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“There are no guarantees in the arena. We will struggle. We will even fail. There will be darkness. But if we are clear about the values that guide us in our efforts to show up and be seen, we will always be able to find the light. We will know what it means to be brave.” ~ Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly Welcome to Episode 77:Fear, Failure And The Mystery of The Creative Life Human happiness is a perplexing topic to delve into. It would seem obvious, but it’s not at all. And that’s why today’s special “untangling” episode is an important on as we’re going to deconstruct fear, failure, and the mystery of the creative life. Then we’re going to put our digital glue selves on hold for the summer months (this is not good-bye forever, just for now) as we take a break so we can gear up some new “untangling” goodies for you for the last quarter of 2022.But don’t worry … We’ll be back on Tuesday, September 6th with even more amazingly inspirational “untangling” topics, just like this one.  So,  here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Deconstructing FEARDeconstructing FAILUREDeconstructing the mystery of the CREATIVE LIFEMy personal TOP TIPS for surviving those not-so glamorous daysCreative living words of wisdom – from yours truly Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“By making the decision to be a boss over a bitch, that decision is half the battle.” Welcome to Episode 75:How To Be A Boss Without Being A Bitch!As women, we haven’t always had the best role models in the business world. More so now of course, but not always. In the big bad world of business, we’ve either worked for men, been stomped on by them, or we’ve had women bosses who are, well … giant ass bitches. As women, we still don’t have much of a roadmap when it comes to taking charge -- we need to learn to own our role of queen bee, and in such a way that we can mentor more than manage. To become someone who is inspiring, offers value, leads, supports, and motivates … all at the same time. If you think about it, it’s quite the badge of honor.Women entrepreneurs often have a harder time than male entrepreneurs because we’re naturally inclined to be more nurturing. This means we tend to put other people’s needs before our own, which then tends to lead to burnout and a lack of time for ourselves, our passions, and our own never-ending to-do lists. Soooo …  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...How to set expectations, be real, listen and be fairHow to keep your emotions in checkHow to not be a slave to your businessHow to stop selling yourself short (re: comparison)Why it’s important to stop apologizing all the timeWhy it’s important to put your superwoman complex asideHow to truly reconcile the stereotype of being a bitchy boss Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“A professional troublemaker is someone who is committed to being authentically themselves while speaking the truth and doing some scary shit.” – Luvvie Ajayi Jones, The Millennial Grind Welcome to Episode 74:Becoming a Fear Fighting Professional Troublemaker As an entrepreneur, one must be ready to take all kinds of risks. Fearless ones, that go against the flow by thinking differently than other people -- you know, the keep calm out of the box kind! I honestly believe that everyone one desires is on the other side of fear. Think about it … What would your business life be like if fear never held you back from doing #AllTheThings you wanted?When we think of our businesses, these ventures we have put our hearts, souls, and money into … We set high expectations. We dream big. And sometimes that means we strive to be perfect! We want to do it all. We want to be it all. We want to know it all. And sometimes that can create a storm of needless strain and bury our goals and dreams under piles of directionless tasks and to-do lists longer than the eye can see. We get ourselves all … Well, tangled! And that’s not badass!  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Entrepreneurial #Hacks to fight your fearsWhy you don’t need permission to follow your dreamsHow a little confidence can go a long wayHow to #Hack the “haters” and bad behaviourHow to note let “rules” define your success Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama Welcome to Episode 73:How To Manage Clients Who Become g-g-g-GhostsGHOSTING! Sadly, it’s a real thing in the business world. That’s right folks, just like the culture of “swiping right” on Tinder and all those other dating apps, ghosting isn’t just for the dating world anymore … It has spilled over into the professional aspect of our lives, with negative consequences. And it hurts!We’re virtually stuck in a “no face-to-face communication -- no responsibility” aka “out of sight -- out of mind” generation. It’s like an internet virus of the people …! And in our virtual opinion, we feel this should never happen in the business world.It’s also not all that hard to search for subtext when you get no response, and your inbox is hearing crickets. And if you’re anything like me, your brain takes you in a million different directions, none of them happy ones … “Why don’t they care about their actionables and business as much as I do, when it’s not even my business?” … You’re not quite sure when they will come back to say, “Hi, I’m back -- and I need these projects done by end of day today … tomorrow …” Or if they’re even coming back at all.Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...How and why it’s best to just let it goWhy they became the ghosts you once knewWhat you can do when they magically returnHow we ease the pain of being professionally ghostedPatterns of a virtual cancellation society Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Dealing with team members can be difficult. But NOT dealing with them can be worse.” Welcome to Episode 72:How To Fire People And Reclaim Your Joy! It’s the age of virtual living; you could very easily (and all too often) feel defeated and depressed just watching what everyone else is accomplishing, while you’re feeling stuck in a joyless rut on the rinse n’ repeat cycle. Some days, our self-worth plummets and as well as know too well, it doesn’t take much to go down the rabbit hole in a spiraling combination of self-doubt, self-loathing, and low self-esteem. As it turns out, enough of these days over here has helped us figure out a solution (with just business joy itself, or when it comes to letting someone go from your team); we must safeguard our levels of happiness, motivation, and joy! So, in order to pony up and reclaim your joy, here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...How to become aware of emotional triggers (and what they may be)How to be more mindful of your reactions3 simple less stressful ways to fire people (and reclaim your joy!)How to be clear when hiring and firing Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” ~ Steve JobsWelcome to Episode 71: How Many Hours A Day Do You Waste?Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t. So that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. What has helped me succeed is creating a story around my business. Something people can relate to. It’s not all about fancy cars, lots of money, and endless trips to the spa. Even though all those things are pretty darn nice! It’s the human-side of things … making your passion come to life! And beyond a good story (which helps make content creation oh so much easier!), is automation, automation, automation. And an endless list of helpful “untangling” tools and resources!Ready for some tips and resources to keep your sanity with a virtual pep talk?Then let’s get started! Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Important things Team VU learned on our “untangling” adventuresHow to bring brand storytelling to the forefront of engagementAutomation, automation, automationWhat automation could look like in your businessA peak inside Team VU’s virtual toolbox Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“You either master money on some level, or money masters you.” ~ Tony Robbins Welcome to Episode 70:Budgeting 101 - The Power of Broke I have a long background in the arts (both digital and with paint) and have also worked with my fair share of non-profits, so I feel like I know a thing or two about being broke. And it’s not fun! But sometimes struggling can give you a different perspective on things and can help heighten your creativity. Bringing that feeling of really being alive.I truly feel that there are many ways for one to be creative -- thinking outside the box, making things work with limited resources, using old things in brand new ways and so on. In fact, creativity is born out of necessity. If we don’t have it, we figure out how to make it. Not all the right ingredients in our pantry? We improvise and (hopefully) come up with something that tastes even better. And since most of us entrepreneurs have been here at one time or another, we felt this daunting topic of money, would be a great idea to side-step into. Just think of today’s episode as a little story about breaking up with debt so-to-speak.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Simple ways a lack of mullah can benefit your MuseTricky spending habits and budgeting 101The planning process for budgeting on a budgetHow to easily overcome client price objectionsA **BANG!** for our buck on resources Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Without strategy, content is just stuff, and the world has enough stuff.” ~ Arjun Basu Welcome to Episode 69:Send in The Robots - How AI Makes Content Creation EasierWhen it comes to making content creation, AI “robots” can make your life a heck of a whole lot easier. And save you a ton of time too!Did you know that by 2027, the AI market is expected to reach over $267 Billion?WOWZERS!!!!Data is power and when it comes to content creation, it can help you be more effective in the long run with all your efforts.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...8 benefits to AI-powered content marketingAI tools to help you bypass dreaded writer’s blockOur top 5 content creation tools and resourcesHow Team VU can help with your content creations Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners. This means taking the long view and avoiding short-term benchmarks to gauge progress. It means allowing the personality, heart and soul of the people who run all levels of the business to show.