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Jun 26, 2018

Moms everywhere leave their jobs to spend more time with their family, but many end up having a hard time making an income from home. How can you start your journey towards building a business? How much time do you spend reading and listening to business audiobooks? What are the best ways you can save money? How should you test your business ideas? In this episode, Lauralyn Johnson, mother of four, shares how she built two businesses.

I needed a product, because at a certain point I needed cash flow to keep the business running. -Lauralyn Johnson

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  1. Educate yourself ( 08:40-11-44)


Use any chance you get to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and educate yourself on how to make the changes you desire. There are so many ways you can start a business that you probably don’t even know about until you spend some time researching your options.


  1. Be frugal ( 23:45-26-20)


One of the best ways to reduce risks is to be frugal. If possible, relocate to an inexpensive area and downsize. Also, make sure you have enough money to pay in cash for your investments, especially if you’re already in debt.

  1. Test your ideas ( 15:30 -16:30)


There are many business ideas that sound good on paper but don’t bring any income. Find a way to test whether there’s an audience for your products and services. Pitch your ideas to people who might be your ideal clients and see how they react.


Imperfect action is still action. All of us have that inner critic inside of us that makes us think twice before we make a move. But after you’ve done it long enough, the inner critic starts to quiet down. The best way to get rid of your insecurities and fears is to just do it, even if it’s not going to be perfect, and even if you’re genuinely afraid of the end result.


Guest Bio

Lauralyn Johnson is an entrepreneur, author, and mother of four. She left her well-paid corporate job in order to free up time for her children, and she ended up starting a business from home. Today, she helps busy moms plan their trips to Disney and make the most out of it while being on a budget. You can find her tips & tricks at

Jun 21, 2018

Many of us struggle with the idea that maybe we aren’t suited to be entrepreneurs. We encounter so many challenges and often end up doubting our abilities. Is your business constantly evolving and shifting? Do you need occasional breaks to achieve clarity? What should you actually focus on trying to control? In this episode, I share what normal growing pains look like for a business and why your worries are more common than you might think!

3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  • You need to sort yourself out in order achieve clarity for your business. In some cases, this involves taking breaks, especially when you go through hardships.
  • As a business owner, you are going to have big highs and big lows, and at some points you will doubt your current model.
  • Market shifts happen. Your business will often pivot, and your ideal customer will change as well.
  • The one thing you can control, despite everything else that happens in your business, is your performance. You can set realistic performance goals every week.


Businesses, much like people, aren’t perfect. Maintaining clarity and focus, or constantly thinking about new ways to improve your current model are common pains. Just because you have to take a break due to hardships or other challenges, this doesn’t mean your business is broken. You’ll evolve, as will your business, and this happens to each one of us.

Jun 19, 2018

A lot of the messages we get about love are unrealistic and don’t encourage women to get in touch with who they are. Why is it so important for us to change how we approach men and dating? Why does it seem so difficult at times? What is “mantourage” dating and how does it help us take our power back? On this episode, Jenn Burton shares her dating coaching tips and insights for ambitious and successful women.  

I don’t want you to look for someone who makes you happy. I want you to look for someone who contributes to your happiness. -Jenn Burton

3 Things We Learned From This Episode


The approach to dating is different from how we approach our business (21:11 - 23:23)

We can’t approach love and dating the way we approach building our empires. It’s a different dynamic. We can’t approach it as the aggressor. We need to show up as who we are and allow men to get know us.


Find your romantic worth  (26:02 - 27:23)

Women are not being taught what our romantic worth is. We either have high walls or no boundaries at all, and this is what getting in the way. We have to discover what we value and use that to find what we want.


Find someone who contributes to your happiness  (33:18 - 34:40)

Men alone can’t make us happy, even though they want to. They can, however, contribute to our happiness as we discover ourselves. Learn to take a step back, let yourself evolve, and discover who you are so you know what makes you happy.


The stories we’re being told about love are a load of crap. It’s doing both men and women a huge disservice. Ambitious and successful women can find love and have happy relationships, but we do need to shift our thinking and avoid being the aggressor. Ultimately, you can take the power back by giving yourself a chance to explore your options, take your time, and slow down the pace. Look for someone who contributes to your happiness. We can be ourselves and still allow men to get to know us.


Guest Bio

Jenn is a relationship coach who decided, after years of dysfunctional relationships & crappy dating experiences, to take matters into her own hands and developed a dating method for creating the most magical experiences that lead to love. Go to for more information.


