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Day 5: What To Do When Life Throws You Lemons

Sometimes life throws you lemons, and when you run an online business, even more so.

Tech headaches, internet dropping out and timezone mishaps all play havoc with your work day and stress levels.

So given I just had one of those mornings where NOTHING went right, I want to share a few quick tips I use to move past it and not throw my laptop in a fit of rage 🙂

It’s important to know that how you deal with lemons in the moment, means the difference between making lemonade or letting your whole day get destroyed. 

Click play below for Day 5 of my 29 Day Live Video Challenge to learn my recipe for making lemonade out of a bad situation!

Join me and go live yourself and use the hashtag #29dayslive

Want to join me?

Check out my previous videos which include:

Day 2: Are you Living a First Class Life or Stuck in Economy? 

Day 3: The Power of Writing Your Goals Down 

Day 4: Why Your Network Really is Your Networth 

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or YouTube.

Let’s do this!

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Day 4: Why Your Network Really is Your Networth

Day 4 of my 29 day video challenge is all about the power of friendships, peers and people you admire.

This is not just about the financial benefits of nurturing your relationships and network.

To me the connections you make and deepening friendships are priceless.

Finding and supporting people who elevate you and make you wanna be the best version of yourself, and that you can do the same for in return is worth its weight in gold.

I share the one action I’m taking this month to nurture and build my network and friendships.

Join me and go live yourself and use the hashtag #29dayslive

Want to join me?

Day 2: Are you Living a First Class Life or Stuck in Economy? 

Day 3: The Power of Writing Your Goals Down

Day 5: What To Do When Life Throws You Lemons 

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or on Facebook.

Let’s do this!

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Day 3: The Power of Writing Your Goals Down

I’m a firm believer of setting goals and intentions in your life and I use my own tool and methodology to do this across 8 areas of my life called Life Pilot.

It’s been working so well for me as it’s goal setting combined with reflection and tracking what’s working and what’s not.

I recently learned how much more powerful it is when you write your goals down and share that statistic in my video – it might surprise you and yet it’s so simple to do!

Plus I share the ONE strategy I’m doing every day this month, and probably this year to make it that much more likely that my goals will become a reality.

Tune in and if you want to join me on the challenge, post a live video on your fave platform each day and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can find you.

Want to join me?

Check out my previous videos which include:

Day 2: Are you Living a First Class Life or Stuck in Economy? 

Day 4: Why Your Network Really is Your Networth 

Day 5: What To Do When Life Throws You Lemons 

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or on Facebook.

Let’s do this!

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Day 2: Are you Living a First Class Life or Stuck in Economy?

Have you ever thought about your life in terms of whether you’re hanging out in Economy class and where you’re already living in Business or even First Class?

There are many ways you can actually upgrade your life, that are easier and often more affordable than you think.

I’ve made some shifts in my life that have significantly made me feel like I’m living a first class life, and that’s had a ripple effect on how I show up, act, feel and thought – it’s a mindset upgrade.

In this video I share areas of my life that I feel are first class and what areas I think I’m hanging out in Economy and need to make that upgrade.

Want to join me?

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or on Facebook.

Let’s do this!

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My 29 Day Live Video Challenge in 2020

I was stark awake at 2am with a brilliant idea to end my procrastination and get back into creating videos for my YouTube Channel community.

Why I don’t do a daily live video in February to get me over the ‘hump’ of not producing anything, despite having the best intentions to do so.

You see my YouTube Channel has been consistently growing, getting thousands of views a month and even earning me a small income from ad revenue each month.

All of this without me uploading a video since late September 2019!

According to YouTube, I joined on 31 July 2009 and have 778,888 views!

 

Natalie Sisson YouTube Channel

When I was the Suitcase Entrepreneur I published a video weekly, and it felt doable despite traveling the world full-time.

That’s because I had plenty to share, in new locations, and I’d often batch all my videos by hiring a videographer in cities like London and Berlin to get 10 or so done in one day.

But ironically since being back in New Zealand, even with my little video studio we created in a shed, I simply did not get back into the same routine as I have had for my weekly podcast since 2012.

How this video challenge came to life

When I get really frustrated about not doing something I keep saying I want to do, I get to a point where I’m so fed up with myself, I take massive action.

Which led me to this 2am wake up call four days ago, where this 28 Day Live Video Challenge for myself, came to light.

I wrote up my thoughts in an evernote file as my mind would not let the idea drop and I started scheming on all sorts of ideas for videos – yet the rest of me just wanted to get back to sleep.

When I checked my note in the morning I still loved the idea. Then I checked the calendar and realise it was a leap year so it had to be a 29 Day Challenge instead – no sweat….eek!

