The BizChix Podcast: Female Entrepreneurs | Women Small Business | Biz Chix
Summary: Host Natalie Eckdahl, MBA is a coach to high performing women. She is married with three children ages 4-16. Natalie helps women entrepreneurs own their role as CEO through her business trainings, on air coaching calls and expert interviews. Learn how to master your mindset, grow as a leader, refine your strategies, build your team and gain visibility in your industry. Natalie is also an expert in outsourcing at home and at work. Meet Natalie and fellow listeners at her annual leadership conference for women entrepreneurs, BizChix Live!
Do you have more clients than you have time? Have a great team but aren't sure how how you can transition your clients into working with them? Shelli Warren, Chief People Officer of BizChix and host of Stacking Your Team, joins Natalie to share some insight into this challenge. What are some of the signs that you might need to hire someone on your team to work with your clients? Feeling OVERWHELMED is a big indicator that you have more opportunity than capacity!
Who am I to do this? I could never be as confident or successful as her. I feel like one day everyone is going to figure out that I have no idea what I’m doing? Sound familiar? It’s known as a feeling of self doubt, of being a fraud, or that any success has just been a fluke. Imposter Syndrome knows no bounds. You’ll find it in successful actors, actresses, CEO’s, bankers, mom’s, . . . and me. Join me as I share the chapter on Imposter Syndrome from my new book R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindse
Have you ever thought about writing your own book? What is the process of writing a book? What does a ghostwriter do? The number of decisions that go into producing a book can be overwhelming! That’s why I got Katie Cross, Ghostwriter / Writing Coach / Taskmaster-Disciplinarian, to help me put together my book, R.E.S.E.T. Your Mindset! We discuss how Katie and I first started working together, the different approaches to ghostwriting, and what goes into the process of producing a book.
BizChix Live was a huge success, but what went on behind the scenes? What does it really take to put together an event like BizChix Live? What are some of the unique aspects of preparing for the event? CEO Natalie Eckdahl, Chief People Officer Shelli Warren, and Executive Assistant Tiffanie Jordan reveal all their insider secrets about BizChix Live! Natalie, Shelli, and Tiffanie share their favorite moments from the event as well as some other highlights and funny behind-the-scenes moments.
What's holding you back from being the CEO and leader you need to be? Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? Or are you waiting for permission to go out and achieve your dreams? How can you silence your inner mean girl? Are you battling with your money mindset? No matter where you are in your business, we all struggle with mindset issues. That’s why my keynote speech at BizChix Live 2018 was all about resetting your mindset.
Planning for the future is tricky. We don’t know what the future holds, where your business is going to go, or what opportunities will present themselves. This is a great way to start - first by reflecting back, then looking forward in your business, to envision how you foresee 2019 playing out. We're one week out from BizChix Live, and it’s time to start planning for next year. This is episode will get you focused on the CEO level work you need to be doing to reflect and plan for the coming year.
No matter what your business is, knowing your audience and increasing your visibility on the platforms they frequent is crucial to success. Kasey Bell, former educator turned entrepreneur, has done just that and grown her email list and Twitter following just by leveraging best practices. Google is the hottest topic in educational technology, and Kasey has capitalized on this to grow her business from a blog to a podcast.
The successful businesses that you see today did NOT get like that on the first try. Chances are, there were many little shifts and pivots from the initial business idea to the roaring success it is now. The trick is leverage your strengths and play to them, like Monica Forese of Redefining Mom did. Monica shares her challenges in getting her spouse on board in the beginning stages of her business, and how leveraging her strengths helped her find her niche.
Are you being the CEO your business needs? Working in your business is great, but as a CEO, you need to be working ON your business too. Kellsie Rees, a very successful product entrepreneur on Etsy, joins me to share how she broke through her imposter syndrome to step into a CEO mindset. Kellsie takes us through the evolution of her Etsy business and her secrets to success: sell what keeps selling and create products that are intentional. She has also scaled her team and grown her facility space!
Have limiting beliefs ever held you back from making progress in your business? Today you’re hearing a success story from Karen DeYoung, a BizChix community member who has overcome limiting beliefs and seen incredible results. Karen shares some secrets behind the longevity of her business, how her business has grown over the years, and what her growth mindset and opening her mind to possibilities had to do with it.
Running a blue ocean business is one of the most effective ways to become profitable and create the life you desire. Sue Monhait has done just that, and she shares about her experiences running a blue ocean business, as well as the challenges that come along with being one of only a few people providing a product or service. Sue also shares how she leveraged her corporate background in her business and how it ties into niching down.
Paula Kinney joins me to share more about her interior design business and how it has developed and grown since my strategy session with her in 2017. We discuss Paula's success with niching down to a specific part of interior design that she loves and is passionate about, and how she's using Facebook Live to take her business to the next level. Paula is also going to be our emcee for BizChix Live 2018! Last year, Paula really made an impression on all of us with her warm and open personality.
Shelli Warren, our Chief People Officer, joins me to recap the stages of small business, with a special focus on the Scale and Multiply stages. These stages are all about building and growing a team, and letting go of control. In the Scale and Multiply stages, focus on creating a stable, replicable business model. We discuss the importance of finding a guru or coach who resonates with you, and who can help you achieve your goals - and sticking with them!
How do you move your business from the startup stage to the multiply stage? Emily Countryman, CEO of a chain of wellness centers, joins me on this episode to share her success story at the multiply stage: of scaling up a business with a physical location from one location to a chain of FIVE centers. Emily and I also discuss business struggles, financing and funding growth, as well as teams and transitioning from the manager of the business to the CEO of your business.
Product-based businesses can be tough when it comes to dealing with manufacturers, inventory and distribution. But that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to rapidly grow and scale. Minna Khounlo-Sithep, founder of Lil’ Labels, waterproof writable labels for school and for daycare, joins me to share her journey scaling up to a 6-figure business in just one year.