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk Welcome to Episode 68:Is Your Content Calendar Running on Empty?I’m assuming if you’re listening to today’s “untangling” podcast episode because you’re branding is looking ready for the runway, your voice is utter perfection, and you’re feeling like an entrepreneur superstar who is ready to take your next steps in marketing-land with social media.Quite honestly, I’ve been hitting the pavement hard for many years finding all the right strategies and using my brand as the tried, tested and truth to #AllThings marketing. I’ve been working hard at figuring out the tools and strategies that help businesses, of all shapes and sizes, succeed with their brand, and am here today to share all that glorious hard-earned information with you.So, even if you’ve already hit launch and already took many careful steps into the land of social, don’t worry nothing is permanent. That’s the great thing about technology nowadays! Whether you’re new to social or a social veteran, you’ll find everything you need to know about getting your business social media ready right here.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...What questions to ask yourself about the lay of the landCreating a solid, organized social content calendar4 “untangling” content calendar tipsHow to get the most from your content collaborationsPlug n’ play content strategies Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“There are three responses to a piece of design … yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” ~ Milton Glaser Welcome to Episode 67: 7 Important Questions to Ask Your Designer … With an abundance of easy to use, drag and drop design and web tools available at your virtual fingertips, you might be wondering, “Why should I hire a graphic design professional when I can just try to learn to do it all myself?”.As a business owner, you are always being pulled in many directions. One of which being, how to spend your marketing budget. Truthfully (and we both know it), you don’t have time to take on the world by trying to learn new programs and tools on how to professionally design everything your business needs. Especially if you’re a start-up … you already have enough to worry about. Plus, it is not only about the design itself but also how your market it to the world. So, when it comes to building your brand, hiring a graphic designer needs to be a big part of the discussion.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Why it’s important to have a designer in your back pocket7 important questions to ask your designer before hiring themOnce hired, how to get the best from your designerWhy paying people peanuts, will get you monkeys Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they use it up The real hero is already home … Because they figured out a faster way to get things done.”  ~ Jason Friend & David Heinemeier Hansson Welcome to Episode 66:Get Your Creativity Working Smarter, Not Harder! Creativity is innovation’s spark. It starts with a problem needing a solution, or an idea that may solve a problem we didn’t even was had. Creativity is the process of putting your imagination to work. And unfortunately, even if your imagination is working hard, it might not be working as smart as it could be. You’re not trying to be more creative; you’re trying to unlock your natural potential, establishing a creative frame of mind, nourishing your ability to ask questions, and using simple techniques to help train your mind to use both sides of your brain to think outside traditional parameters, and be smarter about your working habits. And today, I’d like to help with that … So, here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Knowing the true purpose of the processCreative inspiration for those dreaded “block” daysSolid project management that facilitates creativityThe importance of visual and linguistic exercises Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Good design is about making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is about making something memorable and meaningful.” ~ Ditter Rams Welcome to Episode 65: How to Design In Canva Like a Guru! As the saying goes … “good designers don’t use Canva”. But that’s not necessarily true and a bit of a stigma in today’s design world. In my personal and professional opinion, fully trained designers should know BOTH! I truly do believe that graphic designers and Canva can (and should) coexist! Think of things this way … Canva is like the McDonald’s drive-thru of design. It’s cheap, efficient, easy to use, and utterly satisfying when in a crunch for time. So, whether you’re a designer who needs a quick fix, or a newbie to the land of design and marketing for your business, today I’m going to share with you some helpful design “untangling” tips to give your designs the *POW!* they really need -- and in such a way that it’s not recognizable that you’re even using Canva at all.