Category Archives: Entrepreneur

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10 week online program

What is your Marketing Plan?

Marketing your business is multi-faceted and can be overwhelming to stay on top of. This 10 week program will walk you through different areas of marketing your business and help you focus on the areas that matter most: ones that create sales opportunities. This is geared for DIY marketing with tips on how to implement low cost strategies into your business.


Starts Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 8 pm – 10 sessions

Program fee: $149 + GST

Register today and save $50! (ends at Friday, Sept 19th at midnight)

Register now online.

 

Anne Whitmore, Certified Coach & Business Trainer

http://www.divafish.com


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Want to be a better public speaker?

Would you like to give business presentations with more confidence? Or just work up the nerve to talk about your business with other people? This course is designed just for you!

Over 8 weeks, you will give 6 prepared presentations, impromptu talks and work on your 60 second introduction. You will get immediate feedback from your co-speakers in training as well as 2 facilitators.

John Nieuwenburg and I want you to be successful in giving business presentations. Find out more info here: http://divafish.com/workshops/

The course starts Friday, September 27th in Vancouver.

By: Anne Whitmore


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Difference Between Life and Business Coaching

As a certified Life Coach for Entrepreneurs, I am often asked, “What is the difference between a life coach and business coach?” There is some confusion within my profession about this so it is no wonder other people aren’t really sure. Here is how I describe the differences.

At a very basic level, a life coach is working with an individual on their whole life. A business coach is working with an individual, group or organization on the business. Some of the coaching skill sets like listening, intuition, accountability, challenging and active listening might be the same. I see a major difference in tools. Business coaches will often be more focused on strategic planning, expenses, work flow, operations management, financials and performance.

A great way to understand this is to ask, “Who will be the client? Is it the individual or the business?” Often, in a business coaching relationship, it is a B2B relationship between the business and the coach – and the coach may be brought in to work with a business leader, manager, team or multiple parties. There will be an agreement around the level of transparency and confidentiality of the work and with who and what will be shared.

Life coaches are present for whatever aspect of life the client wishes to work on. The client is the individual (a B2C relationship). I always tell my clients that there are no taboo or off limit topics for me. It is up to them where they would like to spend their coaching time focused on. As many of my clients are business owners, often current challenges or situations in their work environments come up. Rather than problem solving and planning our way out of it, our coaching work looks at what values are being crossed, what do they want from the situation, where do they see themselves on the other side of this challenge and who they have to be in order to get there.


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Announcement: DISC Workshops

 

I am really pleased to announce our next set of workshops based on the DISC behavioural profile in August and September.

Communicate with Style: DiSC Basics

This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style and awareness of other styles.
Dates: August 22nd or September 20th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

Build Powerful Networking Relationships with Advanced DiSC

Date: September 29th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

You will learn how to use the DiSC profile to identify the behavioral style of people you meet and  dramatically increase your communication effectiveness. Included is a personalized assessment and report of your personal style (value $50).

This is ideal for networkers, sales people and teams, business owners and entrepreneurs who depend on the ability to connect with people they meet to open relationship doors and close sales. It will change the way you approach clients and tailor your style to give them the best environment possible.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding the DISC profile and your personal profile
  • Assessing typical questions in a prospect’s mind
  • Choosing approaches to connecting based on profile
  • Understanding what motivates prospects (and what demotivates them)
  • Creating ways to stay engaged (customer retention)

For more details and how to register, click here.


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May DISC Workshops Registration Now Open

Our April workshops had great feedback and more importantly, impact on how people understand themselves and each other. Our May workshops are now open for registration.

Communicate with Style: DISC Basics is all about YOU! Learn about your own behavioural style, strengths and struggles and get some practical tips on how to adapt what isn’t working for you about your style.

Building Sales Relationships with Advanced DISC is all about connecting with prospects and clients. You will learn how to recognize your buyer’s profile, what works best for them while harnessing the innate strengths of your own style.

