Make-it-Fly's In-Flight Refueling Ezine

Feature Article: 10 Easy Tips to Save You Time

Business Owner in the Spotlight
Lauren Still
Buoyant Life LLC

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ISSN# 1552-3705

June 16, 2010
Volume 7, Issue 11

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A Note From Dave & Victoria

Lately, we've been enjoying some relaxing, fun summer activities with clients/friends—appreciating the amazing beauty of nature at the Denver Botanic Gardens, lingering over a scrumptious brunch and delightful conversation, and celebrating Dave’s birthday with his kids.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherOn Thursday, June 24, at the Make-it-Fly Café we'll offer two outstanding free seminars:

Interpersonal Leadership: The Trust Factor presented by Roger K. Allen, Ph.D.  and

Cutting Through The Chaos and Confusion About Marketing Your Business Successfully presented by Jeanna Pool.

The Café will be held in the lovely covered patio area at The Wellshire Inn (Colorado Blvd. and Hampden Ave.). Click here to register early and save!

Our very best regards,

Dave and Victoria

Business Owner in the Spotlight

Lauren Still, Buoyant Life LLCLauren Still
Buoyant Life LLC

Lauren Still feels a special affinity for those desiring to change their lives. Lauren has “reinvented” herself and her life several times through her own career transitions and domestic and international relocations. “I like to help people embrace the joy and empowerment felt when making choices to shift life, career and attitude to reflect who you are and what you want from life,” she says. “I love guiding clients to do the same.”

Buoyant Life was launched in 2006 as career coaching and life coaching for “rising star” professionals who want to achieve greater success while maintaining what is important.

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about running your business?
LS: I am fortunate to be able to do something that gives me great satisfaction and joy – helping others achieve greater heights of success, no matter what that means to them.

Q: What motivated you to start this business?
LS: I had a moment in my life where I had many career paths to choose from. When I thought long and hard about where I’d seen the most success, and enjoyed my work in the corporate world the most, I realized that it was when I sat down one on one with someone and helped them get clear about where they wanted to go, and then outlined a path to get there. We both felt great and achieved more!  I realized that if I could do that every day, I’d never tire of my work, and I would be helping others. My background as a business owner and manager, a communicator, and a manager in a global HR consulting firm all have been extremely relevant and helpful as I coach my clients. I know small business, large corporations, American business, and doing business in other countries and cultures.

Q: What book has been most helpful to you in your business?
LS: So many… I can’t count the number having completed an MBA and researched various coaching, career management, and leadership topics. One that has had a direct impact on my business is The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins because he makes such a compelling case for why one needs to go into a new job (newly hired or recently promoted) with a clear plan of attack.

Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
LS: It is hard to narrow it down to just one. I come from several generations of entrepreneurs. My grandparents on both sides and both my parents have had their own businesses at various stages, and they have all passed on wisdom – both from the positive side and the negative! – about being in business for oneself.

Q: What has proved to be your most successful marketing strategy?
LS: Making a difference in my clients’ lives, careers, and quality of life. When they experience a major shift, or finally come to a balancing point, they usually want to share that success with others. I’m always honored to be a part of that process, whether they provide referrals or not.

Q: What have been the greatest challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing, in your business?
LS: I coach many of my clients on work-life balance, and I constantly have to work on that myself. I have a spouse with a very busy job, a young child, and many things going on at all times, in addition to growing a business I am passionate about. I enjoy the challenge but often need to remind myself of my values and true priorities. In other words, I have to take my own advice!

Q: How are you benefiting from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LS: Make-it-Fly® has provided support, camaraderie, and focus for my actions. As a coach, I know it is always beneficial to have a coach myself, and Make-it-Fly®  often provides this function for me. And I’ve met many, many wonderful people as a result.

Q: What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LS: Make-it-Fly® is a great source of support and accountability, as well as creativity and brainstorming. Like anything else, what matters most is how much you're willing to put into it, so if you're thinking about Make-it-Fly®, sense-check your own commitment level first. 

