How to handle failure and setbacks

How to handle failures and setbacks

The other day I did a Skype video with one of my business mentor clients.

She was pretty down because she had not completed many of the exercises that I’d given her to do for her business.

On and on she went, explaining to me that no matter how hard she tried to get her business visible online, and no matter how hard she tried to blog regularly something always came up that forced her to give up or not follow through.  She talked about her bad existence and how horrible she was it a, b, and c.

I think she was hoping I would say, “You poor thing,” but of course I didn’t.

Did I understand what she was saying?  I did most certainly. I heard her out and I said, “Okay pity party over.  You hired me to do a specific task and that’s what I’m going to do.” But this got me to think about how we as humans, take one set-back and let it tear up our whole existence and so much of our earlier work we end up counting as null and void.

First I told her something that I heard my man Tony Robbins say too many times:

“You need to change your story.”

“Change your story, change your life.”

The only thing keeping you from not getting what you want, is the story you continue to tell yourself about why you don’t have it.

Then I pulled out my notebook of notes that I’d taken from what seems like hundreds of people to motivate and keep myself focused and on point when I was starting Angela Ambroise Consulting.

I’d tried so many things, things that are still in my life today some or on hold, others have been and tried and are now being tweaked. I had to change my story.  Not only that, I had to learn how to see what I considered failure in a different way.

A lot of what I’m about to share are the words of Dr. Collautt that I took from a video that she did. But many are from my notes that  are relevant to what I wanted to share with you today. If you are like my client, viewing your “failures” as part of a flaw in your character and existence.

I want you to remember that failure is part of your life’s journey.

I want you to think about this: before you can do something ALWAYS you CAN’T do it first.  Did you get that?  Let me say it again.

Before you can do something ALWAYS you CAN’T do it first.  Keeping this epiphany in mind I want you to learn the steps that you need to regain your confidence after a failure or setback.

  • If you’re going to live a life worth living you have to make it a must to learn how to deal with setbacks

1. Recognize that success and failure are on the same path (but success is further down the path you are traveling).

Remember what I told you earlier, before you can do something always you can’t do it first.  So up until you succeed at doing “it” every prior attempt is a setback to some degree.

What does this mean?

“It means successful people actually fail just as often, if not more, than their unsuccessful counterparts”, says Dr. Collautt.  The most important difference between successful and unsuccessful people is the way they respond to failure and to loosing.  Successful people never interpret failure as the last word on the subject.

Your action step to help you with this is to relax about your perceived failure.  Don’t draw conclusions about your entire character, worth or existence just because you’ve experienced failure.

You must see failure, you will see failure, if you don’t see any failure you’re probably not trying hard enough in life.  You’re not giving enough of yourself and are probably just playing it safe, taking no risk.

2.  Celebrate the effort you put into trying not the result of the try {this is for a success or failure}

To regain your confidence applaud yourself for trying.  Your applause should be to the extent of your earnest effort.  Remember you had two options:

  • try
  • not try

3.  Don’t let this specific failure become global about you, your life and your abilities

Talk about and confirm your conclusions and your shame to this particular try and incident only.  Watch the tendency of wanting to draw global conclusions as a result of a specific failure.

When you make your failures global you make it harder for you to:

  • learn from your failure
  • harder for you to try again

So be sure to confine your conclusion of yourself and your shame to just this specific action and not your life in general.

Of course I want you to think about what I’ve written here and to adapt as necessary.  But in closing I want to leave you with this:

  • a failure is just a try that didn’t work – you can either regret trying, or applaud yourself for trying

You can let this failure, the one you’re wallowing in now {it’s okay wallow for a while if you must}  sit you down and cause you to get out of the ring indefinitely or you can learn from it to improve your next try.  The choice is yours.

Don’t pretend that sitting on the sidelines is the right and rational thing to do.  Try to contain your result to the effort, “Just because you didn’t yet, doesn’t mean you can’t.

It may mean you won’t, but that is still undetermined and up to you.

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*This blog post is a repost from November 2014*

 

Making money online: How to setup your Facebook Business Shop

Make money online: Facebook Shop Setup

I think I’m correct in saying that, “Never before in history has it been so easy for a generation to make money.”

