Yearly Archives: 2016

How SELF DOUBT Cost Me…

How SELF DOUBT Cost Me…

Shannon here with some words of wisdom about mastering your inner game.

Have you noticed how time flies and what a difference a few years makes? (Thank Goddess!)

I’m saying that because I recently took a turn down Memory Lane, back to a networking event I attended years ago.

And I was shocked to realize that at the time, I’d actually landed on my niche! Yes, the same one Mark and I are ROCKING today — helping SPEAKERS get more Speaking Gigs.

Can you believe it? I had that hot number in my hands. But guess what? I just let it go. I’m not kidding. I dabbled with it and then DROPPED that gold mine like a hot potato.

Why? Because I let SELF DOUBT get the best of me. I bought into my own limiting beliefs and stories of lack instead of possibility. And as a result I wasted precious time and money wandering around “looking for my niche.”
When I already landed on it!

But that’s nothing, because here’s the REALLY embarrassing part: I had to go to hell and back — I mean total life upheaval and breakdown, losing my house and filing for bankruptcy before I “woke up” to my calling and claimed my purpose.

Isn’t it ironic? I held the answer to my prayers in the palm of my hand, but I didn’t grab it and run with it.

And it took me 6 long years to get back to it. Ergh… PAIN-FUL!
It’s true, your niche is a bitch.
But YOU don’t HAVE to wait for a 2 x 4 to hit you in the head to land on yours.

Trust me… been there, done that! I wouldn’t recommend it.

And that’s why Mark and I are so passionate about helping SPEAKERS like you find your Tribe and your calling — so you don’t waste precious time and energy spinning your wheels like I did.

If you haven’t landed on YOUR Niche yet, share with us…

How has your NICHE been a BITCH?!

Are you a BADASS?!

Are you a BADASS?!

Mark here, with something a little sexy to share.

Picture this: She and I have chemistry. There’s magic between us. I turn her on and she starts to purr…

No, I’m not talking about my gorgeous wife, Shannon. I’m talking about my other Baby — my new set of wheels. My other pleasure.

But speaking of driving, what drives YOU? This isn’t about your BIG ‘why.’ This is about the smaller one. Sure, you’ve gotta have something that gets you out of bed in the morning.

But you’ve also gotta have something that gets you around!

Because we’ve been rocking it as SPEAKERS, I finally got to buy the car I DESIRED… Lexus SC 430 Convertible… I call him Mr Badass 🙂

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How’d you like to have a Business like that? We can teach you how.

Meet one of our Rock Star Clients, Amanda:

“Happy to announce another $12,000 month! I’ve also had a consistent $5,000+ over the past few months, which is twice as much as I was making last year. It’s growing each month and I’m confident I’m going to be hitting a consistent 5 figures by the end of the year.”

Prior to this, Amanda’s weak link was her enrollment conversation. Can you relate? She decided to invest in coaching with us around her sales process, and the rest is history. Just listen:

“My conversions were below 10% last year and are currently at 100% this month!!! My clients are loving my offerings and I’m getting more and more requests for private and tailored work, which I LOVE!”

And that’s just one of the many testimonials that regularly pour into our office.

Would you like a month like Amanda’s? How’d you like to have that consistently? If you don’t name it, you can’t claim it.

So be bold and tell us,

What’s YOUR Dream INCOME, and What’s One HOT Toy You’d Like to Treat Yourself With?

My Stand for FEMININE Leadership

My Stand for FEMININE Leadership

Shannon here with something powerful to share about how I‘m breaking free from conditioning that no longer serves me.

It may not be obvious, but I come from a long line of (well-intentioned) German-Irish ancestors who instilled in me a lot of “sacrifice, work more, do more, be more” programming.

(Ugh! Makes me tired just to say it, let along try to live up to it.)

That “get ‘er done” attitude may work for men some of the time, but not for women most of the time. And it’s a recipe for burnout in your Business. It’s definitely NOT the best way for CONSCIOUS BUSINESS OWNERS to reach 7 Figures.