Why not turn up live every day of February starting 1st of February turn up live on video – basically all of February (didn’t know it was a leap year either so one extra day in there!).

Here’s the 29 Day Video Challenge Overview

I got excited at 29 days of live video instantly shared across YouTube and Facebook YouTube, where I teach, share and chart my own month of learning from courses I bought and am going through in February.

This includes course topics of:

  • Business Mastery
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Copywriting
  • Facebook Ads
  • SEO
  • Fletcher Method
  • Email Marketing Acceleration
  • Six Figure Blogging
  • Network Marketing
  • Gorgeous Funnels

As well as for me personally – both mindset and growth 

  • Money bootcamp
  • Elegant Excellence Mastermind
  • The Art of Development Coaching

Yep I know that seems like overkill, and some I won’t probably touch in February.

However this is a month I’ve put aside lots of time towards becoming even more of a Leading Learner!

I’ll go live each day at the same time where possible 11:11 am New Zealand time, which gives me time to do the learning, summarise and share. 

It also creates a consistency have it for me and gets me past my excuse of ‘needing a studio to film’ .

Instead I’ll just go live where I am with my iPhone, mic and a selfie stick or stand, plus the Lume Cube light I can stick on a window or laptop or even my phone.

And it will definitely create engagement and increase my following and resonance on those platforms. Who knows, perhaps one video will actually go viral…or I’ll win Lotto or both!

It also gives me plenty of great reasons to share daily and talk about not only the courses I’ve invested in, but also the books I’m reading and tools I love.

I’ll also have great reason to be updating and optimizing my YouTube Channel, website and optins so that I am confident of my call to action in every video to grow my email list and community.

Plus I will tie it in with my survey results so that I’m really speaking to what people need and asked for – you’ve already given me the content ideas.

Finally it works towards creating a potential info product around digital marketing and understanding how to better promote yourself because those are all the things that I will be in mastering and levelling up in.

This will be real.

I mean really real. It’s live right so I’m not going to be able to do anything other than turn up, in whatever state I’m in, to share.

I want this to be personal, authentic and straight up honest.

Some days will be hard, others will be fun, others might get emotional, who knows. That’s the adventure behind doing a live challenge.

It starts today, 1st of February in New Zealand and I’ll be live streaming to my YouTube channel – so make sure you subscribe here por favor.

Here’s the first video!

As well as Facebook live by using a live-streaming ‘simulcast’ app called Castr.

Want to join me?

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or on Facebook.

Let’s do this!

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Best Books of 2019 for Mindset and Motivation

I freaking love books and this year I listened to more audio books than ever.

They far outweighed my reading of physical books for one very good reason…

Most of my listening time was out while I was training for triathlons, like on a long run or a long bike ride.

I’ve learned a lot this year from these authors so I thought I’d share my favourites.

My fave mindset and motivation books in 2019 are……

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

My all time fave book of the year was a surprise to me as it wasn’t one that any one recommended (well Audible did) and my initial reaction to it was that it was not the type of title I’d pick up.

Not only was this an incredible listen, but one of THE most motivating books ever – perfect for the days I didn’t have as much excitement about my training as normal.

It is also the first audiobook ever to have discussions with the author after every chapter, which made it a far more immersive experience.It’s a great read or listen to master your mindset and defy the odds.

He reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities and then shows you how to reach your full potential.


Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

This book was a complete eye opener and made me appreciate that a good quality sleep is really the answer to all our problems!

Plus Matthew has this brilliant British accent that I could listen to for hours, and did actually put me to sleep one eve – which he encourages!

He covers off on not only the different types of sleep cycles we go through, but every area of our life that sleep can affect and more importantly what happens when we don’t get enough of it.

Matthew then goes beyond this to talk about systemic problems in areas like driving, hospitals and children’s health that are affected when sleep isn’t given a priority.

This book probably will change your life and definitely your sleep!


How to Be F*cking Awesome by Dan Meredith

This is a short, sharp, funny as listen about sticking a finger up to the law of attraction and a thumb up to action.If you need a good kick in the arse, with a lot of laughs, this book is for you.

Dan again has a great British accent and a tell it how it is nature to him that’s likeable yet powerful. You’re welcome!


The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman

This book came out at just the right time for me to tap into my super human athlete ego for my triathlons.

You can use Todd’s method to step into who you want to be for anything – just like Beyonce did when she used Sasha Fierce to become the powerhouse she is today.

He takes you through how to develop your alter ego when you need it most, and then how to go on and embody and eventually become the person you really want to be.


