16 Awesome Ideas to help you Boost Business, Book More Clients, Build Stronger Relationships or Just Plain Make More Money During the Silly Season

1. Send a Special Offer if You Are Quiet

Stir the pot a little ….

If you are quiet, anything is going to be beter than doing nothing in the days leading up to Christmas so send out a crazy “too hard to turn down” offer that is highly targeted around relieving things such as stress or anxiety – must be used by 24 December.

If you are busy pre holidays but dip in the New Year – simply send the offer in January or after the school holidays.

Don’t forget to send an “offer is running out” reminder email near the end of the promotion.

2. Create a Unique Program to Help People Through This Time of Year

People are time poor but anxiety rich at this time of year.

Consider creating a program that allows to people to phone or Skype in for 10 minutes each day and let them share their anxiety – you might not even have to do anything for them, sometimes just having someone to talk to will help buckets!

Have an upgrade for a full session if it’s more than just anxiety about that horrible old uncle that insists on asking why you still aren’t married at the Christmas dinner table.

Alternately record seven 5 minute de-stressing meditations and sell them for $9.95 upwards – email a new link each day – the gift here will be that they are short, easy to create and can be consumed easily.

What can you quickly create “right now” that will really help someone through a tough time?

3. Promote Your Gift Certificates

The trick here is not just to sell gift vouchers but to sell solutions that make it easy for people to understand why they would want to buy from you.

For instance don’t sell a “massage” – sell a “de-stress massage experience” – “reviving massage” – “hangover super food” package – “survive your horrible relatives” package.

Have different certificates for different age groups or types of people.

The holidays can be a time of excess so make your product really hone in on the problems people are facing at this time of the year.

Encourage your current clients to get others to buy them one of your gift certificates – nothing like returning customers.  Maybe put the hint out for a coaching gift certificate from me!

Maybe consider going down to the local $2 shop and getting some nice little boxes and ribbon and wrap your vouchers up beautifully.  Or roll the gift certificate up into a scroll tied with a beautiful ribbon, or just send a two line email – doesn’t matter how you do it – just do it!

Don’t forget the option of having people buy online.

Haven’t got gift certificates?  Seriously, it can be as simple as handwriting a pretty card you got at the $2 shop.  Just number the certificates so you can keep track of who has them.  Here’s a simple gift registry spreadsheet I prepared earlier for you 🙂

A GIFT FOR YOU:  Click here for free Gift Voucher Registry spreadsheet for you – yes it can be this simple!

Here is some ideas if you are clever with a computer

REMEMBER:  Vouchers must have a use by date (You can decide if they show up years later whether someone can use an expired voucher) and your vouchers must be numbered so people can’t make copies of the voucher and use them multiple times.  It would also be good to have a link to your gift certificate terms and conditions on your website.


4.  Be Seen or Heard

If you are quiet, make the most of this time to be seen.

  • Give Out Flyers.  If you have street frontage, go hand out a healthy treat stapled to a flyer with a list of the gift certificates you have for sale.
  • Post On Social Media.  Make up a top ten list like this one on healthy ways to get through the silly season and post it on social media.  Make sure anything you give out has your branding and contact details on it!
  • Call clients and see how they are doing.  Do this from a place of love and service – NOT sales.  Show how much you genuinely care about them and call to see how they are doing with no expectation or mention of anything else.
  • Go volunteer – the aid agencies are really busy and need extra help this time of year.  Give generously and unconditionally and even though it is not why you’d be doing, there is every chance you’ll pick up a client or valuable ongoing contact.
  • Write a personal note to key clients thanking them for their continued support.

5.  Get Free Media

Make the most of the opportunity for the free publicity.  Phone up local or community radio suggesting you be a guest to speak about how to beat stress or get through the anxiety of Christmas holistically.

Radio stations usually program their lifestyle shows a couple of days in advance so you still have time.

If you work with animals suggest a spot on how to make sure that pets aren’t gifted by Santa, then dumped a few weeks later.

If you are beautician, how to keep looking good through the stress.

You could suggest on air that people visit your website and download a pdf from your website with 12 recipe ideas or 12 hangover cures – get the idea, keep it really simple, media doesn’t have to be rocket science.   

In Australia the ABC have a lot of lifestyle shows that would love this kind of content at this time of year.  Breakfast and morning TV talk shows also love this type of stuff if you are confident in that medium.

Anyone who actually books some media wins a complimentary “OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE” session with me where we can talk through your “on-air” strategy. 

You can listen to a call I did with the ABC Perth on SeaChange – you can hear how dead easy it was.


Don’t think this stuff works???  Well here is a great example I heard when I attended a high end event in the USA.  A former producer of the Oprah Show was describing to us how she had one of those “Awwww” slots to fill on the Oprah Christmas Special.  She was struggling to find something unique that would make people got “Awwww” in the lead up to Christmas.  Her prayers were answered when the phone rang and it’s a guy that wants to know if they need “Bell Ringers” on the show.  She asked to see an example of them “ringing bells” and they sent in a clip of them all dressed up in their little red costumes playing a Christmas Carol with bells.  Guess what – they got on the show – Oprah cried – the audience all went “Awwww” – the feedback was amazing and the bell ringers got their 2 minutes of fame.  Those bell ringers were suddenly introduced to national prime time tv doing something very corny in a narrow window of opportunity that would exist for a couple of weeks each year.  They probably never had to market again.  That’s the power of making it easy for the media to say YES.

6. Suggest Alternatives

Be of service to people – do things that might make the season a little easier for them such as:

    • Create a list of healthy recipes for the holiday period or tips on surviving the stress and send the information out to your database.
    • Post a new tip each day on social media and again ensure you have your contact details included so people can follow up with you.
    • Go out on the street and hand out a free recipe or survival tips every lunch time outside your clinic or anywhere you are legally allowed.
    • Get your local cafe to feature one of the recipes each day this week and have you in store talking about healthy Christmas options.

7. Get a Corporate Gig

This time of year bosses all over the country are agonising about what to buy their staff for Christmas.  Make it easy for them.  Put together say a pack of 10 gift certificates and reward them for buying in bulk.