Jun 15, 2018

It's hard not to get caught up in who is engaging in your community and of those that opt into your list and buy your programs who is really engaging and getting value.  We spend a lot of time focusing on the wrong people and on the wrong content because we don't understand the pie of engagement.

On this episode, I will walk you through how the pie of engagement works and why it’s so important to keep it mind in your business.


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Just because you want people to get a certain result doesn't mean that getting a different result won't still satisfy your customers. 
  • There will always be a percentage of people that don't really dive in and do the work. Stop trying to make those people engage and spend your time with the 12.5% that's going to continually buy your programs (listen to find out more).
  • The people who get really good results from you are your rockstars. Don't try to keep making content for these people. Use their stories and testimonials to bring in your ideal client. 


The pie of engagement is relevant for people who engage in your community and those who buy your programs. If you draw a circle and draw a line through the middle. This is the start of getting a good idea of how engagement works. 50% of the people might engage but they won’t do the work. Divide one of the halves into 4 parts. These are people who will engage with your stuff to varying degrees. Some of them won’t get results and others will. The ones who get good results will refer you and bring you more business. Don’t fight the pie, just do what you can to get more people into your stratosphere.

Jun 12, 2018

Building a business online from scratch is hard, but Paige managed to build a huge following on Facebook in just 6 months. How can you apply her content strategy to your business? Should you build a website or rely 100% on social media? Should moms wait until their babies get older before starting their businesses? In this episode, Paige LoPinto shares her amazing journey on how she became a boss mom on the day she gave birth, and grew a huge following on Facebook in only 6 months.

My “why” is showing women different birth options. I don’t think there’s one right way to birth. -Paige LoPinto


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. Create content that educates, not persuades (11:30-13:00)

Give women the right to choose without making recommendations. In this case, the Birth Tube is a place where women are educated on different birthing options. By seeing women giving birth live on video, future mothers can make an informed decision-- as opposed to blindly following the advice of relatives and friends. They are now able to get an inside look at the process.

  1. Don’t rely entirely on social media  (21:40-23-38)

Social media platforms can help you grow organically, especially if you are active and constantly posting interesting content. The problem with these platforms is that you play by their rules. This means some of your content may get deleted, and you have no control over it. Switching to your website after you grow a community on social media is a better alternative for your business.


  1. Don’t delay building a business (26:17-27:20 )

Starting a business, as with raising a newborn, is challenging. But there will be always things in our lives that will make our work a little bit harder. Don’t wait to start a business just because you have a baby. It might be scary at first, but you will be more empowered once you get going.


High-quality, controversial content never fails to make noise on social media. Paige’s Facebook group exploded in just 6 months to over 28,000 members because she brought something new to the platform. Moms were waiting for a place where they can see what different types of birth look like. In a world where epidurals are recommended by everyone, women need to do some research on both the pros and cons, and BirthTUBE offers this kind of information in a unique way. If you can educate people, you will empower your community-- and they will empower you, too.


Guest Bio-

Paige LoPinto is a social media influencer and the creator of BirthTUBE, a Facebook group where she helps women gain confidence and make an informed decision about giving birth.

Her business journey started on the day she became a mom while giving birth live on Facebook. Her brave act attracted many other women to the group to share and discuss their birth experiences. You can find out more about Paige at

Jun 7, 2018

When you get into business, you’re often told that you need to know your ideal client avatar. However, when you focus on one specific group, there’s so much you miss. Why is it so important to have a scale of your ideal clients? How do you flow through knowing this scale? On this episode, I talk about the 5 stages of understanding your ideal client and the journey you want to take them on.


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • You don’t necessarily have to market to the ideal client because those people are going to find you.
  • A person can show characteristics of needing you, but might lack the mindset, financial resources, and time resources to hire you.
  • The majority of your marketing effort should go towards the people who are one step from saying yes to you.
  • Having clients that outgrow you will be part of the process, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let them outgrow you and become referral partners.

Your ideal client scale is massively important. It is the cornerstone of understanding who you’re going after, where to get them, and whether they’re even the right fit for you. You’re going to have people who look like a good fit but don’t actually have the resources to work with you. Then there are those who are only one step away from working with you, and they are the perfect target. Have clients who are working with you but are becoming independent. Remember that it’s okay for some clients to outgrow you, as they can become excellent referral partners.  