Exactly What to Say by Phil Jones

This is another short, powerful book on how to use the magic of words for influence and impact.

A must listen for anyone who wants to get more of what they want in life.

It’s particularly great for entrepreneurs who want to understand how to use the power of language and behavioural psychology to sell to more customers, by knowing their triggers, doubts and fears.

At the end of the day it’s a lesson in having empathy and insight and using this to your advantage – in a good way of course!


 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

An oldie but a goodie, I’ve read this classic book written in 1937, twice before, and each time I do, more sinks in.

But there was something about listening to the audio version was a great refresher in the steps you need to totally commit to and go after a life you dream of with absolute certainty backed up by deliberate action.

Definitely one to keep on your book shelf and refer to regularly. There are many newer versions out that aren’t so blatantly sexist and male dominated too!


Finish What You Start by Peter Hollins

This is a brilliant, short book about the art of following through, taking action, execution and self discipline.

It was a refreshing reminder for me, who loves all these things, on how I could do them even better, and is essentially the best hacks and tips you’ve probably heard before, pulled together with great examples for you to apply to your life.

It’s hugely motivating and a great read to head into the New Year.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

This is a bloody brilliant book to listen to as it’s narrated by Michelle herself and I could listen to her for hours. And did, almost 19 hours in fact!

It’s a fascinating insight into her life, from childhood through to her teenage years, to meeting Obama and life in the Whitehouse.

More importantly it shows that her character, strength, charm, warmth and determination existed in her from the get go, and it will inspire you!


Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollins

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t love this book initially – although I did appreciate it and had a few good laughs, but I’ve since fallen in love with Rachel Hollis.

 

While many parts of this book didn’t resonate with me or apply to my life or attitude, I know they would if you have kids, have had a boyfriend cheat on you, been through a divorce, had money problems, gone through dieting or weight gain and have a myriad of insecurities.

I can see how incredibly powerful this book is (and no doubts it’s sold millions) for women who want to live a better life and first need to get out of their own way to do this.

She speaks a bold and powerful truth which is raw and refreshing, but she also does it as if she’s your BFF.

What I do suggest you do is watch her latest pep talk video on how to have a great 2020 (you have this 3.5 minutes to spare – trust me).


Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson

I do love my friend Mark and his first book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck was brilliant. In fact most things he writes and says are.

This book was a great follow up, not brilliant, but funny and poignant and enlightening.

Again it’s a short read and is the perfect option when you need a good kick up the ass about your own situation, how to handle it, and how to live your best life rather than moan and crap on about what you don’t have.


How to Fight a Hydra by Josh Kaufman

I’m a big fan of heroic and ancient stories like Odysseus and so when Josh Kaufman, author of the Personal MBA, put out this short book, with the mythical Hydra, to prove a point, I wanted to read it.

In short it’s all about getting out of your own way and fighting back against your own inner demons, fears and naysaying to be the hero of your own story.


So tell me in the comments, what has been your fave book of 2019?

6 Lessons Starting a Podcast Has Taught Me

Over the years, I’ve learned so many lessons from starting a podcast.

When I started one back in 2011, I didn’t expect just how much joy it would bring me and how much value it would add to my life.

So, in honour of International Podcast Day, I wanted to share the 6 lessons starting a podcast has taught me. If you’re thinking of starting one or thinking about giving up on yours, then this episode is definitely for you.

Now, some people might say that there are too many podcasts out there and the medium is oversaturated, but guess what?

People have been saying the same exact thing since when I started my first podcast back in 2011!

There might be a ton of podcasts out there, but that shouldn’t discourage you from sharing your unique voice with people who truly need to hear what you have to say.

6 Lessons I Learned From Starting a Podcast

Starting a podcast has given me so many amazing opportunities to chat with guests who intrigue and fascinate me. It’s like having my own personal team of mentors that I get to chat with each week!

Another thing I love about podcasts is the versatility of them.

The quality of podcasts has gone through the roof within the last few years alone, and some have whole production crews and hefty budgets behind them.

This means they’re just so much better to listen to, because they’re scripted, researched and so well produced as engaging stories – almost like going back to good ol’ radio series.

Lesson 1: Podcasts are amazing for personal development and learning.

Whether you prefer having guests on your podcast to interview, or prefer offering solo episodes where you teach and share, podcasts are sure to make YOU learn and develop.

If you decide to have guests on your podcast, then you’d obviously be learning from their experiences and perspectives, which is an awesome way to keep expanding your mind.

Whereas researching topics on your own and sharing your personal experiences can also be a great way to develop and go deeper into researching these topics beforehand too.

