A month ago I decided I wanted to go to Dr. Minette Riordan's The Path to Profit Summit. I had done an intensive session with her where I was able to begin to scratch the surface of who my ideal client was, the services I provide, the initial talk of possibly hiring another content writer to work with me and many other fun questions entrepreneurs get to think about. While I so appreciated those three hours, I clearly was not ready at the time to make a significant change in my business.
On Friday, I completed my first day of The Path to Profit. So far, it has been a rollercoaster of discovery of the creative nooks that can continue to be awakened in my brain, my capabilities to open my heart wider to bigger ideas, different points-of-view, and my way of being. About 33 of us men and women began to create our business plan or business mandalas if you will on the first day of the summit. The first step was to choose our Bold Money Goal for the year 2016. An amount of total gross revenue we would be happy and excited to make. Like many entrepreneurs, I was in the dark about how much to charge my clients, so how the heck was I going to pick a Bold Money Goal that was a stretch yet still attainable for my business? Eventually, Minette helped me and others to do the math, not always creative-types strong suit, and with that I had clarity and the best part, a Bold Money Goal.
Later, we discussed our individual core temperaments and the strengths and stressors that lie within each temperament that are not only within us but within each of my current and potentially new clients. We did two guided visualization exercises on money and our ideal client. Discovering my relationship with money and the scary, draining situations I've put myself through due to a lack of money or not standing in my value was incredibly difficult to visualize, let alone write down on a piece of paper. What surprised me, but also touched me, was the way the activities enabled people to get to the root of why they had fear to take the next step in their business or claim their value. At times, people cried and I didn't flinch, no one in the room did. We all accepted and allowed the experience to move through us, hold the painful parts close and then let them go with beauty.
Next, we moved onto pinpointing who our ideal client is. The ideal client exercise was super helpful to me. As I explained, I had done this exercise before, however, this time it felt easier to articulate who this woman is, how old she is, what her interests are, what she struggles with etc. And after lunch, we did a movement exercise and danced our asses off.
Nearing the end of the day, we got to hear a presentation from Tonya Hoffman, a top global public speaker. She spoke about how to get over the fear of public speaking. I even spoke to her after about how to go about putting together my first speech. She told me to just start speaking. This terrified me. No plan, just get up there and start talking? This woman gets booked all over the country to speak about leadership, so maybe she truly is onto something and a written out plan isn't the answer. The best news is I get to find out what that something is when I have my one-on-one with her this month!
I'm learning so much and the bull dozer in me is itching to implement, however, I still have a lot to learn even after this program concludes. I will make sure to share more juicy goodies of the knowledge I take away from The Path to Profit in the coming days.