The savvy person would charge full price for their product and offer the person signing the cheque a complimentary session or voucher (assuming company policy allows that!).

If you are quiet, walk into every single business you can think of and drop a flyer for your corporate gift certificate package.

Seriously – find a boss with 10 staff – sell 10 x 90 minute massages at $90 each – that’s $900 in your bank and remember some people will NEVER redeem the voucher.  Find two bosses with this problem and you’ve got $1,800 in your bank.  This is a serious winner if you can package the message up well.  Also a great opportunity to do more health related business with the company in the New Year.

Again don’t think too fancy – think your local accounting firm, legal practice, real estate agent, graphic design company or even the corner store.  They all need healthy employees and are too busy this time of year to be over thinking their staff gifts …. and don’t think they don’t leave this stuff to the last minute!

8.  Don’t Forget the Guys

Men (traditionally) have a tendency to buy their gifts at the very last minute – solve their problem by offering your gift certificates in the last few shopping days.  If you have a lot of male clients, maybe let them know all their gift buying can be done with you.  Yes, you may even have to phone them up, email them, text them or drop something in the mail.

They will love you if you help them give the gift of health and avoid the shopping mall!

Have a “Perfect Mum Package” gift certificate – “Perfect Wife Package” option – “Perfect Staff Member”.  If you don’t fit the bill fully, for instance no self respecting hubby is going to buy his wife a weight loss package for Christmas, so why not consider creating a package with another holistic therapist and put together a pamper package with a “New Year, New You” One-On-One Consultation or Private Lesson with you – then onsell the weight loss product AFTER their private lesson.

It’s all about HOW you present your information – get a little creative!

Consider marketing gift cards that address hopes and dreams vs a treatment or goal.  For instance “a perfect body” rather than a “weight loss” program.

 PayPal is your friend for last minute online purchases.

Simply create a standard priced “Buy Now” Button (PayPal is free till someone buys something) and then instead of landing people back at the PayPal site, go to option 3 in the create a button page and create a “Thank You” page that lands the purchaser back on your site and allows someone to print out a generic gift voucher.  Not the most highly secure option and Yes, it’s not very personal, but do you really want to be up until midnight Christmas Eve printing and emailing personalised gift vouchers?  Just remember to take the offer down on Boxing Day.

9. Look back at what worked last year and do it again

If you did any holiday promotions last year, go back and see what worked and do it again ….. DOH!  So simple, but have you done it?

10.  Shine It Out

Now is not the time to hide your stuff.  If you have anything even slightly resembling a product that could solve someone’s gift buying dilema …. put the products on prominent display.

In the rock n roll world this is called “the Merch” table or tent, depends how much “merch” you got!

Stack It High & Watch It Fly!

Your CD’s or essences could make PERFECT stocking stuffers.  Make up a suggested bundle of stocking stuffers and put them front and centre.

Make your display look lush and abundant and like Robert Kiyosaki says about merch tables – “Stack ‘Em High & Watch ‘Em Fly”, meaning puts lots out – not just one or two – put everything you got out because people are more likely to buy from a big display than from some meagre little offering that is almost apologising for it’s existence!

Guerrilla Tactics

Maybe put a flyer on the inside of your loo door so visiting clients can “pee and read”.  I know, that’s seriously “guerrilla”, but they are a captive audience!

One holiday season a client had been bottling cherries soaked liqueurs and had more than her family could eat, so she cheekily wrapped a big Christmas bow around the top of several jars and put them out on display in her busy practice.  They looked sensational and because she only had a limited supply she could put a really high price on these delicious bottles of fresh cherries!  Guess what – she sold out of these highly priced cherries soaked in Christmas cheer faster than a expectant child can rattle off their holiday gift wish list .  Not even I could believe what people paid for them – but it solved a problem for someone who didn’t want to soak their own fruit for the Christmas desert.

11. Suggest Healthy “Kris Kringle” or “Secret Santa” Options

With gift buying behaviours changing for many, the option of just buying one present is a good one for people.  Why not get in people’s way and teach them to purchase healthy alternatives, such as your gift vouchers or products.

12. Cross Promote

Find other holistic therapists and cross promote your services or join together to offer gift voucher options.  Maybe even cross promote with a spa or completely unrelated business to yours.  Maybe a high volume retailer like your local pizza shop would like to give away one of your 10 minute neck and shoulder vouchers with every pizza they sell this week.  If you are quiet, it will change the energy around your business real fast.  Seriously there is nothing better than being busy to get more busy.  Yes you will wear yourself out doing all those free sessions so ensure you put very short “use by dates” on your vouchers.  I can tell you, you will get plenty of practice at converting comp sessions to paying clients teaming with a high turn over business.

Maybe even mix it right up and cross promote something that could be thought quite “yucky but essential” but bearable when put with something nice.  For instance I saw a breast screening program sold with a top end package from a beauty salon.  It tapped into the “do something you dislike, then get a reward for doing it” concept.

Maybe if your service is “seriously serious”, consider how you could add a reward for getting something difficult out of the way.  Perhaps someone has been avoiding the grief that Christmas causes, maybe you could team with a body worker so they could have some bodywork done after their emotionally revealing session.

13.  Samples for Stocking Stuffers

If you have a relationship with a supplier that gives out free samples, maybe make up little stocking stuffer kits and give them to your favourite clients.  It doesn’t all have to be about selling, don’t forget, it is the season for giving.

14. Market Your 12 Month Program to Businesses

If you have a 12 month program, now is a great time to go out to the corporate or business market and sell those packages for either employee gifts or client thank you gifts.   

Think who else has your clients and who would want to reward them with something expensive. 

So say for instance you have a 12 month $1,500 wellbeing program that offers a massage per month along with other programs and services.  You go to a business that has high end clients that they want to reward well for their business this year.  They buy TEN of those packages for their most valued clients – that’s $15,000.  Yes big business and corporates spend that sort of money on special clients.  Please send me a 10% bonus if this tip scores you any of those 🙂

15.  Send Out A Newsletter

This time of year we tend to think people are getting bombarded with information and yes they are because people are in “buy mode” and are 80% more likely to purchase at this time of year – so you might as well be on the band wagon.