Personally, I love both of these styles.

Lately, I’ve been loving having people come on my Untapped podcast and share their unique experiences and outlooks on topics that relate to what I try to teach everyday: how to get paid to be you.

The people that I usually invite on my show are people I find fascinating and who have something to teach both me and you.

These guests have done some incredible things and have so many gold nuggets of wisdom that I absolutely love sharing with all of you who tune in.

While my style of podcasting is more of an informal conversation, where I do a little bit of background research and then ask questions during the interview that I’m really curious about, I also think more formatted and planned out interviews can be successful, too.

Lesson 2: Podcasts make you more disciplined and consistent.

Podcasts have been the one medium that I’ve been able to be consistent with since the early days of my business.

That’s not a coincidence.

In fact, podcasts are incredibly great tools for making you become more disciplined and committed to producing content on a consistent basis.

When I first started out at podcasting, I was super inconsistent. But, knowing that my listeners were expecting a new episode each week forced me to stick to a schedule and have everything released by their deadlines.

Over the years I worked out that batching 3-5 interviews in a day or two was a way more productive method, so that I have 6-8 weeks worth of content on hand, and can plan my promotions around them too.

This also helps everyone on my team to get all of their tasks done in advance so that nothing slips through the cracks.

I’ve also been able to create an incredible SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that is super detailed and precise so that anyone who joins my team will immediately know how to create, publish, and promote the podcast.

We have also have a Podcast template in Asana, that brings the SOP to life, where everyone on my team is assigned to their respective tasks and they can mark off once they’ve completed the next step.

If you’ve been struggling to put out content and stick to your schedule, I highly recommend using a podcast to get you back on track!

Lesson 3: Podcasts are fantastic business tools.

The fact that you have people turning up each week to listen to what you have to say is a powerful testament to how podcasts can be used to grow your business.

Podcasts build up your credibility, authority, and integrity in whatever it is you want to share or teach.

For me, I make sure my episodes focus on how to tap into your potential, get paid to be you, and design your life and work to have purpose.

My listeners can count on learning something that will help them in these areas whenever they tune in to an episode of Untapped.

And I’ve learned that when your audience feels like they can trust and learn from you, they’re more likely to become clients or customers.

It’s also more likely that people will recommend your podcasts to other people, which cultivates a truly wonderful cycle of engagement and exposure.

Lesson 4: Podcasts are great revenue-generating tools.

Along with being fantastic business tools, podcasts are also great tools for generating revenue.

With tons of sponsorships and advertisement opportunities out there nowadays, you could easily create an extra revenue stream for yourself.

Personally, I like to keep my podcasts advert free, but I have had great (and lucrative) sponsorships in the past, that I worked with who were relevant and helpful for my audience.

I never promote anything just for the sake of promoting it, and I like to think that has helped build up my credibility. I’m very choosy about what I recommend.

Aside from advertising and sponsorships, podcasts are also wonderful avenues for promoting your own products and offerings.

So, not only could you generate a revenue stream from promoting things you really love and use on a daily basis, but you could also generate a more active revenue stream by promoting your own offers to an audience you know will be interested!

Lesson 5: Podcasts create lasting friendships and bonds.

The people that I’ve met over the years on my show and other shows are unforgettable.

I may have forgotten the shows I’ve been on, or the specifics on what we talked about, but I never forget the bonds that I make with the people I’ve interviewed or been interviewed by.

I love giving people a platform to share their stories, and I know that I’ve been grateful to others who have done the same for me.

It’s really important for us as creators to support one another, and it’s a total win-win situation.

So, if you have been a guest on any of my podcasts, or if I was a guest on yours, this one is for you and I’d love to have you back on my show or come back on yours!

Also, a special shout out to Rolly, my podcast editor, who has been listening to my voice for quite some time now and always delivers fantastic final episodes. Thank you for the work that you do!

Lesson 6: Podcasts allow your voice to be heard.

Looking at the stats for my podcast, there are people listening in to my podcast from around 100 countries.

Crazy, right?

That’s the incredible power of podcasts!

They allow you to distribute your voice, your message, and your experiences all across the globe to tons of diverse communities.

That is a gift.

That is a privilege.

And, really, all I have to do is a hold a mic and start recording.

So, if you have something to say, say it.

I promise you, you’ll be surprised at how many people will want to listen.

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If you enjoyed the 6 lessons I learned from starting a podcast, then make sure to check out the full episode where I dive more into all the details of each lesson.

Also, share this post with anyone you’d think would benefit from it and send some love if you’re a fan of the Untapped show.

I’ll be sure to send some love back to you and give you a shout out on my next episode.

