How I Got a TED Talk

The only thing more stunning than walking into the Kauffman Center in Kansas City when it’s full of people is when you’re the only one there.

That’s where I stood, slack jawed and awestruck on Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2015, hours before the thousands descended for the annual TEDxKC event. The pale wooden panels of this huge vaulted […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

How Being Busy Is Costing You Business

I’m going to break something to you right here and now: No one actually cares how busy you are. Honestly. No one. And telling people how busy you are is very likely costing you business and opportunities.

I do a lot of events for freelancers and solopreneurs (including this one hosted by the lovely Kate Gaffin’s Connecting to […]

By |September 11th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Stop Trying to Get Paid What You’re Worth

You and I have fallen under the sway of a misled idea: that in order to advance our careers, we must persuade people to recognize our worth and then convince them to pay it. When negotiating salary or figuring out what to charge for a service, the first question we often ask ourselves is: What am I […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

What You Learn by Being Lousy

I went camping recently. I say that casually, as if it’s so normal for me, when it’s so not. But regardless, I went camping—legit slept in a tent, ate meat off a stick, the whole thing. I was with a big group of friends and on the agenda was a lot of boat-related activities: water sports […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Take the Work Out of Networking

Networking’s problem? The word “networking.” It sounds like work, feels like work—it has work in the damn name!

So let’s take it out. The truth is, networking isn’t a work thing, like you’ve always thought and dreaded. It’s a life thing. Networking is all, and only, about connecting with other people, and you were born to do that.

I’m […]

By |August 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Pick a Niche: Why You Need to Specialize

The days of the generalist are long gone. Your niche is your key to better clients, better work, better business all around.

And yet, you’re afraid. You think: “Oh, I don’t want to limit myself or limit my prospects” or “I’m good at so many things.” No denying it, you’re a multi-talented and infinitely brilliant person. However. […]

By |August 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

7 Occasions When It’s OK to Work for Free (and Why It’s Worth It)

There is a time and a place for everything—including working for free. Yup. I said it. I didn’t say “never get paid.” Trust me, I charge for what I do. But I do believe that giving strategically without compensation is a key way to grow your business for a few reasons. And you don’t have […]

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Why Loving What You Do Is A Liability

Loving what you do is the siren song for entrepreneurs, as if once you find it, you’ll be successful, happy, and, well, golden.

But here’s the liability in doing work you love: You may have a harder time getting paid for it. Not because of the nature of the work itself, necessarily, but because you’ve fallen for […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Why the Freelancer is the F-Buddy of the Business World

I just gave a talk to a roomful of people who work for themselves. I said, “How many of you define yourselves as freelancers?” and a whole slew of hands went up.

And then I said, “Never, ever call yourself that again.”

Why? Because freelance is low-rent, low-budge, low-stakes. Freelancing means you’re a pinch hitter, a cheap […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment