Cute idea!

12 02 2009

Twitter is a wonderful tool but since I started spending time on the little bird network, I’ve been seriously neglecting my blogs.

Of the interesting bunch of people that I’m a follower of, one of them, MIchelle Ward (WhenIgrowupcoach) came up with a very interesting idea and a good and fun way to get traffic. (Now admit it- you will click on her link!!!)

She asks 5 personalized questions to people, that she is a follower of , on Twitter. As a life coach (and a fun one) it’s tough not to play along.

As far as startups are concerned, we all know the importance the web plays in many (if all) startups. Her idea can be easily replicated for your own benefit. In your own personalized version ask any expert, that you are a follower of, some questions. Let’s say that you ask questions,pertaining to the same topic, to five experts. Just imagine the input…

So dear Michelle, here we go…

What is the most common thing that most start-ups lack when they’re, uh, starting? Please replace that word “thing” with whatever word you want.

Good one. It’s a toss-up between the ability to sell and a lack of  SMART action plans.
* What’s the most energizing thing you’ve done this year, so far?

Energizing ? This year ? Mentally, signing an important contract to implement my alternative to the business plan. Physically, a day of sliding down a hill with my boys. (I know there is a shameless plug in there, but hey, it’s that good!)


* If you could wish on a star and have it come true, what would you wish for?

That in the presence of children, ALL weapons would cease to function. My last venture will be a Foundation that will re-build schools in war zones. My inspiration comes from Greg Mortenson and  Feedthechildren.


* What’s your best joke? Keep it clean – or not.

Sorry, haven’t got any that comes to mind
* If heaven exists, what would it contain for you personally?

My father!
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And you, dear readers, what if we would take those questions and turn them into an entrepreneurial introspection.

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  • 1- What is it that you lack (except money) that would propel your business forward ?
  • 2-What could you change in order to energize the way you speak about your start-up ?
  • 3-What would be the BIG BREAK (be very specific) that would bring you to the next level ?
  • 4- In a few years, you will look back at your first years and laugh at what? (Why don’t you laugh about it now? You can be serious in business without taking yourself too seriously)
  • 5-You will have reached corporate heaven with your company when….
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    13 02 2009
    Michelle Ward | When I Grow Up

    No joke Alain? Maybe that was your opportunity to learn a new one! 🙂

    Thanks for your insightful answers, and for the kudos you sent my way – they’re both appreciated.

    And as a startup myself, I’m gonna take the plunge and answer your questions! Here we go:

    # 1- What do you lack (except money) that would propel your business forward ? TIME! I’m in coaching school for another 2 months – between that and my day job (Mon-Fri 9a-6p) I can never get the time I want/need to grow my business at the rate that I want to.

    # 2-What could you change to energize the way you speak about your startup ? I could really get my elevator speech down pat. I wrote it a while ago, and tweaked it, and made both a “readable” (to read) and “natural” (to speak) version. Unfortunately it’s not memorized, and I really want it to be so I can be clear and concise when someone asks me “What’s a creative career coach, anyway?”

    # 3-What would be the BIG BREAK (be very specific) that would bring you to the next level? BIG would be to appear on a TV show as “the life coach” – like on “Scott Baio is 45…and Single.” BIG BIG would be to have my own freakin’ show (I’d be good at that too). If we’re thinking smaller (that would be a big leap for me), I’d have to say getting a book deal would open up a lot of doors for me. I have an idea and started writing, but this would be an ENORMOUS amount of time and effort for me to implement & I’m unclear as to where it should be on my priority list.

    # 4- In a few year, you will look back at your first years and laugh at what? (Why don’t you laugh about it now. You can be serious in business without taking yourself too seriously) Probably the discounts I’m giving to clients to ensure that I’m “practicing” my coaching steadily. Ridiculous.

    # 5-You will have reached corporate heaven with your company when….I’m stable, balanced and grounded. When I know I’m all but guaranteed to pull in six figures and I don’t need any sort of desk job. Hallelujah, happy day – success!

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