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The Power of Making Your Own Money!

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Question 1:  What do you want? The Power of Making Your Own Money!

Kim Power Stilson and Diamond Donna Root at the Oscars

“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.”                                  W. J. Cameron

What is it you really want?  Is it power, fame, money, love, or peace on Earth? Is it all of the above?

I start my eMedia business training courses with those questions.  I am rarely surprised by the answers until I ask an audience to get more specific and a little more basic.  I then ask, “If you had all the above covered and were just thinking about yourself, what would you really want to buy?”  It’s those answers that always surprise me.

Once in front of a large group of grad students I asked the next question.

“Let’s say you had an extra $60,000.  Even better let’s say all your basic bills and necessities were taken care of, you have everything you and your family could ever need and you had an extra $60,000 to buy something “special” you, yourself, really wanted. How would you spend your money?  Be honest and not especially altruistic here, it is important! What would you buy? ”

Some people shouted out the names of various sport cars and dream vacations.  Some shouted out that they would purchase helpful gifts for family members.  Some of the students said they would put it in the bank for marriage or their first house.  Some students remained silent.   I always found it surprising that some people had never ever thought of having more money than they needed to survive.  Some people didn’t have dreams beyond the next day, the next dollar, the leg of survival. To some of them the idea that there could be an extra $60,000 was a gift from life in itself.  The possibility that there was abundance for some reason was a foreign concept and I could almost see the birth of a new world of hope roll into their expressions.

Most business people are united by their belief that abundance applies to them.  The most successful business people believe abundance comes from what they create, provide, and offer.

Please answer the First Question, “What do you really want?” in Assignment #1 in your eMedia Megaphone Workbook to find out what you believe about the power of making your own money!

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24 Hour Radio Marathon

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Do you have 24 hours to talk?
Do you have 24 hours to promote your business?
Next week Kim Power Stilson has committed to do a 24 Hour Talk Radio Marathon to launch her new Small Business Marketing Survival Series “24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing” from the new Planetary Streams Internet Talk Radio Network studio in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.
February 26th and 27th! Thursday and Friday, from 7 am (mountain) to 7 pm!
She needs someone to talk to and she wants to share YOUR story!
You are invited to be a guest on a 24 Hour LIVE Talk Radio Marathon! Kim will interview business owners who have a product or service to sell and she want to fill up the hours with their success stories!
To sign up for your 20 minute Free talk slot or to refer a friend to get a radio interview about their business, please call 801-373-9469 and ask for Danielle or contact kim@powerstrategies.TV with “24 Radio” in the subject line!
To listen find more details from http://www.powerstrategies.TV, on the Power Radio Tab, or log in and listen at http://www.planetarystreams.com!

Joan Stewart and Pamela S. Harper Talk with Bluebird Sister on Radio

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Power Strategies Talk Radio Guests Joan Stewart and Pamela S. Harper Interviewed by Kim Power Stilson on Power Strategies Talk Radio Show

 

October 10, 2008 – Port Washington, WI, Glenrock, NJ, The Internet & Woodland Hills, UT–Power Strategies, a business talk radio show announced today that host Kim Power Stilson will be interviewing Publicity expert Joan Stewart of Publicity Hound and Pamela S. Harper, founder and president of Business Advancement Inc today on Power Strategies — Talk with the best about how to boost your business to a better bottom line!” at 2:00 p.m. eastern and 7 p.m. in Ireland.  (Log on and listen live at www.planetarystreams.com or www.myexpertsolution.com.  To enjoy repeat Internet streaming casts throughout next week, see show schedule.)

 

Power Strategies’ first guest, Publicity expert Joan Stewart shows you how to use free publicity to establish your credibility, enhance your reputation, position yourself as an expert, sell more products and services, and promote a favorite cause or issue. She publishes “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” a free ezine filled with publicity tips.

 

Pamela S. Harper, the next guest, is founder and president of Business Advancement Inc.  She is a business performance expert, professional speaker, and author of the book “Preventing Strategic Gridlock.”  For over 20 years she has helped companies of all sizes, going through extreme growth and change, to accelerate growth and profitability.

 

“Today the Power Strategies show will connect you with Joan Stewart who can help you promote your business and with Pamela S. Harper who will introduce us to her book Preventing Strategic Gridlock,” said Stilson.  “You can call and ask them anything you like at 1-866- 5335-0841 or just listen, take notes and enjoy!”

 

Power Strategies first aired in 2002 on KSTAR 1400 AM and has grown to include syndication to Internet radio.  Re-launched in 2008, our Power Strategies Show will be broadcast to syndicate stations, re-streamed on the Internet and archived.  Listenership is based on live and repeat archived, syndicated and re-streamed. Log on and listen at www.planetarystreams.com and www.myexpertsolution.com. Check their Website schedules or listen LIVE every Friday 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7-9 p.m. in Ireland.  To be a guest please contact Jack@powerstrategies.TV.  To see show information visit www.powerstrategies.TV or visit syndication sites at www.planetarystreams.com or myexpertsolution.com.

