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7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work

Here are 7 great tips for maintaining a professional attitude at workIn this post, we’re going to discuss 7 tips for maintaining a professional attitude at work.  Sometimes, maintaining that attitude at work is very difficult indeed.  While it may be temporarily satisfying to tell someone what you really think in the heat of the moment, it is not necessarily in your best interest to do so.

I’ve probably made every single one of these mistakes in my younger years and some of them are pretty cringe-worthy.  I hope that they will save you some of the pain and embarrassment that I went through.

7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work

  1.  Email, Phone Calls, Voice Mail, and Text Messages are not an instant form of communication and do not have to be answered immediately.  Sometimes it is best to craft your answer, and wait 24 hours before sending it.  I have found that turning off notifications for emails, and sticking to a strict schedule for checking them keeps me sane, as I now get over 200 emails per day on just one of my accounts.  You can spend literally all of your time managing emails, texts, and phone calls if you’re not careful.  Don’t allow them to consume every single second of your time.  Making sure you craft your answers, especially when you have a tough answer, can be a huge win in your job.
  2. If someone asks you for an answer, ask to think it over, and let them know you will get back to them, within X amount of time.  Most things that require analysis don’t require an instant answer.  Too often I’ve felt pressured to say “yes” to something that was not in my (or the company’s) best interest.  By taking some time to think it over, mull the numbers, and really contemplate it, I’ve saved myself countless hours of aggravation.
  3. Bite your tongue.  If someone makes an outrageous comment, it may be best to let it slide, and come back to it later, when you’re in a more calm frame of mind.  Sometimes things are best left alone entirely. You don’t want to be the person who flies off the handle for every single thing, whether perceived or imagined.
  4. There is absolutely NO place for violence in the workplace.  Be careful to maintain that workplace “mask” in place.  Do not swing things, or hit your hand with your pen, or otherwise  demonstrate aggression physically.  Make a point of leaving the situation at the earliest opportunity.  Do.not.engage. I once went into a meeting that was politically charged, and one of the guys(Who was 6’5″ and 250LBS) sat there and swung a golf club into his hand smacking it over and over again.  It was a very intimidating move, and was completely inappropriate.  Also, some things are best left unsaid in the workplace.  Composure is the name of the game!
  5. Be aware of your body’s demands.  This means, if you are about to head into a long meeting, and you have not eaten, eat a handful of protein.  Avoid sugar lows.  Make sure to use the restroom.  Make sure you are well rested.  It is much harder to react appropriately to a situation when you are tired, cranky, and otherwise irritable from easily remedied issues.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen melt down, or make themselves miserable because they didn’t eat, didn’t use the restroom, etc.
  6. Let some things slide.  In today’s American Society, there can be the temptation to get HR involved in every situation, and consider lawsuits for every infraction, real or imagined.  Realize that for every time you make a report to HR, you are creating a reputation for yourself.  You must decide if it is worth the cost.  Thus, there are some times when things should simply be allowed to slide, as they are harmless. Some things should be called, and handled sternly, but you don’t want to create a situation where you are perceived to be the problem child.
  7. Remind yourself that many times the offense is in the mind of the person offended.  It is possible and even likely that absolutely no offense was intended by the other party.  Ask yourself if you think that the offense was intentional.  I think that in most cases, the answer is an honest “no”.

And one bonus tip: Make sure that you are dressed work-place appropriate.  If you get to wear shorts, fabulous, but they need to be relatively modest. Unless you are in a profession that requires it, cleavage should be modest, and skirts should cover your ASSets.  Be aware of the image you’re portraying.  Dressing up for work is not the same thing as dressing up for an evening on the town.

 

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18 Things I Learned While Building My Facebook Group

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I got the bright idea a couple of years ago to start a Facebook group to help me grow my business. I thought, “Why not? All of the other business coaches are doing it”. I figured I’d do it a bit differently… and march to the beat of my own drummer.

Then I got on a webinar a couple of months later, during Sales School with Kendrick Shope. She mentioned that a Facebook group is a great vehicle to grow your business; I was totally hooked.  

