Welcome to a catch-up with one of our newer interviewees, Jennifer Martin, who runs Zest Business Consulting. Jennifer joined the interviews in September 2014, and did her first update in October 2015. At that point, here’s where she wanted to be by now: “I see myself spending more of my time giving presentations, seminars, and being hired as a keynote speaker. I will have a program that I offer as a download online. I will double my income again and travel every month somewhere interesting to work with clients. Oh, yes, and I’ll work fewer hours, too”. Those were some very positive affirmations: read on to find out how she’s doing with them …
Hello again, Jennifer, and welcome back to Libro Towers! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Well, I guess the answer is a little yes and a little no.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I have continued to grow as a Presenter and Speaker and my revenues from this part of my business has in fact grown. This past year I provided keynote presentation, meeting facilitation, or trainings to so many wonderful companies and organizations. I sometimes can’t believe that I get paid to have so much fun entertaining, educating, and just being my crazy self while presenting value to groups like the US Department of Commerce, The State Humane Association, The University of Washington Club and the Los Angeles Community College District (among others).
I also worked this past year as a Business Coach/Mentor and led a number of live and virtual group programs created to help business owners get more of what they want (business growth, life balance etc.). What I didn’t do was create a completely digital version of my programs to sell as DIY downloads.
The biggest change that took place this year wasn’t in the financial arena ( I didn’t double my revenues) but in the way I approach business growth as well as some changes to my point of view in my mentoring and teaching.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
This year I’m in the works of authoring a book (my second) called Loving Your Business to Wealth. This book shares the successes that business owners and business people have when they shift their perspective from I or Me to the collective We or Us and intentionally act from a place of love in their business interactions.
From the way a company treats it’s employees to the way the company as a whole makes an impact on their communities and the world as a whole. Everything that I’m doing now feels very Love and Community based. This past year I’ve had a chance to really see the impact of what spreading more love through your business can do to help good Leaders become great leaders and companies and organizations grow through this simple concept.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Be intentional about what you want
Commit to it daily
Tell lots of people about what you want to create in the world
Join an accountability group
Consider joining me for Conscious Business Owner Camps and Enlightened Business Retreats
BONUS NEW QUESTION: What question would YOU like to ask other small business owners?
What legacy would you like your business to leave behind?
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
I will definitely continue to offer leadership and employee training, speak to large groups, and travel all around the world teaching people in business how to spread more love in the world through the work they do and the companies they work for/ or own, starting with their own self-love and then taking the concept out through every interaction and each person they interact with.
I’ve got a couple of ideas for websites I might explore that will help people connect more with one another so everyone can feel like a part of a community or family of like-minded people.
I will launch my Enlightened Entrepreneurs Retreats and My Enlightened Leaders Club and finish my book- Loving Your Business to Wealth – An Enlightened Leaders Guide to Spreading More Love in the World
And lastly I will have a ton of fun in everything that I do and allow everyday to be filled with gratitude.
It’s interesting how often people re-focus from making more money to taking a different perspective on their life and work – and I love Jennifer’s Bonus Question – it’s one to have a really good think about, isn’t it! Best of luck to Jennifer for her upcoming year with Zest Business Consulting!
And finally, Jennifer’s free guidebook
If you’ve enjoyed this interview, please see more small business chat, the index to all the interviewees, and information on how you can have your business featured (I have a full roster of interviewees now so am only taking on a very few new ones). If you’re considering setting up a new business or have recently done so, why not take a look at my books, all available now, in print and e-book formats, from a variety of sources.