December 2011

Note from Elizabeth




Happy December!  Are you wondering where 2011 went?!

The older I get the more I notice how fast time is flying by.  I started something that I think is kind of cool on January 3 of this year so that I would make sure I stopped every day to be grateful. I started my '365 Days of Gratitude' adventure.  I have posted on my blog every day since January 3 what I am grateful for that day AND with a picture.  If you'd like to see my journey please go to .  To be honest some nights I was very tired and dreaded the thought of going to my computer one more time and writing about what I was grateful for and attaching the picture. But every time I did it I have smiled.  What are you grateful for today?

I am always so grateful for the coaching I get to do with my coaching clients. Since I can't personally coach every one (as much as I'd like to!) I'm going to give you in today's feature article the 5 tools you must put in place for your business success in 2012.  You will also see in today's newsletter your chance to spend 30 minutes on the phone with me - my treat!

Have a great month!
Success Story
Working with Elizabeth is the best coaching decision I have made since beginning my organizing business. Elizabeth is incredibly generous, her strategies are simple, and when followed consistently the results are huge.  In only a few short months my monthly bookings have increased more than 50%!
Kim Cossette
The Organized Approach


It's time for your 'New Year New Success' Business Breakthrough Session









Many women entrepreneurs are struggling with the problem of how to grow their business.


It's a shame, because the solution is actually right at their fingertips, they just don't see it.  Maybe you can relate to this, too.


Which got me thinking, what could I offer that would get you started quickly, with exactly what you need to solve this problem?


, I came up with the perfect solution.  I'm opening up 15 spots to coach with me -- at no cost, my treat -- for 30 minutes!


It's my 30-minute 'New Year New Success" Business Breakthrough Session. 


The only thing is, with only 15 spots open, these are going to be snapped up fast.  And to be considered you need to act now.


In this New Year New Success' Business Breakthrough Session I'll walk you through:

  • The hidden challenges that are unconsciously sabotaging you from growing your business
  • Creating a crystal clear vision for your ultimate business success and the wonderful lifestyle you'd like your business to provide
  • How to get renewed, re-energized, and inspired to turn your business into a highly profitable, revenue-generating machine  
  • The one simple step you can take immediately to get into action

If you're ready to stop wondering what to do and start growing your business then I urge you to register for one of these 15 limited breakthrough sessions spots with me right now. These sessions will be held in December and there are limited appointment times so please act soon! 


(and how to get your gift of my 'How to Hold a Teleclass in the Next 30 Days' Checklist free!) 


Simply hit reply and answer these simple questions.  

IMPORTANT: You must answer ALL the questions to be eligible for this gift breakthrough session. I will then send you an e-mail with a link for the session times available. 


1. What is your name and tell me a little bit about your business?

2. When it comes to growing your business what are your biggest challenges?

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), how important is it to you to get these solved...and why?

4. What is the #1 obstacle that's kept you from solving these challenges?

5. Where would you like your business to be in 6 months? 12 Months?

6. What is your phone number and email address?


Remember, to take advantage of this 'New Year New Success' Business Breakthrough Session opportunity, simply reply to this e-mail with the questions above answered.




P.S. Remember, there are only 15 spots open and you must apply by December 9, 2011 to be considered. I really want to help you grow your business in 2012 so reply today!


PPS Everyone who has a breakthrough session with me also receives as my gift the 'How to Hold a Teleclass in the Next 30 Days' checklist.  This is priceless! 


Are you ready to get the 5 Tools You Must have for Business Success in  2012?       


I want you to have business excellence in 2012.  I really do!  I've been thinking about what really makes the difference in my business and my coaching client's businesses and I came up with these 5 tools.  Put them into place NOW, please!   


Tool #1:  Track Your Money 

If you don't have a handle on the money side of your business and know exactly where you are at financially all decisions become very muddy. When you feel unclear it's easy to make decisions you regret later.

Tool:  If you're not using QuickBooks, start.  You can check it out here.  You will need some help to get it set up but once it's going you will know exactly where you stand financially and start making great decisions for you and your business.  Tracey Gritz, one of my coaching clients, is a QuickBooks expert and has training offerings for you to get you up and running.