I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t made more than my fair share of mistakes and that I haven’t had my fair share of frustrations with building the Women’s Entrepreneur Network group on Facebook. But now it’s a dynamic, fun, ever-changing group.

Here are some things I learned while building my Facebook group:


1. Post content in the group regularly. 3-5 posts a day if no-one else is posting. You can post all kinds of things: funny videos, music videos, questions, other prompts, and more. But keep talking.

2. Invite your friends, but don’t add them to the group. What I mean is that you should send all of your friends a private message with an invitation to join the group, along with the link. Do not add your friends without their express permission. This tends to really annoy people and gets their tails in a twist.

3. Add a second Admin to your group as soon as possible. It is worth remembering that bad things can and do happen to Facebook accounts. If your account gets hacked, you want to have at least one friend who can let you back into the group once you re-create your ID. Otherwise you could be S-O-L.

4. Interact with people regularly. If they post, thank them for their post and comment on it. Interact with them. It can be very hard to get people to post quality content in your group, so encourage them and praise them for doing so. One of the mistakes I made early on was not always commenting on people’s posts. The more you engage people, the more they will be inclined to post. After a while, once you have people trained a bit, you won’t need to post and comment on everything, but it still builds loyalty if you do comment.

5. You need rules. YES! People will get upset that you have them. Those are probably the people you don’t want in your group anyway. A number of people have asked me how they’re supposed to get new business out of a group that doesn’t allow them to do drive-by posting. It works like this: You build relationships with people rather than broadcasting at them all the time. Try being a real, genuine human being. It’s amazing how well that works. (Crazy talk, I know)

Facebook group6. Pay attention to who is asking to join the group, and make sure you don’t accept fake profiles. If someone posts something illegal, immoral or unethical, they are out of there. The “Delete” and “Block” buttons are two of an Admin’s best friends.

7. Facebook Live in your group. This gives you a unique opportunity to engage with your followers. I recently took this one step further and upgraded Zoom to allow me to be able to do Facebook Live from my computer while I interview someone. (This requires Zoom Pro Plus Webinar 100, for a total cost of about $55 a month).  

8. Schedule your content. Use social media scheduling tools like Buffer or MeetEdgar. You can post manually, but you can’t be active in the group 24/7. It’s a great source of fun, but you need to have time away from the computer.  

9. Invite people to join your group from other social media platforms or pages – LinkedIn, Twitter, Webinar Thank-you pages, and more. Ask people to join your group from anywhere you can think of.

10. Run regular challenges. When you set up a formal program, like a challenge with activities and prompts for people to get involved, you get more more engagement and activity. The more value you deliver, the more people will want to be in the group. (Crazy idea, right?)

11. Set limits on how much time you spend in your group each day. I know that this is counterintuitive, but as things start to move along, you’ll be tempted to spend every waking moment in your group rather than doing other client-seeking activities. Limit your time there, and be mindful of how you are spending your time.

12. Make sure you regularly tell people what you do. People really do need to hear – often – what you do and how you can help them out. Don’t be shy about sharing quality content and occasionally pitching your and your business. 

13. Swap out the group’s header files occasionally to keep things fun and engaging.

14. Post the group rules. You can post them in the group description. You can also create a pinned post with the rules and attach them to the header graphic, or put a short link (e.g. bitly) in the graphic, so that the group rules are easily found. No matter how many times you remind group members to read the rules, chances are many will ignore what you’ve posted, or they just won’t bother.  

15. You may have to remove people from your group if they don’t follow the rules and just promote themselves all the time. That’s OK. If you have someone who only posts and never comments on anyone else’s posts, you may need to remove them. Don’t be afraid to remove someone who doesn’t fit in with the vision you have for your group.

16. As your group grows, get volunteers to help moderate and manage the group. I’ve seen some people spend a fortune on this, and to me, that does not make sense. Find ways to offer value to volunteers and create a community.   