So now is the time to make a difference, not openly selling anything, but bonus if you do!  This email is a grand example.  I trust you have got at least one idea from this email that you can use now or in the future to help you book more clients, build stronger relationships or just plain make more money!

I know you are busy – so why not do a lazy person’s newsletter and put an offer at the end.  Sit down and think of the Top Ten Things Tips That Would Make Christmas Easier and Healthier For Your Clients This Year.

Go over and search those relevant topics on Pinterest and attach the Pinterest link in an email

I’d be very happy for you to use one or all of these examples I prepared earlier for you:

The Top Five Ways You Can Make The Holiday Season Easier

1.  Healthy Christmas Treats That Won’t Zap Your Energy


2.  “Pawsome” Gifts Ideas Your Pets Will Love


3.  Holiday Craft Ideas For Those Last Minute Gifts


4.  Awesome Vegan Christmas Recipe Ideas


5.  Gorgeous Gift Wrapping Ideas That Will Be Sure to Impress


Genius!!  If you are really time poor, steal mine!  Simply cut and paste the five things I found in the above example, add an offer and a personal greeting and send it to your people  …… seriously, your newsletter CAN be this simple and this helpful!

16. It’s Not Over Till There’s A 2-4-1 ……. Offer 

What communication of mine would not include ways you can cleverly use 2-4-1 offers

• The Standard 2-4-1 Offer 
Buy-one, get-one free offers are great for last-minute purchases because people can cross off two names at once.  So perhaps one of your gift voucher options could be “Get Two Gift Sorted For The Price of One”.  That way your clients can either give one person two vouchers or one voucher to two people – clever huh!

• BOGO – Buy One Get One Offer 
Perhaps you could get really clever and have a “Buy One, Reward Yourself” offer.  So if someone buys a gift voucher in the next seven days – they get a gift voucher to give and one for themselves.  Particularly nice for a massage or a de-stressor type treatment.

• BONGOL – Buy One Now, Get One Later 
Or if they are time poor right now, the offer could be, if they buy a gift voucher to give now, plus they get an identical product to use themselves in the New Year.


So get to work right now – choose at least one thing that resonates from the list above and get your last minute Christmas marketing ticked off, and let me know your wins!

Don’t forget to share with anyone you think might benefit.

Susan Joy Coombes Speaking with Margaret Gill

A Google Hangout with Susan Joy Coombes and Margaret Gill speaking about the concept of Wise Work in the new energy of 2013 and how different it has turned out to the way many thought it would.



Three Dead Mice, See How They Float!

RIPx3Yesterday morning I found three dead mice in the pool!

I could be heard all over the neighbourhood screaming “three dead mice in the pool ……. not in the contract, not in the contract”.

It was very funny and luckily the owner, who thought I’d fallen IN the pool because there was so much noise, was still here so he could scoop the soggy, perfectly lined up nursery rhyme characters, out of the pool and unceremoniously dump them in the paddock.

He kept saying, we’ve never had that before, so the message was obviously for me!

On the same day I learned about gecko poop and the perfect little white dot that appears on every deposit left on top of the outdoor dining table.

Most certainly the animal spirits were on my case!

This morning I did a bit Google-ing about the spiritual meaning of geckos and mice and it seems there is no “co-incidence” that I decided to listen to my Tony Robbins tapes about goal setting on my recent three day road trip.

Goal setting is very spiritual

Ode to Gecko

Since re-listening to the tapes again over the weekend I began to tap further into the fact that goal setting is very spiritual.

I’ve never considered that before.

Basically our goals reflect our deepest desires.

The word desire comes from the latin root “of the father”.

If we look at the word in it’s higher context, then the desire for what we want must be seeded, channelled or fathered by our higher source, whatever that is for each individual.

It became easier for me to understand when I split the word into De-SIRE – like “to sire”, the way a male horse is described in racing circles.

If our creativity, ideas etc are all “fathered” or “sired” from that higher part of us that is divine pure love, then it transpires that our goals and desires must be “de-sired” from the same source and are very sacred.

It is also very masculine energy so it is very important that we find ways within the divine feminine to balance the high levels of yang within the goal setting process.

The higher meaning in the word was enough to shift my whole way of thinking about goal setting.

It isn’t always about stuff

The traditional goal setting of just getting “more and more stuff” doesn’t really appeal to someone who can fit all her possessions in a 3 x 3 x 3 container and would still have room to park her car in there …. if she was allowed!

Goals about contribution and giving make sense

It makes much more sense to me to be creating a life and world where we are giving and encouraging people to “be more” rather than “get more”. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t stop wanting to have more physical abundance, because with more money you can do a whole lot more contributing than you can without it.

There has to be balance

When you are poor you are so focused on everyday survival, you have very little left in the tank to give generously to others. Therefore it is important to have some “get” goals or you can’t “give”.

There can be guilt associated with goal setting

I can remember a good friend accusing me of “being greedy” for evoking the parking angel and “wishing up” car parks where ever I wanted one. When you view the spiritual link to goal setting, we will automatically have the best available to us, so why would wanting the best be wrong?

I’m currently housesitting in an beautiful home in a tropical paradise with a pool, spa and staff who keep it all good. All I have to do is scoop the leaves off the top of the pool each morning and deal with anything unforeseen that drops in the pool overnight!

Someone was always going to be here. Why wouldn’t it be me?

It is probably the same for you if you are of service to the world, why shouldn’t you de-serve to have the best of every situation?

It’s all about respect

When our goals and desires are treated in a very respectful way and really tap into what we truly want, then we are at one with the universe.

Makes sense if we are tapping that universal flow, then our goals will become much easier to achieve.

Walk In Courageous TrustIt’s all about trust

In the crazy up and down world of trust I live in now, I’ve come to understand that now more than ever our thoughts and words are simply the parking angel of life. We can chose the best or worst situation for ourselves. It just takes a bit of guts to take the leaps of faith and deal with the aftermath of the decision, so you can align up to what you truly desire.