Jun 5, 2018

Climbing the ladder as a woman with children isn’t easy, especially when we want to be present as our children grow up. How can women advance in their careers and become leaders without sacrificing their family life? What are the unique skills that women can bring to the table? Are women in charge supposed to be less “feminine?” In this episode, Linda Smith, a speaker, and senior litigation partner shares 3 ways she used her feminine power to succeed in a man’s world and how she got her trademarked name of The Meanest Woman Alive.

As a woman, you can use your unique feminine advantages to lead. -Linda Smith


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Women have higher emotional IQ (03:15-07:00)

As long as a woman goes by a man’s playbook, she is going to lose. However, women have their own unique set of soft and hard skills that can make them even stronger leaders without losing their femininity. A higher emotional IQ in women helps them identify the personality type of their peers and adjust themselves to communicate in a way their peers can relate to.


We play better with others (07:17-07:40)

The alpha males in leading positions often lead the team in a military-style manner, which involves intimidation and puts a lot of pressure on the workers. Women are better at encouraging others to work cooperatively, which lowers the stress levels in the office and brings the best out of a team.


Emotions influence decisions (07:40-08-58)

Males like to think they make decisions exclusively based on logic, free of emotion. However, we all make decisions influenced by emotions and impulses. Women are better at understanding the fact that emotions play a big role in the decision-making process, and they take advantage of it.


Guest Bio

Linda Smith is an author, speaker and a powerhouse litigator. She represented Fortune 500 companies while raising her children and trying to keep her work-family life balanced. Now she encourages women around the world through her books, podcast, and speaking events to discover their inner strength and use their unique feminine qualities to succeed.

Linda's new book Smashing Glass and Kicking Ass: Lessons from The Meanest Woman Alive™ just came out. Go grab the kindle version today.

May 31, 2018

One of the questions I’m often asked is how to create a movement to grow your business. Why are movements more powerful, exciting and relatable than a business that just sells products? What are the building blocks of a strong movement? How do you create a movement manifesto and story? On this episode, I talk about building a business that is also a movement, because all the best brands are!

A movement cannot move if it is not shared. If you don’t share what you believe in, no one has a chance to get excited by you. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • A movement bands people together, and it creates momentum.
  • A movement allows you to attract people like a magnet instead of feeling like you need to reach out to them.
  • To formulate a powerful story of your movement, ask yourself what you believe in, what kind of world you want to live in and what you know to be true.


Nowadays, people really want to know about the behind-the-scenes of what you care about and who you are. That’s where a movement comes in. Every business has a movement, and with a little work you can uncover yours. You need a manifesto because it becomes all the words you use in marketing and the things you use in branding. You also need a movement story which is “what you believe in” mixed with “what you’re good at” so it can be shared with the world.

May 29, 2018

Entrepreneurs are so easily caught up in “shiny object syndrome”, and move to the next thing before giving the last thing a real chance. How long should you stay horizontal on one strategy, system, or tactic? Does work-life balance exist? How do you get over the shyness of being on camera? On this episode, Amy Porterfield talks all things entrepreneurship, motherhood and getting comfortable on camera.

In your business, you are tweaking more than pivoting. -Amy Porterfield


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Don’t obsess over work-life balance (12:47 - 13:23)

When you’re a mom and you’re trying to build a big business, you’re not always going to be able to be there. There’s no such thing as work-life balance. You can’t be in two places at once, and you will always miss out on something-- and that’s okay.


Lean into your insecurities about being on camera and use them in your story (18:46 - 21:15)

Let go of worrying what you look like and sound like, because no one cares about that. They are actually thinking of themselves and watching to get something out of it for themselves. Remember: having something valuable to share is way more important than how perfect you look and sound when you share it.


Tweak more than you pivot (22:42 - 24:27)

There will be about 2 or 3 core pivots that you will ever do in your business. Most of the time, what’s required is tweaking to make things better.  If something is working, stay horizontal for at least 18 months. Tweak it, market it, and promote it for as long as it’s working.


It’s easy to get caught up in the fear and limiting beliefs that come with putting yourself out there as an entrepreneur. When we let those things win, we are actually doing ourselves and our students a disservice by saying we care too much about how we look or come across on camera. Even if you feel awkward, push past that and let go of your insecurities. You’ll learn that your audience appreciates it and loves you even more for it. The key thing will always be consistency. When you do something consistently, you’ll become known for it-- and that’s what you want!