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...8 types of can photo searchable terms you need to know4 major Canva integrations to make your life easier5 steps to creating transparent text effectsHow to create text masks for imagesHow to design a powerful presentation (for PowerPoint)A lovely bundle of need-to-know design tipsAre you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell.” - Seth Godin Welcome to Episode 64:Why Good Design Needs To Tell A Story ...There’s always room for a story.Graphic design is a subjective process and there is no set-in-stone "right-way" to go about it. It is a process of understanding, having realistic expectations, patience, and excellent communication (aka. “the story”) that will go a long way towards a successful outcome. Every small business needs to work with a graphic designer from time to time to create marketing materials, and if it’s not managed well, it can be very time consuming. From personally working extensively on both sides of the fence, the story is just as important as the images shared along with it.So, why does good design need to tell a story? And why is storytelling so dang important? To find out just that -- and more -- here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...Why storytelling in design mattersWhy colour psychology in design mattersHow to design to leave an impression on social mediaWhat your website should not do (or have) on itHow to create a perfect customer journey on your websiteHow to leave an overall lasting impression with your marketing Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“It’s the ‘emotional aftertaste’ that comes after an experience (even a second-hand one).”  - Ze Frank Welcome to Episode 63:Brand Mistakes You’re Making Without RealizingYour business’ brand identity is the torch that lights the way. It provides messaging, a voice and direction, becoming sort of an umbrella under which, all elements are shaped. If your brand identity was created using a flawed process, it could be damaging your business’ chance of success. And you surely don’t want that!A brand is not just your logo, a website, or your business cards … it’s an experience. So, to help alleviate these issues either before they happen, if you’re just starting out, or before you get to ahead in the “game”, here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...How to define your brands’ personalityPersonality, voice, and tone … what you need to knowHow to be consistent in your communications5 ways to humanize your brandAre you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Welcome to Episode 62: Imagine a World Without Spell Check …?!Yes, some of us still remember the life before automated spell check, where if I wanted to check my spelling, it required a dictionary by my side. And a thesaurus too! But nowadays, even verbivores can’t imagine a life without it. It’s handy and free and prevents us from making a lot of embarrassing mistakes.If you think about it, with the amazingly wonderful ever-growing waves of technology, this was one of the earliest conveniences that technology had to offer as it’s something we always have at the tip of our fingers with ease. I personally feel it makes writing so much more pleasurable … And without our automated friend, we would have to take extra time to double check our work which would decrease our level productivity. Can you imagine the amount of time that would take? With the variety and number of written pieces we send out into the world on a daily basis, I couldn’t even possibly imagine that time suck!Soooo …. Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...20 common errors humans are making on the dailyFree proofreading tools to help your workflowQuestions to keep in mind while editing your creations11 proofreading tips to mix n’ match to your likingWhat spell check doesn’t catch Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“The stress itself will kill you faster than the stressor will – unless you do something to complete the stress response cycle. While you’re managing the days’ stressors, your body is managing the day’s stress. It’s absolutely essential to your well-being that you give your body the resources it needs to complete the stress response cycles that have been activated.”  ~ Emily and Amelia Nagoski, Authors of ‘Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle’ Welcome to Episode 61: How To Escape Your Inbox …Are you feeling overwhelmed by your inbox? Are old emails just sitting there making you feel bad? Are you tired of wasting time searching for what you need? Are important emails slipping through the virtual cracks? Are you feeling frustrated and lost, wanting control over your inbox again? Truth bomb … This was me for a while.Backtracking to 5 years ago when I pushed VU from part-time to full-time, I felt as though I was constantly rejigging my inbox strategy looking for better ways to manage my email accounts (yes, unfortunately like most, I have multiple). I found all kinds of well-intentioned email advice and courses. However, all the advice I received just added up to a cohesive system that just didn't make sense. But I’m excited to share, that frustration is long gone, and our nerdy organizational ways have yet once again saved the day!So, today I am going to share with you just that … our tried, tested, and true tips that helped my team and I (and our amazing clients who we’ve helped with inbox stress as well) from being buried in virtual info and getting to "inbox zero".  