It’s about finding the right goals for YOU and no one else

If you are interested in working on your goals, getting your planning done and catching your dreams and putting them into action, then my Planning For YOUR Success program may be just what you need.  You can check it out here



Do You Think You Are a Master?

I’ll let you into a little secret, I reckon you are already a master or are on a path to mastery because everyone on my list is already passionate about or awesome at something.

I’ve NEVER once had anyone on my list rock up to a client session or complimentary assessment session stating “I want to be crap at what I do, I want to rip people off and treat them badly and I’m happy being mediocre”.

Likes attract, so even if I’ve never met you personally, the fact you’ve joined my community and stayed on my list and put up with all my mad rantings leads me to believe you are a unique human being but just like the people I have spoken to, you want to bring about change, you want to make a difference and you want to do it to a very high standard. That’s mastery!

To me, the definition of a master is someone who has practiced their craft so well they can teach their area of expertise and inspire others to transcend their current place in the world and then consider taking another step upwards.

In the traditions, master simply means teacher.

You may not have considered what you do as mastery, because people can get bent out of shape by the word “mastery”.

I remember when I was first considering doing my Reiki Masters my brain went into warp speed thinking I had to become this “perfect” human being and I immediately began questioning “who was I to consider being a master”, after all I was just someone who left school at 15 to play in a rock and roll band.

I was ever so relieved when my teacher pointed out that wanting to be a master didn’t mean I had to become a perfectly ascended spiritual being, I simply had to teach people how to do Reiki. Truth be known at that point I’d done so much crewing that I already knew how a Reiki weekend ran from soup to nuts, so it made the decision to go ahead much easier.

Two Core Characteristics of Mastery

Anyone who is seeking or has attained mastery have two things in common.

  1. Masters only focus on being masterful at one thing. In fact they are compulsive about one thing, and everything else around them is relegated to second best slot.
  2. Masters have a constant desire to learn and raise their ambition.

Perfectionists vs Masters

Like I did, people often associate perfection with mastery. The difference is perfectionists often knock themselves out trying to make everything perfect, whereas the master just gets on with it and only focuses on the one thing that they are really good at.


I found this great diagram by David Humes – “The Happiness Guy” showing his 4 levels to mastery

You can read an explanation of the diagram here

I believe everyone on the planet has come to master something, how far that mastery gets taken is up to each individual.

The first key to recognising a master is that what they do seems drop dead easy, but when it comes to replicating their gift, others can’t even get close.

The second key is, they practice A LOT.

I’ve only recently realised how many masters I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by for most of my life. It hadn’t occurred to me earlier because many are masters of unique, non-mainstream (un-sexy) gifts.

In my corporate days I frequently found myself in the company of computer nerds and accountants. They all carried a passion and an amazingly detailed understanding of their work. The computer nerds would finish work and go home and write computer games. They couldn’t stop themselves practicing their art.

I’ve noticed seven personal traits that masters carry.

  1. Practice and dedication come easily
  2. Life time learners
  3. Strong sense of self
  4. Seek and accept criticism well
  5. Resilient
  6. Love sharing their knowledge
  7. Connected to something greater than themselves

You might think you aren’t masterful at anything but I bet you either have mastered something, or are on the way to mastery.

Within the healing and coaching field I still see many masters struggling to get their business happening. Most of that struggle comes from them denying their obvious mastery. Even though their gifts are obvious, so many deny either who they should be working with or go the hard road because they perceive they can’t get recognition or make money from their gift.

How do I know? That was me!

I get close to masters really easily but haven’t thought of helping them get more masterly outside Reiki. But when I’m helping masterly people the doors just fly open and I frequently find myself sitting beside masters getting my questions answered with little or no effort, while others are queueing up for the right. I have never given it much thought. But it has been there all my life.

Masters leave clues. I am currently housesitting for a lady who is a master printmaker. She has a HUGE studio almost as big as her house at the end of the garden. She is currently travelling as an artist in residence in Europe for several months.

Is she a household name …. no.

Is she rich and famous ….. in her circle of influence yes, but she is not “mainstream” famous.

Is there a fabric or medium she hasn’t tried printing on ….. probably not!

I can tell from the walls of the house that she is prolific. She has works in the National Gallery and travels the world with her art. She has reached that stage where she is so masterful at her craft that others want to sit at her feet and learn from her.

Mastering A Masterly Mindset

The mindset of a master can be a curious thing because masters are often humble. Because they have become unconsciously competent they put no level of importance on their skills because it comes to them so easily. They forget the hours spend learning and practicing.

For a master to be fully activated, they must master not only their craft, but also master themselves in seven core areas:

    1. Knowledge
    2. Vision
    3. Voice
    4. Heart
    5. Action
    6. Commitment
    7. Energy

I’ve found masters with the right encouragement can intuitively connect to the heart, voice, vision and higher aspects of themselves.

Where they struggle the most is in the root chakra of connecting with tribe and being abundantly rewarded for their gifts. They frequently deny their creativity and mastering self belief gets put on the back burner. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Now more than ever we can get our messages to masses of people without too much effort.  If you would like some help getting your mastery to the world, or perhaps you just a want muse where you can talk through your ideas with someone who will inspire you and naturally lead you to expand your ideas and mastery.

You can email me now if you require more information

What Limits Our Unlimitedness?

Hooked on American Idol and only just through the heats!

Considering I rarely watch TV and am highly disconnected from anything “commercial” or “media oriented”, it is funny how our passions cause dichotomy.

I love “Idol” firstly because it gives the underdog a genuine go at living their dream.  But the real reason is because of the feedback the judges and mentors give the participants.  It would cost millions to get this level of backstage insight, but if you know what to look for, those judges spill the beans on stage craft and marketing for free.

For instance, don’t look down on stage because it shows the audience you lack the self confidence to look them in the eye.  A golden tip I share in my speaking programs!

I also watch for trends.

This year along with the usual vocal, style and wardrobe mentors, the contestants even have “non denominational Spiritual Mentors”.

