A Couple of Free Live Q&As to Help You

I’m doing a couple of live conversations and Q&As to help small businesses and others this week …

Managing Finances Through A Crisis

I’m hosting a conversation with two financial experts — my partner Jeff Meziere and our friend David Novosad — on Friday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. CST.

Register here

Digital Marketing Kitchen 2-Hour Q&A

Rebecca Gill and I are hosting a special two hour free version of our Office Hours Q&A for businesses looking to get some headway with their online marketing efforts (particularly organic marketing like SEO, content and email).

Register here

Taking Care Of Your Health During COVID-19 The Natural way

My mother in law Pam Owens offers naturopathic and homeopathic services and has helped me tremendously over the years with my own health. In particular I’ve got asthma and she’s got me on natural food supplements to bolster me during COVID-19 pandemic.

I did a whole podcast series with her here to learn more.

She does virtual consultations by the way.

Register here

Post Status Live: Client Work April 10

Post Status Live is focused on web professionals. Live: Client Work includes a half-day online conference geared on providing consultants and consulting agencies information to excel in their business on Friday, April 10.

Register here


Business Mental Health

Support for Fear, Worry, Anxiety in Uncertain Times + Ways Therapists Can Do More Online

For everyone …

I wanted to quickly share some resources on managing the emotions and our mental health around our world right now:

For my entrepreneur friends …

  • For entrepreneurs, I wrote about this piece on 8 Ways to Transform Fear and Uncertainty in 2016 but I still go back to it as a reminder for myself in dark times.
  • Take a moment and just check in with clients/customers …. ask how they are doing, especially those who might be severely hurt by it (think restaurants, etc), don’t pitch anything, just say you’re reaching out personally and get how tough this is and offer support, even if it’s an ear to listen and a virtual shoulder to cry on. Promote and support them and others as best you can.

For my therapist friends ….

This is an excellent opportunity for you to do what you do ONLINE and support your world:

  • Take In-Person Sessions Online with Zoom … get the Zoom Pro ($15 a month) so there’s not a 40-minute cap … you can use Calendly to streamline booking and connect your calendar and even take payment.
  • Start and Facilitate Virtual Support Groups … particularly among those who rely on in-person support groups. Can be done very easy with Zoom.
  • Do Facebook Lives and answer questions, offer resources … you can setup a Facebook Page and do a Live Broadcast from your Page. Do it on a set time … do it every day for a week … etc.
  • Do Instagram Lives and the same from your phone,
  • Start a podcast …. record on your phone or laptop in a quiet place … do 3-5 minute meditations or mindful exercises … or answer questions you might get … then look at Simplecast or Castos to host it then post to your social media and website.
  • Same for YouTube … in fact if you record on Facebook or Instagram, repost the video to YouTube if you have time.
  • Start or grow your email list … Mailchimp is free up to 2000 contacts. You need to have an email list. Then you can share to those who sign up for your awesome new supportive content. Point people in all your public social channels back to your email list, which should be prominent on your website.


What else? Got other ideas? Post in the commends. 

Business Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs, Do You Have an Exit Plan? Get One Here

Early in my business someone asked me at a conference, “Do you have an exit plan?”

In my incredulousness, I answered quickly:

“No. I spent my whole career trying to find the perfect gig and I have it now. Why would I want that to ever end?!”

But fast forward to January 2018, and it did end.

For numerous reasons, I exited that decades-old business.

And today about two years after the acquisition of our company, and one year after I left, I’ve have an amended approach to business and starting again. 

I believe you should build a business for purpose AND profit. But I’ve added another: for the inevitable exit.

My partner and long-time friend Jeff Meziere (who had his own exit a couple years before me) have put together a one-day intensive to help prepare entrepreneur for their own inevitable exits.

It’s called Exit Exercise Bootcamp and it’ll be Feb. 27, 2020 in Oklahoma City.

Even if you’re not close to an exit event … this bootcamp is for you.

We believe the simple exercise of preparing for the inevitable exit is an investment in building a healthy, profitable company for the entrepreneur.

It’s an exercise of investing in your future that pays off today in a better company for you, your team and your customers.

I’d love for you to join us for an intimate small group of entrepreneurs as Jeff and I lead a discussion filled with lessons learned and takeaways.

When you leave, you’ll have a prioritized list of action items to increase the value of your company AND the health of it no matter when you plan to exit it.