The Top 10 Episodes of Untapped

As a fun little bonus, here’s a list of the top episodes of Untapped. If any of them intrigue you or sound interesting, give the full episode a listen and let me know what your thoughts are after!

#10: 6 Rules to Finish What You Start

In this episode, I share the 6 rules to finishing what you start and how to apply them and also share how to write a manifesto.

#9: Why Consistency is Your Secret Weapon

In this podcast I share how my training has progressively stacked to build a better, faster, stronger than me and how you can apply that in life, the power of mind over matter to get you through the tough times and the 3 key things I’ve layered into this journey that have led to my success so far.

#8: Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

In this episode, you’ll learn the difference between goals and intentions and how to apply intentions to your life goals.

#7: 6 Ways To Tap Into Your Human Potential

Here are a few key ways I’m going to live up to and even beyond my potential throughout the course of my life, this podcast, my vlog and as I live write a book on this very topic, that I hope you can apply to.

#6: The Simple Way to Crush Your Next 90 Days

In this episode I share with you my process for setting my quarterly goals and intentions, and making sure they are spread across the 8 categories of life I value most and why focusing across these areas gives you a more balanced approach to working towards goals and intentions that will improve your whole life, not just your money or work situation.

#5: The 30 Minute Business Plan Template

In this podcast, I literally walk you through what my next 3 months looks like for my business so you can have a crack at writing up your quarterly One Page Biz Plan.

#4: 10 Questions to Unlock Your Potential

I came across a Lifehack article and it caught my attention because it was called “10 Questions That Will Unlock Your Potential” and I thought how appropriate given the newly launched Untapped Podcast – Live up to your potential. So I took the ten questions and answered them for myself, and I’d love you to do the same because they are juicy, and they WILL help you unlock your potential.

#3: Meditation is the Key to Everything

I jumped at the chance to dive deeper into why meditation and mindfulness are transforming peoples’ lives more than ever, in this interview with Dr Elise Bialylew. She’s a coach, meditation teacher and social entrepreneur who trained as a doctor and psychiatrist.

#2: Four Steps to Self Motivation

Just how self-motivated are you? Are you prepared to take charge of your goals and achievements? Or do you set goals, knowing you won’t really work towards them, because they scare your or are too complex?

In this podcast you’ll learn the four factors necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation you can.

#1: How Sigrun Grew Her Business to Seven Figures in Four Years

This was such a popular interview because Sigrun is not only awesome but impressive, taking her business from five figures in her first year, by offering 1-1 coaching, and less than four years later, scaling it to hit  seven figures in revenue!

In this episode she shares how she rebuilt her business model to include group masterminds, retreats and her signature (and legendary) program SOMBA – Sigrun’s Online MBA.

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3 Reasons to Launch Your Online Course in 2019

Imagine being able to scale you and your revenue without scaling the amount of work you do?

That’s the power of being able to launch your online course. You get to teach what you know and love, and make an impact in lots of peoples lives.

The great news, although it may seem like everyone and their dog is launching an online course right now, there’s no better time to be teaching these skills that people want to learn, through your own online course.

Why? According to research from Forbes the e-learning market is expected to reach a value of 325 billion by 2025.

That’s triple the growth from 2015. Triple!

Why is that? Well in order to succeed or just stay afloat in the future of work, the need to reskill, upskill and keep learning is critical.

That’s why I’ve been so intent on covering off on how to do this on my podcast and blog. Check out How to tap into the future of work and Why the future of work is learning.

What’s even more astounding is that online courses made $46 billion last year, according to Len Markidan from Podia, a creator’s dream platform for online courses, digital products and memberships.

The thing is, a lot of people get put off by not knowing where to start, or thinking they don’t have anything to teach or offer, or getting overwhelmed by the tech side…and the list goes on.

And I get it, because when I started out I was like how the heck do I do this?

How I launched my first profitable online course

Cast your mind back to 2010. I was in lovely Vancouver, Canada and was almost broke after 6 months focused on building up my blog and credibility but having nothing to offer to actually earn income.

I finally pulled together my first paid workshop called The Social Media Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, held over two days with just ten people.

I ended up putting on three workshops due to demand and selling out since it was such a hot topic. By the end of the month I’d made $15K and couldn’t believe it.

The feedback had been amazing as I was teaching people how to use social media to build their business and it was super hands on and practical – just what startups need on a small budget and with little time on their hands.

Yet, I knew there were so many more people in my community (because they reached out and asked after seeing me post photos on social media), that I wasn’t able to reach by staying in one location and limiting the numbers in my workshop.

