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Wednesday Wisdom: True Blue Customers

May 12, 2021

Wednesday Wisdom, Business Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Businesses

A vase of bleeding hearts in sight just off the corner of my computer screen depict feelings brewing inside me as Jet Blue’s one hour, 48-minute wait time music plays on my iPhone as I type this Wednesday Wisdom. After spending an entire Saturday rebooking an out-West trip due to a change in original air schedules, we receive a message less than 48 hours after booking the new flight that it has been altered again. I’m a fair person so trying to get someone on the phone to discuss the situation was my priority, but I couldn’t reach anyone without the long wait.

I finally bent the rules a bit and called Jet Blue’s travel package line instead of the general flight line and got a human being on the phone within 5 minutes. After calmly explaining my situation, she only said, “I can’t help you, I have to transfer you to the general flight change number.” Explaining to her my conundrum about the length of time to get someone on the phone, that was the only thing she could do. I was excited to find out the new wait time was 1 hour, 30 minutes. I somehow lost 15 minutes of wait time. Amazing, right?

When you are a True Blue Customer and credit card holder of a company, you assume some priority when challenging situations arise, but alas Jet Blue doesn’t see it that way or the pandemic has automated everything so human beings don’t exist in customer service anymore. Jet Blue isn’t the only company where you can’t get a real person on the line for support. Could this realty be a secret advantage to small businesses if our customers actually reach us personally when they have an average or urgent matter?

Everything can’t become so automated that doing business with a long-standing company turns sour. I fly Jet Blue for many reasons, one of them is safety, but depending on how long this real wait time is and whether I get a person on the phone will decide if I look for other airline options. To expect business to return to normal after the pandemic is realistic to some degree. I think women owned businesses can stand out from corporate competition by offering the services people really want – humans to help them, not computers.

This Wednesday Wisdom, as I still listen to the music playing during my wait time, is to motivate you to seriously look at the way you are or will be conducting business with clients in this new-era. Will you only rely on automated systems to respond to problems? What is your average “wait time” responding to customer needs? Do premium clients know how to reach you if its really important or to satisfy an immediate issue? What is your primary way to hear from disgruntled clients – via text, phone calls or only emails within office hours? How do you handle after-hour calls? Make sure you set your policies, post and follow them.

“True blue” customers might not be there for you if you ignore them for too long. The secret to business success is answering and returning calls, emails and requests from loyal clients as soon as you can. Don’t keep them waiting. Do better. Be better.  

Note: It took 1 hour and 11 minutes on hold to talk to a Jet Blue representative finally.

We Can Move Mountains

May 11, 2021

Tuesday Vibes, Success Strategies, Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Women in Sports

A number of years ago I witnessed a speaker approach a stage with a cane and Seeing Eye dog by his side accompanied by my friend Susan Bertrand of Maureen’s Hope Foundation. I watched in awe as he navigated the stairs, walked towards the podium and arrived at it with a big smile on his face. Ready to greet his audience, Tim Connors “America’s Ambassador of Hope,” is a sightless visionary who became blind at the age of 15 and has redefined what was possible in his life which included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

“Going blind from cancer actually opened up my eyes to what was right in front of me,” Tim explained. He continued by saying, “I believe I can move mountains so remember no matter what barriers lie in your way, with the right mindset nothing can stop you.” Words I lived after finish the 26.2 mile run in Boston and raising $8,000 for Team 261Fearless two weeks prior to Tim’s speech. I knew what Tim was talking about because I had just spent 9 months believing I could move my own mountain and complete my goal. I also was blessed to witness a blind woman running in the marathon next to me on Heartbreak Hill.

Life lessons can produce parallel business lessons if we live within the place of possibility amid the right mindset and goals. Although we are not blind, we need to open our eyes to see what is right in front of us creating desire and opportunity. To run a successful business we know we need a business plan to guide us, similar to a blind person needing a cane and dog to lead them. Other times we need to lift our eyes away from the black and white plan, and see with our heart what is right in front of us and make a new decision to embark.

In 1995 when I started running to lose weight and then in 2005 when I started my second business to connect women across New York State and once again in 2017 when I took 110 women to the Women’s March on Washington to stand for equality, I listened to a voice within me, saw with my eyes a need, and trusted my wisdom to get me started and succeeding. As Tim said, it really does begin with the idea that we can ‘move mountains’ by our own will and focus.

