July 2011

Welcome to Elizabeth Hagen's Growing Your Business with Confidence Monthly Tip




Welcome to this issue of my monthly tip newsletter just for women entrepreneurs.  Each month you'll be receiving an easy-to-implement and very valuable tip or strategy to help you grow your business that you love.
If this sounds valuable to you then I'm looking forward to helping you to stand out, accelerate your success, and grow your business!

Afraid of that little thing called a 'phone'?



There are a lot of fears in running your own business and one is the fear of the phone.

It's not really a fear of the physical phone.  That can't hurt us, unless yours has a really loud, annoying ring. It's just a black box sitting on our desk.  It's not going to kill us if we pick it up. The real fear is the fear of rejection.

Back when I started my business, I had a booth at a trade show.  I had a little form the attendees could fill out and they could check if they were interested in my organizing services and/or my speaking to a group.  I came home with about 20 of the forms filled out.

I sat down one day to follow-up by phone with these people and I felt physically ill.  It was like I was making cold calls but they were not cold - they were warm calls since they had already expressed interest in my services.  I was so afraid of calling them because of the fear of rejection.  I would make a call and I'd go do a load of laundry.  I'd make a call and I'd make lunch.  During the entire day I probably called 5 people total and every time I called I prayed that I'd get their answering machine!  It was a horrible, horrible day.

Phone Fear Cure:

The issue was that I was calling to sell.  The cure for the phone fear is to not call to sell; call to find out information and if they'd be a right fit for you. Call with the attitude of being curious.   

"I'm just calling to see if my services are a right fit for you and if we'd work well together."That's all you're calling for.  That takes away all the fear because there's no rejection in that.  If they're not interested, that's fine.  If they're not a right fit, that's fine.  There's no rejection. 

Another cure is a strategy we call the Storm Starter Strategy or SSS.  The SSS is making one business development phone call a day.   

When my coach first told me this, I started to feel ill because of what I just told you about my fear of the phone.  I like getting calls, I like giving teleclasses or, if you email me about having me speak to your group about my coaching program, I'll gladly call you back.  But I have this thing about just calling up people.  But he told me I had to do it and I always listen to my coach.  So I started regularly implementing the SSS and my business has exploded because I pick up the phone. 

When someone e-mails me about my speaking engagements or my coaching program, I don't e-mail back.  I pick up the phone and call them.  They are shocked that someone actually called them.  We always have a very nice conversation.  Whether or not it works out, it's still a very nice conversation.  I love Facebook, e-mail, all the social media avenues as much as the next person but we are losing personal connections, and that is hurting our business.  Pick up the phone! Look in your database for people who've expressed in an interest in your service before, look for a group you could speak for or call someone you met at a networking event, etc. 

Get a small spiral notebook and label it "SSS" for Storm Starter Strategy and start keeping track of these calls every day; one business development phone call a day.


Do you want to see me discuss this strategy on a video?  Watch the "3 Strategies You Need to Know Now to Grow Your Business with Confidence" here. 


Elizabeth's Assignment:

  1. Make a decision that you are going to use the phone as a 'curiosity' machine. 
  2. Take action and start calling back people who e-mail you about your services. 
  3. Stay focused by using a SSS spiral notebook and make one business development call a day!   

Now is your time,

Let me know at my blog who you are going to call!

Ready to feel free in your business?!


Are you ready to make THIS year the year?! 









, how would you like to:

  • Have an exact phone script to use when doing your Storm Starter Strategy calls?
  • Be more focused each day and get more done - more of the right things done so your business grows?
  • Discover the real 'why' of what you do and create the perfect information product for you to offer to your clients and prospects?
  • Start giving Virtual Days from your own home office and help people all over the world?
  • Start an amazing membership program and receive monthly income for sharing your expertise?
  • Get control of the money side of your business and start spending and saving 'smart'?
  • Discover your 'right fit' clients and have more fun in your business?
  • Start using your own marketing plan that you will do and feel comfortable doing?   
  • Implement great follow-up tools to keep your list in love with you?
  • Feel comfortable in front of a group talking about your passion and having the attendees want to ONLY hire you? 

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions - run, don't walk, to find out everything about my SuccessPlus 2011 event.  Spend 3 days with me and walk away with a bigger business and a more extraordinary you!


Time-Sensitive Deadline - only 3 days away!

If you reserve your ticket by this Friday, July 1, 2011 you can attend the Bonus Session 'How to Easily Design and Produce Information Products that Your Clients Can't Wait to Purchase' ABSOLUTELY FREE!

You don't want to miss being in Minneapolis, MN September 30, October 1 and 2, 2011.  Your life and business will never be the same!

3 Days to a Bigger Business and a  

More Extraordinary You! 

, thanks for taking the time to read the 'Grow 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: 38

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!

Elizabeth Hagen
Coach - Mark LeBlanc's Small Business Success Coaching Network
(605) 357-8767