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Boldly Showing Up Online – Are you ready to do it?

Too many women entrepreneurs are hiding out online! Are you one of them? They’re afraid to post selfies. They don’t like the way they look in pictures and videos. They don’t know how to take a good selfie, or what to say in a video. And they hope they can get away with never having to learn how to do it. I wonder how much of it is conditioning? Are men holding themselves back in the same way? (Probably not.) Regardless, it’s a huge problem for women. For many, it’s the MAIN REASON they aren’t getting the clients they want. I

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Confidence – What a Game Changer!

I met Ann DeLuca a while back at a networking meeting, and she told me she was a Confidence Coach and had written a book called The Confidence Recipe. It stuck with me because my confidence was in a bit of a slump at that time. After having taken a few years off for some major health and family stuff, I was not getting my coaching business back to where it was before my break. I knew it would take work, but a lot had changed in the entrepreneurial communities that I was a part of, and it very much felt

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Selling That’s Authentic, Easy and Truly From a Place of Service

“How do I sell without being salsey?” This is the most common question I’ve gotten over the decades. You aren’t alone if you feel nervous and awkward about “selling”. Tons of people have that creepy, pushy, used-car-salesman association and I SO get it! I was SO afraid of selling when I started my knitwear business in the early 90s. In fact, I worked at the store my sweaters were sold at, and when customers were browsing at them I found an excuse to go hide in the back and hope my boss would make the sale. I just didn’t want to

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Can I Just Get Away With This For The Rest of My Life?

That morning, January 1, 2022, I woke up suddenly to the phone ringing. The palliative nurse was calling to see if I needed more painkillers for my dad. I jumped up from the mattress on the floor of his room, to check on him, and he wasn’t breathing. Still warm but no life there. I told the nurse he was gone. She said she’d come right away. Looking up at the corner of the room near the window, I cried tears of relief and said in a whisper, “Dad, you did it. You made it.” It had been a rough week

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How Laura-Jean Coached My Business from $20 an Hour to +$6K in Less Than 3 Months

Chances are, if you don’t know Toronto business coach and entrepreneur Laura-Jean Bernhardson, you know someone who does. With 30+ years of experience as a fashion entrepreneur and her 21-year run of the successful brick and mortar Fresh Collective, Laura-Jean has touched hundreds of Toronto entrepreneurs’ lives, designers, and happy customers. Mostly self-taught, she has run multiple businesses across multiple industries while coaching the businesses of others. (Check out her full story on the road to fashion entrepreneurship.) Laura-Jean coaches primarily female-identifying and non-binary entrepreneurs through her one-on-one coaching program or group coaching sessions like her Social Media Fall Camp. You

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What has “the lid” on your life?

I did a simple exercise with my clients at the last Space to Create Day, organized for my Unfuck Your Business Club. We took a look at that one obstacle that pops up all the time when we’re trying to do something great. Try reflecting on this yourself, right now. Think about the last time you came up with a groundbreaking idea. You probably envisioned it in all its brilliance, and then something popped into your head – a thought or emotion, maybe – and shut it down. What was that? Now, think about a much simpler action you were going

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Boldly Showing Up Online – Are you ready to do it?

Too many women entrepreneurs are hiding out online! Are you one of them? They’re afraid to post selfies. They don’t like the way they look in pictures and videos. They don’t know how to take a good selfie, or what to say in a video. And they hope they can get away with never having to learn how to do it. I wonder how much of it is conditioning? Are men holding themselves back in the same way? (Probably not.) Regardless, it’s a huge problem for women. For many, it’s the MAIN REASON they aren’t getting the clients they want. I

Read the Post

Confidence – What a Game Changer!

I met Ann DeLuca a while back at a networking meeting, and she told me she was a Confidence Coach and had written a book called The Confidence Recipe. It stuck with me because my confidence was in a bit of a slump at that time. After having taken a few years off for some major health and family stuff, I was not getting my coaching business back to where it was before my break. I knew it would take work, but a lot had changed in the entrepreneurial communities that I was a part of, and it very much felt

Read the Post

Selling That’s Authentic, Easy and Truly From a Place of Service

“How do I sell without being salsey?” This is the most common question I’ve gotten over the decades. You aren’t alone if you feel nervous and awkward about “selling”. Tons of people have that creepy, pushy, used-car-salesman association and I SO get it! I was SO afraid of selling when I started my knitwear business in the early 90s. In fact, I worked at the store my sweaters were sold at, and when customers were browsing at them I found an excuse to go hide in the back and hope my boss would make the sale. I just didn’t want to

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Can I Just Get Away With This For The Rest of My Life?

That morning, January 1, 2022, I woke up suddenly to the phone ringing. The palliative nurse was calling to see if I needed more painkillers for my dad. I jumped up from the mattress on the floor of his room, to check on him, and he wasn’t breathing. Still warm but no life there. I told the nurse he was gone. She said she’d come right away. Looking up at the corner of the room near the window, I cried tears of relief and said in a whisper, “Dad, you did it. You made it.” It had been a rough week

Read the Post

How Laura-Jean Coached My Business from $20 an Hour to +$6K in Less Than 3 Months

Chances are, if you don’t know Toronto business coach and entrepreneur Laura-Jean Bernhardson, you know someone who does. With 30+ years of experience as a fashion entrepreneur and her 21-year run of the successful brick and mortar Fresh Collective, Laura-Jean has touched hundreds of Toronto entrepreneurs’ lives, designers, and happy customers. Mostly self-taught, she has run multiple businesses across multiple industries while coaching the businesses of others. (Check out her full story on the road to fashion entrepreneurship.) Laura-Jean coaches primarily female-identifying and non-binary entrepreneurs through her one-on-one coaching program or group coaching sessions like her Social Media Fall Camp. You

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What has “the lid” on your life?

I did a simple exercise with my clients at the last Space to Create Day, organized for my Unfuck Your Business Club. We took a look at that one obstacle that pops up all the time when we’re trying to do something great. Try reflecting on this yourself, right now. Think about the last time you came up with a groundbreaking idea. You probably envisioned it in all its brilliance, and then something popped into your head – a thought or emotion, maybe – and shut it down. What was that? Now, think about a much simpler action you were going

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