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Grand Potential Podcast | Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as a Superpower with Carolyn Stern

Believing in your people and connecting to them on a deeper level through respect and appreciation is what emotional intelligence is all about. Our guest Carolyn Stern accidently learned this concept back when she was teaching a class of youth that were headed down the wrong path in life and really needed someone to believe in them.

After a semester of business building and giving them every responsibility she could they walked away with more than $10,000 in sales and a group of kids who went from feeling worthless to believing they could do anything.


RECAP April 23 | Business Networking Partner Event With Jumpstart Your Biz, Entrepreneurs Rocketfuel, EPIC! Business Connections | Grand Connection

This past 13 months has been trying and we’ve had no choice but to pivot right along with it. Through it all, connections and relationships are what has made the difference in our ability to manage uncertainty.

After such an inspiring event we are so ready to get out there and make some new, deeper, more meaningful connections. Thanks to our three joint venture partners, Katrina Sawa of Jumpstart Your Biz, Kimberley Crowe of Entrepreneurs Rocketfuel and Bryan Daly of EPIC! Business Connections, we have a few more tools for making this happen!



10 Great Reasons to Use Trello to Manage Your Business

1: Trello is free
The core features of Trello are free. You can pay for an upgraded version if you need but many features are available free to improve your productivity.

2: It keeps you organized and focused
Trello uses boards and each board consists of headed lists. Each project is organized by a board, and each board can have a list. Tasks can have their own card which can be moved to a done list or be archived.

3: You can make checklists
Repeatable checklists are easy to make for your subtasks.


10 Reasons Why Email Kills Productivity by Elizabeth Stefani

1: Email Causes Mood Swings
Email, like an addiction, can cause a big change in your moods. When you check your email you are sometimes rewarded with exciting information, responses to your own emails, or new information. All of these things cause excitement.  But when you send emails and are waiting for responses, we can become grumpy and unfocused. By setting up boundaries with our emails we can control these feelings, and get out of the email “addiction”.

2: Email Causes Open Loops
Open loops are commitments to yourself or others that pull your attention away from where it should be.  You can think of them as the nagging thoughts that you have on your brain, that you haven’t yet dealt with.  How does email cause this?  By using your email inbox as an “in-tray”, many emails are left unread, or unfinished.  Seeing all these messages can cause stress and anxiety every time you must be in your email. Through our Master Class we will be looking at how to process emails to reduce open loops, and reduce your anxiety surrounding email.


RECAP March 19 | Business Networking Partner Event: Systems to Connect, Create & Collaborate With MBX, SpeakerTunity & Lead Up for Women | Grand Connection

Friday’s event was jam packed full of information. Connections were made and new opportunities for collaborations were born.

This month we have been learning new ways to automate our business so we can scale, grow and maximize our results. Thanks to our Joint Venture Partners, our tool box is now overflowing with options that will help get and keep us on track to our success.


Grand Potential Podcast | Blaney Teal Systems & Tools for Productivity

In this interview Blaney generously shares with Carolyn and Susan her secrets to managing so many events with systems and tools. This is a must listen to podcast for anyone wanting to fast track organizing their business. Show notes to come!

About Blaney Teal:

Blaney Teal is a proud mother of two and successful, modern-day “Mompreneur” from Baltimore, MD. She has impacted the lives of countless entrepreneurs and business owners with her vibrant, energetic, and magnetic personality. With over 25 years in the entrepreneurial space, Blaney loves sharing her business tips and experiences with everyone she meets.

Blaney started her first business at the age of seven and has never looked back. Her passion for helping entrepreneurs and business owners grow their business is apparent from the 1st time you meet her.


Grand Potential Podcast | Michela Quilici and Growth Systems

“Systems are for people who care about winning repeatedly.” – James Clear

We all want to find ways to make our business processes more efficient.
It’s time to get organized on your marketing, operations, and business development activities to impact our bottom line and generate greater results.
Repeatable processes and systems are essential to growing your business.
It’s all about creating automated business systems in order to scale, grow and maximize our results. Thanks to Michela Quilici we learned more than a few helpful steps that will get us started on our journey to success…

“Business by design means we get exactly what it is we want.” – Michela Quilici


Grand Potential Podcast | Terra Bohlmann and Customer Experience Systems

“What can you do to WOW, your customers?” Terra Bohlmann

With Terra, we learned the importance of creating a customer experience system and how it can help us move forward in our business with less overwhelm…

#1. Buying Decisions – Reduce your refunds with no-buyer’s regret.
#2. Save Time – With automation and outsourcing of repeatable action items.
#3. Referral Program – Make it so, happy buyers want to create referral business for you.
#4. Be The Expert – Quickly bring massive value to your clients with your expertise.
#5. Feedback – See where improvement is needed by allowing clients to share their input.


