We’re thoroughly enjoying summer—and there’s a lot going on. We attended two of the largest networking events last week—over 1,000 people at the annual Summer Toast 2010 in downtown Denver, and probably just as many at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd annual Sabor, at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
We even joined in the limbo and hula-hoop contests at a Hawaiian Luau last weekend!
Next week, Victoria will present a free webinar for WEBB (Women Empowered by Business), “Suffering from Too Much to Do, Too Little Time?” It's on Thursday, August 19, at noon. You’re invited to join in. Click here for details.
Reminder: there will be no Make-it-Fly Café on August 26. If you’ve already registered, you’ll receive a refund.
Our very best regards,
Dave and Victoria
Kathleen W. Hinckley
Family Detective, LLC
In Kathleen Hinckley’s life, 1993 was “the magic year.” She had started her business officially in 1982, but the first ten years didn’t even cover her expenses. “I was raising children and trying to turn a hobby into a business,” she says. “Then, in 1993, I divorced and had not been in the job market for 17 years. I had to either find a ‘real job’ or become self-supporting.” Self-supporting won out, and the magic year turned her hobby into a “real business.”
Kathleen’s hobby-turned-business? “I’m a certified genealogist and private investigator specializing in locating unknown or missing heirs to estates,” she says. “But I’m also a traditional genealogist, compiling family histories for select clients.”
Q: What do you find most fulfilling
about running your business?
KH: Solving mysteries for my clients or locating historical documents that tell a story. I recently located a cousin of a client who had letters written to their common ancestor in the 1840s. When I placed photocopies of those letters into the hand of my client, he touched the pages as though they were gold. I’ll never forget that moment.
Q: What motivated you to start
KH: Financial survival, passion to do what I love, and determination to make it work. Genealogy was my hobby for over ten years before turning it into a business.
Q: What book has been most helpful
to you in your business?
KH: Genealogical reference books taught me my trade; but what really helped develop my business was my mentors. I’ve never fully read a business or self-help book.
Q: Who has influenced you most
in your life?
KH: My father—a cowboy, entrepreneur, and successful businessman. One of the first business lessons he taught me was when I worked in his office as a teenager. I made an error, but I didn’t want him to know. He told me that it is always better to quickly admit a mistake and take action to correct it. That has stuck me with throughout my career and has paid off tenfold.
Q: What has proved to be your most
successful marketing strategy?
KH: My website is invaluable
Q: What have been the greatest
challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing,
in your business?
KH: It has been a huge challenge to “stop” working—to walk away from the computer and spend time with friends and family. I’ve been a workaholic and am now finding balance.
Q: How did you benefit from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
KH: It has been exciting to meet other business owners who share their passion, values and support. I’m more committed to setting goals and strategizing which has given me confidence and discipline.
What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating
getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
KH: Bite the bullet. Take a risk. You deserve it!
Kathleen Hinckley can be reached by phone at: 303-422-9371. Or visit her website at: www.familydetective.com.
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Try this different and fun way to enjoy your next networking event. Invite two or three of your ‘raving fan’ clients to attend with you, then make it a priority to introduce them to people who may be able to help them. Your sole mission is to connect them with potential power partners and prospects.
Ten Tips to Keep You Focused in a World of Distractions
By Victoria Munro
person attempting to travel two roads at once will get
nowhere. The superior person is committed to focus.”
– Mencius (Chinese Philospher)
||Develop Your Focus Fitness
Our ability to concentrate and focus is like a muscle that is strengthened through exercise. Jumping from one task to the next is less productive. In their book TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play, co-authors Drs. Rosen and Weil note that “Multitasking diminishes your productivity and makes you work harder just to feel like you are barely keeping up with all your work.”
||Beware of Subtle Focus Stealers
Worrying thoughts, unrelated to the task at hand, can creep in and rob
your concentration. Suddenly remembering something you need to do or
tell someone can send your thoughts off at a tangent. Always keep a
Conference Planner or notepad close by. Make a note of your concern
and return promptly to what you were
||Be Present – It’s Powerful
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, develop a habit of
being very present. Notice the details, think about them—whether
in a document you must study or a visit to a client’s office.
Relish the moment and resist the temptation to let your thoughts wander.
||Put on the Blinders
The leather flaps attached to a horse's bridle limit side vision and
help him look forward, keeping potential distractions to a minimum.
When you need to concentrate, eliminate distractions and background
noise such as the radio or TV. Experts tell us that a part of our brain
stays centered on these and lessens our capacity to focus.
||Build in Bonuses
Give yourself rewards when you finish a project—something you
will look forward to and enjoy. Make the reward equal to the difficulty
and length of the task—it could be your favorite iced latte,
an hour off to stroll around the park or a week’s vacation.
||Make the Most of Your Prime Time
Know what time of day or night you’re most productive and creative.
Plan to block out hours during this time to focus on those tough projects
that need your best attention.
||You’re Not Superman!
Running a small business requires you to wear many different hats and
keep many balls in the air—it can feel overwhelming. Accept
the fact that you simply can’t do it all. Be willing to let some
things go and extend deadlines when needed. Take time first thing in
the morning or at the end of the day to review your situation—see it from 40,000 feet. Make note of and prioritize your top three
tasks for the day ahead, keep the list where you’ll see it, then
work through the tasks in order.
Constant interruptions will kill any hope of clear focus. If interruptions
are a normal part of your workday, become proactive and plan ahead to
avoid them. Identify and make plans to eliminate them.
||Make the Most of Meetings
When planning a meeting, define and focus on the reason for the event
and stick to it. Start and finish on time. Don’t allow meetings
to last longer than necessary—your time and that of other attendees
||Keep Your Eye on the Carrot
What is your ultimate goal? What does it look like? How clearly have
you defined it? How badly do you want to achieve it? A crystal-clear
long-range goal is like the proverbial carrot on a stick—the
incentive that keeps the horse trotting forward. Without it, you can
easily become distracted and wander off course, and waste precious time
and resources exploring unnecessary side trails or lose your focus completely.
Keep a laser focus on your ultimate goal.
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Time / Balance Tip
Know Where to Draw the Line
Boundaries—those imaginary lines we draw in the sand—define the limits we set on how others may treat us. Clearly defined boundaries (especially around time and money) can help to keep us and our businesses on track and protect us from distractions.
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for three 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
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:
- Friday's - September 10, October 8, November 12, December 3.
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Boards are groups of 12-14 small business owners who have
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