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3 Sep

Note from Dewi: Marissa Feinberg is a friend based in NYC and Founder of Green Spaces co-share workspace in Tribeca.

Her new company flockd is an exciting initiative that applies the concept of online status updates IRL “in real life”.

Learn more about what’s poppin’ with flockd!

The Art of Sacred Selling

22 Aug

Susanna Maida of Reweaving the World.

If you want to grow a thriving business doing your great work, one of the most important business skills you need to master is how to have successful one-on-one enrolling (selling) conversations with potential clients, without feeling pushy, manipulative, or out of integrity with your values.

The most important investment I’ve made thus far into my business is learning this very skill. I took an entire year to study and apply the art of “selling as service” with a high-level coach. I am now much more comfortable in sales conversations and best of all am able to serve potential clients through the sale process from a place of Freedom, Joy and non-attachment.

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 23rd, my gifted friend and colleague Susanna Maida is hosting a free training call to help you boost your ability to have high-integrity, deeply connecting, be-of-service conversations with potential clients that invite them to take the next step in their transformative journey with you.

It’s called 3 Secrets for Keeping Your Ideal Clients from Slipping through Your Fingers with the Art of Sacred Selling. If you feel anxious or squirmy at the thought of having an effective enrolling conversation, this training can really help you fall in love with “selling as service” so you can relax into it, just be yourself, and hear far more “Yes, I want to work with you! How do I get started?”

To register, go here: The Art of Sacred Selling.

I’ve experienced Suzanna teach on this topic before and highly recommend you tune in. I’ll be there too as I know she’ll be sharing content that I’ll be able to apply in my practice right away… Come join me!

And yes, there will be a recording, so even if you aren’t able to attend live be sure to register so that you’ll still be able to access the recorded call.

Who’s On Your Team?

7 Jul

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s enfusionize!

For some reason up until now I haven’t officially let it be known that I’m part of an AMAZING collaborative team.

We are truly awesome and so are our clients!!!

Team enfusionize is 20+ folks, all entrepreneurs in our own right who came together in Fall 2011 to create a full-service Infusionsoft Certified Internet Marketing implementation company serving Conscious Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders and Creative Visionaries.

The hat I wear is Lead Brand Manager and boy do I love what I do! I assist our clients with Personal Branding, Client Enrollment and Engagement and Brand Asset creation. In a nutshell I help them to mine and leverage their brilliance so they can make a greater impact with their mission, their message and their sales and serve way more people while they’re at it!

We apply our holistic internet marketing model to solve the most common problem we see entrepreneurs facing: a piece-meal approach to getting things done in their business.

I can tell you that having a full-service team of high-level service providers who are also internet marketers AND entrepreneurs on your side is AWESOME; enfusionize is my go-to team too! I have a web series I’m creating (soon to be revealed here) and I’m stoked that enfusionize is creating my site, branding and marketing materials for it. Stay tuned…

I’m also bringing on Music Manager to assist me with promoting and placing my music! If you love upbeat, positive tunes have a listen for free at my current music site http://sonicbids.com/alohadevmusic

So, who’s on your team and why do you love working with them?

Hawaii Island Concert feat. Elijah Ray 7/7

6 Jul

Elijah in Bliss

Hawaiian Sanctuary Show, (in Pahoa) July 7th, 2012 featuring my brother in from Kaua’i Elijah Ray!

Opt-in for a free MP3 of his latest song: I Love Being Here!

More information at: http://www.facebook.com/hawaiiansanctuary

Small Kid Time

5 Jul

Small kid time… Hanabadda days…
Back in the day…

There was a time when opening the mail box was like Christmas for me… and this was a near-daily occurance! I had over 300 pen pals at one point and my record for receiving the most letters in a day is 25. Each envelope was a colorful work of art onto itself and came stuffed with slams (see below), confetti/sticker packets, custom address labels and yes, a handwritten letter.

Slams are little handmade booklets that are swapped from person to person where responses to a series of questions are written down. It begins when a friend makes one for another friend. When the booklet is full the last person to fill his/her answers sends the slam to the person it was started for. As the slam travels, each person adds their address label to page one. You can meet and add new pen pals this way in a similar manner that requesting to “friend” a new person on Facebook functions today.

