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Feature Article: Too Much on Your Plate? 10 Tips to Help You Cope

Business Owner in the Spotlight
Dr. Shauna Gilmore
Shauna Gilmore DDS PC

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ISSN# 1552-3705

December 9, 2010
Volume 7, Issue 20

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A Note From Dave & Victoria

So far, it’s been a fun and busy December. It’s always gratifying to visit and catch up with family and friends at this time of year. 

David has been speaking more and more—sharing his passion about networking, and has been working on his upcoming book, Upside Down Networking. Should be out in the New Year.

We trust that, during this holiday season, your business continues to flourish and that you’re able to take time out to enjoy family and friends.

Our very best regards,

David and Victoria

Business Owner in the Spotlight

Dr. Shauna GilmoreDr. Shauna Gilmore
Shauna Gilmore DDS PC

Dr. Shauna Gilmore started her dental practice in August 1997, specializing in family dental practice and cosmetic dentistry. While participating in a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board, she developed Suite Tooth, the parent company of the Clinical Organizing System (COS). “It helps dental offices create repeatable excellence through education checklists, procedure cards, color-coding and motivation,” she says.

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about running your business?
SG: Helping patients see themselves in a new and empowering way, since they see their smile as healthy and beautiful. I enjoy the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others in hopes that it will inspire or motivate them to live their dreams.

Q: What motivated you to start this business?
SG: I wanted to have a spa-like dental office that would make it easier for patients to enjoy coming to have their oral health improved. I believed it was time to share what I had developed in my practice, which may empower other dental professionals to be able to focus on the patient instead of the procedure.

Q: What book has been most helpful to you in your business?
SG: The E-Myth by Gerber, because it talks about creating systems to simplify your business.

Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
SG: My parents, Dr. Richard and Linda Gilmore, because they modeled a healthy lifestyle, strong work ethic and love.

Q: What has proved to be your most successful marketing strategy?
SG: Patients who have become my raving fans and refer their friends and family to my dental practice. Creating a brand map and brand strategy to successfully launch Suite Tooth.

Q: What have been the greatest challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing, in your business?
SG: My greatest challenge is creating enough time to accomplish my personal and business goals.

Q: How did you benefit from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
SG: I have benefited personally by developing many beautiful friendships through Make-it-Fly®.  Suite Tooth is growing rapidly due to the business insights and contacts developed through my advisory board.  David Block is amazing in helping business owners see and create many opportunities to live their dreams.

Q: What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
If you are serious about working on your business and want your business to flourish, I highly recommend joining a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101

Dr. Shauna Gilmore can be reached by phone at: 720-493-9242, or visit her web site at:

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

When you meet people at a networking event and ask for their business card, contact them within 48 hours. Suggest a second meeting when you can get better acquainted and learn more about their business. Always be looking for any ways to help them.

Feature Article

Victoria Munro
Too Much on Your Plate?
Ten Tips to Help You Cope

By Victoria Munro

During the holidays, it’s easy to overindulge—there are lots of opportunities to load up our plates with scrumptious holiday fare. For an entrepreneur with a business to run, balancing the additional demands of family and holiday events can prove overwhelming. In both instances, the results of too much on your plate can be harmful.

Wearing the many hats of a small-business owner is tough at the best of times. When your business starts to really take off, perhaps before the needed cash is flowing to hire the right help, it can be even more challenging. Add to that some holiday stress, and the pressures skyrocket. You can find yourself caught in a relentless cycle—finishing each day with a longer “to-do” list than when you started in the morning.

Use the following tips to help keep your health and sanity, stay energized and focused, and enjoy this holiday season.

1. Focus on the Big Picture
Develop a daily habit of taking time, even a few minutes, to reflect on your ultimate goal for your life and your business. Plan your day with this in mind.
2. Take Control of Your Day with a To-Do List
Create meaningful daily to-do lists based on your weekly plan. At the end of each day, review your accomplishments, congratulate yourself on achievements and discover what you can learn from tasks that were scheduled but not accomplished.
3. Live by Priorities
Be crystal clear about the tasks you want to accomplish each day. Ruthlessly prioritize these and then complete them in order, resisting any temptation to skip over or postpone the tough ones.
4. Set Realistic Expectations
Don’t pack too many projects into a day. Allow flextime for those unexpected phone calls and employee or family interruptions.
5. Look at the Positive
Always aim to see the glass as half full. Turn your attention to things that have gone well.
6. Choose How You’ll Respond
Stress is a normal part of life. We can’t avoid it and we can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we respond to events. Decide beforehand to stay serene.
7. Don’t Over Commit
Like the tendency to load up your plate with too many holiday goodies, over commitment can make you sick. Determine not to take on more projects than you can comfortably handle.
8. Talk Over Difficult Issues
Discuss your challenges with a trusted friend or board of advisors. This can alleviate stress and clarify your perspective.
9. Take Care of Your Body
You will be far more effective after a good night’s sleep. Also, physical exercise relieves tension.
10. Take Time to Recharge
Taking a break will make you more resistant to stress. Even five-minute breaks to relax, breathe deeply and think about something fun and pleasant can help. Plan time for fun too—laughter is good medicine. Taking time this holiday season to relax and play shouldn’t be considered a luxury.

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Victoria’s Time / Balance Tip

Weigh the Costs and Rewards
Before making a commitment to do something, be sure you have a complete understanding of exactly what is being asked of you. Then ask yourself, “Will scheduling this cause undue stress?” and “Does this align with my goals?”

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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. David 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 David 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:

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  • Thursdays:
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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 David at 720-962-8888.

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