Today be inspired to stop for a couple minutes and think about what is right in front of you – opportunities, people, ideas – that you need to grab a hold of and start experiencing. It could be something that repetitively shows up in your life, someone or a few people who you keep intersecting with by accident or a gut feeling you haven’t taken serious enough to investigate. Sometimes we need a leap of faith to get moving on a new path in entrepreneurship and life.

I’m not suggesting you start training to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro or run a marathon, but I want you to think about that inkling in your heart or hunch in your gut to do something new or different in your personal, business or community life. It just might be time to start climbing.

Wednesday Wisdom: Reopening Sights

May 5, 2021

Friday night in bustling New York City, with pop-up outside dining cubicles adorned with white hanging lights, live plants, and candles lit our way down old, cobblestone side streets in the West Village. After leaving a 7-course sushi restaurant with only 24 person capacity, it was easy to tell pandemic restrictions were both in place and being lifted. What hasn’t changed is the electricity in the air on a busy, warm, blustery end-of-work week tradition eating out in the heart of the Soho.

Governor Cuomo’s lifting of restrictions for restaurants, pubs, and breweries were evident and yet rules were still being followed with temperature checks at the maître de station, providing contact information for tracing, and sitting in a 4-person pod with a see-through barrier between our party and the next. Did any of this continuing safety precautions change the buzz in the air? No and it was amazing to see New York City so vibrant again.

May is a month of blooming floral trees, lemon-lime colored tree leaves, singing birds, and fresh breaths of air as nature comes back to life in its most brilliant hues ready to stimulate our senses – even our noses and eyes with pollen. May 2021 is the month when WE come back to life after a year or more of closures. As we inch out again, one step or Friday night at a time, we embrace the familiar freedom, sights and sounds that went dim a year ago.

How will your clients or community know you are also transitioning safely from Covid times to “the good ole days” prior to March 2020? Are you allowing customers back into regular event spaces, announcing your reopening on social media, or even taking out a big bold billboard with lights and sounds showing your plans? Beautiful colored plants don’t need marketing to showcase their happenings, but women entrepreneurs do – even if it is a slow roll-out as you tenderly dip your toes back into the “we are open” waters.

Adan and Scott Higginbotham, West Village, NYC

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to illuminate what is happening in cities like the Big Apple, where life isn’t as bad as the media makes it out to be and to trust the community is ready to visit again and engage in familiar actions. They won’t know you are opening up again, if you don’t keep sharing your plans with them via direct marketing, mailings, social media shout-outs, or even phone calls. If you can hang an open sign for all to see, you’ll start reawakening your audience to purchase your products and services.

Stop and smell one of those beautiful flowering trees or visit New York City or some other large city to be inspired on ways to attract attention and business.

Wednesday Wisdom: Striking the Right Picture of Your Company

April 28, 2021

Wednesday Wisdom for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Companies

Imagining a walk through a California vineyard during harvest season with the sun beaming down on the grapes or standing next to Yosemite’s gushing waterfalls, set me off a journey to find the best unique venues to rest in while touring our beautiful west coast. A pastoral creek lodge, a bed and breakfast with a vineyard outside the window, and small private house perched on the Pacific Ocean’s edge gleaned our reservations after pouring over hundreds of potential venues and locations. How did we finally choose the unique establishments we’ll visit late summer; you might ask?

Well, photos, locations, amenities, prices, and esthetics didn’t come close to customer reviews and star ratings in our decision making. We all uniquely seek what we want most when we travel, especially after travel has been on hold for a year, and what we seek is different for each of us. I have to assume poor reviews and unfavorable customer ratings naturally sway potential visitors unless all that’s required is a place to lay one’s head.

Although Facebook allows online reviews, do most women entrepreneurs seek them or use testimonials or positive client accolades and post them to their websites or social media sites to convince buyers to choose them? Have you ever Googled your business to discover what is said about it? It’s amazing that just one negative review can immediately check you off someone’s potential business list. Well, at least that is what happens when I see one objectionable comment when looking for venues for our travels.

Our Women/s Athletic Network climbing new heights together

It is also stunning how beautiful images of a venue and its people working or enjoying services or products can impress a website visitor. You don’t have to own a spa to create soothing images that depict the personality of your company and its offerings being enjoyed by satisfied customers. It takes a marketing plan, budget, good photography and website support to upload images to enhance the online quality of your enterprise.