The ‘S’ word is officially mainstream folks.

Big tip right there – if you are struggling to describe the S part of your work, benefit from the expensive Hollywood ad agency that probably coined it and whack “non denominational spiritual advisor” on your business card – everyone will be wanting one soon 🙂

This year the top 13 are a motley crew with big hearts.

I just about fell out of my lazy boy recliner last night when they didn’t put the highly styled good looker through, instead the dressed down dude with the biggest heart took the ultimate golden ticket, even though his “last gasp” performance was far from perfect.  


Because the judges know the world is becoming more heart centered.  

When a Simon Cowell production openly mentions the “S’ word, you know we are close to other hard core bastions changing and there must be a dollar in it!

Who Would Have Thought!

This year the list of finalists reads like the nerd section of a high school year book and include the first outwardly gay contestant, a tuber playing frizzy haired girl with thick rimmed glasses and braces, a farm hand who by his own admission “could lose a few pounds”.  The gal with pink hair who is sick of living out the back of her car.

Harry Connick Jnr praised one guy for ending his song on a 9th (in the 1doe 2ray 3me 4far 5so 6la 7tea 8doh, he ended on #9 ray, a full octave & one note above where most would have landed) …. commonly known as jazz.  No self respecting Idol (who wanted to stay) would have dreamed of dropping in a jazz note 5 years ago.  Then we have a big voiced rocker, a nurse, the list of unlikelies goes on.


Because the mainstream is seeking more realness and heart.

Many of the contestants also performed original songs in the heats, previously a death knell, now rewarded for their originality.  Big messages for our industry if you care to scratch the surface.

So who will win this year?

It’s easy.  The contestant who can listen the hardest to the judges comments, raise their ambition the highest, stay focused on themselves AND manage the stress of the hype.

When I am down I play a YouTube of Stan Walker while rehearsing Amazing Grace describing how it felt to be in the top 3 of Australian Idol.  He stated the reason he wanted to win was “now I know I can’.

It’s that difference between THINKING and KNOWING you can do something. 

It is the massive totality of the authentic self gained from “I once was lost and now I’m found” that turned his humble potential to limitlessness.

This deep level of knowing, an unfettered desire to stay authentic and a constant determination to raise to their ambition each day is what gets people what they want.

Stan probably predicted Dicko’s comment about “God botherers” after he sung the traditional gospel hymn.  But with the new signs of acceptance coming through from the USA, it might show Dicko wasn’t ahead of the curve on the spiritual trend that is now hitting the mainstream.

Holding yourself to higher ambition while the world turns in mediocrity isn’t the easy path and you will always get knockers.

When you live in higher ambition you need to drive the world, not have the world drive you.

It is what you don’t allow in that matters more than what you do.

  • Having difficult clients
  • People messing you around, canceling, no showing.
  • Your advice not being respected or heard.
  • Not making the difference you desire.

All signs the world is winning.  

When I was putting my new Logical Product Flow framework together, I kept wanting to put my Higher Ambition Coaching program in the top chakras.  But it kept NOT fitting there.  Vision HAD to be third eye, voice HAD to be throat and the high end spiritual stuff had to sit at the crown to let everything flow from above.

In the end there was only one spot left ….. THE SELF, solar plexus – DUH!  Of course higher ambition can only be activated when we are fully connected to and carrying a warts and all acceptance of self.

I have noticed the unsuccessful Idol’s sit championing other contestants.  The ones who get through sit quietly waiting for their name to be called.  It’s not they don’t love their mates, it is because when it comes to the important stuff, their state of totality means nothing else registers in that moment.

People that have been through my 3 month Higher Ambition Coaching program have all come out with an interesting outcome.  They have ended up on the track they openly stated they didn’t want to be on.  You might think WTF – that’s not a good outcome!

Well, it’s an awesome outcome when it is the one thing that makes you make total sense to the whole wide world AND yourself, but you’ve been fighting the greatness it will bring if you embrace it.

So often we deny or fight the obvious thing, when …….. “it’s the obvious thing!”

That is our ego at work and being in ego is when you can’t change.

If you are someone who might not be a singer, but refuses to sing other people’s songs, dances on the off beat, insists on your focus being original, maybe it’s time for us to talk about your higher ambition.

If you want to embrace more of your uniqueness and it’s time for your 3rd chakra to rise and your 9th note to shine, email me now.

Are you working on something that needs to get implemented …. but it’s not happening

When you shine white light through a prism, you get a rainbow …… right?

Imagine how taking on the energy of a prism could help you find your rainbow’s pot of gold.

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I believe your rainbow needs to contain Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements: Pink Floyd were most definitely carrying the Seven Core Essential Elements when Dark Side of the Moon became their first #1 album in the USA.  They are:

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Even if you aren’t old enough to remember the iconic 70’s Pink Floyd album, the iconic image of the prism will be familiar.  I recently read an interesting blog post that stated it took the band 3 minutes to decide on that cover.

The band knew the power of the image and the designer the late Storm Thorgerson stated:

“No amount of cajoling would get them to consider any other contender,
nor endure further explanation of the prism, or how exactly it might look.
‘That’s it,’ they said in unison, ‘we’ve got to get back to real work,’
and returned forthwith to the studio upstairs.”

The success of the album lay in those final eight words – “we’ve got to get back to the real work”.

The band were so clear and so immersed in their work, that they could make the exact right design decision in 3 minutes and then get back to what was most important ….. the music.

They were implementing their craft.

So often we get drawn off focus by noise while what we really do takes a back seat.  

Without a body of work standing behind a well crafted design, well you’ve just got a pretty picture.  Images become iconic when the artistry behind the message connects with the heart and soul of an audience.

Highly focused mission centric individuals need to become so clear and strong in their belief of self and the mastery of their craft that they can’t be pulled off track when the noise rolls in.

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But how do you get that level of clarity and drive?

I believe you need seven streams, just like the rainbow rolling out in equal proportion from the prism.

You Are The Prism 
However, to become a master at anything you must also be strongly connected to that stream of white light because YOU are the prism that creates the rainbow!

