Entrepreneurs

Chat with Mer: The Future of Work with Erica Orange

How will the outrageous pace of technology and information sharing and access change the world, and the world of work? The next installment of Chat with Mer is an insider’s look at how the world of work is changing. The aim is to help you get ahead of the curve and anticipate what is coming so you can plan and act with that context in mind. Interested? Join me for my interview with Futurist Erica Orange on Wednesday, 6/24 @ 12pm PT / 3pm ET RSVP to listen in here As the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future…

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Chat with Mer: Finding Your Inner Calm, 4/22

Do you feel stressed out by your life and the people around you? If you answer yes (and really, who doesn’t feel stressed these days), consider joining me for my interview with stress management expert and Fast Company blogger Simma Lieberman on: Finding Your Inner Calm Wednesday, 4/22 @ 12pm PT / 3pm PT Learn more and RSVP to listen in here. These no-cost monthly Chat with Mer talks are focused on helping you build your sense of inner resourcefulness, and this month’s topic is right on point. Stressful situations are part of daily life and I’m pleased to welcome stress management expert Simma Lieberman…

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Stay on Top of Your To-Do List

Do you struggle with overwhelm and feeling behind on your To-Do list? You might not be using the right tools. Do you want a simple, effective tool for getting–and staying–on top of your list? My new favorite tool is Wunderlist. I discovered it through a coaching client and resisted using it, but once I finally downloaded this free application to my laptop and smartphone, it almost instantly changed my life. I tried different task and project tracking systems in the past: Outlook task manager, Asana, written lists, and even putting date-driven tasks on my Google calendar as…

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Building Business Opportunities

Building Business Opportunities

Many of my coaching clients meet with me to develop or refine their business plans, build clientele, modify their models, or solve administrative issues. Occasionally, someone enlists my help with a discrete business challenge. In Dave’s case, that challenge came in the form of a fantastic opportunity to increase his business and enter completely new market. Dave, a chiropractor, ran a successful practice for twenty years. Through a networking contact, he learned about a chance to offer on-site chiropractic services at the contact’s company, but he would have to submit a proposal. Since he’d always worked out…

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The Power of Planning

The Power of Planning

If you’re like most professionals, you want to have a defined set of goals, yet for some reason you resist getting them out of your head and on to paper. Perhaps you find the process of writing a plan too time-consuming or filled with unknowns. But what if you could enjoy the rewards of reaching goals by following an easy, straightforward method of crafting a plan? What if creating your plan turned out to be the best thing you ever did for your business or career? Yes, really! Be Proactive, Not Reactive If you feel overwhelmed by…

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Set Priorities and Take Focused Action!

I’d like to tell you the story of Jeannie, a coaching client of mine who learned how to set priorities and take focused action in order to make a major career and life change. Like many of my clients, she wanted to find more meaningful work than her current job. At the same time, she wanted to move closer to her boyfriend who lived fifty miles away. And there was one other thing—she wanted to make these changes as quickly as possible. Any of these goals—a career change, a move, or a careful-yet-quick exit from an existing…

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Vision is an Action Word

A vision for your career is more than a mental image; it is the catalyst for every action you take. Once you are clear about what you want to achieve, you can begin planning and executing specific activities to turn your imagined goals into reality.You must know what the outcome of your goals looks like to make it come to fruition. To define your vision, jot down your answers to the following questions. 1. What do you want? Imagine what success looks like for you. What do you want to achieve? Be as specific and descriptive as…

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Join Me for Lunch This Thursday!

Are you an entrepreneur in the Bay Area? If yes, I invite you to be my guest for lunch this Thursday. I’m addressing the Alameda chapter of Successful Thinkers on: Coaching Yourself to Success Thursday, November 6th, 11:30am – 1:30pm Pasta Pelican Restaurant, Alameda In honor of my 10-year anniversary of my coaching business, I’m inviting  local entrepreneurs who would like to come hear me speak to attend the luncheon as my guest. My topic is a juicy one. I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done before: talking about the way I think when I’m coaching…

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Chat With Mer, Sept. 17: Parenting + Entrepreneurship: 3 Keys to Integrating the 2

How does one manage being a parent and an entrepreneur at the same time? It’s something I think about and live every day. In this month’s Chat With Mer, I’m sitting down with my friend and colleague Cassandra Massey, Estate Planning Attorney and mom of two young boys, to discuss this topic. I admire Cassandra for her sustainable business success while remaining active in her children’s school and local community. I’m thrilled to discuss how she does it, while throwing in some of my own strategies as well. You will learn: What daily life is like managing a household of…

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Chat With Mer, Aug. 20: Authentic Lively-hood

 I don’t know about you, but August is the time of year I do a mental reset. It’s a time to slow down and reboot myself to ready for the coming season. This week, it’s aloha time. As you read this, I’m in Kauai, taking some time off to enjoy island life with my family. As you linger over the waning days of summer, I invite you to join me on August 20th for this month’s installment of my popular Chat with Mer series. My topic this month is close to my heart: Authentic Lively-hood Wednesday 8/20…

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