This Wednesday Wisdom is meant to have you drift off into the beautiful vision of your company – whether it’s your inviting structure, smiling customers showing off your wearables, clients enlightened at events, images of publications you’ve produced, and even your beautiful self-portrait – and see if you are using images, reviews, and positive comments as much as you should. If not, start planning and gathering them so you can enhance your marketing image.

Our Women’s Equality Division celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the USA

Pictures do paint a thousand words, just like good and bad reviews, so make sure you are using them, collecting them, and monitoring them best you can and then create a beautiful world of expression into you marketing to help sell what you sell best.   

Running Shapes Entrepreneurial Success

April 22, 2021

As Oprah would say, “What I know for sure…” is that running has played a positive role in being a successful woman entrepreneur the past 16 years. I started off running in my pool in 1996 l because I had post-pregnancy weight and didn’t think I could run on land. I eventually learned to run outside around my house graduating to a popular park six months later when I was convinced, I looked okay running. It’s funny how one can be so confident in business but not in running form.

Running led me to meet amazing women the past two decades in different areas of my life and profession who also ran. It also opened up new country sides and urban landscapes and made me a half-marathoner and then full marathoner which was never the goal. I have run near the Almao in Texas, Lake Michigan in Chicago, historic roads in Boston, and even the beautiful countryside in Devon, England. I have running to thank for opening up my life to big beautiful things and deep pride and belief in myself.

At yesterday’s Women TIES first International woman speaker series “Running Shapes Business Success,” Dr. Juliet McGrattan from England, one of the women I met running in the 2017 Boston Marathon, shared 7 benefits of running for women in business. Here they are:

1. Running releases creativity
2. Running helps you learn
3. Running reduces cognitive decline
4. Running helps nail time management
5. Running helps you set goals
6. Running opens up networking
7. Running keeps you healthy

Running truly is like having a secret weapon in life Juliet said. I agree with her and believe it is especially beneficial for women entrepreneurs. If running isn’t your ideal exercise, walking can bring as many benefits. Keep in mind as Juliet stated, 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of higher exertion fitness a week is the most beneficial thing you can do for yourself as a woman, and woman entrepreneur.

Running with 261Fearless and iconic runner Kathrine Switzer in the Rock and Roll Marathon 5K in Chicago

When I take off on a run or walk, I take with me a business problem of the day. In the beginning, my mind releases the emotions of the problem, and then halfway through my fitness, the problem is solved and I’m on to thinking of positive ideas for my business. Juliet suggests bringing your phone with you to record any brilliant ideas because, just like dreaming, our minds soon forget the thoughts, and those creative, new ideas are what we want to harness and bring back to our corporate plans.
 
Juliet’s latest book “Run Well” will be released in America the end of May. It is a true handbook for anyone starting to run or for any runner. Learn more about Juliet or order her book at www.drjulietmcgrattan.com and start not only running your business but your life – literally.  

Wednesday Wisdom: Accountability Makes the Difference

April 21, 2021

Daily since mid-February I’ve dutifully recorded my weight, steps, and food intake into a website, holding myself responsible. Inputting every detail, every hour, everyday for the past two months has been tedious and repetitive but the results have been happening. Without a computer accountability system to help me really gage my every move (literally), I don’t think I could have lost 13 pounds to date saying goodbye to what you might also know about – pandemic weight gain.

Accountability is an interesting devil. It is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions; and only works if one is truly honest and forthright about what they promise to do. Not only does accountability work for women trying to lose weight or stay on an exercise regimen, but about their duties as the leader of their company. Since most small businesses are run by a solo entrepreneur or with a small staff, accountability to accomplish the largest and smallest goals rest on their laurels of the company’s leader.

Often in my entrepreneurial career I sought advice of a sales coach, SBDC business advisor, and my own board of directors. They offered excellent advice and suggestions to assist me in becoming successful, but in the end their advice was only as valuable as I made it by implementing, improving, and then reporting back on my progress. It’s not so different than recording my calories and steps every day except we often don’t have an accountability plan in place like those offered for weight loss to support our business journey.

If accountability is something you struggle with, there are a couple things you can do to help yourself. Seek the input of a trained coach or business advisor and implement what they suggest. Women TIES has a number of coaches to choose from. Look for courses, like the one our member Laura Thorne, is offering on May 5th, called “Extreme Accountability” and walked away more educated on the subject.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is meant to inspire you to think about areas of your professional and personal life where accountability can truly help you succeed quicker and more efficiently. Just like counting calories, it can make you painfully aware of what you are doing wrong, facing the mirror on accountability weakness as a woman entrepreneur will ultimately help you move closer to success goals.