Just think about it: “We live in a time where we can have a free TV station basically with Youtube and other video platforms.  We can have a free radio station thanks to platforms like Blog Talk Radio, Soundcloud, itunes and a host of others; we can become published writers thanks to free blog platforms and places like Medium and now we can even self-publish our own books thanks to ebooks, and places like Amazon.” The crazy part is even those these platforms are free for the creator,  brands and businesses pay us to talk about, use and share their products.

There is no excuse whatsoever for a person who wants to start their own business not to be able to.

One of the brands that’s taking your excuses away in more ways than one is good ole Facebook.

How are they doing it you ask?

Through the new shop feature that they offer on the business platform: Facebook’s shop.

It’s not really that new, but since I don’t see a lot of pages using it I’m gathering not a lot of business owners know about it yet.

If you have physical products that you sell Facebook’s Shop is something you’re going to want to become familiar with and use as it just gives you another avenue to get people to buy your product.

If you need help finding your shop (watch the video first of course) or have questions (after you’ve watched the video) schedule a FREE 15 min. Skype call with me where I will share my screen with you and walk you through how to set it up.  Remember it’s only 15 min., and I will stop right at the 15 min. mark.

But this gives you the option to ask questions and see what you need to do in real time (or you can show me what you’re doing if it isn’t working).

Click on the “get started button”.  Be sure to check out the video first.

Making Money Online: Facebook Shop Set Up

How to add a logo and video to your Clickfunnels

This isn’t a tutorial per se; it’s more of me teaching myself how to use Clickfunnels with possibly an audience watching.

I learn best when I teach, hence the video.

As you may or may not know, I’m on a hunt to find some of the best course creation software to use and recommend to my clients who offer online courses.  My goal is to know the programs like the back of my hand so I can intelligently refer one above the other.

No this isn’t an affiliate post.  Though I’m considering becoming an affiliate seeing as I already love the program.

Anyway if you’re considering launching an online course and don’t know which platform to use. Keep tuning in because I have a lot to share with you.

“How to add a logo and video to your clickfunnels,” is the first video in a series of videos about Clickfunnels and other programs.

I don’t know what you call a person like me.  But I sincerely enjoy going through these particular programs learning about them and being able to take what I learn and share with others.

Go ahead and watch the video.  Remember I’m learning too.

4 Legitimate Companies for Freelancers to work with Online

4 companies freelancers should work with online

Blogging is an excellent way to bring in a lucrative income and get you noticed in your area of expertise.  But before that happens, you will have to build credibility and a community of followers both takes diligence and time.  

There are no overnight successes when it comes to blogging.

If your situation is one where you feel you must quit your job to start working online professionally through your blog and you think of the situation being “now or never”.  There are plenty of companies you can freelance with while working on your blogging career.

The companies I’m showcasing today are ones you can work remotely (from your home or anywhere).

If you read my last blog post, “Getting Paid and Making It with Your Blog,” you know you can do affiliate marketing also as a way to make money online.  We will discuss that more in a later post.

Right now I want to talk about micro jobs.  Micro jobs are temporary  task-type jobs of all types that are often booked through the Internet. Work may include online or in-person jobs, such as writing blogs, virtual assistant, handyman, nanny, website design, dog boarding or errands, etc. The income varies depending on the job and the fee charged by the micro jobs website

There are many ways to make money online and a lot of good companies you can work with.  The ones I’m sharing today are just a few:

  1. Fiverr®(pronounced five-er) – They’re a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, starting at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer services to customers world.
  2. Upwork – is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.  Anything that can be done on a computer – from web and mobile programming to graphic design – can be done on Upwork. It is for Freelance experts who can tackle a range of projects.
  3. LocalSolo – is a talent marketplace focusing on top local freelancers in major market cities. Our mission is to supercharge the connection between business and top-tier freelancers in major market cities. We make it easy for companies to find, and directly recruit, the best local contract talent for their needs.
  4. Hiremymom – is a legitimate membership-based work at home job site where businesses outsource jobs and moms apply to them. Jobs can be short-term or long-term as well as paid by the hour or paid by the project. The jobs are in a variety of professions such as: administrative.