Imagine my delight as I discovered something called the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap in one of the blogs (we have over 600 folks participating!) that caught my eye yesterday on the Ultimate Blogging Challenge Wall on Facebook. I’m now signed up to participate thanks to Fellow UBC blogger and creative Jo who lives in Aotearoa (aka New Zealand). Check out her process here: JosLittlePictures

Collage Cards Re-Purposed for My “Positioning Your Story and the Dream You Serve” eBook Cover

Yes!… I’m feeling excited with the prospect of exchanging artsy mail again! How it works is participants create art in any medium, document it and then print the image/s onto postcards. You send 5 of these with postage and a return address to Kat, (Founder of Kat Eye Studio). She then sends them off to 5 folks and you eventually receive 5 in the mail in return.

Earlier this year I purged most of my art supplies in a whirlwind of “get rid of it” energy… I did however keep some key items (YAY!) that I’ll be using for this project: my bold color Crayola marker set, watercolor pencils and Prismacolor pencils. Add into the mix a peppering of collage elements and voila.. Instant FUN!

Is there something you enjoyed creating when you were a kid that you currently practice or want to bring more of into your life? Share it with us here…

The Simple Guide to Blogging – Guest Post

7 Apr

Aloha friends, enjoy a guest post today from Dan Fonseca of Synapes as he shares an easy-breezy how-to for getting started fast with your own blog. You may remember Dan from another post of his on personal branding I shared a few weeks back. En-Joy! Love, Dev

So you’re interesting in blogging huh? Well, good for you. In my mind, blogging is one of the best things you could do in this day and age. Your blog is a vehicle for expression, do with it what you will. It’s perfect for building your personal brand while learning a little about yourself and this world we live in. So where do we start?

Why Blog?

First, let me communicate the value of a blog. I hinted upon its branding capabilities already but a blog can be so much more. Need a place to get your ideas out? A little room for self actualization? Nothing enriches your thoughts more than by putting them down. The ability to link to other bodies of work only serves to paint a broader and deeper picture. The sky’s the limit!

It’s Easy

The Internet has ceased to be a scary place. This past decade, with the rise of web 2.0, has focused incredible energy towards ease and function of the web. Chances are this won’t be your first social media profile so you already have some experience setting one up. Blogs are no different.

The Benefits

Few tools today give you the power and platform that a blog does. A few benefits include:

Free Promo Tool-

Have a business you would like to promote? Blogs are social in nature, build something worthwhile and sooner or later you’ll get the attention you’re looking for. This is not to say that you should have a simple, “if you build it, they will come” mentality, rather think of this as a lower barrier of entry. No need to spend a significant amount of cash in order to get traffic and attention you need.

Beginners Website-

Who’s to say you blog can’t be your website? Hey, it’s mine 🙂 If your blog has your contact info, links to social media pages, product information, branding, and other media, how does that differ from any other website? Sure you have a little less control but starting out, a blog is perfect. Baby steps here people, baby steps.

Personal Brand-

I have been a long advocator for building your personal brand online. Like I said earlier, there is little to no barrier of entry. As a simple idea, think of your blog as a personal, adaptive, in depth resume. People are hiring people and not just qualifications on a page, show them how you think, work, and feel.

Networking Tool-

Just like any other social media tool, your blog can be used a platform to meet and converse with people. By creating a little niche in this world wide web, you can aggregate people with similar tastes and interests. Using your blog as a magnet for conversation, you will be amazed on what happens. As a personal example, this post you’re reading right now is a result of this sort of interaction. Dewi and I met through a guest blog post I did a couple of weeks ago on another site. We began talking and look where we are now 🙂 It could happen to you!

How To Start

Sign Up Through a Free Blog Site

There are numerous blog platforms out there for you to pick from. Here is a list of the more popular ones. Though they serve the same purpose, they vary slightly. I would suggest you take a quick look and find the best match for you. You can’t go wrong with either one though. Take a look.

Tumblr

WordPress

Blogger

TypePad

Choose a Theme and Name

Theme-

Though this is not a life or death decision, there should be a little thought put into this next step. Choosing a theme will help brand your blog, you will be able to change this but consistency counts for something right? No need to be fickle with your audience. After all, a brand is a brand, you don’t see Pepsi switching colors on you now do you?

Name-

Your username/blog title is a unique name that may be hard to change after the initial sign up. You may want to mediate on this for a while. Once you have come up with a name that will communicate what you want, hold on to it.

Now It’s Time To Start Blogging!

You have built the foundation, it’s time you furnish it with your dreams, passions, goals, and ideas. Create interesting posts that will drive conversation. Conversation is the key to blogging and with that the rest will follow. Use your blog as an opportunity to meet people, brand yourself, promote your product/ideas, and sharpen your communication skills.