I thought to myself, there has to be a better way. Plus one that allows me to have flexibility and freedom on how and where I work.

Launch your online course with Natalie Sisson
For reals – this is me packed up and ready to hit the road with my online course back in 2010.

So I took my powerpoint slides, researched which tool would allow me to record my screen and talk over the top of the slides and then spent over 40 long hours over the next three weeks recording the entire two day workshop and turning it into videos and transcripts.

I then decided to market it to my tribe with a free webinar. I had 100 people sign up, which blew me away, 30 people attend live and ONE person buy my course.

And I was THRILLED.

Sure I was hoping for more but someone had just validated that what I had to offer and teach was of value to them and they were willing to pay me US$297 for it!

Holy crap!! What if could get 10 people to take my course and learn from me? That would be close to US$3,000 which would pretty much pay me back for the time I spent creating the damn thing.

What if I could get 20? Wow $6,000 is like a dream come true and would allow me to go travelling while running my online course from anywhere, and before I knew it The Suitcase Entrepreneur was born.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I went on to make over $10K on that course, $100K on digital products and over $300K with one course through multiple launches.

And deep down, I know you are completely capable of replicating my results too – if you want it enough.

Want me to show you how?

Three key reasons to launch your online course in 2019

I truly believe that everyone has something to teach, and that online courses and experiences are one of the best ways to impart that knowledge.

Yet almost every person I speaks to initially is hesitant to admit they know anything that people might be willing to pay them for.

So in order to blast past any doubts or insecurities you may have, here are three facts that I know to be true about you, that you may not even know about yourself!

Reason #1. You have an unfair advantage

Your Unfair Advantage

Oh yeah what’s that Natalie? Well my friend, it happens to be your life experiences, skills and knowledge that makes you uniquely YOU.

I have no idea why people don’t rate themselves more. The sum of what makes you who you are is truly enticing, even if you think you’re the most boring, non-standout person in the world with nothing to share.

Wait until you meet someone who thinks what you know and do is fascinating, or better yet don’t wait and instead start listening to friends, colleagues, peers and even strangers when they ask “How do you know how to do that? Can you teach me?”.

Those are usually some fairly clear signs that you’re so good at something, or so used to it coming naturally to you, that you really ought to share what you know.

Or you’ve simply worked hard at something, for some time and have built up quite a reservoir of knowledge that you simply didn’t realize other people really valued.

Either way, you need to leverage that sweetspot of yours – the intersection between what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and what people will pay you for, and launch your damn course!

Reason #2. Resonance

Stand out from the crowd

How you think, who you are, how you make people feel and how you show up in this world is what is going to make you resonate with other people and stand out in a sea of sameness.

You already do this without knowing – it’s how you tell stories, your quirks and opinions, the values you uphold and your own unique point of view.

That’s the bit that people really want to see. Every time I share a screw up, or failure, an experience or adventure or some real moment in my life and business I get a massive increase in engagement.

That’s because the more YOU that you share, the more people can resonate with you, see a little bit of themselves in you and relate to you, which means you become more human and personal to your potential customers – and that’s gold.

That’s connection, which builds trust and we are far more likely to buy from people we know, like and trust.

So what happens is as you enthuse your content, videos, messages and work with what makes you uniquely you, you begin to stand out from the rest and become THE choice and person to turn to.

Reason #3 You’re a Leading Learner

Leading learner a few steps ahead of the rest

Yes you really are. That means that you’re not an expert. You’re not a guru you’re just a couple of steps ahead of the person that you need to teach my friend.

As you learn, you lead those by sharing everything you know, real-time in a way they can relate to and resonate with, rather than from some ivory tower of ‘I’ve been doing this for 20 years and my it’s my way or the high way kiddo’.

No-one wants to learn from a know it all. They want to learn from somebody who’s living and breathing it right now, and getting results and is able to share what they know in a way that makes it easy for them to learn.

These are the people who are willing to pay you to learn what you already know and get up to speed in less time and for less money than you spent and invested, to get to where you are today…. no matter where that is.

Because the simple fact is you will always be further ahead than some people, and those are the people who’d will likely be the prime candidates to benefit from what you will teach in your online course.

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These three things alone are going to make you an outstanding online course creator, ready to share your knowledge and gifts with the very people who are prepared to pay you what you’re worth, and make an impact in their lives and on their journey.

Where I know you will get stuck, because everyone does, is on what your unique value offering is, who your target market is, how to validate people even want what you have to teach, and how to get in front of the right audience.

Then you’ll worry about the ‘how’ of launching – which platforms, video or audio or webinar or …..and what about landing pages, copywriting, marketing and advertising.