17. Build a repository of content and questions you can use in the group. You can also set it up so that there is a posting theme each day of the week. The more you prompt people to engage, and encourage them to step up, the better your results will be.  

18. Be of service. Answer questions completely and honestly. One of my pet peeves is people who don’t fully answer questions, or people who tell others to private message them to get more information. Honestly, that sets up an atmosphere of distrust, and people don’t appreciate it.  

Building a Facebook group doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s mostly a question of being of service and putting a significant amount of value into the group. Make sure that you take care of yourself and don’t get totally sucked into it, or you can easily land yourself in the hospital!


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Hearing Crickets When You Post on Social Media? Don’t Give Up

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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It feels like it was just yesterday, though it’s actually been a little while, that I first started posting on Facebook and other social media sites and blogs. I remember it all too well. I had this great, if not naive, idea that I’d write fantastic content from my little MBA brain, and people would adore it, and share it, and it would instantly go viral.  

Yeah… that didn’t quite go as planned. What really happened? I wrote blog post after blog post, and the same 3 people viewed the blog or commented on the posts I shared on Facebook and LinkedIn. I tried sharing my posts in Facebook groups… and what happened with that? I got crickets.  

I made the mistake of simply posting on my Facebook Page and then re-sharing that post in Facebook groups. Or I’d just post the link into a group with no introduction or anything.  

I got pretty much nowhere. More crickets. It felt very much like I was invisible.  

don't give upI got smarter and started adding descriptions to the shared posts, and then kept posting, posting, posting. I learned that if you want people to click on a link to read an article, you have to entice them with a few words or sentences. And I’ve been consistently sending out newsletters every Thursday for years now.  

I noticed that things started shifting. People started recognizing me. I went from begging people to sign up for free consultations with me to getting as many of those as I could handle. Then I was finally able to charge for my services. And then I could charge even more for services – an amount that was more in line with what my time and expertise were worth.

I started My Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network, nearly 2 years ago with a grand total of zero members. And now our membership has surpassed 50,000, and continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

It was a lesson in patience and persistence – about not giving up. You may be hearing crickets like I did, but you just need to keep posting and sticking with it. I’m making more and more money (but no, I don’t share numbers), and each month it continues to get better.  

Even when you think you’re invisible, keep building those relationships and talking to people – lots of people.  

Don’t give up. You can do this!


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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You’re Not Going to Be Liked by Everyone – That’s OK

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I think it’s part of being human to want to be loved and liked by everyone. The reality is that not everyone is going to love you, your business, your message, or your hair color.  There will be people who think you’re too pretty, too ugly, too tall, to short, too fat, too thin, too loud, too boisterous, and the list goes on. It doesn’t matter who you are, they will find a reason to not like you.

liked by everyoneAs your success grows, people will start to have more reasons to not like you. They’ll think you didn’t work for what you have. Or that you don’t deserve it somehow. They will try to throw you under the bus.  

That is part of life, and it doesn’t seem fair, but it is something you have to learn to live with. Getting your first “haters” is kind of a rite of passage in business. In a sense, it means that you’ve arrived.  

I’ll never forget getting the first negative review on my book. It may sound kind of crazy, but I actually celebrated that milestone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t even a very convincing negative review. Apparently somehow I hurt their feelings with the book, and they didn’t actually read it.  

Maybe next time I’ll get a better hater?

The reality is that not everyone is going to like you, and that is okay. Not everyone is going to resonate with your message.  

I will flip this on its head and say that I think it’s actually desirable to repel certain people. Those people aren’t your people, your tribe. They aren’t your ideal clients. You do want to repel the people who you aren’t looking for and attract the ones that you are. It’s okay to let go of the ones you don’t really want. Encourage them to be on their merry way and wish them well. The planet is big enough for all of us.  

That is the beauty of the human condition. Some people will love us and some will hate us.  Some will be jealous pains in the butt. It’s all good and it’s all normal. You don’t have to love everyone or be loved by everyone to be your own best self.


