Who Do You Want to Be?

Are you using online video in your coaching, consulting, or healing practice?  If you’re considering using video, but don’t really know how to get started (or want to get better at it) then I invite you to checkout Bob the Teacher’s SIMPLE training.  It’s not your ordinary training – in addition to learning all kinds of tips and techniques from Bob and his heart-based faculty, there’s an experiential component to it!  You actually create videos during the workshop that you can use in your practice. [Read more…]

On the Shoulders of Giants!

If you’re serious about growing your business and thinking about selecting a business coach who’s more of a mentor – check out the following tips from my friend, colleague, and today’s guest blogger Chris Makell.    Chris is an authentic leader, a “walk the talk” mentor and someone who’s extraordinary at coaching individuals who are ready to “Think Big . . . Play Bigger!” (She knows what she’s talking about.  Thanks to Chris’ coaching and mentoring,  I was able to tune-up my coaching program and approach, to successfully attract high-level clients within days of our coaching session.) It’s an absolute honor to share Chris Makell’s wisdom with you.

“For the past 5 years, I’ve invested in classroom training, personal coaching and home study programs to grow my skills and expertise as a coach. I’ve also worked with personal coaches to guide me in pursuing excellence as a coach and to develop the “business owner” skills rarely taught in coaching schools. I can count the number of coaches I’ve worked with on one hand and I’m proud to say that each time I’ve “grown up” just a little bit more.

Each coach brought me to a new level of learning about my talents and abilities to focus my coaching business and myself. All were pretty solid in their own talents and abilities – or I wouldn’t have worked with them. Well, except for one – there’s always one. And by the way, that one was absolutely necessary. They teach you what to look out for in the future. So it was a good learning experience, even though it wasn’t as joyful…

And now, I’m looking at my other hand, counting my new coach, who is more of a mentor. This was a very thoughtful decision, on both our parts, made primarily based on following this mentor/coach for about a year before attending one of his workshops. There I got to see and experience him “up close and personal”. And I have to say this is different – for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I am now “grown up” enough to better select “the giant on whose shoulders I want to stand!”

Based on this experience, I want to share a few tips with you, so that you can save time and money when searching for and selecting the mentor/coach who can help you grow and create a more successful life and/or business!

Tip #1 – Follow them around

Now, I don’t mean stalk them that could get you some legal coaching. What I mean is, subscribe to their newsletter, if they have one – and if they don’t you may want to question how they stay in touch with you, so that you can learn more from them. You want to have or hear a consistent “ping” from a coach or mentor so that you can assess their style, where they stand and how they think. Then you can decide if they can deliver what you need. Also, if they offer free teleseminars or teleclasses, join in and listen, then you’ll hear them in action and decide if you like what you hear.

Tip #2 – Try them out and see how they fit

You know those really comfortable shoes you just love to wear when you’re in for a long day? You just know you’re going to wear these shoes when you are traveling, racing through the airport, or in that all day meeting that leads to dinner, etc. Well, you should try out the coach/mentor’s products, workshops, and offerings to see if they’re comfortable for the long journey you’re on, in building your business. I have purchased home study programs and referred back to them years later for tips – that’s comfort.  You want to know if they can help you increase your business by going deeper and investing in an entry level program or product, that gives you a better experience than just the free “goodies”.

Tip #3 – Does it feels right, for where you want to go?

Investing in yourself by working with a mentor/coach is serious business and you want to feel it’s right for you. So use tips 1 & 2 to help you get a good feel for this person.

Ask yourself:

–       Are they consistent?

–       Do they say things that make sense to you?

–       Are they clear and give you action you can ACTUALLY take?

–       And most important, are they where you WANT to go?

You see that last question is probably the biggest question you have to answer for yourself and your business. Are THEY where you want to go? Because you want someone to pull you forward to the lifestyle and business you want to lead. Otherwise, you’ll likely move forward, but at a much slower pace and with a little more pain.

Once you’ve decided where you want to go in your life or business, why not take advantage of those who have gone before you. Why not, stand on the shoulders of giants and get yourself there faster?”


As the business mentor/coach to the service professional who is ready to thrive and experience abundance, Chris Makell is particularly skilled at showing her clients a different way to ”Think Big…Play Bigger™” so that they create profitable 6 & 7-figure businesses.

Claim your free special report “5 Critical Steps to Get High Paying Clients, Today” at http://ChrisMakell.com/specialreport/

MaryAnn D’Ambrosio’s passion is to work with individuals and groups who are ready to “leap” and experience a more vibrant on-purpose life.  MaryAnn teaches corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals how to access the language of creation by tuning into inner wisdom and lining up the energy to create their heart’s desire.  If you’ve been merely surviving instead of thriving be sure to pick-up your F*R*E*E Overcome Overwhelm Toolkit at:  LeapWithoutLimits.com

Create Videos that Transform Lives

It’s amazing how far we’ve come with video technology.  In the recent past you needed expensive equipment, editing software, and technical expertise to produce a professional looking video.  That’s all changed.  There’s a simple and easy way to create your own professional looking videos for your coaching, consulting, and healing practice – especially if you learn from great teachers.  I highly recommend Bob “the Teacher” Jenkins.  Bob hosts awesome training events with incredible faculty that provide rich content, easy to use tools & techniques, and most importantly – coach and encourage you to apply the knowledge immediately.  Did I mention . . . you meet fabulous like-minded, energetic and vibrant people who cheer you on and are delighted to celebrate your successes!

