doing it.

Some professionals have to do it to keep their jobs or license.
Entrepreneurs, and small business owners are sometimes so busy “getting” and “doing” all the work, that they put learning and continuing education on the back burner.

I’ve come to learn that connecting with experts, and those who may know more than you in a certain subject, is an important part of growth and expansion. It may be costly, but doesn’t it cost you every time you lose a job, customer or quote?

If our role as a business owner is to help clients solve problems, my thought is to have all the tools (or as many as possible) in your tool belt to help get the job done, and done well. You may not have all the tools at hand — all the time. Some you may have to borrow (a colleague’s advice). Some you may have to rent (hiring an expert ). Some you may send away for (CD’s, books, programs). And frankly, some you may have to dust off and re-sharpen (proposals or ideas that were brilliant that you may have forgotten)!

For me, it’s spot coaching on areas I’d like to learn more about. I’m reading, listening, and working with experts to grow my solid knowledge base to new levels.

For some learning is an excuse to not do the work. For me, it’s inspiration to be able to help more.

In business and in life we get sidetracked. Bumps in the road. Circumstances beyond our control. Unexpected opportunities and better yet, pleasures that seem to come just when needed. But when we recognize that being sidetracked becomes a habit rather than an occasional daydream, or excuse for not accomplishing your goals, it’s time to take action and get back on track.

Here are 5 easy ways to Stay in the Bowling Lane:

1)      Before you go to bed at night write 5 things (rocks) that you need to work on the next day. Keep this list in a place where you’ll see it. These rocks are important to your progress.  Start working on them, and you’ve got motion.  Inspired action.  All good.

2)      Find a colleague, friend or mentor who can serve as your accountability partner.  If you have to report to them on your progress, and they to you, there’s less chance that either of you will jump lanes. Make a commitment to each other. Make a rule, no man or woman in the next lane!

3)      Create a No Drama Zone – one of my favorites. To each of us, a “No Drama Zone” is different. Limit unpleasant interaction, especially during work hours. Strengthen your boundaries. I often tell clients that you can be responsible to people, not for them. Be strong. Focus on where you need to be, not where someone wants to lead you. Stay in your Bowling Lane.

4)      Keep your workspace clean. Piles of paper, stacks of unpaid bills, unfinished “to do lists” can cause anxiety. I don’t know anyone who needs more anxiety. Do you?

5)      Buy a special notebook, one you love, and draw a “timeline” of your accomplishments — from the beginning of the year, to the end. You’ll be surprised. A timeline is visual. Drawing your progress on paper is wonderful. Your mind just forgets all that you’ve done.

My million dollar tip today is simple, and doable.

Stay in your Bowling Lane and out of the gutter. You’ll score every time.

As many of you know, besides my business at Let’s Make You Shine, I have a promotions and events business called Partner Promotions Inc.

For the last ten years, we have promoted products and services in a very big way. We have wonderful brand ambassadors and reps who go into the marketplace and showcase the clients we represent, and also create and execute and events, according to a clients’ needs – and again – bring out their best! In case you’ve never knew that, take a look here.

The reason I bring this up is because one of my staff, Sharlene, is taking her dream job to be on what I call, “The Love Boat.” This past week, we had a small farewell get-together for her, and she came with some new “couch surfing” friends from here and abroad, some of whom were staying at her house. This young group, all in their young to late twenties, opened my eyes to what we may be missing in our own lives, by being totally focused on work, and not paying attention to making time for “fun.”

There were six of us, and I asked the question: “What does happiness mean to you?”

In no particular order, here’s what they said.

“Money and the ability it affords me to travel, and have freedom. Alignment with who you are. Friendship and support and nice weather in the Caribbean on the east side of an Espanola island. Freedom and travel. Doing your own thing to be yourself, to do what you want to do.”

Then, my colleague made this statement. “Happiness is different at different parts of your life. In your 20’s it’s one way, your 30’s and 40’s and so on. Each decade is different, but only you can decide.”

After that thought settled in, another friend and Couch Surfer told us one of his favorite quotes: “Happiness is only real when shared.” (Christopher McCandless)

On that, we raised our glasses, wished Sharlene a safe Bon Voyage, and celebrated our new friendships.

Share some happiness today.

Milton, MA…Business and Life Strategist, Robin Samora, recently interviewed celebrity photographer, Nikki Incandela from La Jolla, California on her monthly interview series.  The title was Put Some Pizzazz in Your Picture: What Your Image Says About You.

Nikki spoke about the importance of images in your personal branding. “With the prominence of Facebook and other social media, consistent branding is very important for your on-line presence and distinguishes you in the marketplace,” she said.  Nikki also offered some pointers on the different ways to use your image in your marketing and collateral, and shared her vast experience about being comfortable in front of a camera, style, and how to have an image that “attracts business.”