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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My Top Lessons of the Year and My Resolutions

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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To say that 2016 was a rough year in my life would be an understatement. My oldest daughter sustained a traumatic brain injury at the very end of 2015, and we had her in and out of the hospital for months this year. Now, 12 months later, she still isn’t completely back to being her normal self. And she isn’t back to school yet, either. She is slowly getting better, but requires a lot more love and attention than your average 18 year old. In July, after I suffered a major health scare, I decided to sell two of my businesses. It was clear that to continue with the amount of stress that I was under was not going to be a winning combination. Then, my younger daughter broke a leg in September, causing another round of issues. So, to say that there have been plenty of challenges would just about sum it up.  

Aside from all the challenges, this year also brought me a tremendous number of lessons. I learned a lot about myself and about people around me. I learned who my friends are, and who can be trusted and who can’t.  

Here are my top lessons of the year:

lessons of the year1. I am who I am, and I’m not going to make everyone happy all the time. It’s okay if you like me. It’s okay if you don’t. Not everyone has to love one another, but courtesy, respect and kindness are important.  

2. I learned a lot about who my real friends are and who is part of my support system. As a result, I’m on the hunt for a new church and I’ve made some tremendous new friends. It’s funny how when you find yourself at a point where you can’t give any more, people really show their true colors. One friend who had borrowed a lot of money from me took the opportunity to throw me under the bus, and then went around town badmouthing me when I had the audacity to actually expect to be repaid.  

3. Not everyone is as they appear to be. Some people who come across as being super nice are actually evil incarnate. I believe that Karma has a way of dealing with those people. Sometimes people who don’t seem so nice to start with are actually quite amazing individuals.  

4. Taking care of myself is not simply an option. It’s not a choice. It’s a requirement. If I don’t take care of myself, there won’t be a business, and I won’t be able to take care of my family.

5. I’m worthy of being loved and receiving gifts. Learning to accept gifts from others can be quite difficult, especially if you’re used to always being on the giving end — giving and giving, until it hurts. Gifts aren’t always material; sometimes they’re gifts of time, talent or service. But beware of someone who expects you to believe that a half-baked job counts as a gift.  

My resolutions for the new year are actually around the lessons I’ve learned this past year.  I will continue to focus on growing my business and taking care of myself. I am setting boundaries in my life and in my work. I’m putting myself first and making myself a priority.  I’m also making it a priority to reach out to friends and to continue to nurture relationships.  


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Let’s All Make the World a Better Place

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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This has been a year in which my life was turned upside down…  and back again.

make the world a better placeI’ve suffered so many losses and so much pain. Yet it’s so much less than what I’m seeing coming out of Aleppo and other countries. We’re coming hot off the heels of an incredibly bitter election in the U.S. Now, we move forward with a president who is controversial to say the least. It would be so very easy to blame him for all of our problems and to expect the government to fix everything for us.

Instead, I ask that each of us take responsibility and focus on doing our part to change the world around us. Don’t like something? Speak up. Focus on changing the little things around you. Do what you can. It won’t be perfect. But you will start making a change.  

I believe that a lot of the racist issues we’ve seen since the elections are a reflection of deeper problems in our society that need to be focused on and healed. We can’t just blame that on the government. We’ve had demonstrations and riots this year. Those are indicative of a deeper problem that each of us is responsible for allowing to exist.  

We have to come together and focus on bringing change to the world. One small step at a time. Even if you don’t think you can, how will you know unless you try? So often we give away our power to “others” because it’s just easier. Yet each of us holds so much power.  Let’s exercise that power and make the world a better place. We can do it.

My challenge to you as 2016 comes to an end is to find one way that you can make the world a better place.  


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Advice for New Entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs Who’ve Been There

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I am so blessed to be part of a community of entrepreneurs and experts in their field. They all have so much to offer, and I wanted to share their tidbits of wisdom with other entrepreneurs — especially for those who are just starting out.

So I posted this question in my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network:

What is one piece of advice you would give to new entrepreneurs?