May 25, 2018

We often don’t leverage holidays and special days enough--but we should! Why are holidays such a great way to get your audience excited about your products? How are the special moments in our lives opportunities for us? On this episode, I talk about the power of infusing special days and holidays into your marketing and content.


We have complete control over what we launch, and we can make informed decisions that we can market really well. -Dana Malstaff


Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Marketing and promotion is about finding a reason to celebrate.
  • September and October are great for health and cooking because we’re about to have guests, and we want to cook good meals without gaining weight over the holidays.
  • Look for correlation between a holiday and what you’re trying to sell to your audience.

Holidays and special days give us an opportunity to breathe life into our projects and promotions. If you plan ahead, you can do something that will stand out and resonate with your audience. Go to websites like , pick 4 or 5, and find a way to get people excited!

May 23, 2018

The rules of traditional direct response marketing require us to push on our prospects’ biggest fears and negative emotions. How is this messaging confusing to the consumer? How can we tap into the right kind of emotions? Why is it so valuable to know what’s keeping your ideal client up at night? On this episode, Michele PW talks about love-based emotions in marketing and why they are the best way to fuel your messaging.

Once you get to what’s truly keeping them up at night, you’ll know the transformation they’re looking for. -Michelle PW


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Direct response tends to focus on fear-based emotions (01:43 - 02:52)

The problem with traditional direct response marketing is that it relies too much on tapping into negative emotions like guilt, fear, anger, and resentment. Rather than empowering or encouraging people, it often seeks to motivate action to avoid feeling bad.

Acknowledging people’s pain in a respectful manner is really important (06:49 - 09:19)

Pain is a part of this life, for better or for worse, and it serves an important function in our growth. But there is a huge difference between pain and suffering. Suffering is what happens when we attach emotions to pain. In direct response marketing, people tend to agitate the pain which actually induces suffering. Through love-based marketing, there is a way to acknowledge the pain without making people suffer.

Dig deep into what keeps your prospect up at night (09:32 - 09:48)

It is so crucial to know the primary concern on your prospect’s mind. With that information, you can be equipped to provide the solution to their need and help them transform their lives.


People make their buying decisions with their hearts and emotions, which is something marketers can easily tap into. The problem is the damage we can do when we agitate their fear-based emotions and encourage decisions made from a negative place. Instead of using anger, guilt and fear as the basis of your marketing,  opt for love-based emotions. Connect to people’s passions, hopes, desires, and core values. Ultimately, that’s what’s going to move them.

May 17, 2018

It’s common right now for people to publish social media content that isn’t really achieving anything for their brand. Why is it so important for us to publish with engagement and our core offering in mind? How do we adjust our strategies so that the social media algorithms benefit us? On this episode I talk about a different approach to social media strategy and why it can make such a huge impact on your brand.

Your core service is your engine, and your social media is the fuel. You have to constantly reinvigorate the fuel and refill the tank. -Dana Malstaff

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Put your core program, service, or offering at the center of your strategy.
  • Think about the different ways you can create diverse content on one thing.
  • When you hire a social media manager, it shouldn’t just be someone who can post for you. You need to hire somebody that has a content background so that they can actually write things for you.

Social media is not a place where we should thoughtlessly, continuously post and hope that people will engage. If there is anything that the social media algorithms are showing us, it’s that engagement matters. So instead of trying to publish content haphazardly, build your strategy around your core offering or program. Present your content in different ways so there’s some diversity. This way, you can increase the appeal of one piece of content, and serve your core programs well. When you center your social media around your content, you will have a stronger and more effective strategy.

May 16, 2018

Building a business from scratch is hard enough, but what happens when the absolute unexpected happens? How do you deal with the things you can’t control? And most importantly, how do you build a business that can continue making profit when you can’t be there? In this episode, Lacy Gadegaard shares her amazing story on how she started out as a hair extension specialist for celebrities, broke out and created her own wildly successful extension business, and how she found the courage to fight multiple sclerosis and keep being a mom and entrepreneur. 

It is so silly to think that in business we can do it all by ourselves. -Lacy Gadegaard


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

The importance of social media for business growth (04:30-05:33)

A website where you showcase your work, doubled by the endorsement others give you on social media, makes you look more credible. This is especially true if you are just starting out. Offer your services to bloggers who have large audiences, and share your collaborations with them on social media to reach an even a larger crowd.


