[FUEL] How to organize your ideas, even if you’re right-brained

By Dawn Shuler One of the biggest problems I see with entrepreneurs is what to do with all the ideas they have swirling around in their brains. We entrepreneurs love ideas and possibilities! But if we spin mentally with those ideas and never engage with them, we can get frustrated and overwhelmed. The trick is to get those ideas, thoughts, concepts, and plans out of your head. But if you’re not a left-brained type, you might get stuck with the HOW to get them out of your head. (And if you are left-brained, or a combo like me, these steps might help you as well.) See, you MUST get the ideas out of your head. Because you can’t move forward until you do. I think of all those ideas like strings, and they’re all tangled up with one another. So in that jumbled mess, you can’t see where one string
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[FUEL] Top 10 Duties of a CEO (Are you doing these?)

By Dawn Shuler Nowadays, it’s easy to start your business, find resources to help you, attend networking events in all shapes and sizes, and use online tools to market and run your business. The drawback is that there are a lot of small business owners out there who are really glorified service providers or hobbyists. And they’re missing out on running and growing a true business. They need to be CEOs, not worker bees. How does that land for you? Do you consider yourself a CEO, or does that word seem too big to describe you? Do you run your business consciously and intentionally, or do you let it run you? A CEO of a business runs the business, whether it’s for a company of 1 or 1000. Here are the top 10 duties of a CEO. 1. The CEO knows the Deeper Why. More than likely, she started her
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[FUEL] Claim Your Message – 5 Exercises to Create Your Compelling, Powerful Message

By Dawn Shuler Your message – your brand, if you will – is crucial to your business. This message encapsulates who you are, what you do, and who you do it for… along with housing your uniqueness. Everything follows from that core statement. This message is woven through your elevator speech, your website copy, the topics you speak on, your social media updates. Here’s the thing: if you can’t speak concisely, powerfully, and clearly about who you are and what you do, people won’t know what you do! Case in point: as I’ve been talking to more and more people about my evolving direction as a business coach and strategist, people who have known me for years go, “Oh, really? I thought you helped people write fiction books.” OR “Don’t you teach grammar and writing?” Well, not really. (I did teach writing classes, but that was years ago. And I
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[FUEL] 5 Simple Ways to Make Progress with Your Marketing

By Dawn Shuler Running an online business requires a ton of marketing… even some things you might not consider marketing. Article writing, blogging, social media updates, sales page copy, campaign emails, video scripts, networking elevator speeches, bios… It can be overwhelming when you think about it. Sometimes it even seems easier to just not do anything. Here are five strategies to help you simplify your marketing plans – and to make sure you continue to market! The first – and the key to any project – is to break down your marketing into bite-sized small pieces. Then, take one task at a time. And if you’re a list maker, then each of those pieces is an individual task – much nicer to your psyche as you try to get things done, and you get to cross off those to-do items more often! If you have graphics (or other pieces) to
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