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Week 2 of Covid19 self-isolation and we are well into the official Lockdown, here in London. 

We are all going through a time of unprecedented global uncertainties and anxiety. And unless you’ve experienced working from home before, you’re also experiencing a lot more time in and around your kitchen than you’ve ever thought possible.

I’ve used my lounge, bedroom and garden as offices for some time, and to stay grounded without the standard office life to break up the day, I’ve come up with a guideline structure that helps me get through the #stayathome times.  

Here’s how you can create a positive routine when working from home, or when forced to stay at home.

PICK THE RIGHT TIME ZONE

When the usual routine goes out of the window, and you’re all of a sudden having to spend more time at home, things can get tricky.  

With a new level of flexibility, access to colleagues and clients worldwide at various hours and resources available online at any time, it’s quite easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of the time of day. 

You may find yourself getting up at a strange hour, eating brunch at dinner time and feeling wide awake in the middle of the night. Don’t panic. A new time zone may actually work well with your organic body and mind clock. But if you find it to be unproductive, be honest with yourself and pick a time zone that serves you best.  

The 9-5 slot may be well ingrained in your programme, so sitting at your home desk by 9 may feel reassuring. But why not also test out new ways. You’re the boss. You may find your neurones come to life at dawn or become more creative later in the evening. Experiment with your time zones. 

Very little beats waking up naturally, alarm-less, for a productive and happy start of a day. 

CREATE A VOLUNTARY POSITIVE ROUTINE

If the idea of creating structure feels daunting and you fall into a more spontaneous type of personality who needs direction, call it a voluntary positive routine, and the game changes.  

Yes, the times are uncertain, but we can still control how we react to it all. Let’s take some control back by designing our own perfect day. 

Each day I make a list of the things I want or need to get done, then allocate an estimated time next to each task. Include your favourite essentials, such as meditation time, tea breaks, eating well, connecting and laughing, walking your dog, playing with the kids, moving, dancing, and doing something fun and creative, etc.  Basically as many things that you know will eat into your day, including procrastination habits. 

The time allocation is helpful to ensure I don’t over-stretch it, which could lead to feelings of disappointment.  Stop as you get to around 6-7 hours in total. We tend to underestimate how long things take. Ticking things off is rewarding and will make you feel good. 

Best to over-accomplish than to be left with a lot undone.

My positive routine to create the best day possible out of working from home, goes something like this:

  1. WAKE UP WITH GRATITUDE:  

As soon as I am aware of my awakening, I smile. Then I do a little 3, 2, 1…countdown and jump out of bed like a rocket.  I open the curtains, let the sunlight in and I greet my new day with a loud THANK YOU! 

  1. SHARE THE POSITIVITY WITH “GOOD MORNING!”:

I love wishing everyone a “good morning”. But if you don’t leave the house, it’s hard to find those opportunities.  So I send a happy message or voice note to my dearest ones, and sometimes post it on my social to share the positive vibes.

  1. HYDRATE AND REFUEL WELL: 

Before anything else, except for a mandatory trip to the loo, I rehydrate with a big glass of water, or better even warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Followed by a healthy habit of refuelling my body with organic superfood powders diluted in water or juice (dreammagicsuperfoodpowder.co.uk).

  1. MAKE YOUR BED:

I make my bed almost as instantly as I get out of it. Even if I know I’m going back in it and might be working from there most of my day. A tidy and clear environment helps me feel better, and keeps my mind clear too. All positive ingredients for a productive day.

  1. MEDITATE:

If you’re not into meditating yet, believe the hype. Meditation has become a daily must for me. Even if I just manage 5 to 10 minutes, preferably in the morning to set my day on fire. It helps me get into the right mindset.  Bedtime is also a great opportunity to go inwards with a meditation. I enjoy Oprah and Deepak Chopra 21-day challenges and I regularly use Insight Timer or Calm.

  1. MOVE YOUR BODY!

Don’t forget to move your body. It’s amazing how much movement is cut down when you don’t get out for work.  There are so many new online PT training and classes. No excuses, there’s something for everybody. And while we’re still allowed to go outdoors for a daily workout, take advantage of it. Solo-dancing around the living room is also a secret hobby of mine. It sets me up with the right energy even before an important call or task.