I’m sure you are canny enough to have noticed that the Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements have exact correlation to the chakras of the body:

  1. Vision –Third Eye
  2. Voice – Throat
  3. Commitment – Sacral
  4. Knowledge – Crown
  5. Action – Solar Plexus
  6. Heart – Heart
  7. Energy – Base

Like a body we need to keep feeding and nurturing each area to keep it in tip top shape.

The Power of Immersion

Since I dropped the constraints of my mortgage, I’ve had the luxury of being able to travel, get out of my normal routines and just sit back and do some extreme immersion.  As I start to pull out of my recluse phase with more clarity than I’ve ever had before, stuff is just starting to pour out of me.

I had someone say to me recently “you’ve got so much going on …. I get confused”.

But that’s the point!

I’m an implementor and after so much time in this industry it would be wrong if I hadn’t created a bit of confusion as I’ve implemented all I’ve been taught.

Confusion Is Your Friend!

Now it’s time to present the information in a more orderly fashion, but I couldn’t do that until I got a little confused first.

Nearly two years on and the clarity is finally coming through.  The clarity fits with the one thing I’ve done exceptionally well all my life – implementation.

I’d go off to learn something and I’d go home and type up my notes and get practicing and within a couple of weeks I’d be offering the modality for sale.  I was always surprised that others hadn’t found implementation that easy.

I have NEVER given that gift any credence, yet in the corporate world, problem solving and implementing complex projects was my greatest strength.

Have you got something you haven’t been giving full credit to?

The Power of Chat

The clarity has become possible because I’ve had people I can talk my stuff through with.

The power of “chat” has been amazing and it has allowed me to see how I can be helping people in the future.

So you may be asking “how can The Implementor help me”?

  • Have you had brilliant ideas that are still not implemented?
  • Have you found yourself at a cross roads not really sure which way to move forward?
  • Have you ever attended an event or spiritual retreat and all you wanted to do was talk about what you experienced, that weird co-incidence or the epiphany that friends and family don’t want to know about?
  • Have you returned from an event fully fired up but life got in the way and your notes are still sitting on a shelf gathering dust while that dream atrophies in a corner of your mind?

Nothing in this new energy is straightforward or linear and these deep experiences can be challenging to see where all the messages and gifts fit together.

Talking it out is the only way to find the hidden gold, but you have to do that with someone who can listen across all seven refractionary levels.

I believe we have three stages which encompass our journey:

1.  The Light = Vision, Voice, Knowledge – all the top chakras

2.  The Prism = The Heart – the pivot point

3.  The Rainbow = Energy, Commitment, Action – all the base chakras

The Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements tease out like this:

You Are The Prism


When we are the prism, we need firstly to generate the light, we need to find our voice, find our vision and bring together everything we know, so our mission becomes clear.

Once that light hits the pivotal heart point or the prism, we then need energy, commitment and action to allow the rainbow to flow out in a strong and balanced manner.

That’s the difference between the guys in Pink Floyd and all other mission centric individuals who changed the world through their work or passion.  They had vision, they had a strong voice or sound, they made it their business to master their craft.  Enormous amounts of heart goes into their work and most importantly, despite all the myriad of distractions, they had the energy, commitment and passion to action their dreams.

Our industry has a tendency to focus on the heart and the light, the lack of action is why we can end up feeling like there is a lot of rain and not much rainbow!

But if you focus on each stage equally and allow all decisions and implementation to be carried out at the heart level, then you’re going to have a recipe for success.

My Implement Your Heart Out program focuses on the heart part of your prism.  If you need more rainbow, you would need the Higher Ambition Coaching Program.  If you are interested you can see which of my programs help each part of your rainbow below.

Hopefully the grid below will diffuse some of the confusion around my new MargaretGill.com products.  Abundant Private Practices has its own set of unique products.

Stages  Giving You The Ability to Product Giving You The Power of
 7 Shine Ignite Your Divine Fuse Potential
 6 See Diamond Quadrant Program Insight
 5 Speak Courageous Speaking
 Heart   4 Hear Implement Your Heart Out Healing
 The Rainbow  3 Accept Higher Ambition Coaching Belief
 2 Execute Unearth Your Sacred Potential Commitment
 1 Create Burst Through BluePrint Discomfo

Brendon Burchard
taught us to create these Integrated Product Suites at 10XEMPIRE in New York.

I like to call this a Logical Product Flow.  The clarity comes from my Diamond Quadrant Program.

You can see how all my programs lead to your ultimate mastery in the following diagram.

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My new work is not just limited to business or to therapists. 

So whether you have a business or not, it doesn’t matter, you could be implementing what you learned on a cooking tour of Italy or understand what that elephant was trying to tell you on safari in Africa.  Maybe you have trained to teach something but you are still not teaching it yet.  

I am able to help both the business and the spiritual side come to balance so you can implement.

Are you up for it?

Shot me an email if you are interested in a one on one spot on the Implement Your Heart Out or Diamond Quadrant Program or any of the programs below.

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A Great Networking Spiel

I learned a great format from Andrea J Lee to use when perhaps your product or service is a little difficult to explain.

She recommends instead of trying to explain in detail what you do, simply follow this format:

Great Networking Questions To Ask

You know how some people _________________________________________

so that they ______________________________________________________

well what I do is ___________________________________________________

so that they ______________________________________________________

So I might have

You know how some people are always going off learning stuff

so that they get so overwhelmed and overloaded with information they end up like rabbits stuck in the headlights?

well what I do is help them sort through everything they've learned so they only end up with the bits that matter

so that they can start implementing and feeling good about whatever it is they started to create in the first place

I love this format because it takes away any stress for people and puts into plain English what you do.

It is also asking a question and it has been proven that the brain when faced with a question likes to see if it can answer that question.

So if you are at a networking function or a place where there are a lot of strangers, well it helps you to captivate them with a question and keep them focused on what you are saying without you coming off as pushy or salesey.

They want to stay engaged to see if they can answer the question.  In this instance, it will often spark conversation because by the time you finish their brain will hopefully have thought of an alternative answer to your question and they will have something immediate to share with you.