Conclusion

There is no better time to start blogging than now, just head over to one of the numerous blogging platforms and give it a try. What’s the risk? After all, like my father always says, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

-Dan

P.S. I will be MORE than happy to answer any questions anyone may have concerning blogging. Though I may be from New Jersey, I am actually pretty friendly 🙂

Dan Fonseca is currently a Communications student at Northeastern University in Boston and writes his very own blog Synapses. He enjoys thinking about the bigger picture and looks to bring people together in anyway he can. Dan loves his brie and sushi too. Oh yeah, he’s also proud to be from New Jersey so watch what you say 🙂 You can find him on all his social media sites here. How’s that for a personal brand?

Events I’ve Allowed to Change Me

29 Mar

Everything you’ve experienced in life has led you to this very moment. A neat thing about this is that you’re always free to CHOOSE how you allow these events to color your reality and support or discount your perception. How you view the world and your place in it very much depends on how you consciously (or unconsciously) choose to process, learn, lift and grow (or not) from your life experiences, however challenging or graceful they have seemed.

This post is inspired by one of my teachers, Money Map to Freedom creator Alexis Martin Neely. I’ve borrowed the concept from a recent blog post of hers: Events That Have Changed My Life.

I now too am inspired to share some events that I’ve ALLOWED to have a positive impact in my life. The event itself hasn’t changed my life, rather, it’s my EXPERIENCE of that event – how I’ve chosen to frame, process and appreciate the lessons available (in some cases years later) that has had a lasting impact.

Note that every event Alexis mentioned and all the events I’m sharing were LIVE SEMINARS! There’s no better place to meet like-Souled folks and build your community than energetically-aligned events!

It was by some kind of a miracle that I attended Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB)’s Awakening Your Brilliance Event in Kona on the Big Island in December of 2008. I had quit my job at a lovely art gallery just months earlier; I knew I wanted to do something that was more “my thing” and I was longing to work with kids again… but I left without a back-up.

The Awakening event announcement came into my inbox via Hawaii Health Guide and I was intrigued by those involved with HUB; folks I admired like Jack Canfield, Michael Bernard Beckwith and Barbara Marx Hubbard. None of them were in attendance but others I’ve come to love were (Janet Attwood, Faith Rivera, Charlie Stuart Gay, Lynn Rose and Rev. Karen Russo to name a few).

At the event I met local singer-songwriter Howard Shaprio of Recycle Hawaii and Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace. Less than a week later I was sharing a pidgin spoken word piece with teens at Pahoa High School! Since then I’ve made over 10 presentations with Howard and Recycle Hawaii’s Artists In The Environment Program all over East Hawaii.

Hand analyst Baeth Davis’ Life Purpose Soul Summit took place in Las Vegas early June 2009. Just reading the phrase “Soul Summit”, I knew I had to be there. At first I had little interest in the Hand Analysis that was included with the ticket. When I got my reading upon checking in I was floored. The message in my hands was “Big-Shot Innovative Spiritual Teacher” and the career in coaching I’d been considering was affirmed as well; whoa!

That weekend I some AMAZING women, many of whom I still keep in touch with. Vrinda Norman was my roommie, Heather Dominick became my first coach and I discovered Kendall Summerhawk’s brother in law was my aforementioned friend Howard! Other notable ladies I met: Heather Gray of Soul-Filled Life, Katrina Sawa of Jumpstart Your Marketing and Shirley Sukhanil. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there…

Two weeks later, I did end up meeting both Jack Canfield and Michael Bernard Beckwith (along with Rickie Byers Beckwith on my Birthday) at my second HUB event, Actioning Your Brilliance, this time in San Francisco. My dear friend Nachhi Rhandawa and I met for the first time in person too! She did really well capturing the moment with photos of us with other luminaries like Danish Ahmed, Freddie Ravel, Cynthia Kersey and Spryte Loriano.

The most recent noteworthy event was Max Simon’s Sold Out Seminar Secrets in San Diego last October, 2010. Another show stopper, no doubt! I met several new friends who are now clients of mine and cried three times (mainly tears of JOY)! Some of the lovelies I met were Vinca von Muhlenberg, Elizabeth Purvis, Kendra Thornbury, Kate Harrington, Tanya Laurin, Heather Vaughn and Esperanza Universal. (BTW, I found out about this event by being on Baeth Davis’ list).

The point I want to get across by sharing this with you is that you never know who you’re going to meet at an event and how they might help bring forth the next amazing experience in your life and vice versa. If you aren’t able to travel for an event that catches you eye, start one of your own in your local area! Be specific about the type of people you want there, the experience and transformation attendees will receive and have your friends and colleagues help promote it!

What fun, amazing events have you been to and who did you meet there? Do tell…