  1. CRACK ON WITH YOUR LIST:

You’re almost set to go. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and get cracking with your awesome list.  Start if you can with the least pleasant but most important and impactful items first. As you get more distracted and tired through the day, you’re more likely to still commit to those easier tasks. When you start losing focus, move to some of the more fun items: take breaks, move, walk, hydrate, meditate. Find what sparks you. And as you cross things off, big or small, celebrate achievements!

  1. JOURNAL:

Keep a journal to take notes throughout the day: morning lists, jot down ideas, release nagging thoughts, share daily gratitude and fun moments, create new plans, what feelings come up for you, and so on. You can have different journals for different content, or use the same for everything. Journaling releases tension, keeps your thoughts organised, encourages creativity, records ideas and boosts wellbeing especially when expressing gratitude and recounting happy times. 

  1. STAY CONNECTED

It’s so easy to get through to a whole day without talking to a human soul, especially if you live alone. Pets and plants are great listeners but make time to stay connected with your people people. Schedule in catch-up calls and online coffee breaks when possible. Check in with friends, family and neighbours who are also home-bound. Share tips and positivity, offer help and humour.

  1. SELF-CARE

I can’t over emphasise the importance of self-care in any given moment, and even more so during uncertain times of pandemic lockdowns and working from home.  There are many great ways you can be kind to yourself.  Meditation, journaling, moving around, reading a captivating book, hot candle baths, indulging in your favourite body cream, eating a healthy yummy treat, connecting with nature, doing something funny, asking for help with anything you struggle with, etc. 

CREATE VARIABLES AND NON-VARIABLES

My positive routine includes variable and non-variable elements. There are some things that I look to repeat on a daily basis and others that depend on what I need or want to get done that day. I then leave room for changes and spontaneity.

You can go creative with your list, until the non-variables of your positive routine become second nature.  You could write the MUST Dos permanently on a white board for example and leave space to add the other variable tasks below.  Or remind yourself of these with an acronym or mantra repeated on each page of your diary.

My daily deal-breakers include: Gratitude, Meditation, Exercise, Self-care, Connect with people, Create and have Fun. 

I hope you find value in this guideline, to help you make up your own positive routine. Consider what you always wanted to experience on a perfect day in your work life. If you are new to working from home, and need help creating a happy structure that boosts your wellbeing and productively, get in touch with us here at the Female Entrepreneur Association and let’s work on it together.

Words by Francesca dal Bello of Gr8fool Limited.

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In this ‘new normal’ it’s not more time, but THIS, that’s the holy grail of life and business

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Has anyone else secretly worried that they accidentally manifested a worldwide pandemic? Because the top 3 things in my future vision journaling for about a year now have been:

  1. My husband works at home (so I don’t have to do all the childcare)
  2. I run my business in just a few short hours a day
  3. We spend lots of time together as a family

“Not like this!” I journal frantically on day 1 of lockdown.  It feels like those awful wish reversals you get in fairytales where your wishes are indeed granted, but only in the most ironic and terrible ways.

Abracadabra! The world’s now in peril, your kids rarely leave your side, your husband’s going to work from home (but only emerge to look in the fridge), oh and here’s your new work day: AKA the crack of dawn, and “crikey, it’s midnight!” Enjoy!

On day 2 of lockdown I realise I do not have the patience of Mary Poppins and that our teachers are indeed underpaid; perhaps my children are going to have to settle for ‘The School of Life’ for a few weeks (or even months?!).

On day 3, I have a mini meltdown in the shower and sob into the soap dish over the future of the world, my business and my children (who are apparently now destined to be educated by a mentally unstable mother who doesn’t even know what a number bond is).

But on day 4, something miraculous happens: I feel better!

Months and years of mindset work and gratitude finally kick in, and I emerge from that dark place of fear, mourning and worry we all seem to have been tipped into, and realise that:

Yes, we’ve been forced to slow down, and yes, we’ve been forced to create space, and yes, it’s happened in the most horrible way; but even with all the extra scariness and worry and uncertainty; without the rush of the old world and the necessity to live our lives around someone else’s timetable, I can finally see the truth in that saying that, with change, comes opportunity.

We can either use this time to freeze and bemoan all the plans and dreams that will now have to be postponed or forgotten; or we can stop focusing on all that we’ve lost, and redirect our attention to all that we’ve gained.

