Leave Room For The Magic

Leave Room For The Magic 10 05 2015You’re smart. Determined. Focused.

You’ve got a plan and you are working it like nobody’s business.

Just remember to leave room for the magic.

Magic: that little bit of stardust that arrives when you least expect it. Continue reading

What Lights You Up?

What Lights You Up“Sylvia” started her consulting business after being downsized twice. She was determined to take the reigns and direct her own future.

A year in, she’d built a handful of client relationships and made about 75% of her former earnings. Not too shabby for Year 1.

But she was exhausted and frustrated and couldn’t pinpoint why.

Our deep dive discovered the culprit pretty quickly. Her favorite word with prospective clients was “yes”. Continue reading

One Simple Habit That Will Spawn Your Best Work

Startup Stock PhotosMy first mentor in consulting—think stern, silver-haired, driven genius who never settled for less than his (or my) very best work—taught me one of the most important skills I ever learned.

The one habit that—over time—will help spawn your best work.

The after action review.

Born in the military, it’s better than the usual debrief where we’re all busily (if unintentionally) assigning blame. Continue reading

Seeing Your Work in Living Color

Seeing Your Work in Living Color 09 14 2015When you sell advice for your living, you don’t always get physical, tangible ways to see how your work played out.

Sure, you see your clients’ work or lives change, you see shifts in behavior, fresh results—you know you’ve had an impact.

But you don’t always get to hold it in your hand. Continue reading

Isn’t It Time You Got Discovered?

Isn't It Time You Got Discovered? 09 08 2015I remember the first time I was “discovered” on-line.

It was 2009 and I’d just joined Twitter as a brand-spanking new blogger (@ConsultingChick). I’d been consulting for years, but had built all my businesses on referrals and prior relationships. 2009 you may remember, was in the depths of the recession and business was s-l-o-w.

So imagine my surprise when my initial digital mailing list (about 600 of my flesh-and-blood peeps) suddenly started populating with Twitter followers I’d never met. And they started writing to me. Publicly and privately. Continue reading

My Dad: David Morgan Moulton

My Dad David Morgan Moulton 08 10 2015Last week, I said goodbye to my father for the last time.

100% true to form, he was cracking wise and fully present until the very end (lung cancer). I now realize what a profound gift that is—to have both the time and the motivation to say what is most important.

We shared lots of memories those last few days. First up? The day he was determined to teach me to ride my bike without the training wheels. I was scared and kept delaying the inevitable. That day he just took them off, promising me he’d hold on while I rode down the incline that was our driveway. Continue reading

First You Create

First You Create 08 03 2015“Don’t confuse getting inspired with getting things done. Create before you consume.” Marie Forleo

Sheila’s advisory practice was in growth mode. Her big challenge? Devoting the time to build her digital platform to grow beyond her current client base. But Sheila decided to make content creation—an article plus a few blog posts a month—a priority. Like clockwork, Sheila blocked time on her calendar to write. She even stockpiled a couple of months’ worth just to give herself some wiggle room.

Darryl’s plate was every bit as full as Sheila’s. The difference? Continue reading

Why Your Business Should Be Like A Tiny House

Photo credit: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Photo credit: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Have you been following the tiny house trend?

The extreme version of a tiny house clocks in at less than 200 square feet, ranging up to about 750, depending on who’s doing the counting.

You know the movement has built some steam when it sparked another “HouseHunters” HGTV spin-off.

What’s so enticing about a tiny house anyway? I think our appetites get whetted with what I call house porn—those beautifully shot, luscious photos currently making the rounds on the blogosphere. Continue reading

Personal Brand Gravity (Minus Shameless Self Promotion)

Personal Brand Gravity 07 13 2015[grav-i-tee]

  1. the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth.
  2. heaviness or weight.
  3. serious or dignified behavior.

“James” is brilliant at what he does in personal finance. His unique genius lies not in the technical (although he ranks amongst the top in his profession in that regard), but in asking clients the difficult questions they need to consider as they grapple with their financial lives. Continue reading

Going Rogue

Going Rogue 07 06 2015You know there’s something bigger you’re ready to do.

Grow your practice, expand your platform, finally write that book.

But what got you to where you are right now won’t get you there.

You’re ready to go rogue.

To break away from the pack. To zig when everyone else is zagging. Continue reading