During the Bright Light series, I connected with incredible entrepreneurs to chat about how to show up during a global pandemic, both in business and in our own lives. You can read more about the Instagram live chats I had with Meg Craig, Rebecca Wilson, Andrew Fraser, and Amanda Rhyno to catch up on the business side of things.
The zoom calls (see recordings below) were more intimate and often included a specific activity, workbook, or exercise to help support you during these uncertain times...and also to support you all the time because, the reality is, we face levels of uncertainty regardless of the state of the world, right?
Amanda has since paired down her product line to focus solely on magnesium-based products and is now selling through her online store and can be found in retail locations across NS, NB, and ON. You can find a list of retailers here.
Showing up online can be challenging at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic, right? During the Bright Lights series, I spoke with Andrew Fraser about social media topics a lot of folks have been asking me about over the last few weeks.
High up on the list were versions of ‘how can I keep posting?” and ‘is it actually ok to keep posting right now?’.
The answer is yes. And no.
You may be wondering if it's still ok to sell when we’re experiencing a global pandemic. I know, right? Everything feels so strange and off right now but the answer is yes, it’s ok to sell. Selling right now is ok.
I had a great IG Live chat with Meg Craig, Brand Strategist and Owner at Skysail Brand, as part of the Bright Light series, about the fact that small business is the backbone of our economy and we need to keep showing up. We need to drive the economy right now and be there for our customers.
Of course, if you are questioning your values in how you are selling right now, press the pause button and take some time to reflect on why you're feeling off about it. If you are still feeling hesitant, why not reach out to your customers? See what they need and how they are feeling. Send a DM. Email your subscribers. Create a poll. Pick up the phone and give them a ring.
You don't know their money story.
Photo credit: Michelle Doucette Photography
Last week, Andrew Fraser and I teamed up again to offer a session to business owners - this time we planned a full day of learning and action taking after hosting our sold-out intro session in December.
We gathered a roomful of passionate and keen entrepreneurs who are ready to grow their business - some have been at it for decades and some are at the beginning. Because growth happens at all stages, in different ways, we built methods and learning to support folks wherever they are.
We all hosted this session at the lovely WorkSpace Bedford. The reception was outstanding and they even gifted our guests with a week of free co-working. if you are looking for a workspace (they offer free co-working on Fridays and there is so much free parking). Follow them over on Instagram @workspacebedford to see how much they love their co-working members...hint: there are often treats waiting for you at the office!
Feelings of failure
Failure (noun): an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success
When we think of failure, the feelings we associate with it are usually uncomfortable at best and brutally negative at worst. We have this narrative running through our minds that ‘failure is bad’ and we have been fed this line in our culture for so long from family, friends, trusted leaders, academics, mentors...you name it.
I reached out to you and asked ‘’what emotion do you feel when you think of failure?” and the responses were mostly what I anticipated; guilt, fatigue, disappointment, worthlessness, shame, fear, judgment, inferiority, incompetence, and on and on. I hear the same story from clients as we debrief the seasons and situations in their work.
How many decisions do you make a day? Adults make on average 35,000 decisions each day and researchers at Cornell University have concluded that we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone.
Yes, some days, deciding what to make for lunch can feel draining...but so often it’s those BIG decisions lurking around in the back of your mind that takes up so much of your time and energy.
That’s time and energy that you could be using to move your business forward - making it what you know it can be.
I've been there. I have let decisions stick around for way too long, eating up my creativity, inspiration, and my motivation.
There are now 2 weeks left of 2019...and yes, the end of the decade.
I've been hearing so many people share their wins and challenges of 2019 lately as we start planning for their big dreamy goals for 2020.
Have you taken a moment to jot down some of your big moments of the past year yet? What are the things you are really proud of?
Andrew Fraser (PR Consultant & Social Storyteller) and I had such a great morning connecting with a roomful of business owners, organizations, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who were ready to start thinking about their goals for 2020, reflect on their past year and get really clear on what their social storytelling will look like going into the next year.