Professional tip: Don’t forget to utilize Linkedin.  I’ve got a lot of clients through them who found me and contacted me, and set up a Paypal business account so you can transfer your earnings from the freelance platform to Paypal.

If you have questions about the freelance companies mentioned here leave them in the comments below.

If you need help setting up an account, writing a profile, or deciding what type of work to offer. Schedule a free 15 min call with me.

Getting paid and making it with your blog

Gosh blogging has changed so much since I started. When I first started blogging it was to have a portfolio of my writing for editors to see. Never in my wildest dreams did I think other people would find it and start commenting, following and liking it.

About a year after I started blogging companies started contacting me to review their products, books, and other services. I sort of lost focused, chasing the newest blogging and online business craves.

It’s been a long time since I blogged. I needed to backup, take a break and see if this was something I still wanted to pursue.

It is, but I had to search deep within myself to see what I really wanted this blog to offer. What did I love enough to blog about, and what was I willing to share and teach others about?

I enjoyed having my marketing company, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs with Facebook ads and social media, but I found that I don’t like working with companies and individuals who don’t already know or see the benefit to being online blogging and having social media accounts.

I don’t like having to educate or convince people of the value of blogging for their company.  Either you know or you don’t.

Learn how to blog professionally

 

So I’ve decided to make this platform a place where those of you who know the benefit of blogging and being online could profit from my experience.

As always you can expect lots of tips & tutorials and all around helpful information geared toward helping you grow your audience, business and brand, along with things you can do on the side to make money freelancing until your business is able to pay you a steady and consistent income.

I am embedding a video that I want to share with you. Having the sort of mindset as this speaker will definitely help you in the long run. But I do want you to keep something in mind. This way of thinking only applies to you doing work for others. It doesn’t apply to the leads you get from your marketing endeavors.

In any sort of business you always want to give away FREE or DISCOUNTED services and products to your leads. I don’t want you to get her message twisted and think that what she’s saying applies to the leads you get. It doesn’t.

I wish I would have had a video like this or had someone to share such wisdom with me when I started.

There’s a difference between working for FREE and giving valuable content away for FREE to leads.

I tell you this because once people find out you blog and they discover your other many skill sets, someone will come to you wanting FREE work or wanting to pay you little to nothing. I want you to be ready.

Now . . .

Since many of you visiting are creative souls looking to promote your artwork or other creative endeavors, I want to share these two resources with you. I have a lot more to share with you and show you, but for now go ahead and take a look at these resources:

Creative Market – gives FREE resources away like fonts, mockups, templates and a lot of other good stuff every Monday. They do it Monday thru Sunday, but new freebies are given away every Monday.
If you’re looking to learn a new skill I really suggest you check out Skillshare. I think you may be able to get a free trial for a few days or even a month (not sure), but they’re monthly fee is only like $10 or $20 a month so check them out.

using social media for business

Using social media to promote your business

Social media is just what the name implies, “being social”.  I see a lot of businesses and even celebrities who only engage, talk and mingle with their audience and fans when they have something they want to sale or promote.

That is one of the quickest ways to turn your audience off.  You don’t casually meet someone and turn around and ask them for money.

With social media, your message must attract your audience; it must nurture them, delight them, be found as trustworthy and then they must like you before you can ever ask for the sale.

As I said on my show, if you’re someone who has been online doing business for a while, you may already know this.  I’m looking to help either people (business owners) new to online or those who haven’t really given much thought to their online branding and social media but are now ready to give it a try.  Or you have a team member who you want to learn how to properly run a social media page or help with the blog and what have you.

In today’s episode of The Angela Ambroise Show I talk to you about the proper way of using your sm platforms to promote your business.

Listen to Using Social Media To Promote Your Business

get your Facebook ads text approved without using the grid

Design Monday: Be sure your text stays within FB 20% rule

I get bombarded with questions from frustrated business owners who put their heart and soul into their Facebook ad only to have it not be approved because it has gone over the 20% text rule.

As you know, I am always searching for ways to help you save money and time while still being professional and effective.

Watch this video!  I think you will really appreciate the golden find here.

