Right Brain Painting of Your Business Landscape

As promised here are a few more tidbits I gathered from the recent Right Brainers  in Business  Summit with Jennifer Lee, www.Artizencoaching.com.  During the session on Painting a Picture of Your Business Landscape the guest speaker was Laura Hollick of www.soulstudios.com.   Laura’s booster to begin her session was to allow time for yourself and spirit.  She talked about taking time to figure out what makes you stand out by focusing on your gifts and strengths.  Then look at painting a business self portrait using three words that describe you and your gifts that you have to offer.  It is a great exercise to see how to connect who you are with the world and how you add value.  Most important is to keep yourself in alignment with who you are and where you want your business to go and yes, sometimes you have to go off track to find your alignment.  By doing this exercise it helps us strengthen our connection to our spirit and builds a stronger connection with our core self. 

In my earlier post I mentioned  how doing a mind map provides you with your first visual of the what, where, how, etc. of your business –  so the  next step is doing a visual flow spreadsheet that you can update weekly, monthly, etc. Of course  ‘The Moola’ (money) is an integral part of your business and you need a way to measure and see how you are doing and know where to make adjustments or change things if it’s not working.  You want to have something that you look at and use to measure your progress on a regular basis. And here’s a thought give love to bringing in a significant revenue from your business so that you can help others. 

Here’s a unique way to increase revenue and clients – try writing love letters to your perfect clients (not that you actually send them the letters you  are just putting them out to the Universe).  Another great suggestion is to walk hand in hand, arm and arm with your money.  If you are anything like me you may have to work on changing your core beliefs about money so that you get in better alignment and vibration with abundance of money flowing into your life.

Corralling your creative cohorts by offering and accepting help, put a wish list out there – what do you need help with?  Build strategic alliances, find mentors and build your inner circle of a small army of remarkable people – these consist of groups of prospects (those that stumble onto you), groups of followers (email, Twitter, Face Book  of which only 4% are true fans). Your group of allies (peers, colleagues, and other like-minded people). Make connections by engaging with on-line communities. 

As an entrepreneur, write a letter to yourself for the future, where do you see yourself  one year, five years and 10 years from now? Establish a strong creative purpose, spend time in meditation, walk in nature, hang out with like-minded people and share what inspires you and others. 

Final thoughts on the Right Brainers Business plan is how do you want to feel when you finish putting your plan all together?  Remember we manifest our reality from our inner talk, so be kind to yourself and most of all believe you can do it.  Then put it out there and  just see what happens!  So I highly recommend checking out Jennifer Lee’s book The Right Brainers Business Plan http://rightbrainersinbusiness.com/  I have included a photo from Jennifer’s site that includes all of the guest speakers that participated in the summit below.

All the great guest speakers from the Right Brainers in Business Summit

Til next time,

Michelle

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Right Brainer’s Business Plan

So do you see yourself as a LEFT Brain Thinker or a RIGHT Brain Thinker?  I have always known I was more of a right brainer then a left brainer.  I really like the creative side of things and shy away from the more analytical side of life, you know the accounting, reporting, filing kind of stuff – I do what is necessary but it isn’t something that I enjoy doing.  So I was really excited when I came across a webinar that was going to take place that spoke to us ‘Right Brainers’ and would provide insight on how to do a Right Brainers Business Plan.  The summit just finished up on Friday, March 11 and I miss the interviews already.   Jennifer Lee of  www.Artizencoaching.com and author of ‘The Right Brainers Business Plan’,  presented the webinar and had lots of great guests throughout the 10 days.  You can get more information on how to access the interviews if you visit Jennifer’s site.

The summit was geared towards creative entrepreneurs – lots of the subject matter I had knowledge of already but having it put into the context for a right brainer just helped reaffirm what I should be practicing. During the summit Jennifer and her guests provided tips on how to strengthen your creativity muscles by journaling and capturing your ideas without censoring them.  There was discussion on how  to get started on the dreaded business plan but instead making it a fun visual exercise that you will want to review often.  I did a business plan back in May 2010 and it was like going to the dentist, really something I didn’t enjoy doing, in fact it was painful, but I did the best I could cause I felt I needed to have some sort of plan in place if I was to start my own business, but my heart was not in it.  I wish I had seen this summit before I had struggled through the pain and frustration of the formal plan.

We were reminded to take some simple steps like ‘begin with the end in mind’, think about and write down what your BIG VISION is because when you give it a voice it gives power to your vision.  Julie Stuart, www.makingideasvisiible.com had some great advise  –  first of all do a mind map (this is basically a brain dump of all your ideas for your business – anything goes).  When you go through this process it allows you to ask questions like  ‘What is my business trying to tell me? Where is it trying to go? What does it feel like?’  Have fun with the mind map, doodling, drawing little pictures and see what you come up with. I have used mind maps a few times and it is a fun process just dumping all of your ideas no matter how random onto a piece of paper or white board (that’s how I got started on my formal business plan).

I really enjoyed how they started off each interview session with a Booster or Chill pill – a booster might be allowing time for yourself to just be or a Chill pill – clear the clutter and get organized so that you can put your left brain at ease.  Finding ways to strengthen your connection to your creative spirit and build a stronger connection to your core self and  how important it is to value the nothing time, recognize when it’s a time to fill up your well again.  Look for ways to sparkle and shine!

There was a session on marketing your business and how to get the word out, recommending that you make a list of  who your perfect customers or clients are (you know the demographic/psychographic stuff) and something they found helpful was to create a postcard size visual collage with your perfect clients on it and keep it where you can see it everyday. They stressed how important it was to find your own marketing style and how and where you can share your gifts.  To remember to pick things that resonate with you cause if you don’t then you’re not likely to do them…..this is so true!  I know myself, if I have to do something that I am not particularly liking I will keep stalling but if it’s something I enjoy then I am  anxious to get right on it, leaving the more mundane chore for another time (is that procrastination?). Also remember to connect with people from your heart by forming a community or tribe which could be made up of your clients/customers or just other like-minded who support you.  Most important,  pay attention to your inner energy, if it feels good move forward if it feels bad – take a look and see if it is really something you should be doing and revamp where necessary. 

I will share a few more of the tidbits that I picked up from the summit in my next post.  In the mean time I am excited to share a couple of  the pages from my Right Brain Business Plan that I created over the weekend…..it was so fun to do and it will be something that I enjoy reviewing at and visualizing with every week instead of the one I wrote last May that I have barely looked at. My Vision for Eventgal.ca

How will I market my business?

My RB Business Plan fold out (one side)
I know some of you may say how would you take this type of plan to a bank if you were looking for financing for your business…..well you may have to do a traditional financial assessment and forecast for that (you could still have some fun with it as well)but what this is really all about is making a visual plan that makes you feel good when you look at it so you get the great feelings which align your vibrations and get you in sync with what you really want so that the Universe will begin to provide you with opportunities etc. to manifest your dream business.Til next time, happy creating!

Michelle