Remember to be patient with any accountability process, trust me. It might seem like you are moving at a snail’s pace to get to final goals but in the end, you’ll feel in control and better about where you lie in any situation. 

Monday Motivation: The Positivity of Running Again

April 19, 2021

Monday Motivation, Boston Marathon Monday, Inspiration for Women and Women Entrepreneurs

Every day for a year, no matter what the temperature, cloudy skies or even light rain, my bike accompanied me through the beautiful trails at Onondaga Lake Park providing freedom, fresh air, nature’s sights, and positive energy. Only during the snowy month of February was the bike traded in for cross country skies. My long-time treadmill, a horse of equipment lasting 20 years, sat quiet because I gave up running when I lost all my hair to alopecia in 2019 thinking too much running stressed my immune system after 25 years of daily running.  

As the fourth anniversary of running the Boston Marathon crept into my Facebook posts yesterday, from members of the team I ran with, my legs ached to run again. My heart and mind wanted to relive the feeling of running and my head still totally bald even with 2 full years of taking off from running, made me get back on that treadmill and run a 5K.

There is a unique exhilaration that comes with running that you don’t get with other sports – not even biking 9 miles a day in 26-degree weather, crewing on a warm, quiet evening, or cross-country skiing in a tranquil white atmosphere. Running provides the “umph” you need in triumph no matter what mileage you accomplish. As I stepped off the treadmill having run 3.1 miles, I was exuberant!

When you are a female, aged 56, and lose all your gorgeous brown hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows to alopecia, you feel empty inside when you look in the mirror missing your familiar reflection. It’s as if losing your hair, strips you of who you ever had been and will be again. Coming to grips with this change has not been easy and exercising every day, in some way, has built my image back up for myself because that’s what sports can do for someone.

So. when I was motivated to run, like I had for 25 years, I welcomed those heart-warming, familiar feelings of positivity, self-love, and strength back into my life. As I rub the totally smooth skin on the top of my head, still waiting for my hair to grow back, I know anytime I run or even exercise, I invite myself back to the present moment feeling stronger, more confident, and perhaps even slightly more beautiful than before.   

Forever Grateful – The 2017 Boston Marathon Changed Me Forever

April 16, 2021

Boston Marathon, Wednesday Wisdom and Inspiration for female runners and women entrepreneurs

“The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race,” is a quote once seen on a marathon supporter sign on the side of a road. I remember reading this quote and wondering who I would be once I crossed the historic Boston Marathon line on Boylston Street. What would change, what moments would influence me for the rest of my life, what moments along the 26.2 miles would stay in my soul forever? I have the answers and I really want to share them with you today as another Boston Marathon weekend approaches.

The journey of a marathon starts long before the starting gun goes off jumpstarting your heart and legs for this tremendous adventure. The journey starts when you ask yourself, “Can I complete a marathon? Do I want to complete a marathon? What the heck does it take to finish a marathon?” Having always been inspired by women the motivation to run a marathon came in November 2015 sitting around a table of 13 international and American women in the brownstone rental Kathrine Switzer had arranged for the very first 261Fearless.org team meeting. I would have never known that one simple candle lit dinner with wine and homemade food would spark something I never knew existed within me.


As each woman introduced herself explaining why they were there, why they ran, and what they do, I was amazed to discover I was only 2 of 13 women who had never run a marathon; but I was a 15 year 2 mile a day runner which seemed to impress my new friends. Mary T., who sat across from me, just back from running a marathon in Antarctica and Inga, sitting to my right, was from Iceland who runs her country hills near fjords with a gun in case a bear crosses her path. She turned to me and said, “You should run in Iceland with me!” I’m not sure what my facial expression was but I sure as heck knew what my internal answer was….bears really?”

Then came time to listen to the inspirational words of Kathrine Switzer, the hostess who brought us together within her dream to create 261Fearless.org and what it would mean for women globally if we could get involved and believe in her concept helping to launch it in our own cities and countries. It is hard to say “no” to Kathrine because she is the most wonderful, warm, amazing woman I have ever met. She is electric and gracious all rolled into one.