We received so many awesome responses; here are just a few:

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Petra Monaco: Create a vision of what you want to create and be clear on your why. It will come in handy on those not so awesome days!
http://petramonaco.com/

Angela Moore-McGrath: Know your WHY and have a passion for what you do!
http://www.mysteepedtea.com/teawithang

Sara Adams: Whatever you decide to pursue make sure it’s your dream. Make sure it’s something you love beyond measure, because when things get tough and you’ve got to grind through the hard times you’ll need that love and that dream to keep you going.
Sara Adams https://www.facebook.com/AveryTaylorAdams/

Tandy R Elisala: Do what brings you joy and will help you lead a life that matters. Progress over perfection. Remember taking imperfect action is the way the grow. If you wait until everything is “perfect”, you’ll never get your business off the ground. Lastly, stay in your lane! The only opinion of yourself that matters is yours.
http://tandyelisala.com/

Tammy Everts: It takes more time and money than you think.
http://spokanesbdc.blogspot.com/

Evangela Childs: Create a business vision that operates like a machine without you. Know your why. Make sure you know company roles and task. Create a bomb OM.
https://m.facebook.com/bombmominternational

TL Williams: Treat your business like a business everyday. Everyday, do something to move your business forward.
http://easyscratchoffs.com/buy-scratch-off-stickers/#!/Holiday-Scratch-Off-Cards/p/74678118/category=20794155

New EntrepreneursLin Gorenkoff: You only have to do the first time once.

Alison Cummings Zajac: Differentiate yourself and your products before you go to market. If your stuff is the same as everyone else’s, do some soul searching about how and why you are different.

Andrea Joy Nussinow: Laugh a lot. Especially, when you want to cry. 🙂 And keep going….always.

Nathan Hirsch: Calculated risks is everything. It’s the difference between success and failure.
https://freeeup.com/blog/

Tara Louise: Spend time digging deep to really get to know the real you and your values. Make you and your values the heart of your business. It’s the only way it will work long term & your intuition will let you know when you’re going off course.
http://www.womenslifecoach.co.uk/

Leslie Wright: Be dedicated to reaching your goals even if you don’t have a cheer team. Be your own motivation. You’re enough!!

Devan Spear: What’s your why? Write it down! Make a vision board!
https://spear1214.le-vel.com/

Maria Lironi: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to all the work by yourself.
http://loveyourwork.ca/

Alice Louise Taylor: Research and follow the habits of successful people. Duplication, tenacity, integrity, and a good sense of humor will go a long way. Be committed… there will be tough times. Believe, Endure, and Pursue.
http://altaspire.com/

Shannon Matthews: Start with your branding first and create a solid foundation for your business.
http://www.smatthewsdesigns.com/

Megan Allen Tsui: Separate your business and personal finances immediately. Open a separate checking account and keep all receipts for things you purchase for your business — no matter how small. You’ll be glad you did come tax time!
http://unleashed-inc.com/

Bethany Pelts Smisson: Stay focused on yourself and what you are doing and stop comparing yourself to other people.
https://bethanyskincare.myrandf.com/

Jo Hausman: Always remember to take care of you! Your business is very important but if your not well your business won’t be either.
http://www.johausman.com/

I hope you’ve found these pearls of wisdom helpful. Stay tuned for more!


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Mindset and Problem Solving in Your Business

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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Mindset isn’t just the latest buzz in the entrepreneurial world; it’s a real thing. It’s a series of techniques and skills you need to build your business. Mindset is a beautiful and important thing when you’re growing your business. Just talk to my dear friend Nathalie Guerrin, or head over to her blog and learn more about mindset.

But mindset is only part of the equation. One of the most important and frequently overlooked things that you desperately need in your business is problem solving skills. It would be nice if you could just buy your business process from another person and set it up in your business. Just make a copy of their business and do it over and over again. Kind of like stamping out chocolates from a mold.  

MindsetUnfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way. I see too many entrepreneurs, especially in the online space, who think that if they sit on their couch and decide that if they’re worth a certain amount of money, people are going to magically sign up and pay that amount without having to do the work to go out and find clients.

