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It didn’t take Lisa Corrado long to decide that being in business for 10 years was worthy of celebration. Her Mastermind Group urged her to nail down a date and get the invitation out to her happy clients and supporters.
Selfishly, we all wanted to party with Lisa. And we did. Lisa threw a festive, energetic and well-attended soiree. We ate, drank and met the other stimulating, successful, fun attendees all there to support and celebrate our colleague and friend.
Katie Settel of Katie Settel Photography captured the evening with her always-beautiful photographs and Louise Albin of Cafe Louise catered the party. There wasn’t even one crumb of food left afterwards. One of our members said she thought she may have seen ‘lick’ marks on the serving platters!
New businesses notoriously fail within the first five years. Making it beyond that mark as an entrepreneur is remarkable. And doubling that significant milestone is not only extraordinary–especially when it encompassed 2008 and beyond, it’s also deeply satisfying. The smile on Lisa’s face never left that night.
You can read more about Lisa’s offerings on her site, but they won’t tell you what makes her so successful. Words can’t capture the spirit, humor and passion that Lisa exudes when she talks about nutrition.
To give you an example, she handed us each an apple–a green one, just like her logo–the first day of our program a year ago.
She traveled to Italy for two weeks (an assigned goal) to see if she’d like to incorporate international travel into her practice.
Not only is she fearless, this woman is unstoppable, and it’s contagious if you are around her for even five minutes.
You can see her friends and supporters clear affection and happiness in this group shot the beautiful night of her party. This was on her back patio, just outside her office door. Talk about a lifestyle entrepreneur! Lisa’s hard-earned anniversary celebration was a testament to the rewards of working hard, keeping up with her community and contributing her knowledge and expertise to so many.
Have you got an occasion to celebrate? My advice is to grab the opportunity, invite your friends and party, party, party!
Since attending a lunchtime networking meeting a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had three coffee dates with three remarkable women.
This morning Shahrina Ankhi-Krol and I met at Dean & Deluca’s midtown to find common ground. For this archaeologist turned lawyer, it was a piece of cake . Digging into things is what she did before opening her law practice. We discovered a mutual love of museums, all things creative and NYC, of course.
She’s incredibly smart, wise beyond her young age, personable and professional. The hour flew by. We covered our passions, our families, our hopes and dreams.
By the end of our date, I knew I’d be delighted to refer her to anyone seeking legal advice, especially around trademarks, copyright infringement and or simply setting up a business entity. It was less her credentials (which are impeccable) and more her way of being that impressed me. She’s an attentive listener and connector.
I particularly enjoyed reading an article she wrote that has attracted a lot of attention. I identified with her underdog status and how she’s made it work so well for her company’s growth. Starting with her headshot in which she is smiling: Real Lawyers Don’t Smile–one piece of advice she was wise enough to ignore. Here’s a smiling lawyer I’d love to work with and refer.
How are my networking events like NYDJ?
You know the clothing company, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans? They differentiate themselves from the competition by naming their market (mothers, aka women) and offering something more desirable for their demographic. I’m speaking only for myself, but nod if you agree, I don’t want to wear shredded denim or the designer’s name on my derriere. I do want a pair of jeans that are flattering and hip, so I buy the NYDJ brand.
I feel the same about one-size fits all networking meetings. Are you getting tired of networking events where you do and say the same thing? Go around the room, announce what you do, say who your market is, then hope and pray there’s someone in the room who can refer you, use your services or even want to engage in conversation? Ho-hum.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve met wonderful people and gotten business in these environments, but it feels stale and I’m having trouble psyching myself up to keep showing up.
That’s why I’m offering a different kind of networking event Thursday night, October 24, at In Good Company in NYC. I want you to meet Remarkable Women in a different way. The focus that night will be on creating meaningful relationships first, building business connections second. And I will be facilitating that activity–in a fun and memorable way. You do not want to miss this!
Here are the details and registration link to join us next week. Hope to see you there!
This is a unique opportunity to inspire, encourage and motivate each other.
Be Part of the Remarkable Women’s Network
5 Spots remain – Register Today:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm
In Good Company
16 W. 23rd Street – 4th Floor
New York City
Please RVSP by October 18, 2013: Click here to register
I’ve had the good fortune this week to meet several wonderful women in the city. On Monday, my friend and fellow Artsy Girl, Victoria Cummings (aka the Horse Philosopher Chick), set up a lunch date with two of her best NYCity pals–an author/illustrator and her partner, a professor of publishing. Needless to say, sparks flew and the conversation lasted for hours over our vegan lunch at Candle Cafe West.
Jeanne, the author/illustrator and I made a date to go for a walk in Central Park later this month. She suggested a starting location midway between us.
“We could meet at the Imagine marker at 72nd Street.”
That’s the beautiful mosaic memorial tribute to John Lennon right near the entrance to Strawberry Fields.
I’m feeling more like a New Yorker every day.
Why re-invent the wheel when Oprah put it into words for me? Two sentences in the recent edition of O Magazine fit me to a T.
It’s my dream to encourage other people to connect the dots of spirituality for themselves, to recognize the fullness of their being and to live that fullness. That is where all our potential lies, and getting people to see it is what I was created for.
Oprah continues to fulfill on her mission by creating her OWN Network, publishing her magazine and setting up schools for girls in Africa and more.