“A bad image can follow you for years,” said Nikki, “but a great image makes you confident and empowers you in your professional and personal life.  You have about four seconds to create an impression to say who you are as a person.”

“Nikki incorporates an important lesson I’m offering,” said Robin.  “No risk, no reward. Go for it. Don’t wait for someone to discover you. Put yourself out there and celebrate your brand – and  pretend it’s bigger than it is. If you do what it takes, you’ll grow into your new shoes. Nikki works at her public image using networking, social media, and she is a fabulous photographer,” continues Robin. “She also aligns herself with who she is, and where she wants to go!”

Incandela, who started as a fashion designer, was just at the Oscars not only to shoot the most glamorous Hollywood stars as they came down the runway but also had an opportunity to get fitted for a couture dress to wear at the gala event.

“Nikki and I have been working together informally for a couple of years,” said Robin, “but recently – she made a decision to make it big. I see fireworks in what she’s doing. It’s a combination of her inner flame, talent, and doing what she loves. Nothing makes me happier.”

About Robin Samora

Robin’s career began in advertising and then transitioned to media buying in the film industry. She owned two restaurants, became a Major League Baseball licensee, and worked in cable television as an Event and Promotions Manager – with major networks such as ESPN, HGTV, CNN, and MTV.  Robin eventually started her own company in 2002, Partner Promotions, a

Brand Ambassador firm for Fortune 500 companies like Comcast, Tivo, and NBC, marketing products and services – one-on-one in the retail sector, at business events, and in the community.

Wanting to utilize her talents, and years of coaching experience, Robin realized she loved working one on one, with clients, entrepreneurs and small businesses – not just major corporations.  She couldn’t help but notice that she would attract people who wanted to talk, and ask her advice. It became clear to her and those who sought Robin out for her insight, wisdom and advice — that she would be a “calm voice of reason, in a storm,” and provide a path for “next steps” to get recognized and promoted in the marketplace.

With years of business knowledge under her belt, Robin launched — Let’s Make You Shine a business and life strategy company for entrepreneurs who want to boost their bottom line, get attention and stand out in the marketplace. Now, Robin takes great pleasure in teaching others how to realize their dreams and potential, while also making a difference.

Let’s Make You Shine has been created with more than two decades in business development, operations and execution, sales and marketing, and extensive professional training. It’s Robin’s mission to help her clients make more profit, share their gifts and passion with the world, and get recognized for who they really are.

Robin Samora, Business & Life Strategist, discussed ways to use your brilliance to boost your bottom line at a gathering for small business owners and entrepreneurs at the Citizen’s Bank in East Milton on February 15.

The group was eager to learn from Samora, a successful entrepreneur who has launched two companies and makes it her mission to help small business owners make more profits, get more attention, and stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Robin, who has worked with major Fortune 500 companies promoting products and services, wanted to utilize her talents and years of business experience, realizing that she loved working one on one with clients and small businesses.

If you weren’t on the call with me this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing my dear friend and colleague, Nikki Incandela, a celebrity photographer from La Jolla, California. She spoke about the importance of putting pizazz in your picture, and what your image says about you in branding.

Nikki and I have been working together informally for a couple of years, but recently – she has started to POP! BANG! And bring on the FIREWORKS!

For quite some time, she had an idea for a luxury T-shirt line, Your F’exy — and I was lucky enough to witness the birth of this new fashion division. From concept to logo, from sketches to production — in just three short weeks. And where did she debut? At the Sundance Film Festival, of course.

Nikki got a website up in just two weeks (with the right team behind her). She had celebrity photographs posted on Facebook, and on her blog. And now, she’s in business, taking orders for her Your F’exy line. Mind you, this was all while she creating amazing photography for entrepreneurs, small business owners –and clients from the red carpet to royalty.

Nikki added another profit center to her already successful business. She took a risk for a potential reward – which aligned with her fashion sense, and her core beliefs. She knew before she started that she could do it.

What’s particularly exciting for me, is that right after our call on Tuesday, Nikki let me know she was asked to go to LA this weekend, to not only shoot at the Oscars, but also to get fitted for a couture dress to wear on the runway.

The Lesson I’m offering? No risk, No reward. Go for it. Don’t wait for someone to discover you. Put yourself out there and celebrate your BRAND.

For now, pretend it’s bigger than it is. If you do what it takes, you’ll grow into your new shoes.

Nikki works at her public image using networking, social media, and she is a fabulous photographer. She also aligns herself with who she is, and where she wants to go!

Friends, where do you want to go? What courage do you need to get off the bench? What guidance will help you with your idea?

You don’t have to be a celebrity photographer. You can be a budding author, a publicist, a realtor who has it all together, but holds back.

In prior years, I held back. But why? Probably the same reason as you.

Now, what the heck. I’m going for it – and, in a big way.

For Nikki, it’s her first fitting for a couture dress. I can’t wait to see her next year’s performance – or yours.