What is it that you do, that you could develop into a question?

The Power of The Next 90 Days

Did you know that what you’ve been doing in the past 90 days is what will shape the next six months?

I’m currently sitting in the United Lounge at Los Angeles airport – my 90 Day tourist visa is up!  Once Uncle Sam is done with you, there is nothing to do but ride that silver bird back to the wide brown land.  The jolt back to reality is going to be huge as the wheels hit the tarmac at Kingsford Smith Sydney in sixteen hours time.

P1000004The last few days I’ve been living like a rock star in Beverly Hills.

To be honest that whole Rodeo Drive things just leaves me cold.  I wandered there yesterday in search of food and was totally bemused by people in the omni-present tourist buses going up and down taking pictures of stores they couldn’t afford to shop in.  The whole celebrity things is a bit lost on me. although I did get to walk through the lobby of the “Pretty Woman” hotel and saw the balcony Julia Roberts sat on threatening to tobble over as the scared of heights Richard Gere just about had kittens.  Guess I’m as bad as the happy snappers 🙂

Also drove through Hollywood and Vine where the man walks across the road shouting “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?”

Our dreams are funny things.  The more action we put into each set of 90 days we get gifted – the closer our dreams get to reality.  The actions we don’t take atrophy our dreams.

During my last two days in LA, I had the pleasure to be gifted a one on one session with vocal coach Roger Love.  I’d never dreamed this little kiwi could be tutored by someone who has worked with some big names from downunder like INXS, Hanson, Missy Higgins plus all the greats from USA music and film.  As I sat in his office surrounded by his accolades and framed platinum CD’s – well it was all a bit surreal.

The only reason it happened was because I took a risk that as yet hasn’t fully paid off.  But being around people who work with people who follow their dreams takes you to a new level even before you get started.

As you step up to the plate and you have to be prepared to hear the truth and be prepared to listen.

I knew as I took the honest feedback about my voice and the way I speak that all those who stood in the same spot in his office had heard similar news delivered, because we rarely consider our voice.

Doesn’t matter who you are, you still have things to learn about your trade.  After taking a huge piece of feedback on an earlier teleclass with Roger, I’ve had a couple of other things added to my voice improvements list:  “the high squeaky hinge”,  “not filling the room enough”, “speaking too quietly”, “not dropping my jaw”, “tongue too high” ….. crikey it’s little wonder I have so much trouble ordering take out in the USA!  It’s not until you get out of your comfort zone or your own environment for challenges you never knew you had, to start appearing.

Roger Love & ME Lge.001Then as we stepped over to the piano Roger reminded me that anything shared is done with love – pun intended I’m sure 🙂  My response was – “let me have all the feedback, don’t meter it, just tell me where I can improve”.

That thirst for feedback has been my friend over the years.  Sure it hurts and cuts like a knife when you first hear it, but as soon as you start to work on the problem, it feels like progress is being made.

Most never progress because they can’t take the “negative” feedback.  They want everything wrapped in cotton wool, they want it watered down, they want it so politically correct that the truth gets lost in the memory foam wrapper.

I really encourage you to be up for feedback and up to take on new information in your own business and personal ambition.

You see the thing that is our greatest enemy is what we don’t know, we don’t know.

The confidence and courage that comes from knowing you have at least one small part of what you need to learn is taken care of, well it automatically brings you to a new place.

Anyone who lives from a place of higher ambition, will always be seeking new knowledge, new feedback and new ways of doing things because they are desperate to find all those things they don’t know and start to work on correcting them.

I’ve had some wonderful conversations with the fabulous speakers and coaches, about the theory of the voice.  I knew it was important, but I didn’t realise how important our voice is until I attended World’s Greatest Speaker Training.

It was amusing and alarming all at the same time to hear Brendon Burchard tell us how he met Roger Love.  After a very grueling schedule, Brendon was standing in the carpark at one of his mega events, hundreds of red cordial filled fans screaming for more, still with a couple of days left to present and NO voice.  Roger was able to give him enough exercises in the carpark to enable him to go back on stage and present.

But as Roger warned us, its not ideal to get your voice into this type of situation.

Of course we never put the work in before hand, because we don’t know what we don’t know.  So Roger inevitably gets the emergency call, where a miracle is being asked for and what’s more expected.  In a sick sort of way, its nice to know this stuff happens at every level of someone’s career.

It’s also sort of heartening to me (in a sick kind of way) to hear that many big names have picked up the phone and been squeaking down the line, desperate for a miracle.  It makes all the things I haven’t known needed work seem a little less “doh” on my part.

All our “squeaky hinges” dwelling in our throat’s and “Yogi bear” sounds and “cheshire cat” voices mostly go un-noticed, until we start to put pressure on them.  We simply don’t know they are a problem nor do we understand just how much air needs to roll past the vocal chords, nor are we prepared to spend twenty minutes each day working the vocal chords, the six pack of our voice.

Its hard to work out anything when you don’t even know it needs working out.

I trust you will at least start to investigate what the voice needs to stay strong, or at least remember this communication and know what to do when you find yourself “desperate in the carpark” at the back of your venue.

If you are interested in working with your voice a little more and beginning to understand what you need to know to get your vocal chords up to a level where they won’t break down on you, then I recommend you make some time with Roger Love, either in person or via skype.

Our voice is our wand in everything we do and the stronger our voice and the stronger we can communicate, the more successful we are going to be.

The next 90 Days is going to be a bit rough for me as I adjust back to life downunder and get down to some serious work.

Throwing myself back into work is something I find works after these magical adventures “upover”.  I also know that putting some solid work into the next 90 days is going to make the first six months of 2014 look way different.

7 Things You Absolutely Must Know Before You Start To Record Videos

Video is very different to recording audios.  There is no where to hide!

I still have a lot of practice to do, but these are just a few of the challenges I’ve overcome to get a half decent product.

1.  Look Directly at the Camera

To get good contact with your audience you have to be looking straight at the camera – like straight down the lens or on a laptop you need to be looking at the lens not the green light beside it, otherwise you get a strange “sideways’ look about you.