My means are more humble, but suit me perfectly. I accomplish my life purpose through coaching, speaking and writing.
I believe that YOU, too, are exactly where you need to be and that my calling–should we meet–is to help you identify and move into your fullness–your great potential.
I’m holding my first NYC-based networking event to have that conversation with you.
Connection & Conversation
Our evening together will consist of my signature coaching and
networking exercises designed to help you re-connect with your goals,
re-ignite your passion and expand your network:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm
In Good Company
16 W. 23rd Street – 4th Floor
New York City
Seating is limited to 25 women.
Please RVSP by October 15, 2013: Click here to register
Went to two good networking meetings this week and met several terrific entrepreneurial women in the city.
One shared a business name that made everyone in the room laugh out loud, sit up and take notice.
She told us about an architecture firm where she knew the principals–all women. Every time they were on a job site, they were summoned with, “Hey, Honey!” “Babe, can you take a look at this!” and “Oh, Doll, I need you over here.”
Absolutely sexist and devaluing, but they decided to use it to their advantage and named their firm Honey Babe Doll Architecture. Totally memorable, right?!
The but is that when I went to their site, it was ironically ‘under construction.’
What’s going to happen to all those folks who hear their great name, want to learn more and find that message?
I vividly remember Dr. Julie White report on studies of female behavior in an audio series I listened to years ago, especially this morning in a moment of self-doubt.
When given an insoluble puzzle to complete, the women involved in the study blamed themselves–”I’m not very good at puzzles” and “I must not’ve listened to the instructions carefully enough.” While the men being observed in the same psychological test responded, “There must be something wrong with this puzzle” and “You didn’t explain it well enough” when they failed to complete the puzzle.
The puzzle did not have a solution. Those providing the test were observing the responses to being handed this conundrum. As you can see–very different reactions between the men and women.
This morning I was at a coffee shop on the Upper West Side waiting to meet someone new–a fellow coach in my neighborhood. She texted me that she’d be 5 minutes late, followed by a second text saying “Wearing agreement coat.”
Now she took the same Coaches Training Institute (CTI) coursework I took albeit about 3-4 years later. “Agreement coat?” Was that a principle they began teaching after I graduated? Was it about creating a new perspective that I hadn’t learned? Did I miss that memo? Was she forewarning me as to how she’d like to approach our meeting?
The mystery was solved when Lisa Hart walked in seconds later in a green coat, but not before I had diminished myself in my own mind for lacking some imagined coaching vocabulary based on a texting auto-correction.
Anyone else guilty of self-flagellation prior to investigation?
I left for my annual Kushi Conference this afternoon–4 days in Basking Ridge, NJ with like-minded people being served delicious vegetarian fare, attending lectures, cooking classes and social events in a peaceful, offsite location.
Since giving up my car when I moved to NYC, I opted for the shared van ride out of the city. Our instructions were to arrive between 12:30pm and 12:45pm at a location near, but not in front of Port Authority. For some reason, limos aren’t allowed to do pick-ups there. I had to laugh when the dispatcher told me where we’d meet: in front of Papaya Thai, one of New York’s famous hot dog emporiums!
Because it was pouring and I had a large suitcase (to contain my yoga mat), I hailed a cab to get me to the meeting place. I mentioned this irony, along with my destination address, to the driver who set off on an entertaining monologue about vegetarianism, meat-eating and the need for greater mutual respect for the choices we make.
That led him into a diatribe on what’s killing him about living in NYC. It’s not driving a cab or New Yorkers. No. It’s other cab drivers complaining about what’s wrong with this country. Their attitude had clearly wormed its way into his psyche. I wondered if he realized that in complaining so bitterly about their negativity, he was unwittingly allowing them to bring him down with them.
I’m giving a talk soon on gratitude and wondered if I should have rehearsed a bit with this driver. Practicing gratitude is the best antidote I know for overcoming that kind of viral gloom. I did tell him I was very happy that he’d made a big U-turn to come and pick me up in the downpour and gave him a 25% tip. (The charge device in the cabs makes that an easy thing to do these days. Another thing to be grateful for!) Sometimes actions speak louder than words.
I stopped by my new AAA office to pick up a map and guidebook for a friend only to discover that my membership had expired. I was assigned a Travel Counselor and went through the renewal process with him.
On inquiring about what happened to my status, I mentioned that I’d lived in Connecticut until 9 months ago. John, my counselor, let me know that he used to go to a comedy club in my hometown. Not only did he go there, he performed stand-up.
Interesting. How does one go from stand-up comedy to working at AAA? I had to ask.
Turns out, AAA gives him a lot of flexibility to audition for parts. He’s been making a supplementary income from commercials, modeling (he was an M & M, not a runway type) and voice-overs all while pursuing the day job for the past 18 years. I didn’t get a hint of irony or resentment from this 40-something. He seemed fulfilled and energized by his life choices.
I asked him if he had any advice for someone wanting to make it in the entertainment industry.
“Don’t hide!” he said. “Everyone out there at the performing level is really good. No one is going to come and find you no matter how talented you are. This isn’t Cinderella. You have to be out there and visible all the time.”
That sound advice is beneficial for every independent artist, performer and business owner I know. Which is why I’m sharing it.