Here’s more info and how to register: http://divafish.com/events-workshops/ ‎


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March 19th Workshop – Communicating with Style: DiSC Basics

This is the second evening workshop coming up on using the DiSC Profile to understand your own style in behavior and communication. ** registration deadline has been extended til 5pm.

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Or why you click naturally with some people and not with others?  This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style. Raising your awareness of your natural preferences will empower you to connect with your innate talent and abilities and use them to connect more powerfully with other people.

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

This workshop is ideal for sales people, managers, team members and business owners.

DivaFish Communications provides coaching and training in personal development, leadership and team connection and community building.
The common thread is developing the ability to maintain personal integrity while in relationship with other people and organizations.
We are experienced in working with organizations of all shapes and sizes, from one person pre-startups to not-for-profits and
international, public companies. We believe that the key to connecting with other people is to first understand yourself.

Anne Whitmore, Personal Coach & Corporate Trainer

Anne is a professionally trained, certified Co-Active® coach and corporate trainer who is known for helping people connect with
themselves and their community. She specializes in working with business leaders to build their businesses in alignment with their
value systems and own their lives.
Anne has been an entrepreneur for all her life (she had her first business at 6) and has been officially self employed for 11 years.

Darrell Ross, Corporate Trainer
Since 1997, Darrell Ross has delivered hundreds of workshops, seminars and keynotes helping business professionals generate more sales
through effective relationships. He has spoken at international seminars in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle and presented
in corporations and trade associations. Darrell is a contributing author to the new York Times best seller “Masters of Networking” and
the Wall Street Journal best seller “Masters of Success”.

Darrell helped develop a “How to Do Business on the Golf Course” training program that has since been franchised throughout North
America. He is currently the corporate trainer for an immigration consulting firm based in Vancouver.

Simple. Practical. Powerful.
*Registration closes for this event at 5 pm on Friday, March 16th.


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March 6th Workshop – Communicate with Style: DiSC Basics

This is another evening option for the DiSC Basics workshop.

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Or why you click naturally with some people and not with others?  This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style. Raising your awareness of your natural preferences will empower you to connect with your innate talent and abilities and use them to connect more powerfully with other people.

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

This workshop is ideal for sales people, managers, team members and business owners.

 

Simple. Practical. Powerful.

*Registration closes for this event at noon on Friday, March 2nd.


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Tis the season… to be focused

Coaching is about perfecting that perfection... ;)

My TCM doctor and good friend Dr. Melissa Carr said the other day, “The New Year is a great time for me to find referrals for you because people are taking stock of their life, what they want to do, what they didn’t do last year. It is a good opportunity to introduce coaching to them.” So true.

What did you set out to do last year (maybe in the form of a resolution)? How did it go? What support structures did you have in place to assist you? Did you meet or exceed your goal? If so, way to go!!! If not, what did you do instead?

Making a resolution is the first step... then there's the follow through

 

What are your dreams and goals for the coming year? What is different about this year?

Who are you becoming? Who are you leaving behind?

Where are you now?

What would support look like for you to accomplish what you want?

What is your focus this year?

 

Working with a coach will help you clarify your goals, create an action plan and have accountability to make it happen. Try a 20/20 session with me to pinpoint a goal for this year.

 

In Joy,

anne


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Do you have what it takes?

My brilliant friend & former co-worker, Lindsay of Goose Educational Media tweeted about an Inc.com article a little while ago and there was a pretty shocking statistic about small businesses:

Only 1 in 2 small businesses will survive more than five years.

1 in 2.
1/2.
50%.
That is as bad as the divorce rate.

In the face of such odds, fortunately Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute has looked at small businesses and identified six traits of successful owners. Here is what they say are common qualities that may predict small business leaders who will beat the odds:

Ability to collaborate
Self-fulfilled
Future focused
Curious
Tech saavy
Action oriented

If you were to rank yourself on each of those characteristics on a scale of 1 – 5 (1 being low and 5 being high), what is your total score out of 30?

I will be spending my next few posts on each of these areas because that statistic has really stuck with me – how many business owners put everything on the line and need to be better equipped to face the challenges ahead…

How will you beat the odds?

Spritz,

anne