So I’m here to break the old “rules” and take a stand for a different kind of leadership — Feminine Leadership — for myself, my Tribe, all the Sister Goddesses I touch, for my future children and their children…

(And as Mark can attest, this NEW way of being.. benefits the men too 😉

Imagine a world where girls knew their power and appreciated their gifts from a very young age — a world that celebrated and cultivated those gifts!

One where girls got praised for their FEMININE magic and were encouraged to shine their light instead of being shamed with words like “you’re too much,” “keep it down,” and “don’t be too big for your britches.”

Rather than cave in to the patriarchal paradigm, I’m now allowing myself to lead from a different place. I’m letting go and surrendering to the Divine Feminine.

And does it ever feel good. Kind of like a nice warm bath, or a two-hour massage. More than anything, it feels like coming HOME…. ahhh!!

And you know what the best part is? My own German-Irish Mom is on board with it!

Yeah, we were in NYC not too long ago… when we were practicing our “goddess tools”,
Wearing tiaras and cruising around in our own Chauffeur-driven car… making FUN & pleasure our #1 priority. I took off my tiara at the end of the day and said, “Yayy, Mom! We get to sleep in tomorrow. No alarm!”

And my Catholic Mother says… “Yayy, cuz we’re Goddesses!!”

I felt such JOY radiate through my entire body!

With no alarm ruining our sweet, refreshing dreams, we did wake up the next day rejuvenated — and ready to go out and conquer the Universe!

Moral of the story? Put PLEASURE & FUN in the Driver’s Seat of your life… and watch the magic unfold!

So right here, right now, inspire the Tribe and tell us,

How Are You Bringing PLEASURE & FUN into your BUSINESS?

How to Make your Business your SPIRITUAL Practice

How to Make your Business your SPIRITUAL Practice

Shannon here to share some HOT tips around how Mark and I are making Spirituality an even more important part of our business.

Truth be told, we’re on a mission to help all Conscious Business Owners make their business their SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.

Why? Because learning to develop and run a profitable business is one of the most powerful and transformational things you can do.

It will not only pay off in spades, but without a Spiritual Foundation, you may not even have a business. Because when you come right down to it, Spirit is the SOURCE of everything.

So we honor that.

Here’s what Mark and I have started doing. We have an Evening Routine that winds up the day on a spiritual note and also sets the tone for our morning practice.

At the end of my work day, I set things up for the following day so that when I come into the office the next morning, everything’s ready and I’m not scattered. I’m ready to Rock & Roll!

I clear my desk… look at my schedule for tomorrow… make a list of appts and priorities for tomorrow. Then I WALK AWAY from my computer, turn off the light and shut my office door.

That’s so much better than arriving at my office each morning, going into a panic and wondering, “What do I have to do? And what do I do first?”

The next part of our Evening Routine is that we dim the lights, put on some meditation music and do some stretching to help us calm down before going to bed. We enjoy our favorite evening tea (yogi Sleepytime Caramel 😉

Then it’s nighty-night and sweet dreams. And, believe me, the dreams really are much sweeter when you’ve set things up for the next day and wound yourself down!

In the morning.. Mark gets out of bed really early, at 5 a.m. in order to attend his 6 a.m. yoga class. (Love that guy’s commitment!)

Me: I prefer to honor the feminine and get a little extra beauty sleep, so I arise between 7- 7:30.

I do a little reading or journaling, get a workout in and a mini 15-minute meditation. Then I make my green smoothie, jump in the shower and get rolling with my day.

I don’t always do things perfectly and get a gold star, but this is my intended practice, so if I slip up and start to feel yucky, I know how to get back on track.

This is how I weave the feminine into our business on a daily basis, and it’s working like a charm. I want you to have this experience too.

So inspire yourself and the rest of the Tribe and tell us:

How are YOU Making YOUR Business Your SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

In your corner & by your side,

Mark & Shannon

PS – Big Impact Live is just around the corner. Do you have your ticket yet?

Go here & use Promo Code “Big Impact” to save yourself $100s on a ticket. Hurry – the price is climbing as we get closer the the big event!

Leading Your BUSINESS from the FEMININE

Leading Your BUSINESS from the FEMININE

Shannon here.. This year, I’ve been doing a lot to lead from a different place, from PLEASURE and from the FEMININE.