RECAP March 5 | Systematize Your Business to Scale, Grow and Maximize Your Results With Michela Quilici & Terra Bohlmann | Grand Connection

“Systems are for people who care about winning repeatedly.” – James Clear 

This month’s networking theme is all about creating automated business systems in order to scale, grow and maximize our results. Thanks to our speakers; Michela Quilici and Terra Bohlmann, we learned more than a few helpful steps that will get us started on our journey to success…


RECAP Feb 19 | Business Networking JV Partner Event: Better Communications for Better Connections With CIBN Connect, and BizSocial Networking | Grand Connection

How much fun was Friday’s event? The energy and inspiration was really flowing.

As you know this month’s networking theme was creating long, lasting, relationships through good communications. Thanks to our joint venture partners Camille Miller of The Natural Life Business Partnership USA, Brian Morrison of Biz Social Networking of the UK and Kerry George of Kerry George from CIBN Connect in Canada we learned a few helpful tips to get us started…


RECAP Feb 5th Grand Connection Live Event Video Marketing With Sheryl Plouffe

The Grand Connection community was fortunate last Friday to have our guest expert Sherly Plouffe share her insights and practical action steps to build our business using video online.

Sheryl Plouffe is purposeful and totally passionate about video and she has spent over 20,000 hours in front of a camera as a TV broadcaster.

She is a sought-after speaker and video marketing space with a wealth of knowledge. Video can transform not just your business, it can transform your life. It’s bigger than you think. In 2020 she gained 1.5 million video views and over 14,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel alone, and she did it almost entirely with these methods. What is your excuse?

If you could get even a fraction of those numbers, how many of you believe that that would propel your business to new heights?


10 Pro Tips You Should Know for Video Marketing

1. The Art of Storytelling
One of the best ways to captivate your audience is through the power of storytelling. Depending on what you want to showcase, the story could be an inspirational tale, something to tug at the heartstrings, a humourous/lighter piece, and so on. Stories are personal – the more the viewer can relate to the story, the more likely they are to absorb the message behind it.

2. Be Aware Where to Share
Always keep your audience in mind – What social media platforms or other online sites suit them? Before exploring different platforms, it’s important to set a clear target audience (age, gender, location, etc.). Put yourself in their shoes – Where are they (digitally) spending the most time? Tip: Become a native user of the platforms; know the appropriate lingo and keep up with regular social media updates.


Grand Potential Podcast | Sheryl Plouffe Video Marketing Expert

In this interview, Sheryl Plouffe shares her journey from TV broadcaster to entrepreneur and how she pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone and trusted her internal knowing that she was on the right path.

Today in video marketing, Sheryl tries to bring her own authentic voice to it. She shares that she tries to provide valuable content that really can move the needle for someone and then put it out there on upwards of 10 plus platforms at the same time.

Sheryl also shares her process for planning a video for your website, the importance of a script and what makes great quality content. She also discussed her ACE model for video marketing and shared with us all a free download 13 page book you have for our listeners.


Recap Jan 22 Real Time Connections Wellness Event: Healthy You, Healthy Connections, Healthy Business

Each of our JV partners shared their passion and enthusiasm for wellness as leaders in the healthcare industry. They are truly on a quest to support us to make wellness a priority with sharing their insightful approaches to connect, create and collaborate with our well-being and communities.


Jenny Ryce from Your Holistic Earth spoke about how connecting with our wellness is a priority. To think about redefining our wellness. The world health organization defines wellness as our  physical, mental and social well being. The Canadian Mental Health Association says 62% of business owners feel depressed once a week. We need to change this.


Grand Potential Podcast | Camille Miller With The Natural Life Business Partnership

The Natural Life Business Partnership (NLBP) was born from the unique vision of Camille Miller, and her need to find a community of her own. With her deep spiritual beliefs, and being grounded by a holistic lifestyle, she began studying different modalities of natural health and the mind-body connection. As she learned of the many small businesses and practitioners that were a part of the natural lifestyle, she wanted to make an impact in their business world as well as have her work truly reflect what she stood for as a person.

NLBP and its members have deep rooted beliefs that we are a system of integrated parts, which include our emotions, behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, and bio-chemistry.

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