Another must-have tool that I give my SuccessPlus Coaching Program clients is the Numbers Tracking Tool.  When you use this you know exactly what you have booked for the month and where you are at with your monthly goals.  This tool is a fantastic focus tool, motivation tool, and recognition tool.  

Tool #2:  Stay Focused

When you write your to-do list every day you have a plethora of choices to write down. Usually very few have anything to do with growing your business.  Instead of asking 'What should I do today?' the question you should ask is "What can I do today to put me closest to the money?"  That is an entirely different question with entirely different answers.   

Tool Use 3x5 cards or I call them Action Cards and write down one 'closest to the money' task per card and write down 3 things you can do to put you closest to the money.  Do these 3 tasks first. When you are done it is so much fun to chuck the card into the Recycle Bin! 

Tool #3:  The Answer to "What Do You Do?"

Do you stay away from networking events because you are terrified of what to say when someone asks you "What do you do?"  If so you and thousands of others feel the same way.  It's imperative that you stop answering the question with your title - Professional Organizer, Lawyer, Interior Designer, etc.  When you do that you sound like everyone else in the room.

Tool:  Start answering the question with the answer to this question "What do I (meaning you) want more of?" Do you want more residential organizing clients? Then you'd answer with "I work with busy moms who want to clear out the clutter and spend more time with their family." Do you want more staging clients?  Then you'd answer with "I work with homeowners who are ready to sell their home and want it to look great and sell quickly."  Get the idea?!  The template is: I work with ___________________(ideal clients) who want to ________________ and __________________ (2 outcomes from working with you). 

Tool #4:  #1 Marketing Strategy 

Would you just love to have your ideal clients calling you...often?! Then you need to get in front of them.  I have 12 years of hard evidence that shows that when you speak often in front of people you'd like to work with your telephone WILL ring.  That is a lot more fun than cold calling, networking (in my opinion!) and the host of other marketing strategies that to me seem like a lot more work.

Tool:  What do you most love to do with your clients?  Prepare a 20-minute presentation on that topic. This is so easy because you live and breathe this stuff. Put together an opening, a closing and 5 minutes each on the 3 most important points you want your audience to walk away with from your talk.  At the end of the presentation offer them a special of your services and you are on your way. 

Tool #5:  Leverage Your List

I hope you are sending out a monthly newsletter. If you're not that is job 1.  If you are sending a newsletter chances are you are sending the same newsletter to your entire list.  Do you really think that your entire list wants the same information? 

Tool:  Segment your database into categories. For example: Current clients, past clients, prospects, etc.  Then make a decision that once a month you will send one of these categories a special mailing. For example my coaching clients get my Friday Feature every Friday where I update them on the SuccessPlus Coaching program calendar, other info, and give them a success tip.  Members of my SuccessPlus Community get a Success Secret e-mail every Wednesday.  What group do you want to send something special to each month?


Now is your time, . Finish off 2011 STRONG and start 2012 off with a BANG and start using these 5 tried-and-true tools.

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, thanks for taking the time to read the 'Growing Your Business with Confidence' tip and I'm excited to help you accelerate your success. Of course we want to grow our business and make more money, but let's not forget - the busier we are the more people we get to help. And the happier our clients are the more they will tell others!


Love and confidence,

Speaker  Member of the National Speakers Association

Coach     Mark LeBlanc's Small Business Success Coaching 


CPO       Certified Professional Organizer and Member of the

                National Association of Professional Organizers

Issue: 43

In This Issue
Success Story
Coaching GIft
5 Tools You Must Have for Business Success in 2012
Elizabeth Hagen, CPO

If you're a determined woman entrepreneur who wants support, is ready to take focused action, and wants to accelerate your success and grow your business - welcome!!
I'm Elizabeth Hagen and I'm here to help.  I've put together the best tips/tools/advice that I've used to grow and maintain a successful organizing and speaking business and I want to share them with you!

Every month I'll be sending you a quick tip for you to implement immediately.  It's all about making a decision, taking action, and staying focused!

I can't wait to hear about your success!

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Award-winning small business expert Elizabeth Hagen is the Growing Your Business with Confidence Coach.

Elizabeth Hagen

Coach - Mark LeBlanc's Small Business Success Coaching Network  

(605) 357-8767