Focus on the big picture (10:00-10:33)

Don’t stress over the small things. Life is filled with unexpected events and things we can’t control. The only thing left to do is to try your best and avoid comparing yourself to others, because they aren’t you.


Hiring people increases your revenue and gives you back your freedom (17:15-19-02)

Hiring new people can be scary at first, but you can’t do everything by yourself without being tired and stressed out. You don’t have to do everything on your own. The more talented people you hire, the more your business will grow.


Tragic events happen every day, but you must keep going. When everything is falling down, you learn to focus on the big picture and ignore the small things that once made you upset. Life-changing events such as disease, divorce, or the death of a loved one may change the way you view the world. Even though the progress may be slow at times, it’s up to you to maintain your growth.


Guest Bio-  Lacy Gadegaard is a hair guru, celebrity hair extensions specialist, and the CEO of Laced Hair. Her fight with multiple sclerosis only made her stronger in the long run. She built her business while diagnosed with it, and she is currently raising her two children. Her products were featured on ABC, Shark Tank, and The Bachelorette. You can find out more about her amazing story on her instagram or on her website.

May 14, 2018

Mind maps are a great way to brainstorm, and they serve as a great starting point for getting ideas out of your head. Why are mind maps so freeing? Why is it so important to understand how your brain works and comes up with ideas? On this episode, I talk about why mind maps are my favorite way of planning to execute on an idea.


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Mind mapping is great way to brainstorm without worrying about structure. Sometimes structure holds us back, as our ideas don’t always come in the order we want to execute.
  • A mind map is never wrong. Every piece of it, whether you keep it, cross it off, or move it is part of the journey to allowing your brain to unravel the beauty that’s inside it.
  • You can’t access the parts of your brain with the good stuff without getting uncomfortable.
  • If it’s not worth mapping and doesn’t fit into the strategy of your business, consider whether it’s really worth it to your business.


Our brains are wonderful and unique instruments. When we learn how they function and how ideas unfold in them, the better we get at fleshing out our ideas and then executing on them. It’s not about having the most perfect and organized mind map-- it’s about letting our minds roam free to get an idea out of our heads and onto paper. Expect discomfort, because that’s how we reach the highest form of creation and creativity.


May 11, 2018

We all feel pressured to “do the right thing” when it comes to our careers. This usually ends up causing us to make safe choices that might bring money but take away our time and suppress what we really want to be doing. How do you decide what field you should work in? Is your current career path the result of a safe choice? On this episode, Stefani Reinold shares her journey from being an unhappy student in medical school to building her own business online.

I was hoping someone was going to give me an answer, and it took me a couple of years to figure out what my question was to begin with. -Stefani Reinold


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  1. Know what environments you thrive in (10:30-11:26)

If you are studying for a degree that you don’t like or working a job that takes all of your energy, it’s time to question your actions. Know from the beginning what your interests are as well as your raw qualities. In what environments do you thrive?


  1. Step outside your comfort zone  (24:58-26:33)

Many people choose risk-free careers even if they aren’t made for them. The money might be good, but waking up every day and going to a job you hate will rob you of your joy. Entrepreneurship is not a risk-free path, but if you learn from your mistakes, you can thrive.


  1. Nobody can tell you who you are (17:56-21-10)

No coaching program is going to help you unless you know who you are and what you enjoy doing. What price are you willing to pay for your career? How important is the time spent with your family? The answer to this question should help you find an industry you enjoy.


Guest Bio-

Stefani Reinold’s journey started when she realized she is not a “typical mom.” She’s been through a number a business ventures, and she had her fair share of failures. Stepani left behind the opportunity of having a high-paying career in the medical field to more time to spend with her family and follow her passion for business.

Today, she is a successful author and the creator of the Heart Method. She uses her website to educate and help women find themselves and their inner peace. You can find Stefani at Not the Typical Mom.

May 4, 2018

A lot of business owners do too much too fast because they are terrified of losing momentum. Why is control more important than momentum? What do successful businesses do to grow steadily? Why is it so crucial for us to slow down? On this episode, I talk about a powerful lesson learned from a Pilates class.