In business, it’s easy to get caught up in an old paradigm, masculine “Man mode” to get results and “get things done.”

The only problem with that is it can lead to overwhelm, adrenal fatigue and overall crankiness… my new commitment is to lead from the feminine, relish more spaciousness and JOY in my life. And lots more FREEDOM!

(And hey guys… you can do this, too!)

Sounds like a good idea, right? But how do you do pull it off when the nature of business is BUSY-NESS… you have clients and a team depending on you?

You honor the FEMININE by making decisions that SERVE you and bring you JOY. Tap into your BODY’S WISDOM and set better boundaries with your time. Take dance breaks throughout the day. Buy yourself your favorite flowers… just because.

For example, when I committed to honoring my Divine Feminine… I took one look at my “to-do” list and immediately slashed 20 things! I asked HER if it was in ALIGNMENT and brought me JOY… if the answer was No, I slashed! It was so freeing!

I want to focus on higher-leveraged activities, the projects that JUICE me up versus saying yes to everything and everyone. I’m going for QUALITY, not quantity.

I want you to think about that, too. Because your energy is your greatest resource, and there’s a limit to it. And I’m sure you don’t want to work 12 hours a day, right?!

Imagine the spaciousness that will open up up for you, and let me know:

How Can You Bring More PLEASURE Into Your Business?

In your corner & by your side,

Mark & Shannon

PS – Big Impact Live is just around the corner. Have you got your ticket yet?

Go here NOW & put in Bonus2016 to save yourself $100s on a ticket. Hurry – the ticket price continues to climb as we get closer the the big event.

The Power of GRATITUDE (heartfelt share)

The Power of GRATITUDE

Mark here with a heartfelt memory and a whole lot of GRATITUDE I’d like to share with you.

There we were — my Dad and I — gazing at a full moon shining on Kachemak Bay near our home in Homer, Alaska.

We’d been cross country skiing and the view was incredible, with the snow glittering like crystals before us. It’s one of our favorite memories together.

We’re all busy as BUSINESS OWNERS but it’s important to SLOW DOWN sometimes and just be thankful for our many blessings, including the people nearest and dearest to us.

Gratitude is such a powerful practice. It keeps things REAL and adds depth to who you are ONSTAGE.

We stand on others’ shoulders, and one of the giants in my life has been my father, Russ Grainger, who taught me the value of taking pride in the things I do. Dad taught me that the measure of a man is in your word, not in your braun.

He taught me how to chop wood & start a fire, how to stand on my head & how to fold a hospital corner. He showed me the importance of safety & the joy of riding motorcycles.

He also showed me how to be a gentleman & to see the beauty within each woman.

And he picked a beautiful woman to marry — my Mother, Linda Grainger.

Both of them have taught me so much.Their shining example probably helped me find the love of my life, Shannon.

Shannon and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in the late spring, and Mom and Dad celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Father’s Day this year.

I’m blessed to have such great parents who showed me it takes TEAMWORK to make your dreams work.

Inspire the Tribe with your heartfelt thanks and let us know,

Who SUPPORTS your DREAM and Who Are You GRATEFUL For?

In your corner & by your side,

Mark & Shannon

PS – Big Impact Live is just around the corner. Do you have your ticket yet?

Go here  & put in Bonus2016 to save yourself $100s on a ticket. Hurry – the ticket price continues to climb as we get closer the the big event.

Spark your SPEAKER “Ooh la la!”

Spark your SPEAKER “Ooh la la!”

Shannon here with something edgy, vulnerable and a little naughty.

But oh so FUN!

You know how important it is to go out of your comfort zone as a SPEAKER.

Well, my visit with Mama Gena (The School of Womanly Arts) in New York City pushed me to the wall — and broke me through it.

Our homework was to dress in something that stretched our “pleasure edge.” As in dressing up sexy in the middle of the day “just because!”

I could see myself doing that at home with Mark. But then my photography friend Lindsay A. Miller grabbed me and said, “Let’s do a photoshoot ON THE STREETS of New York City!”

YIKES!

Talk about walking on the wild side! Suddenly ALL MY STUFF came up, because here’s the vulnerable part: You may not believe it, but I’ve struggled with big time body image issues for over 20 years (including an eating disorder in college.)