If you get excited about transforming people’s lives, then get your message out to the world through video. Video is the way to go – it’s easy to integrate into your blog and a brilliant approach to quickly grow your coaching, consulting, and healing practice.

You may remember guest blogger Kristen Eckstein, The Ultimate Book Coach, from Build Your Blog and Finish Your Book post a few days ago.  Kristen created this really cool video (What Should Go On the Back Cover of Your Book) at Bob the Teacher’s SIMPLE Video Velocity event.  As a matter-of-fact, at the video training we all (yes, even us “newbies”) created and submitted videos for a Video Idol contest. Check out and see why Kristen has the unique distinction of being voted #1 in the first ever Video Idol!!

If you would like to  . . .

Enhance your message and content

Learn how to reach millions with your own TV show (for free)

Create videos that sizzle

And, so much more . . .

Then make it a priority to attend the next SIMPLE training.  I plan to be there and would love to hang out with you, too!

Imagine the impact of transforming more lives . . . through your video creations.  The possibilities are endless!!! Now that’s something I get excited about!!


MaryAnn D’Ambrosio’s passion is to work with individuals and groups who are ready to “leap” and experience a more vibrant on-purpose life.  MaryAnn teaches heart-based entrepreneurs and professionals how to access the language of creation by tuning into inner wisdom and lining up the energy to create their heart’s desire.  If you’ve been merely surviving instead of thriving be sure to pick-up your F*R*E*E Overcome Overwhelm Toolkit at: LeapWithoutLimits.com

What’s the Bright Idea?

What’s the Bright Idea?

In honor of celebrating Life, Liberty, and Creativity, this post is part 1 (of 2); a 2008 copyrighted extraction from the “What’s the Bright Idea?” chapter in MaryAnn D’Ambrosio’s Doctoral dissertation entitled,  Beyond the American Dream . . . Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Creatively Inspired Life.Author’s note:  This is the first time I’m putting my Ph.D. work on the web.  Enjoy!



[Have you ever wondered what motivates people?  At first blush, you might say “other people – of course.”  I can assure you this is untrue.  I agree with Lou Tice, Founder of the Pacific Institute when he says, “The first thing you need to do is understand and accept that you can’t motivate someone else.  You see, people don’t motivate other people.   There is only one thing that can motivate someone, and that is an idea.  A book doesn’t motivate, but the ideas in it certainly can.  Money doesn’t motivate either.  It’s the idea of what you can do with the money that is a motivating force.”  Tice (2007)   A coach doesn’t motivate an athlete; it’s the belief in the idea that there’s something within—that motivates the athlete to stretch beyond limits and to strive for more.

Have you ever observed a child, friend, or colleague’s expression upon discovering a creative “new” idea?  The face brightens — the eyes sparkle, open wider and appear to gaze upwards towards heaven.  Wow . . . creation has revealed itself!  The energy field surrounding this moment is electrifying, dynamic, and palpable.  If you could look inside the mind, you would see creative energy at work.

Inside each human being there is an unseen, but very real link to the source of all ideas. This internal link is within every human being – young and old.  The link is easily accessible and readily available to provide information and creative ideas at light speed – faster than the highest speed Internet connection.  A direct connection literary taps into the source of all creation and knowledge – past, present and future.

Upon close examination of the origin of this idea, there’s a realization and excitation that something big is taking place.  This unseen process directly links the human mind with the Divine or Universal Mind to bring into existence – inspired, creative, innovative and imaginative ideas. These ideas have the power to create a nation, to create innovation, as well as provide practical solutions to improve the quality of everyday life.

The focus of this paper is to present ideas that motivate the reader to examine the possibility of living a creatively inspired life by design.  Put another way, to consciously create a life that fulfills your destiny and is light-years beyond “The American Dream.”  It’s as if the Universe has provided each of us with a gift.  The gift card says, “You have the ability to start over – to go back to the beginning of time and re-create a spectacular life for yourself by using original energy.  Begin dreaming and creating.”

If you’re ready to begin – step outside your current belief system for a brief moment.  Picture a world where individuals get excited about a life filled with adventure, exploration, and discovery instead of worrying about health care, child care, lack of time, lackluster careers, and paying the bills.  STOP!!  Stop for a moment.  All it takes is one good creative idea to surface into your conscious mind, and you are on your way to greatly improving your life and hopefully the lives of others. ]

Part 2 of “What’s the Bright Idea?” is now available.  Check out the “Top 3 Things I’ve Learned and Deliberately Apply to the Everyday” section at the end of part 2.