Strengthening your business core allows the rest of your business to work the way it should with less stress. - Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • You don’t need grandiose movements or to catch momentum for steady growth to take place.
  • Sometimes doing too much and creating too much doesn’t results in distraction rather than growth.
  • When you hear something that feels profound, take a moment to think about how that applies to other things in your life.
  • Don’t start blogging unless you want to make money from it. When you’re running a business, you have to create strategic content.


The businesses that are truly successful have good systems, absolute clarity, and say “no” to things that don’t serve their finite purpose. You don’t want your rolling snowball to end up with rocks and dirt-- you want it to have more snow. Having control means having a concise free-to-paid journey and only creating content that feeds your funnel.

May 2, 2018

Launching a new podcast requires a lot of dedication and discipline. How do you make sure your idea is good enough to get people interested? How do you balance between promoting your guests and making sure you’re getting unique stories? On this episode, blogger--and now podcaster-- NJ Rongner is back to talk about launching her very own podcast with as little stress as possible.

We all have these really wonderful ideas that we think are going to change the world, but if we don’t have the people in front of us that need that information, it’s not going to go anywhere. -NJ Rongner


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Taking responsibility for your project is critical to its success (04:17 - 04:35)

In partnerships there’s a level of shared co-ownership. When you launch your own blog, podcast or project, the ownership is all on you. That means you have to be prepared for the responsibility that comes with it.

Make sure there’s an audience for your product (13:06 - 13:28)

Your product or idea needs to have people who want it and an easy way for you to launch it. Without both, you won’t get the ROI and results you hope for.

Consider all the factors when validating your ideas  (13:43 - 14:05)

Validating your ideas isn’t just about whether people need the information or not. It’s also about whether you’re visible enough for them to see it and whether you’re putting it in a format intriguing enough for them.


Having a wonderful idea that can change the world is a great start, but there has to be more to it. No matter how good your creation is, you also need to have some understanding of how it will be received by your intended audience. Lean on an existing community like a Facebook group or blog community to listen and learn what people actually need. These people will feed you information that allows you to craft a better product, and ultimately empower you to build something that will succeed.

Apr 26, 2018

Reading is a necessary part of self-development and growth. What can we learn about emotional intelligence, communication, creativity, and making decisions? How can books help us become better versions of ourselves and better business owners?

On this episode, I talk about 5 books with a tremendous amount of value and how they can help you and your business. These books will change the way you think and how you engage with the world, as well as how to make decisions without questioning them.

Business is people-- and people relate to each other. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • The more you understand how people feel valued and loved, the higher your chances of success.
  • The best way to live your life is to read other people’s love languages so that you can give them love in the way that they understand.
  • When we use our minds to create ideas and bring them to life, it fulfills us as human beings.

Running a business, being creative, and working towards your goals can be daunting. By learning love languages we can become better communicators, which will help our relationships. When we lead with emotional intelligence, we find that our interactions with people improve. The act of creation provides us with fulfillment, as does finding what truly suits us and plays to our strengths.

Apr 24, 2018

We often make the mistake of thinking our prospects don’t want to hear our life stories, what we learned from our mistakes, or why we do the things we do. Stories do more than share your expertise—they create connections. What types of stories should you tell? What makes your story unique? On this episode, Dawn Gluskin shares how she uses stories to grow the businesses of her clients.

Never lose your leadership when you share your story. Even if you look vulnerable, let them see the leader in you. -Dawn Gluskin


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. Being yourself is the best differentiator (04:35-05:40)


In a world where everyone is trying to fit into the mold, being yourself is a valuable differentiator. People are sick of seeing perfect stories. They want something that resonates with them. While your clients want someone competent, they don’t expect perfection. The small cracks in the mask is what makes helps them connect with you.


  1. The naked approach (13:40-14:40


You can’t express yourself and share your story if you’re constantly living in fear of being judged by others. Social media makes it even harder to share our mistakes and what we learned from them since everyone is sharing only positive aspects of their lives on social media. The naked approach refers to using your own stories and own vulnerabilities to connect with others.


  1. We evolved to respond to stories better than raw data  (17:40-18:47)


To survive, we needed stories to share with our peers about survival tactics, food locations, and more. While facts and figures do have value, they become even more powerful when they fit into a larger story. Stories are easier to remember and can make you more likable than stats and data.


Not all stories are created equal. Not all stories are made to be shared. Ask yourself, is sharing this story relevant to my business? Does it show something I’ve learned from it? You want to be relatable, but make sure you don’t undermine your skills and talents by doing so. Write your stories from a position of leadership and learning.