But dang it, we coach you guys to be ALL IN and to push your COMFORT ZONE.

So… I took my own advice, took a deep breath, loved myself forward and ALLOWED myself the PLEASURE of strutting down the streets of Manhattan in a hot pink camisole, black leather boots and short shorts — and relished every minute of it!

Can you imagine channeling THAT kind of pleasure onstage?

Ooh la la! I can too! So I’m assigning you a new mantra: “My pleasure is more important than your rules!”

Go ahead — inspire the Tribe with your bravery:

What old rules are YOU willing to break in service to your calling?

In your corner & by your side,

Mark & Shannon

the money’s in a SYSTEM

the money’s in a SYSTEM

I was thinking about YOU when Mark and I rocked our talk at a very BIG speaking event recently.

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that we were the ones everyone in the room (including BIG name Industry Leaders) were talking about.

When people came up to ask me our secret, I told them the truth! (Mark and I are totally TRANSPARENT about what works.)

I said, “We have a SYSTEM! We know exactly what we’re doing. And we have team holding down the fort. We’re so grateful and feel incredibly blessed.”

Can you imagine what it’s like to stand in your power and say that? That’s what brought us out of obscurity and sent us into the stratosphere in such a short time.

Both Mark and I struggled for YEARS… because we didn’t have a system.

Maybe you know from your own experience what that means. You’re spinning your wheels. You lose money. You lose hope. You start doubting yourself. And you start wondering if you’re gonna have to get a J.O.B. to cover the bills.

But once we discovered — and used — a system, everything changed.

We went from watching everyone else make money to becoming the ones who are known for making money — FAST!

We want that for you, too.

So light a fire under yourself, inspire the Tribe and tell us:

How could YOU benefit from a Proven SYSTEM?

 

What’s your Pre- STAGE RITUAL?

What’s your Pre- STAGE RITUAL?

Mark here with something hot to share with you from the SPEAKING trenches.

Shannon and I were at a big event recently, about to go on stage.

There we were, behind stage… totally FOCUSED on doing our thing, preparing in the best way possible by getting into “STATE” when a less experienced Speaker wandered through and offered us unsolicited advice to “just breathe.”

Shannon and I looked at each other and moved ourselves to a corner to continue prepping.

What that woman didn’t understand was that we weren’t stressed or anxious– we were in our element and we know the importance of getting into STATE before we get on stage. This is our pre-stage ritual.

We leave nothing to chance and have a specific way of doing things that guarantees our success because we’ve mastered our INNER GAME.

But even I was blown away by what happened next.

As we hit the stage, Shannon came out in her stunning dress, blue eyes sparkling. And she just stood there holding the audience with her joy and her smile.

The crowd went wild. Talk about a Big Impact! EVERYONE wanted to know who “that woman” was.

I was so damned proud of her and what we’ve accomplished together. Needless to say, we rocked that event off the charts.

This is what’s possible when you’ve managed your inner state to the point where you can radiate your true essence… when you can make a real CONNECTION with your audience by allowing yourself to be playful, sexy and authentic.

So tell me now:

How Can YOU Enhance YOUR Pre-Stage Ritual?

 

6 ways to use your BODY on STAGE

6 ways to use your BODY on STAGE

Mark here with a HOT secret for your next talk:

USE YOUR BODY ON STAGE

As you probably know, non-verbal communication makes up over 93% of all communication. Your Tribe listens to YOUR body even more than they do your words. So it’s important you SPEAK with your Body, in order to ROCK your Talk!

Here are 6 ways to use your Body in your Talk:

  1. When you get excited – move your hands in the air.
  2. To emphasize something – get on your knees and whisper.
  3. When you tell your story of victory and results – pump your fists against your chest and do an air kick
  4. When you tell a vulnerable story – put your head in your hands and be quiet for a few moments..(the Power of the PAUSE is incredible!)
  5. When you share something that surprised you – open your legs and arms, like standing in an “X” – like you couldn’t believe it.
  6. When you talk about your Tribe’s pain – make an angry face. It shows them how you care so much about them it makes you upset.

HOT, right? Let me know in the comments:

How can YOU use your BODY more when you Speak?