2.  Avoid Jowls

To avoid looking all “jowlie” or like you have more chins than a Chinese phone book – make sure you are looking slightly upwards at your camera, not too far up though or they’ll be looking straight up ya nose 🙂

Also if you are looking down at the camera it gives the effect of “looking down” on your audience and we certainly don’t want that!

I find if the camera is just slightly above eye level, then it works really well.  In a weird twist if I sit my laptop on my Yeti microphone box on a dining room table – I get the exact right height.

3.  Don’t Move About Too Much

If you have expensive camera’s then you can move and sway as much as you like because they will self focus.  However, the tiny little camera’s in most laptops or iPhones can’t focus quickly and you keep going out of focus if you move too much.  Allow the camera to lock onto you and then stay as still as you can, while not appearing to “wooden”.  Use your arms and hands to get the movement …. that way you won’t look like a talking clothes peg.

Golden rule, in most instances of course is:  The better the equipment, The better the end product

4.  You Need MakeUp – Even If You Think You Don’t!

If you are a bronzed tanned beauty then by all means go ahead and roll cameras with just a dab of lip gloss.  But for an old gal like me with pasty white skin, well we need a lot of help.  I found a make up artist who specialises in video work and she was amazing.

She recommended a product called Kryolan.  I was surprised how much makeup I needed to wear to look like I only had a little bit on.  I was also surprised at the colours she gave me, that are quite gaudy and give you an eery resemblance to an Oompa-Loompa in normal light, but look fine once you look back at the video.  The Lip Gloss she recommends looks pink on camera but is a funny orange colour.  So I recommend you book in and have someone help you out if you are going to get serious about video.   Danni at Its All About MakeUp really helped me a lot.

I also met another great makeup artist, Julie from Sapphire Hair and Makeup on the Gold Coast.  She works a lot with photographers and does a lot of weddings so she is really versed in what works in the video field.  Never go to a big department store to get makeup advice.  What looks good in normal light can look really different under bright video lights.  Something Julie recommended to me was a lighter foundation that is used in air brushing.  I would never have got to that solution in a million years. but it’s brilliant.  You just apply it with your fingers and it’s very running, but gives great coverage with a much less “made up” look and a much lighter feel.   Plus it lasts for ages!

5.  You Need Good Light

Thing is you just can’t film anywhere and get a good result.  I’ve found the more natural light you have in front of you, the better it is.  You can find me at new house sits wandering around doing test recordings with my laptop until I find the space with the best light.

Professional lights of course are best and not as expensive as you might think.  Friends sent me links to these light systems, one in Sydney Australia and one in New York, both of which will ship for under $250 and that includes back drops as well!

My colleagues son is into lighting and he said the bulbs you get with the kit from the New York company will make you look younger – I guess if you buy two kits you look twice as young!

Aussie Lights – here

New York (age defying) Lights – here

If you want a Lavalier microphone (I still don’t use one of those, just the mic in my MacBook Pro) – but should you wish to go to that level, you can get them drop dead cheap from Amazon here

If you really want to bend your brain, Brendon Burchard, who has the ultimate set up, recorded this little video where he explains in depth how he gets his look and feel.  You don’t need all the hi tech stuff he uses, I’m told the cheap lite boxes will give a similar effect as his expensive ones.  You can also buy small HD cameras now that will do a great job with the right lighting, but get a geek talking about which camera to use and you’ll be here for days!  and once he starts selling Geoff Walkers program (which is now finished) he is done on the video stuff but up until then its pure gold.  Oh for the day when I have a whole apartment to create and play in!  Click here for the video

6.  You Need to Look Confident

OK – the makeup covers any zits or bits you don’t won’t the world to see.  But you must be upbeat and confident ….. whether you feel that way or not!

Droning on in a video just won’t work.  So you need to raise your energy and vibration and dancing like no one’s looking before you do your recording is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change your energy state and prepare you to record.  But it’s a personal thing so whatever activity vibes you up and makes you feel full of zest for life is the perfect things for you!

I’d estimate you need to be amped up to at least twice as perky as normal to look normal.

7.  Be Yourself – Everyone Else is Taken

Of course being you is the most important part of video because video more than any other type of communication will nail you as the fraud if you are pretending or are trying to be someone you’re not.

Funny thing, the closer I got to the camera, the more ME I became.   You find your truth in funny places, usually the places you’ve been avoiding the most.  I found filming from a distance didn’t work so well.  I had to have that real heart connection with the camera, which is of course ultimately your connection with your audience.

So its very much about figuring out what is right for you and experimenting A LOT!


Then once you get your clip recorded, well your problems aren’t over – then you got to load them to the internet and that’s a blog post for another day!  I recommend you start with YouTube because its just easier.


I’d love you to leave a comment below about your video experiences to date

Blessing Food and Making It Even More Sacred

I had my Reiki Masters in residence this past week and I taught them how I bless my smoothies and juices, but you can use it for any or every meal.

There are many advantages to blessing food – it makes it taste better, but it also gives your body and cells permission to do good things with the food.  In this new energy everything vibrates the way we want it to, we just got to remember to ask!

I learned this process from Lee Carroll who channels Kryon.  I was sitting at Lee’s table at dinner during the Colorado training I attended and I noticed him actually holding his hands over his food and asked him about the process. He said with all the travelling he has done over the years, and he mentioned he’s been giving some pretty out there food choices in some of the more exotic countries, if he blesses his food, he never has tummy upsets.  So now he just blesses everything that gets put in front of him.

So I took this to heart and developed my own little blessing that I use when I remember to do it, but for whatever reason I always remember to bless my freshly squeezed juices.

This is what I say:

“I bless this juice and ask it come up to a vibration that will be best suited to cleanse, clear, tone, feed and nourish my mind, body and soul to optimum health and happiness at all times”

What do you do to bless your food or raise its vibration?  Add a comment below

Breakfast At The Gumboot Cafe
Doesn’t Get Much More Blessed Than A Breakfast at the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek BC Canada!