I hate to say this, but for me and anyone else with children and/ or a job that can be done from home, more time isn’t necessarily one of those things we’re gaining – so don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you’re suddenly going to be able to write your book or launch that new membership program…

But actually, after a few more days in our ‘new normal’, I realise that although my days are definitely longer and fuller and involve far more parenting and far less actual working than ever before; it has also meant that I’ve had to pare back everything to the pure essentials, and there’s no doubt about it, this forced simplicity has created something I now suspect is more precious than that holy grail of more time: it’s given me back my headspace.

Because without the rush that bookends my days; the school runs and the work trips, the homework, the social events, the clubs, appointments, obligations, and all the other mental acrobatics that go into running a 21st Century life, I realise that it’s not lack of time that’s been stopping me from doing all the things I want to do, like write my book, or tap into my business vision, have more self care, or be more present with my kids (time is just an illusion, after all).

No, the thing that’s really been holding me back, is a lack of room in my mind to see things clearly, a lack of space to daydream, and a train of thought that’s constantly being stopped and diverted.

Maybe it wasn’t the new skeleton schedule, or personal development seminar, or more help around the house that I needed to help me achieve those dreams. Maybe what I really needed all along was a pattern interrupt; something that would slow me right down. And suddenly here we have it; the mother of all pattern interrupts; not really holding us back so much as reining us in, so we can slow down and see the opportunities already here.

So 2020 isn’t exactly panning out how I’d planned it – I’m sure you know how that feels – and while I know there’ll still be moments of frustration, fear and sadness for all of us, I’ve decided to take what the universe has given me (more family time and more togetherness), embrace the change, go with the flow, trust, and look for the opportunities that were here all along.

And you know what? Maybe that’s how slowing down to speed up really works; because in the little under 2 weeks since this all began, that book that’s been sitting outlined in my google docs for months has already been turned into a mini ebook ready for my VA to make pretty in Canva (and the extended version is on its way); and that membership I’ve had all the content for but no ‘time’ or energy to launch – it’s going live later this month so I can serve more people who need what I’ve got.

Yes, the road ahead is uncertain right now, but I’m beginning to trust that I’ve got all the tools I need within me to weather the storm (or at least Amazon Prime, probably does). So now’s the time to stay out of fear and stay in momentum; to show up and serve with no other agenda than serving; to be scared without being scary (as Brene Brown very aptly said); and to look for the opportunities that were already there.

And hopefully, when this is all over, l may still not know what a number bond is, but at least I’ll be ready to rise with the tide. Will you rise with me?

Words by Cate Butler Ross.

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7-Step Ideal Customer Profile framework that helped me to generate $200k in sales opportunities after ABM campaign

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I've recently finished reverse engineering my process I use to develop an ideal customer profile. This exact process helped me recently to:

  • Improve one of my client's positioning, so they were perceived as a niche industry experts by their customers.
  • Create a hyper-targeted list of B2B prospects that are the excellent fit for their service
  • Generate $200k in sales opportunities after ABM campaign we ran

The kicker?

This client operates in highly-competitive space (software development) where they used to be a "one size fits all" vendor for many years.

Here are the 7 steps I use.

#1 – Select a specific market segment

ICP is the impersonation of your key customers from a specific market segment.

Lots of B2B companies miss this step and make the same mistake. They export all the data from the CRM and create a universal customer avatar.

As a result, they move to the "one-size-fits-all" approach and spray their efforts instead of focusing on specific segments. Keep in mind that for every market segment, you need to create a standalone ICP.

#2 – Choose 10 key customers from that market segment

All clients weren't created equal.

The Pareto Principle tells that 4% of customers might generate 64% of your revenue. Our goal is to find this 4 % and add them to the ICP template.

As a rule of thumb, I suggest selecting 10 best clients from a particular segment.

If you don't have this amount of customers, add as many as you have. It's always better to work with some data than just brainstorming.

#3 – Fill in the ideal client profile template

The next step is filling the ICP template (here is a screenshot: https://monosnap.com/file/aBmAuNYebkJYcT6ZfuerZjxm8zRLAM).

You'll need to analyze your accounts, their buying committee structure, and run in-depth customer interviews.

You can collect from your CRM the available data as sub-industry (e.g., software development or marketing automation software), location, revenue, our revenue (the total volume of sales to this customer), and team size.

#4 – Define the buying committee members and collect public info about them

Our next step is to define the buying committee. There are several ways how we can do it.

The first step is to analyze CRM and talk to sales.