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...How (and why) to only touch each email onceHow to use properly use “search operators”How to stop repeating the same emailsWhy you should designate a “throwaway” inbox for spam Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“If the most unique ideas were obvious to everyone, there wouldn’t be entrepreneurs. The one thing that every entrepreneurial journey has in common is that there are many, many steps on the road to success.” ~ Tory Burch, CCO of Tory Burch LLCWelcome to Episode 60: Let Me Out Conquer Fear And Build Resilience Real change is difficult at the beginning, but gorgeous at the end. Change begins the moment you get the courage and step outside your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.Some people say that entrepreneurs are crazy. And maybe they’re right! Crazy motivated, crazy smart, crazy passionate. We are the ones who change the world AND get to live our dream doing it … freedom, purpose, and change. And due to those factors, it seems that more and more people want to become an entrepreneur. And with all the lifestyle greatness that comes along with the title, why not?However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows!You’re going to make mistakes, and you’re going to be told by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people that what you’re trying to accomplish simply can’t be done BUT it’s our “crazy” strategies and tactics that are going to change the world.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...What resiliency is and how to build it like muscleThe power of my story … creating Virtually UntangledTips on being courageous and conquering your fears Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John Maxwell Welcome to Episode 59:Behind the Scenes - A Life of Organization Embarking on the journey towards entrepreneurship is exciting when envisioned in your mind but can be very daunting and demanding when materializing your ideas. Let me clearly state that being an entrepreneur is not for the faint hearted or those who are mentally weak. This type of career path will highlight your strengths and your areas in which have room for improvement (as we truly dislike the word “weakness”) and will force you to focus intently on bettering yourself to find success.So, let me ask you …Are you tough enough mentally and emotionally? Are you prepared to work unbelievably hard and constantly keep a competitive mindset on how to better enhance yourself for success?This is what entrepreneurship demands of you on a continual basis. Make sure you are completely prepared and mindful of what awaits you as a hopeful entrepreneur.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...6 “tough love” tips to assists you on your journeyThe importance of creating a to-do listWhy it’s not just about getting organized, but staying organizedHow to create a simple stress-free environmentHow getting organized can save your life (health benefits) Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“Regardless of rank, people need the freedom and permission to raise their hands during a meeting to say ‘I disagree,’ or ‘I think differently.’ And they must know their opinion will be heard -- in fact, regardless of position, everyone on your team deserves to be heard. Everyone in a meeting should be considered equals.” ~ Cameron Herold, Author of ‘Meetings Suck’ Welcome to Episode 58: It's Time To “Mind” Your Meetings …!  You are probably much like me in thinking “oh gosh, not another meeting!” or a secondary meeting to talk about the details of the first meeting. Maybe even a third. Especially thinking back to how the past handful of years have been with Zoom being necessary and all the rage with the “work from home movement” due to the pandemic. We do not want to feel like we just lost a handful of minutes (or maybe even hours) of our day when we could’ve been doing something else to make the business world in which we live run smoother. And we most certainly do not feel as though our to-do list just got pushed to the wayside yet again due to another meeting that didn’t present anything relevant. We want these meetings to be productive …  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ... It’s all about the P’s, R’s and S’sMinding your manners in the virtual video world9 Simple virtual meeting do’s and don’tsVideo fatigue, teams, and systems Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” Welcome to Episode 57:Laser Focused Time Blocking Tips! I do my best to guard my time fiercely. Which may sound a bit extreme, but it’s honestly one of the simplest and most effective tactics for anyone to live by (especially entrepreneurs). Why? Because the demands on our time are greater now than ever before. Especially for those of us who own a business. With information coming at us in each direction at a rate faster than we can digest it, responsibilities handed to us faster than the speed of light and trying to find as many ways as possible to get each daunting task into our day!But there is a way to get more done of what you need and want with less distraction. And that’s what we want to share with you today.  Here's what we will be untangling in this episode ...6 “rule of thumb” time block tips5 steps to staying productive and laser focusedThe low-down on time management woesMaking your dream a reality (review, new goals, and a plan)Creating annual themes and time for self-care Are you ready?Pop in your awesome earbuds and let's dive in!
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