After bonding with these 13 women I left New York City changed, wishing I could stay with my new international friends forever and wanting to help Kathrine anyway I could. I knew I had to help women know more about KV Switzer what she had done in 1967 and what she planned to do so I arrived back to Syracuse ready to stay involved and we did when I landed her a speaking gig at my alma mater SUNY Oswego and she repaid the favor speaking at a Women TIES event in April 2016.

In the late summer of 2016, I received an unexpected email asking for women to apply to run in the Boston Marathon with Kathrine on the 50th anniversary of her gender barrier breaking moment in history. My hands shook as I contemplated the decision and then I said, “No way could I run a marathon” and closed the email. Next thing I knew my NYC 261Fearless roommate from Louisiana (the other non-marathoner) posted a YouTube video saying in her southern drawl, “I’m doing this,” and next thing I knew I opened the invitation, filled out the application and sent it in! I knew I had to train, raise $7,261 dollars and then run it – which was going to be harder I wondered?

9 months later, on April 17, 2017, as I walked excitedly towards the start line in the Hopkinton, Massachusetts where our Boston Marathon start was to begin, Dawn, my NYC roommate was at my side, fatefully put there again, to start this once in a life time experience. As we walked up behind Kathrine with 110 other excited women (and a few men), we looked at each other grabbed hands and said a prayer that we would each finish. Boom the gun went off and we ran our separate ways.

You see as much as you think you will run alongside someone to experience the Boston Marathon together, you can’t. As distinctively as our own personalities, we uniquely have to travel the 26.2 hilly miles from Hopkinton through Wellesley past Boston College and onto Boylston Street by ourselves with our own mantras, pace, spirit and depth of commitment. You can’t live someone else’s moment; you must live your own.

I felt great looking ahead at the colored hats and shirts of thousands of runners. The energy of the crowd sweeps you up for the first 7 miles as you run downhill and uphill with tons of people cheering you on. Then you start feeling the tightness in your legs, the slowing down of your pace and the reality you have 19 more miles to go. I was not discouraged on how I was feeling because I had trained for this thanks to my coach Reem Jishi, and knew it would take every ounce of tenacity to pull through.

I started thinking of the 110 people who donated to my 261Fearless.org charity raising $8,000 and I knew there was nothing that was going to stop me from finishing that race even if I had to walk and run to get there. The generosity of my donors fueled me in the doubtful moments. As I approached the beginning of HeartBreak Hill near my beloved Boston College, a blind woman and her coach ran by me on the left and a man with blade feet came up on me to the right, and my spirit raged as I witnessed these two individuals.

Heartbreak Hill is a long hill but it was “Heartful Hill” for me because my oldest son Thomas had gone to Boston College for four years and when I drove into visit him that was the last hill until his dorm. I loved that hill! BC Students were cheered me on as I yelled, “I love Boston College!” I stopped to have a 14 year old girl fix my iPod music and she said, “I love your bracelet which said ‘She believed she could, and so she did,’ a gift from my friend Susan Bertrand of Maureen’s Hope Foundation. I took it off and gave it to her as a thank you. She hugged me. I was energized once again.

Just as I came down the hill on “The Haunted Mile,” a flat part of the race in Newton, my husband and son hugged me and off I went until a mile later when Jill Bates, a Women TIES member from Rochester and her sister-in-law, an Ironwoman who I had donated to for her Hawaiian race, hugged me and gave me one last push to finish my last 3 miles. You see you receive if you give. Off I went, knowing the end was near.

Down the hill and the big left turn on Boylston Street, the crowd noise was louder than a Boston Red Sox victory over the Yankees. I couldn’t believe how loud that crowd was and how many people stayed to cheer us on. The elite athletes had finished hours before. Kathrine Switzer had finished an hour before at the age of 70 finalizing her big dream. You wouldn’t know you were a charity runner when you heard that crowd. I heard someone say, ‘Tracy….I turned around to see my roommate Dawn from Louisiana call my name. We had miraculously caught up to each other at the .2 mile of the 26.2 mile race. Was it fate? I say it was our prayers that we crossed the finish line.

At the end of the race I was a different person, a changed person. I realized that during the race I tried to give back to the crowd as much as they gave to me. I stopped took photos, danced for them, acknowledged them, shook their hands, gave hugs to people who held up “Do You Need A Hug” sign, slapped as many little girls hands as I could to make them happy, and slowed down to bask in the true “LOVE OF BOSTON.”