 

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About Joan Stewart:

Currently living in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Joan Stewart shows you how to use free publicity to establish your credibility, enhance your reputation, position yourself as an expert, sell more products and services, and promote a favorite cause or issue. She publishes “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” a free ezine filled with publicity tips. For more information please contact jstewart@publicityhound.com or visit http://www.publicityhound.com

 

About Pamela S. Harper:
Currently living in Glen Rock, New Jersey, Pamela Harper: Pamela S. Harper, the next guest,  is founder and president of Business Advancement Inc.  She is a business performance expert, professional speaker, and author of the book “Preventing Strategic Gridlock.”  For over 20 years she has helped companies of all sizes, going through extreme growth and change, to accelerate growth and profitability.  For more information please contact pharper@businessadvance.com or visit www.businessadvance.com.

About Kim Power Stilson: 

Kim Power Stilson has helped over 50,000 small and women-owned businesses promote their products and services online.   Recognized as a pioneer of Internet Talk Radio and online social communications and marketing for women, Kim Power Stilson speaks as an expert to universities and associations about her award-winning Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh© a duplicatable marketing formula that now has delivered 60% savings over costs, with an 140% increase in name awareness and delivering ordered sales of over $150 million to global clients.

The talk radio host for seven years of the Healthy Wealthy Wow (terrestrial and Internet syndicated) Kim is the new Internet talk radio, host of “Fresh Success radio!” on Planetary Streams (Log on and listen at www.planetarystreams.com) and “Power Strategies . . . Market your business to better bottom line!” talk radio show on the global expert aggregator, MyExpertSolution.com.  For more information please visit, www.powerstrategies.TV or contact Jack Brian at jack@powerstrategies.TV.

About the Power Strategies Talk Radio Show:

Power Strategies first aired in 2002 on KSTAR 1400 AM and has grown to include syndication to Internet radio.  Re-launched in 2008, our show and Your interview will be broadcast to syndicate stations, re-streamed on the Internet and archived.  Listenership is based on live and repeat (archived, syndicated and re-streamed) shows and ranges between 28,000 live to 1 million archived. Log on and listen at www.myexpertsolution.com. Check their Website schedules or listen LIVE every Friday 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7-9 p.m. in Ireland.  To be a guest please contact Jack@powerstrategies.TV.  To see show information visit www.powerstrategies.TV or visit syndication sites at www.planetarystreams.com or myexpertsolution.com.

Bluebird ponders path to failure!

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What makes the difference between a successful business and one that you pour years, your money, your soul and your family’s soul into only to become another business failure statistic in 2-5 years?  Why do some people work like we do, out of the garage, basement or dining room, and end up a “million billionaires”, while you end up losing your house?

Why? My company had its shining moments, we had a good product/service and, in fact, the first four or so years showed we were headed for success.  So, what happened?  As much as I hate to ask why and less like to face the answers, I discovered the answer, the secret, the key to success while face down in the mud.

It was the day after we had to close the business and my world was dark.  Winter was turning slowly to spring and by that I mean the 8 foot wall of grey ice next to our driveway was finally beginning to melt. I had read every “power of positive thinking” book out there and some twice while trying to convince myself that there was a silver lining. I kept asking myself why I had failed.  All comparisons to Edison’s 6,000+ light bulb tries failed to cheer me up.  I was supposed to be successful.  I had watched others succeed and had confidentially joked with them that I would invite them to my castle in Ireland someday. Now, my hopes for someday seemed to be “never-ever day.”  What had I missed?  The answer would not come and the pain of failure was sharp making it difficult to even breathe.

I did what a lot of people do when they need to think.  I decided to go for a walk.  After all, I had no business to claim my time and nothing else to do.  I walked along seeing the beauty of the mountains forcing myself to be grateful.  Look at the positive side; I said to myself, finally after years of working 70 hours a week now at least I had time to take a walk. 

Suddenly, as if the world dropped off in front of my feet I fell, face down into a pool of post-thaw snow mud.  I just lied there in the mud and wondered why I should get up. When I was finished feeling sorry for myself and grieving my lost business I suddenly knew why I had failed.  It hit me right there in the mud exactly what the one strategy of success we had neglected which had caused the lack of success, the failure.  It was embarrassing.  We had a good product/service but it all had come down not doing this one thing.  I had gotten so busy that I had forgotten, put off, not placed the importance into “marketing” my product/service.   How many years had I wasted in doing the efforts of business only to find at the end that my product/service was worthless when not sold into the hands of consumers?  If consumers did not know about my product then I wasn’t selling and if my product wasn’t selling than I did not have a business.  Like me, I thought, as I started extricating myself from the tear and snow laden mud, with no business.  Excerpt for 24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy Guide and Workbook by Kim Power Stilson more on this at www.powerstrategies.TV

Bluebird Sisterhood launched on February 1 is Fitting

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For 17 years I was a full-time working mom and for some reason in October I got a hare-brained idea to start my own business and work from home.  Partly stress and the long commute but for some reason after all these years it was the right thing to do!

