Do You Know If You’re Making the Right Decisions for Your Business?

Do You Know If You’re Making the Right Decisions for Your Business?

Stategic Business Coach, Planning Strategist Maria MarsalaSomething is stopping you from having the time to market to new prospects and service existing clients. Attend Maria’s next business growth planning webinar to find out what it is! Use our killer process to determine your firm’s priorities and become a more efficient business owner. Take one day to arm yourself with new strategies and insights you can immediately execute.




Attendees will walk away with a simple system for:

— Communicating a clear company vision for your team, clients, and vendors

— Planning for business growth and setting tighter priorities

— Marketing strategies that won’t break the bank


At the end of the day, you’ll print your plan and use it the very next morning! (If you can wait that long.)  Best of all you don’t have to travel to attend this program (unless you want to).  It’s a webinar!


Business Management & Marketing on Steroids. Learn how to create your company’s roadmap

Are You Willing To Give A Lifetime Of Experience Away?

13. Are You Willing To Give A Lifetime Of Experience Away?

Before considering a Mastermind group you must decide if you are ready. Are you ready to see your business substantially grow? Are you committed to sharing your best ideas? Are you looking for a group of peers in same industry members (or not)? How often and for how long does the group meet? Is the meeting time convenient? Is it a virtual or in person group? What is the cost? How many people are in the group and how often do you get a chance on the help seat.

When you join a MM group you will be part of a group who is purposely working together to improve their businesses, and provide support for each other. Expect that the higher your income, the more a group will cost — be it monthly fees or retreat attendance. Expect to give away your experience, strengths, and hopes to your group members, and get it back 8 times over.

Learn more about our next Empire Builders Mastermind Program, click here.

Read 25 Ways To Find The Right Fit in a Mastermind Group

Get Some Frik’n Help!

How many hats can one person wear before they end up burnt out?

Once you’ve hired a bookkeeper (yes, even if you’re an accountant) to do your work, the person you need the most is someone VERY local. A Personal Assistant helps you in the garden, iron your cloths, clean the house, take the kids to “x”, and work in your office, too. They work part-time, maybe while their children are in school, after school, or on days they’re not in college. Hire someone who is willing to expand their hours and work on special projects and you’ll grow your business.

(c) 2011, Maria Marsala of Elevating Your Business

Find Support and Strength with a Mastermind Buddy

“A Master Mind may be created through the bringing together or blending, in a spirit of perfect harmony, of two or more minds. Out of this harmonious blending the chemistry of the mind creates a third mind which may be appropriated and used by one or all of the individual minds The Master Mind will remain available as long as the friendly harmonious alliance between the individual minds exists. It will disintegrate and all evidence of its former existence will disappear the moment the friendly alliance is broken.”
— Napoleon Hill, Law of Success

So what the heck is a Mastermind Buddy?

Small Business Coach Strategist Maria MarsalaA Mastermind Buddy (MB), also called an Accountability Buddy, Mastermind Partner, etc is your on-going support between group meetings, a partner in support, available to provide assistance and advice.


A Mastermind Buddy is:

      o  an excellent listener.
      o  your cheerleader.
      o  your accountability partner.
      o  ready to keep confidences.
      o  willing to push you.
      o  able to help look at places you’re stuck.
      o  able to discuss assignments or brainstorm.
      o  open to new ideas.
      o  honest with themselves and their Buddy.
      o  able to inspire you to stay focused.
      o  ready to change and grow.
      o  open to give willingly and freely.
      o  never a hog of the conversation.
      o  able to leave judgment at the door.


Agree to meet regularly to nurture each other’s business intentions and goals for “x” amount of time. Spend half of the time working on Buddy number 1’s situation, and half on Buddy number 2’s situation.


Buddies can meet via phone, in person, conference phone, Skype, Dim Dim, email, etc.


Choose a day/time which both buddies agree to. In addition to talking on the phone, you can also arrange to email each other. Meet as often as daily, or infrequently, such the weeks which we don’t have a session. It’s up to you and your Buddy to decide what works best.

Sample Agenda: First Meeting

      o  Introductions.
      o  Discuss what each person wants out of the process.
      o  Each Buddy should give and be given permission to be direct and 100% honest.
      o  Be clear and supportive with all comments.

Sample Agenda: Typical Meetings

      o  Each Buddy shares WINS for up to “x” minutes.
      o  Each Buddy shares how they’d implemented a strategy gleaned from the last meeting to solve an issue for “x” minutes.
      o  Buddy 1:Shares one of the following: their biggest struggle, challenge faced in business at this time, homework assignment they’re stuck on, information a Buddy could use, feedback on a project, etc.
      o  Buddy 1:Explains the history of the problem, challenge, or area they are stuck in. Discusses:
a) How they would like things to be instead?
b) How would it look if it were different?
C) What’s been done so far to improvie the situation?
      o  Buddy 2: Asks clarifying questions for 1 minute; Buddy 1 answers.
      o  Buddy 1: “Zips their lips” and takes notes with no verbal or mental judgments.
      o  Buddy 2: Gives the gift of their suggestions, advice, resource(s), or what they have done when encountering similar situation, etc.
      o  Buddy 1: Thanks Buddy 2.
      o  Buddy 1: Chooses an idea from their notes which they’re willing to do before the next meeting.
      o  Repeat the process for Buddy 2 (next meeting Buddy 2 goes first).

Just remember: It’s about giving to get. It’s not about tit-for-tat.

© 2010 Elevating Your Business. Maria Marsala is strategic business coach, speaker, and author of eight workbooks geared toward helping financial professionals improve their bottom line. A former Wall Street trader, Maria helps CEOs, presidents, and executives build bigger businesses without sacrificing their personal lives. If your’e ready to grow your business empire faster than you can do on your own, visit Sign up for Focus! Ezine, a newsletter jam-packed with Maria’s singular brand of tips, tricks, and priceless strategic business advice. Visit