In the end, I realized how much people really care about others. The world news does not speak about this world that appears on the everyday streets that make up America – or Boston – or other great USA cities. People do believe in each other. We want to love others. We show our love the best we can. We are there in service and support from the smallest of us to the oldest.

I am changed forever by the love every single person in the Women TIES community, my family and my new Boston family showed me. I don’t know what to do with all this love but I sure do plan on giving away as much as I can to repay every person who believed in me. Come to a Women TIES event and I’ll give you a hug to share it.

Although the bracelet is on the wrist of a 14 year old girl, I remember what it said, “She believed and so she did!” What I know for sure is if I can run the Boston Marathon, then any woman I know including my favorite women entrepreneurs, can do anything they believe they can!

Wednesday Wisdom: The Value of Supporting Non-For-Profit Organizations

April 14, 2021

Wednesday Wisdom, Inspiration and Business Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, and Small Businesses

A new square black and pink sign sat in a traditional spot on a familiar piece of grass at the entrance to a popular park catching my eye since it’s been a year of nonexistent signage due to our community situation. An uptick in safe, social interaction appears to be bringing back beloved fundraising walks and runs for needy non-profits drained of revenue during the shut-down. On any other given year, an abundance of signs lined the park promoting weekend races for every non-profit you could imagine. In the quiet of the pandemic, I noticed them missing.

Although the fundraising signs disappeared, the non-profit organizations’ missions, services, and people they serve didn’t disappear and either did tenacious runners, walkers and bikers. Each chugging along best they could waiting for a new “spring” to return to familiar financial and racing worlds. As our globe focused on the ever-essential health care workers attending to the sickest humans, the rest of the non-profit associations had to survive, just like women business owners, with limited resources and funding.

The colorful sign reminded me that soon the park would be full of branded organization t-shirts, balloons, sponsorship signs, music, laughter and supporters raising money for good causes that help thousands of local community members. The sign also reminded me of the non-profit organizations I supported during the pandemic, especially the ones associated with Women TIES or having a direct link to me personally like the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. I continued to give knowing these organizations purposes were essential.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to motivate you to look at your budget again and earmark some funds for the non-profit agencies nearest and dearest to your heart or company. View their websites to see if they have planned activities for the year. If they do, sign up or consider a sponsorship. Reach out to your favorite ones and see if there are non-financial ways to support them if your budget doesn’t allow a monetary contribution.

Let’s not forget these essential “businesses” just like we didn’t forget the health care workers this past year who worked so hard to help those who need special services. Every agency needs and deserves moral and funding backing. 

Wednesday Wisdom: Follow the Bear

April 7, 2021

Wednesday Wisdom, Hump Day, Business Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners

Our world is slowly starting to expand again. It’s been a year of contraction, restriction, and self-preservation. We have been no different than a bear who hibernates through a long, isolating winter who eventually move forward slowly preparing for spring with abundant food and life again.

As we all begin to slowly re-enter our business world, going from restrictive ideas to expansive ones, I invite you to go beyond what you were used to before April 2020 into a larger, more connected world, where new opportunities exist and are ripe for the picking. At first it will be moving out of your home office or darkened office space, once full of staff and activity, at a comfortable pace, and back into your community re-engaging with other corporate owners and friends.

Beyond this first movement forward keeping going further into a regional or state-wide business mindset where travel on the wide, open roads, will feel free and unrestricted opening up business opportunities again. Then take the step beyond and broaden your national and international horizons – opening up wider than you ever have before. If the pandemic taught us anything it’s that we are in the same situation with global women entrepreneurs. Oceans apart doesn’t matter with an airborne virus

What wild dreams have you had about making new friends across the blue ocean? Have you even thought about how grander your life might be with an Italian friend, English vendor, or Australian mentor? Thinking that big, might not be something you are comfortable with, but I can tell you with certainty it can be accomplished and add unlimited value to your life and business.

This Wednesday Wisdom is to specifically invite you to join me and my English friend Dr. Juliet McGrattan on April 21st at noon to embark on a new journey of meeting and benefiting from female entrepreneurial connections across “the pond.”I want you to see and understand how easy it is to connect with women five hours away in another country where the similarities are striking and their wisdom and accents are worth hearing.

Starting this April, after the long winter of Covid, think like a bear. Come out of your cave, embrace the new light, and forge new vistas beyond your own four walls. Open back up to all the possibilities before you especially the brand, new expansive ones with limitless horizons. I hope to spend April 21st with you opening that door. 

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