As always if you have any questions, please let me know! And go check out the details of the Exit Exercise Bootcamp here.



My New Adventure Helping Web Entrepreneurs and Pros at Post Status

A couple months ago, my friend Brian Krogsgard approach me about partnering with him at Post Status, the community of WordPress professionals he’s built and fostered for 5 years now (next week the Post Status Club anniversary).

We just announced publicly that I’m joining the Post Status team. You can read Brian’s thoughts too, but wanted to share more of mine here as well.

I’ve long admired what Brian has built and supported it throughout the years. Investing my time and energy into this project (one of five I have going currently) resonates and aligns with me in several important ways, making it what many have so far said “a natural fit” for me and PS:

  • I love community and have missed being a part of building, leading and supporting one like PS.
  • I’m a former newspaper journalist and Brian’s insight, analysis and perspective has always been something I look forward to, and now will have the opportunity to add my own contributions.
  • I love entrepreneurs (they are my people) and many in the community are entrepreneurs.
  • I love technology and being around smart people that think and act with purpose, passion and vision … that’s exactly the PS community.
  • The Hired Project that Brian shared a couple months ago. I love helping people thinking about and building their careers and this project is TOP of my list for things to help at PS.

As I type this, Brian is on a flight to Oklahoma City (my home base) for a couple days of dreaming and planning on what comes next for our community. I can’t wait and will have more to share very soon.

In the meantime, if you do WordPress for a living, go check out the Post Status Club and join me in this new adventure.


Work Transitions and Emerging From the Fog

I really really love work.

I find immense purpose and focus in my work.

I told Lindsey a couple of years ago not to expect me to ever retire in the traditional sense of the word.

I’m not advocating or saying I’m a workaholic, but that I just love working and having projects that give me a sense of purpose and moving forward and impacting people’s lives.

I love employing my strengths and experiences into the world and seeing my work make a difference.

Over the past year, it’s been a struggle through the dense fog for the most extended period of my life related to work.

Having gone through an extended period of being lost, it’s given me a pause to evaluate and update the notion that My Work is My Hobby. I’m not sure that it’s the healthiest way forward for me. For now, I’m seeking a hobby outside of work and first place is Exercise, which I’ll likely write about later.

But as I embark in the new year and a new decade ahead with great clarity and energy because of the projects I’m involved in that really gelled and came to fruition late in 2019 (some I can’t talk about publicly yet).

I love being involved in multiple projects as I’ve always been a plate spinner, even at iThemes. But I know not all will work out in the long term and I like to diversify my entrepreneurial projects and think of them as experiments in my lab.

Additionally, in all of these projects I have partners, something I set out intentionally to do. Most entrepreneurs I know wouldn’t even consider partners. But I know I am so much better with collaborators. And all of the projects I’m involved in will be better for the diverse creative perspectives and experiences, along with the conflict and tension that comes with it.

Here are the three projects I can talk about (and I’ll be sharing the others very soon) …

  • Digital Marketing Kitchen my friend and partner Rebecca Gill and I are putting the finishing touches on a course that preaches our system of digital marketing for launch in February. The goal is to help you make progress in your digital marketing. In the meantime you should signup for her free SEO Bootcamp coming in a couple of weeks.
  • Exit Exercise my friend and partner Jeff Meziere and I have both been through business exits in vastly different types of businesses. We’ve been working the last couple of weeks in deep work getting a checklist to see if your business is ready for an exit. We think it’s an ideal exercise to improve your business for you, the entrepreneur, but get a plan and actions in place for the future.
  • Leader.Team Huddles helping leaders learn and grow, together. I facilitate 7-person small groups of peer leaders. We talk about successes in the last 30 days and challenges in the next 30 days. We meet once a month for 90 minutes. It’s some of the most fulfilling work I do each month and excited for my five groups all meeting next week.
  • UPDATE: Post Status Partner I’m stoked to be able to announce I’m joining my friend Brian Krogsgard as a partner at Post Status, a great community that supports web entrepreneurs and professionals.

I’ll be sharing the other two in the coming weeks and super excited to share that news.

But in the meantime, I’m just so thankful for the clarity, energy and focus that these projects have given me. To feel engaged and energized. To see more clearly how I connect in the world.

And more importantly … I’m thankful to my partners for these projects … and my most important partner, Lindsey, for loving, supporting and walking with me through the fog.