Guest Bio-

Dawn decided to start her own business after she was pressured to come back to her job soon after having a child. In only 3 years, she made around $3 million by helping entrepreneurs share their brand story in a meaningful way. You can find out more about her work at

Apr 19, 2018

Our emotions dictate how we interact with our environment and people around us, and we often do ourselves a huge disservice by shutting out negative emotions. Why is it important to give all your emotions room to come to the surface? What happens when we push aside feelings like anger, fear and disgust? On this episode, I talk about a very important lesson we can learn from the cartoon movie, Inside Out.


Maturity involves recognizing that emotions are not black and white. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Decide the things that you love and start looking at them with a dissecting eye to see what you can learn from them.
  • Pushing other emotions aside and trying to be happy all the time can put us under a great deal of stress
  • If it’s hard to pull yourself together in life, it will be tough to do it in business


Cartoons have so much to teach us about ourselves and business. In the case of Inside Out, we learn that it is important that we face all our emotions when things happen to us. It’s easy to choose to just be joyful all of the time but that can do more damage in the long run. Feelings like sadness, happiness, fear, excitement and anger are all interconnected, and  sometimes we can’t experience one without another. There’s nothing wrong with this. Allowing ourselves to feel the full scope of our emotions gives you-- and your business-- a resilience and ability to heal.

Apr 17, 2018

As a society, we are more focused on ourselves than we’ve ever been before. How can we interrupt this selfishness and help make the world better? How do you figure out your purpose and mission in life? How can you gauge whether you’re going in the right direction? On this episode, host of The Daily Helping podcast, Dr. Richard Shuster shares how he found his life’s purpose after a near-death experience and how he’s paying it forward.


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Your values and mission will always steer your towards what’s authentic (08:16 - 09:15)

If you’re really clear about what your values and mission are, you can always ask yourself if an action is in alignment with them. This will help to keep you in the right direction.


People and moments matter (10:56 - 11:45)

As we get older, we all start to realize that people and the moments we share with them are things we’re going to be nostalgic about in the future. These are also the things that keep us connected, loving and strong-- and they really matter.


Giving is just as healthy as receiving (15:11 - 16:42)

Our society is so focused on the self, but what we haven’t been taught is that being giving and selfless actually makes us feel as good as the people we give to. The same biological mechanisms in our brains fire when we help others and give selflessly in the same fashion as if we were the recipients.


Even though social media often makes us feel like we exist only to please and improve ourselves, we need to be able to look outward. The mission is to make the world a better place for our children and make us all happier as people. If we can put energy into the meaningful things, our society will be stronger, more connected, and more loving.


Guest Bio-

Dr. Richard Shuster is a licensed clinical psychologist and the host of The Daily Helping with Dr. Richard Shuster: Food for the Brain, Knowledge from the experts, Tools to Win at Life which is regularly downloaded in over 60 countries. On his podcast, Dr. Shuster’s guests educate and inspire listeners through their stories, expertise, and passion for helping make a difference in the lives of others. His mission is to help people become the best versions of themselves and as a consequence, make the world a better place. A sought after media expert, Dr. Shuster’s clinical expertise and podcast have been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post,,, Reader’s Digest, and others.

Learn more at

Apr 12, 2018

Once you’ve created content that builds trust, the next step is promoting yourself-- but this can be challenging. Why is it so important to promote your business and your work? How do you get people to talk about and want to buy from you? What factors can you leverage? On this episode, I discuss why it is so critical to actually get out there and start talking about your awesome work.

Every single day, do at least one thing that promotes you and your business. -Dana Malstaff

3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Recognize your real estate; recognize where you have space to show what you’re selling. If you’re not leveraging the free real estate that you have, you’re missing out.
  • Pinterest is more of a long term search engine. From a visibility standpoint, you want to create a good amount of varied imagery for the main ways in which people get on your list.
  • You don’t want to send people directly to your sale pages because conversion is going to be low.
  • People need to see you 7-10 times before they buy from you.


Your sole job as a business owner is to sell. Without that, you can’t be profitable. Tiptoeing around the fact that you have a business doesn’t help anyone, and it won’t get you anywhere. Commit to promoting yourself. Everyday, you need to be out talking about your businesses in some way. You can do this through all sorts of content and platforms but the end goal is making sure people see you regularly so they can move towards buying from you.