Yeah, it can all get very overwhelming when you over think it. So that’s where I’d like to come in, because my teaching superpower is the art of simplification and minimal viable product with maximum potential.

That’s why I’ve released a very special experience to help you design and presell your online course…

The Launch Your Damn Course 60 Day Accelerator

7 Lessons I’ve Learned from Finding My Next Finish Line

Recently I had the honour of being invited to go and speak in front of around 80 to 90 Ultimate Frisbee players, who were trying out to be selected for the New Zealand teams for the World Championships in Netherlands next year.

For those of you who don’t know, I have been an Ultimate Frisbee player for the last 16 years. It’s been a long held passion of mine and it was really neat to be asked to come and speak at this  training camp about finding your finish line, which is a big tribute to Nathan Martin, my triathlon coach from this podcast we did.

The talk I gave was specifically related to being your best self, pushing yourself, challenging yourself, crushing your goals and setting intentions that keep you motivated.

I decided you may need to hear this too, so I’ve recreated it here for you both as a full blog post and an episode on my Untapped Podcast.

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My 3 Step Year End Process

As someone who prides herself on taking action all the time, I find this a really powerful time of year to simply slow down and reflect.

Every year I do an Annual Review of sorts and share it publicly on my blog. I find this cathartic and really valuable to share with you – because my default is share and teach what I learn with others.

I also personally love learning from others, and what worked for them during the year, what they’d do differently and what their key takeaways from.

Typically it makes me feel more connected to them as a person and to appreciate that we’re all human, we all make mistakes, screw things up, have our doubts and fears.

And that despite all this, we act in the face of adversity, we commit to create value, we strive for meaning, we meet challenges head on and we turn up to the important tasks, day in and day out….

Aside from those days where we simply lay around snoozing, reading and lazing because we can or we decide to head out into the sunshine on an adventure and let loose.

I digress!

This year, I’m giving myself more space than ever to reflect as 2018 has been a year that really served up some tough challenges for me professionally, which then hit me personally.

Over the past few weeks, Josh and I have been carving out time to do our end of year Life Pilot reflection and then setting our intentions for the year ahead, and our goals for the first quarter.

A Simple Process to Close Out The Year

I wanted to share the process that Josh and I are using to close out 2018 and make sure we celebrate it.

Step 1: Consult our Life Pilot Spreadsheet to get a visual on our entire life for the year.

It’s simple yet powerful and it’s been made much easier thanks to our Life Pilot spreadsheet.

Being able to scroll back through our 3 most important daily actions, weekly goals, monthly and quarterly intentions has given us an instant look at how our year really was in 2018.

And there ain’t no hiding from that data!

The colour coding on our Life Pilot spreadsheet also gives us a great visual summary of how we did across all our areas of life too – did we hit, progress or miss those important actions and goals?

Which areas of life showed up most and did any of them dominate?

Our areas we chose are: Personal Growth, Relationships, Health, Impact, Lifestyle, Financial, Work and Habits.

From this we’re able to deduce what went well, what we did and jog our memory about what really mattered, or what we may have forgotten that we experienced or achieved.

Step 2: Do a walk and talk reflecting on the year and summarize, reminisce and share.

We love to walk and talk, it stimulates our minds being out in nature and we both like to talk things out. I then like to capture this in a tool like Evernote.

And here’s exactly what I wrote down, no edits:

Jan/ Feb – Gold Coast, wedding, friends

Feb – Angel (as in getting our second adorable White German Shepherd Puppy!)

Mar – E-commerce idea of Poochable

Apr –  Launched $3K in 3 Months e-commerce lab.

May – Brisbane trip for Michelle’s 60th. Book project resurrect.

June – Portugal, Frisbee, Life Pilot first launch.

July – Life Pilot second launch, book prep, Better Work Together book. Enspiral winter retreat – walk with Anna to commit to becoming triathlon training buddies.

August – Freedom Plan book and program focus, second e-commerce course run, Life Pilot.

September – Freedom Plan course Launch and operational fail. Tri training.

October – Freedom Plan Accelerator horrible launch, Rotorua seasonal dreaming. Financial focus, book prep. Tri coach start.

November – Book launch, denial and work through, confidence crisis. Tri coaching start. First Splash n dash event.

December – Slump, discussions, clarity, job parameters, refresh of attitude. Gisborne scope trip. Total reframe. Happiness.

There’s a lot more that went on in the year obviously but at a high level these were the highlights and lowlights.

Step 3: Do the deep introspective work and learn the lessons.

