9 Things Every Consultant Should Know

Shelly Palmer posted a very interesting article with tips on how to be successful as a consultant. Shelly served with me on the Board for the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. He posts every day on how to succeed in a connected world. Follow him @Shelly Palmer

Shelly wrote: “After you “take the package” and leave big corporate, you get to choose what’s next. You can go after another corporate gig, go work for a start-up or a smaller company, retire (heaven forbid) or start consulting. I’ve been asked out for coffee or drinks countless times this past year by newly minted consultants seeking advice. Here are my answers to the most-asked questions about how to set up and sustain your new consulting read more

Shelly Palmer


Run, Don’t Walk, to Increase Your Income

Many times I’ve wondered why small business owners don’t run for the opportunity to significantly increase their business income.  You’ve heard my success stories.  They are all similar to Rick Bauman’s story, a former Coaching Group member:

I can honestly say that while working for six months with Carol Naff, a professional coach, my website design and hosting business has more than tripled due to her coaching. I could not have reached this success so quickly without her help. My return on investment from coaching was surpassed within the first couple of months.

“Carol simply helps me clarify my goals and create a plan to achieve them. She does this by helping me see things in a new perspective and by holding me accountable for my actions. Carol helps me overcome my limiting beliefs and strive for higher levels of success.”  Rick Bauman, Arbis Inc.

If you haven’t increased your business income in the past six months, then start running to participate in my Group Marketing Strategies Games.  I realize that small business owners, who are not my clients, may not believe that coaching will make a difference for them.  So I woke up to the idea of offering a guarantee. Here’s the guarantee:  If at the end of the first month you absolutely hate being a participant in the group, you may drop the group.

Group coaching allows the shared wisdom of other professionals with the expertise of a professional coach.  Participants have the chance to coach and be coached. Because it is such a value to the participant, it adds more dimensions to coaching and accelerates achievement.

What Results Can You Expect from Joining the Group?

Ø      Clarify your goals and strengths

Ø      Balance your life

Ø      Transform your business

Ø      Achieve focus and confidence

Ø      Realize increased income

Ø      Implement proven and effective tools, concepts, and strategies

You’ll discover what your business requires in order to reach the next level and what’s standing in your way. This experience is targeted to your exact needs, and you’ll have time to talk through what’s going on for you and share it with the group. Another great benefit is the wisdom and experience contributed by the other members of the team.

How Do You Know if Joining a Coaching Group is Right for You?

Ø      You’re an ideal prospect for this adventure if you have a dream you’re passionate about and want to take your business to the next level.

Ø      You’re looking for structure and support.

Ø      You’re a self-starter.

Ø      You’re willing to experiment and are open to new ideas and change.

Ø      You’re persistent and dedicated.

If you’re taking too little action or frustrated because the action you’re taking isn’t working, then this group is perfect for you. But coaching isn’t for everyone.  It’s how the best get better.

What Are The Benefits?

Ø      You’ll identify what’s holding you back and break through to new levels of achievement.

Ø       You’ll build and implement an actual marketing plan that’s designed around your strengths, schedule, and budget. The accountability of the team experience will make you do what you NEVER would on your own.

Ø      This is an incredible value at any price, and a rare chance to transform your business and your life. You’ll receive training in marketing strategies. You’ll have the opportunity to test the viability of your ideas and plans with team members. You’ll receive help setting goals, establishing priorities, and strategic planning.

Ø      You’ll identify and break through roadblocks and resistance and get on the fast track. Your business and marketing will become an automated system—a well-oiled machine. You’ll have a support team to celebrate your successes, listen to your problems, and get you unstuck and back on the road to success. And since the group will be limited in size, you’ll get personalized attention and an interactive and creative environment.

If you’re running a business, you don’t have time to make costly mistakes. You need an edge. The power and synergy of the group and the proven coaching successes will banish isolation and inertia. Working with a coach AND a group of your peers is a powerful, transformative process.

Consistent application of new skills and strategies + accountability and support = success.

My experience is that group coaching is not only more economical—it’s POWERFUL.

It’s no surprise! It’s difficult to accomplish something big without accountability to someone. This dynamic group is ideal if you desire the tools, support, and guidance to really grow your business. This program includes:

q       A program paced in a way that allows you to absorb the information and implement it for immediate results

q       Two small group calls per month with tools and information from my business success process and coaching, support, guidance, and course correction from me and others working on goals just like yours

q       Comprehensive exercises for each step of the process complete with in-depth information such as checklists, goal-planning forms, time management planning tools, and assignments to deepen your learning and keep you in action.

q       Audio recordings of each class (so even if you miss a week, you won’t miss the information).

q       Access to a private web page containing all of the class materials, resource links, and audio downloads

q       A plan of your design for attaining your big goal and creating YOUR best strategies

q       The attention, accountability, and coaching from Professional Coach Carol Naff

PURPOSE: To help you increase your business income and your free time, while gaining simplicity, balance, focus, and confidence in all areas of your life.

PROCESS: Group coaching sessions. We will meet as a group on a telephone bridge* twice a month for 55 minutes each call. *Long distance charges are the responsibility of the participants.  One-on-one coaching also is available at a rate of $100/hour or $450 per month.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 12:00 – 12:55 p.m. Mountain Time. Or 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9:00 – 9:55 a.m. Mountain.

INVESTMENT: $250/month.  (If it’s not REALLY an investment for you, don’t sign up.) Inquire about special pricing to see if you qualify – only $150/month.

REGISTER: Email carol.naff@marinerco.com and request an interview.

Remember; don’t delay. If you think this is for you, please act now. I would hate to have you miss out and be put on the waiting list until the next team opens up.

WARNING: Do NOT Apply for this program unless you’re willing . . .

Ø      And able to invest the time and money that’s required.

Ø      To keep confidential the business and personal affairs of the other members.

Ø      To be honest with yourself about where you are and what you REALLY want.

Ø      To do the homework assigned.

Ø      To take responsibility for the results.

Ø      To accept the changes rapid growth and wealth could inflict upon you.

Mariner Company

Carol J. Naff