Apr 10, 2018

In this information age, people get so excited about the possibilities of their ideas that they jump the gun and start in the wrong place. When you have an idea, what are the steps you need to think about? How do you avoid prematurely floundering? On this episode, idea strategist and inventor Lisa McCarthy gives insight on doing things in the right order when you have a new idea.

You need to retrain your brain to think in a positive way, even when you’re slamming through the slime. It’s about you empowering yourself. -Lisa McCarthy


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Before you can empower anyone you have to empower yourself first (04:04 - 04:30)

A lot of us are driven by purpose and the need to make an impact on something outside of ourselves. The truth is, if you want to make an impact externally, you have to do the hard work of empowering yourself before you can do it for anyone else.


Be intentional and proactive about what you say to yourself (08:09 - 09:26)

We all have an inner monologue, and often we allow the message to be negative. What if you learned to drown that out with something you purposefully and intentionally chose to say to yourself? Imagine how that would change everything.


Plan first before taking any action on a new idea (14:20 - 15:44)

When you come up with a new idea for something, it’s so easy to get carried away that you miss the foundational steps that ensure success. To avoid this, take the time to map the details so that questions and obstacles can be anticipated.


When excitement and inspiration form around a new idea, we can easily forget the important details that go into executing it. Missing crucial steps can actually hinder progress, so it;s worth it to take the time to map out your ideas. Figure out “the who, what, when, where, why and how” so you have the right game plan to move forward. This will make the process of executing on an idea a lot less daunting and ultimately more effective.


Guest Bio

Lisa is a Strategist at Make My Idea Real and the Inventor of the Affirmations Mirror. Go to for more information or get in touch with Lisa

Apr 5, 2018

If you’re a service-based business, you’re going to do a group program at some point. When do you know that you’re ready? How do know how many people you can handle in a coaching program? What is the most effective way to structure it? On this episode, I share how to get group coaching started!


“If all you’re doing on your group calls is teaching them stuff, then you’re not really a group coaching program. You’re just a live course.” - Dana Malstaff


4 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Don’t start a group program unless you’ve coached a minimum of 10 people on a one-on-one basis.
  • People in groups feed off each other and become friends, which accentuates accountability.
  • Remember that at any given moment about 50-70% of the participants are going to really engage with you.  
  • Every group coaching program should come with at least one 1-on-1 call in the beginning of the program.


Group coaching is not only a way for you to touch more people at once, but also a great way to add an extra layer of accountability and relationship. How you go about your coaching is very important. In addition to teaching, it’s about listening and communicating with them to improve their lives. This is what makes you a coaching program.

Apr 3, 2018

For a lot of women, the demands of our lives make us suppress the light inside of us. Why is it so important for the world that we embrace what makes us unique? How do we step out of society’s expectations and judgments? How can we shift our thinking and choose to live in a woman’s world? On this episode, photographer and speaker Jennifer Rozenbaum is here to talk about her mission to take back femininity.

The more “you” that you can be without any shame, the more power we have as people, as women, and as a community. -Jennifer Rozenbaum


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


We don’t have to sacrifice femininity for empowerment (11:23 - 12:16)

A lot of women feel like empowerment should come at the expense of femininity, but it doesn’t have to be that way.


Authenticity makes the whole world better (13:05 - 13:13)

It’s critical that people live authentically and “step into their own”. Not only does this benefit the individual, it also benefits partners, children, families and the community as a whole.


Run into the pain. It’s worth it (14:15 - 15:06)

Stepping outside of your comfort zone is always going to be scary and a little painful, but we don’t have to shy away from it. Overcoming that pain is what makes us grow. Whether the challenge is small or large, if you don’t face it you’ll never see the beauty on the other side of the pain.


There’s no better time to be a woman than right now. There’s a lot of change happening and a lot more awareness, but all progress starts with women stepping into their own and being authentic without shame. We have something unique that men don’t, and we shouldn’t be stifling ourselves to live in a man’s world. There is nothing wrong with owning our femininity and choosing to run towards the pain, even when we’d rather not. Remember: skydiving might be scary, but jumping out of the plane changes everything.


Guest Bio
Jen Rozenbaum is a photographer and speaker putting “feminine” back in “feminist”. Jen specializes in luxury boudoir photography. She believes every woman must celebrate her unique femininity, shamelessly. Go to to learn more about her work.

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