Lauren Still can be reached by phone at: 303-325-5765. Or visit her websites at: and

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Dave Block, Co-Founder of Make-it-FlyDave’s Networking Nugget:

Learn how to make other people feel important. Watch the video on validation (just enter ‘validation’ in the search box). It’s long—16 minutes, but will help you make those you meet and talk to feel very special.

Feature Article

Victoria MunroTen Easy Tips to Save You Time
By Victoria Munro

Entrepreneurs often find they have too much to do and too little time to do it in. The tips below can help you solve this challenge, take back control of your time, and enjoy a more balanced and less stressful life.

1. Learn to say "no." A straightforward "no" is ideal, although this may be difficult at first. Perhaps "I’m afraid my time is already committed then," may be an easier response for starters. Saying "no" is a learned skill; it takes practice and you’ll improve with experience. Accepting the fact that you can never hope to please everyone will reduce the pressure you put on yourself. Don't let your mouth sabotage your plan!
2. Check and respond to email only at set times, perhaps only once or twice a day. When working on a project that doesn’t require using your computer, shut it down or move away to another area, where you won’t be distracted by it.
3. Create Systems for every aspect of your business.
4. If possible, always see each task through to completion. Don’t get sidetracked – resist the urge to do a little then put it down. Each time you complete a project, even a small one, congratulate yourself and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment
5. Beware of over-scheduling – packing your day so full that it will guarantee stress and frustration. Be realistic.
6. When setting your weekly schedule, mark certain day(s) or portions of days as "focus times" when you won’t set appointments or allow interruptions, but will work on your business, catching up in the office and on preparation and projects, etc.
7. Failure to make a daily plan almost guarantees loss of control of your time, your life and your business!
8. Consider the consequences – when you add a task to the list, ask yourself: What will my rewards be for doing this? What will be the possible negative consequences if I fail to complete this task?

Be aware of your biggest time wasters and find a solution for each one. Some common time wasters are:

  • Allowing yourself to be interrupted
  • Cluttered, disorganized work areas
  • Failure to document and follow procedures for dealing with paperwork, etc.
  • Ineffective or inadequate training and delegating

Understand how to use the telephone more efficiently.

  • Always know and keep in mind the purpose of your call
  • Have a plan to finish the call graciously when your purpose is completed

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Victoria’s Time / Balance Tip

Take Regular ‘Five-Minute Vacations’
Stop work for five minutes, relax, breathe deeply and think about something fun and pleasant. This quick exercise can refresh your mind, and you’ll return to your project with new clarity.

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at a Presentation Dojo

You worked hard on your presentation and afterward several people came up to compliment you on it. You think, “That’s nice, but I didn’t get any business.” If you want to grow your business through public speaking, enroll in the Presentation Dojo.

Jay Murray of Solutions for Tuition says, “Before working with Turning Point Presentations, 3% of my audience members typically requested appointments to learn more. Now, it’s over 50% and my business is thriving.

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The Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101

Each Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 program consists of 8-10 non-competing business owners who meet once a month for five consecutive months. In the spirit of giving, they offer each other solutions, ideas, resources and encouragement. Dave and Victoria facilitate each group and share powerful tools to assist business owners in reaching their goals and living more balanced lives.

If you have experienced a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board, please share the following openings with other business owners who need support. Call Dave for more information at 720-962-8888.

Programs are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Next Advisory Board 101 in Denver:

  • Fridays - July 16, August 20, August 17, October 15, November 19, December 10, 2010
  • Friday's - August 13, September 10, October 8, Noverber 12

Click here to sign up for an Advisory Board.
Or call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Alumni Boards are groups of 12-14 small business owners who have participated in at least one Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and wish to continue the support and accountability with a group of like-minded, giving business associates. Members meet once a month for a three-hour meeting. If you completed the initial Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and are interested in more information on Alumni Boards, call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherNext Café:

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door

Location: The Wellshire Inn, (covered patio area)
3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222

Dave's Networking Clinic, 4-4:30 p.m.

Seminar: Interpersonal Leadership: The Trust Factor, 5 - 5:30 p.m.

Seminar: Cutting Through The Chaos and Confusion About Marketing Your Business Successfully, 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Click here now to register online and save!

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