FREE TUTORIAL: Learn How To Create A Splash & Thank You Page

How to create a FREE splash and thank you page

Thirty-five dollars a month is a lot of money for some ‘up and coming solopreneur’s and start ups’ to have to dish out monthly, particularly, when they’re not sure of the ROI they will get back. I decided to venture out and see if I could find landing page alternatives where the business owner could still add the Facebook Pixel Code and not have to pay the monthly fees most landing page companies charge. I think what I found could be a solution??? I should say a temporary solution.

Before you watch the video, I want to be sure you understand why you definitely need both a splash and thank you page:

Why you should have a splash page for your Facebook marketing?

Splash pages, also called landing pages by some, are designated pages to highlight specific call-to-actions you may have.  They are used as a lead generation tool with online advertising efforts such as email list, ads, webinar sign ups and what have you.

These pages allow you, the business owner-marketer, to explain with precision and no distractions why what you’re asking your audience to do is vital to them.  It is also the page that your intended target lands on after seeing your advertisement thus the reason some use the words splash and landing interchangeably.

Google’s says, “A splash page is the page of a Web site that the user sees first before being given the option to continue to the main content of the site. Splash pages are used to promote a company, service or product or are used to tell the user of what kind of software or browser is necessary to view the rest of the site’s pages.

Google defines a landing page as “the section of a website accessed by clicking a hyperlink on another web page, typically the website’s home page.”

Often times business owners think this means they can just use the home page to their website as their splash page, but this is not a good choice.  You want those who land on your splash page to only focus on what you’re offering them.

When there are buttons, links, and other distractions begging for your audience’s attention they usually fall prey to the distractions and are led away to read more “about you” look at your Instagram page or do something else before they remember to do what they came to your page to do and that was to give you a certain amount of information.

Why you should have a thank you page integrated to your splash page.

Of course you want the thank you page for the most obvious reason, and that is to thank your lead for signing up or converting.  However you also want your thank you page tied to your splash page so you can connect your Facebook pixel to it and count your conversions — the number of people who did what you asked them to do on your splash page.

The reason this is important, as I point out in the video, is because the only way your lead or target audience can get to your thank you page is by completing the call to action that you have on your splash page.

To understand this more please watch the video.  I will tell you now that I am no expert with Weebly and it took me some time to get the hang of the drag and drop system as you will see.  I just really wanted to help those of you out who can’t afford paying a monthly fee now.

If you have questions or want to leave me a message please do so in the comments below.  If you want to get a faster response send me a message on FB and while you’re there kindly become a fan🙂  Thanks in advance.

Facebook Leads Ad Gen

Facebook Lead Ads

Facebook Lead Ads

Facebook has added a new ad objective to their ads platform.  I’m sure by now you have heard about it or used it, but in case you haven’t.  Here’s a tutorial for ya.

So what is Lead Ads?

When someone clicks on your lead ad, a form opens with the person’s contact information automatically populated, based on the information they share with Facebook, like their name and email address. Automatically populating the contact information that people share with Facebook makes filling in the form as fast as two taps: one click on the ad to open the form and another to submit the autofilled form. Like all of Facebook ad types, lead ads were built with privacy in mind. People can edit their contact information before submitting the form, and this information isn’t sent to the business until a person clicks “submit.”

These particular ads are only shown to people on their mobile phones.  You can’t show these ads to people on their desktop newsfeed or in the sidebars.

Check out the video to see how to use this new ads solution.

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If you have a video that you would like me to see or if you want a free website, blog or social media audit.  Please let me know at the bottom in the comments or on my FB page.  Leave your information and I’ll be sure to get back with you.

Happy New Year!

Angela

Blog topic ideas

Need help generating blog post ideas?

Face it, if you’re a creator of anything– art, words, music, videos, and what have you. You have experienced some sort of block.  Meaning sometimes it’s hard to come up with idea or words to express the ideas that our locked inside our heads and hearts.

Today I want to share a tool with you to help bloggers generate post ideas.  It’s not a means-to-an-end, but it certainly helps.

Watch the video to learn more.

 

Here’s the link to the Blog Topic Generator Tool