Business is about numbers and about relationships. Particularly at the higher dollar values, people need to feel a rapport and a connection with you. They need to feel like they’re getting something of serious value from you. It takes time, effort and energy to build those relationships, especially if you’re an introvert. That’s not to say that it’s not fun, but rather that it takes real, concerted effort to build your funnel and, ultimately, followers for your business.  

The more people you build meaningful, real, authentic relationships with, the better your business is going to do over time. That’s just the reality of it.

The tricky part is figuring out HOW to build the right relationships with the right people at the right time. That’s where the problem solving comes in. You need to figure out what works for YOU as an entrepreneur and as a person. That requires some introspection. It also requires looking into the mirror and figuring out exactly who that person is looking back. You can’t just sit there hoping and praying that someone is going to come along and buy your $15K package. You need to actively go out and beat the bushes and cut a path so that those people can show up on your doorstep.  

Mindset is critical, but it doesn’t exist without solid problem solving in your business.


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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My Thanks for a Year of Blessings

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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blessingsNovember is inevitably that month every year when people start gratitude journals and make charitable contributions. It’s also that time of year when I look over the previous year and start to count my many blessings. This year has certainly been a year of so many blessings.

From my family’s perspective, we’ve seen my oldest daughter continue to steadily recover after a traumatic brain injury last December. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year, but she has made so much progress in that time. I’m so grateful that she is healthy and continues to improve each day.  

I’m so grateful for all of my clients this year. I’ve seen such tremendous growth in my business and I’m grateful for each and every client who I have been able to serve.

I’m grateful to the readers of my blog, the members of my Women’s Entrepreneur Network group on Facebook and my other social media followers, for they have enabled me to realize this explosive growth. For that, I am beyond grateful.

There are so many things in my life to be grateful for that it’s hard to list them all. I am grateful to you for reading this message, and I hope that you will continue to see massive growth in your life and in your business.


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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Relocating for Work? What You Need to Know

~by Emma Sturgis~

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A career change can bring with it a mixture of excitement, anxiety and incredible potential. If that career change also includes relocating from your current home, then a whole other level of emotions comes into play.

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Here are four tips you should consider when relocating for work.

Ask if Your New Employer Will Cover Relocation Costs

There are many expenses, both planned and unplanned, associated with moving. Any financial assistance offered by the new employer can help cover those costs. If your new employer does agree to provide relocation benefits, you should confirm how much will be covered so you can plan accordingly before the big move.

Find the Right Realtor to Sell Your Current Home

relocating for workHaving two mortgage payments and two homes in two different cities can cause an incredible amount of stress at a time when you’re already experiencing a lot of change. It is very important to sell your current home quickly and at the best possible price so you are not carrying any extra pressure on your shoulders. The right realtor will be able to get the most money for you in the least amount of time, thus freeing you up to move on to your new opportunity. Consider using professionals, like those found at Re/Max Alliance – The Diane Stow Team, to help you sell your current home.

Take a Fun Preview Trip to the New City

Getting used to a new place can be difficult for some people, particularly children who have spent most or all of their lives in their current home. Time permitting, you should take your family on a mini vacation to explore their new city. Trying new restaurants and locating the nearest mall, movie theater and grocery store will help prepare the family for the changes ahead and make them feel more comfortable once the big move is over.

Determine What Kind of Move is Right for You

Depending on the amount of furniture and household items you have to take to the new location, you can decide how hands-on you need to be during the moving process. If you don’t have very much stuff and are only moving a couple hundred miles away, then renting your own van or truck may be the most logical and financially feasible way to go. On the other hand, moving a large amount of belongings across the country could require a professional, insured moving company you can trust.

With just a little preparation, you can make your relocation a smooth transition so you can concentrate on enjoying your new career opportunity. Relocating for a new job can be extremely stressful and immensely rewarding. It should be an exciting time where you get ready for new adventures in your life. Use the tips above to decrease the stress surrounding moving.


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Emma SturgisMeet the Author: Emma Sturgis

Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and rock climbing. Say “hi” on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.


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