In CRM, check who was in the email thread. Look for replies and CC. The sales team might provide you more insights. Ask them:

  • Did the Champions or Decision-makers mention anybody from their team whom they want to talk to?
  • Did anybody else from the client's team join the calls/meetings?

Once you'll figure out these people, open LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and find them. If you don't see them on LinkedIn, search on Facebook and Twitter.

Once you finally find the buying committee members, copy to the ideal customer template their job roles, approximate age, and social media activity (do they post anything? How often?).

As well, I recommend checking what websites content do they share in their profile, what influencers content do they engage with or follow, what communities are they in.

#5 – Analyze the buying process

#6 – Enrich Ideal Customer Profile with in-depth customer interviews

In the previous steps, we collected the available public information about your key customers, defined the buying committee, and interviewed sales. Only this process should provide you great insights about your ideal customers.

Now let's enrich your ideal customer profile by interviewing your best customers.

The insights you'll gain not only will help you to develop a better ICP but amplify your value proposition, polish the company's positioning, and improve the efficiency of all marketing programs you are running.

#7 – Define ideal customer profile from existing data

The last step is the easiest one.

It's to analyze all the data you've collected from your best customers from the specific market segment and create an ideal customer profile. As you get it, ICP is a combination of patterns, features, and information about your best customers.

Sometimes you might be perplexed with what you should put in the ICP template. When you have concerns or doubts, take a look at the customers with the most significant share in revenue, and put the data you've collected about them into the template.

Hope this process will help you also to define the ideal customer profile and improve prospecting.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

If you'd like to get more details, you can read about the entire process here: https://getleado.com/ideal-customer-profile

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Demonstrating Persistence And Consistency In The New Global Culture by @coachlorimcneil

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by Lori McNeil

There are a few times in a women’s life that make such a substantial impact on them to which they will never forget. Your wedding day. Your first child. Your first love. Your first break up. The list could go on. However, as it relates to business there is one day that no one will forget. The day that the world changed globally. 2020 has begun with some amazing changes in how businesses are showing up for their clients, but more importantly, themselves and their families.

One of the greatest asset’s female entrepreneurs have is utilizing our natural ability to multi-task life into the business world. This new global culture is paying attention more intently than ever before, and women business owners have never been better positioned to lead this new economy.

Two concepts come to the forefront in order to accomplish this: Persistence and Consistency.

 

Persistence is Power

Persistence in its simplest terms is sustained action. Action creates movement. Momentum moves mountains. That movement is powerful. Alongside of that power comes influence. One of the purest emotions is influence because no one knows just how deep their influence goes. Because of that there is a sustained humility that often comes with persistency. Every entrepreneur knows the importance of influence and women take that emotion to heart in every moment.

For persistence to gain traction and momentum one must first show up. Remembering next to never give up. Accepting the fact that laziness is nothing more than manifested excuses and the end result of persistency is in how it blesses others, is a great leveling and positioning tool. Operating in the global culture demands for sustained action. This action fuels consistency.

 

Consistency Carries the Control

Showing up and pushing through challenges (there are always challenges along the way) is the fruit of persistence. In other words, is consistency lets others know your serious. The rhyme and reason for your consistency is your own. Whether you show up once a month, once a week, or once a day is not as important as just showing up. Consistency is like visiting your great grandmothers house knowing that each time you do she has hot, homemade cookies ready for you to devour.

Consistency says that you value other people enough to give of your time for them. As others see the value you bring, they will reciprocate. This is where the control is. Not a control as in power but a control that brings people into alignment. That alignment allows for relationships to grow and prosper.

 

The Voice Of Reason And Truth

The new global culture is screaming for authenticity and honesty from all four directions. What sets a person apart from another is their calling card. The stronger your foundation is, the easier it is to maintain the momentum of persistence.

 

Allow consistency to be your calling card.

Would you like to learn how to maintain persistence or create consistency? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

International Educator, Speaker, Author, and Business Coach, Lori helps entrepreneurs and organizations focus on foundational tools needed for sustained success. As a Curriculum Designer and Business Professor, Lori has helped grow hundreds of organizations organically to build a true, long-lasting purpose. Lori has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, & various regional markets. She has authored / co-authored several books and works globally to support literacy, cancer research, young entrepreneurship, and military programs. Helping raise over three million dollars for literacy, Lori was awarded the Lifetime Presidential Service Award for her work. For more info visit www.lorimcneil.com.

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