 In November I was excited, in December I was so busy with Christmas I forgot about it.  January 3rd I was home, alone, kids in school, 4 dogs at my feet.  The first couple of days I set up my desk, the next couple of days I got up, got dressed up like I was leaving the house and sat at my desk, the next couple of days I called and emailed everyone I hadn’t had time to email, the middle two weeks of January I watched movies in my jammies, the last week of January I alternately worked and cleaned the house. 

I couldn’t decide if I was depressed or if the domestic motherhood thing was really all too much and over my head.  Just think of the years I spent laughing at mothers who actually stayed home and complained about “house” work when I managed a large department and came home to do “house” work.

Sufficiently humbled I was finding it hard to work, clean, let the dogs out every hour, make lunches, make dinner, run back to the school with forgotten items, keep kids uniforms clean, keep the floor clean, shovel the snow (from the largest snowfall in ten years, thanks for the timing) and help with homework. 

Still with a new company to launch www.planetarystreams.com, an internet communications community which gives people their choice on what they listen to and what they watch on internet, I had to keep going.  Yet I had to find a way to survive in this “stay at home” women’s world. 

I decided to organize my time.  I would get up work out, shower, make the kids’ lunches and breakfasts and then drive them to school on time.  I would volunteer once a week at the schools.  I would always have delicious, nutrious snacks prepared after school. 

I tried this, am still trying this.  Somehow it never all fits in or works and then I get the eviel eye from neigbor hood women who seem to have made it to school with a shower.  Sure my kids hair wasn’t come and twice I forgot their lunches and more than once they were late.  It is hard to get their uniforms on them, and then wash them and put them on again.  Half of their uniforms were already swallowed by the washing machine black hole, along with their matching socks.

Do you know how snotty those PTA mom’s can be?  My goodness, they are rude, overly organized women, who seemed to be in my face since I started.  Criticizing this and that about my children, housekeeping, my dogs in their snow-filled so who cares yard!  Had they been doing this all along and I was at work so I did not hear it OR was it just me. 

If you couldn’t trust other moms. laboring over the same tasks, who could you trust?  Why is it like that?  Why are we so competitive when we could really use each other’s help.  I know how hard it was to compete in a man’s world, I’ve just written a book on that, out to the editor on February 5th. But how in the world was I going to survive this snotty women’s world?

 I called a friend who said, “There is nothing you can do about all those women. Forget about them, I have your back.”  I said, “Really?  Are you saying that no matter what they say about me you will stick up for me?  NO matter what you see me do or not do you have my back?  That is a pretty big committment!”

Even as I asked I wondered if that could ever happen between women.  We seem to irritate each other so well . . .

She said “Yes, no matter what I’ve got your back!”  And I said “Me as well!  No matter what I’ve got your back!”  And this from me to her is a hard promise as she is tiny, cute, organized with five kids and a gorgeous house with several businesses so women really do hate her! 

So we agreed.  Still . . . couldn’t figure out how to do it all.  Have hosted a daily radio show at noon for years www.healthywealthywow.com and well talked to thousands of women who don’t know how to do it.  Still this women thing gnawed at me.

Finally one day, still in jammies but upset with the 16 pounds i had gained since I decided to stay home, I decided to take up watercolor instead of eating.  I opened the water color kit my husband gave me last last year for Christmas and started painting.  I set up in my bathroom, being prone to spills, and fiddled around.  

As I sat there, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the glass bluebird a friend had given me when I was down.  A Bluebird of Happiness.  The sun (first sun in weeks) glinted off of it and I thought of that great friend who “had my back” dabbed my brush in blue and created a bluebird.

 I then painted two and wrote underneath them.  “We’ve got each others backs!”

 I felt silly but gave it to my friend, the cute one who had promised she had my back!  She loved it, and then because we are on the radio every day and have connection with thousands of women, we decided to create the Bluebird Sisterhood.  A group of us who have each others backs . . .  no matter what!  And we decided that in honor of my ‘work at home” depression we would share bluebirds with women like us . . . women who need a little lift, a little reminder that we are lovely just as we are.  For me that means, in working in jammies with my kids late too school.  The Bluebird Sisterhood means I get credit for deciding to stay at home and trying to work and make the world a better place while also trying to make my kids a nutrious meal!  I get credit for that and my sisters are going to stick up for me when the snotty PTA ladies get their dander up.

 What do you think? Are you one of us?  We’ll get your back if you get ours . . . and we will send you a lovely bluebird watercolor from yours truly to remind you or your promise to your sisters . . . . in case you see my in my jammies in the car pool lane and are tempted to roll your eyes!