Had I stopped there I think the process would be lame. I would be stripping myself from all the gold nuggets I can take away from a year that on every front apart from business (and therefore finances), was quite wonderful.

The fact that I let the business front so dominate my end of year thoughts on how the whole year went, was saying a lot in itself.

With more digging, I got to stand back and celebrate more than just coming through a tough period. I also got to take the lessons learned and really truly use them as a force for good in my life.

In keeping with the ‘no more than 3 things’ Life Pilot methodology, and in reviewing others’ processes (hat tip to Marie Forleo and Denise Duffield), we simply ask ourselves the following three questions, and write out our answers:

  • What things did you do this year that you’re proud of?
  • What were the biggest lessons you learned this year?
  • What one limiting story are you ready to let go of before 2019?
Photo is of me, slightly tipsy after a jug of sangria Josh and I consumed during a Life Pilot Reflection session in Baleal, Portugal in June 2018. This photo sums up the good things in life for me – beach, sunshine, surfing, blue sky, bare feet on sand, bright colours and a flag that has a purpose and gives you a direction!

What things did I do that I’m proud of this year?

Had I answered this question at the start of December the list would have been limited and I would have been hard on myself.

But as I’ve reflected and released, and got told by a coach to create a brag book, many more things came to light.

  • Spending 5 months rewriting parts of my book and working on the launch plan for it
  • Publishing and launching my new Freedom Plan book and complementary Accelerator
  • My book becoming a No #1 New Release in Amazon’s Women and Business Category, and a Top 10 Kindle book in Entrepreneurship
  • Launching an eCommerce course while taking my first attempt to launch an eCommerce business selling ethical dog products – starting with the Poochable Frisbee
  • Deciding to end my podcast after 7 years and knowing what an impact it made
  • Turning our Life Planning tool and methodology that Josh and I created into an experience, challenge and course others could transform their life with – which was also the first thing I’ve done jointly and launched with Josh
  • Learning how to work with Josh in a way that felt enjoyable and harmonious
  • Playing my fave Beach Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Portugal with dear friends, and seeing Josh enjoy his first ever time playing – so proud of him.
  • Continuing to learn how to be a great puppy mum and committing to building a great relationship with Kayla and Angel (while simultaneously falling more in love with them)
  • Contributing to the Gift Economy by volunteering more of my time, energy and experience to projects and people including Enspiral, friends and mentoring through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
  • Going to my first ever Tony Robbins event (despite my conflicting thoughts) and being thoroughly glad I did – I talked about this amazing experience in my vlog here.
  • Hitting 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube Channel despite not maintaining a regular rhythm of releasing videos
  • Deciding (on somewhat of a whim thanks to Claire) to start training for Sprint Triathlons as a long term mission to improve my health, mindset and physical performance
  • Learning more about gardening and trees and continuing to create a magical place and home on our property Kairangi Haven
  • Making new friends and nurturing a quality community of people locally
  • Mentoring a wonderful bunch of women Entrepreneurs through Triple Twist with my wonderful partner in crime Julie Treanor
  • Being part of two New Frontiers events, meeting incredible changemakers and being asked to impromptu MC one of the days
  • Learning how to be a better person in my relationship with Josh, and sharing this growth with each other while deepening our love and respect.
  • Letting go of my past success to make way for the new (even if it was freaking painful)

What were the biggest lessons you learned this year?

I learned (and often the hard way), that you:

  • must never stop learning and growing
  • must never do work that doesn’t align with your innermost values
  • must never get trapped in the comparison game and lose sight of your uniqueness
  • you can’t judge your success on your past self
  • you can change your thoughts, beliefs and behaviour by changing your state – in an instant!

Stemming from this overarching ass-walloping lesson, is to act decisively when things don’t go as planned, don’t get stuck in ‘business as usual’ and don’t over outsource!

On that note you might enjoy my recent post about How I saved $3,000 on Tools and Technology for One Hour of Work.

What one limiting story are you ready to let go of before 2019?

My past identity does not predict my future success.

I’ve battled with this one all year. If I’m really honest, this has been the root cause of a lot of my challenges ever since I ‘stopped’ being the Suitcase Entrepreneur and made a 180 degree life change.

I’ve written and podcasted about this extensively. I simply did not realize that too much change is dangerous until it was too late.

And it’s affected me for close to two years.

Thankfully I’ve eaten humble pie, I’ve done and will continue to do the deep work to understand this and how it affects you, and I feel I’ve come out the other end with some amazing insights.

As Leo Babauta said in this post, you need to Train in Uncertainty.

When you get comfortable with something, you have to give it up. When you think you know something, you have to toss it out. When you walk through life with concepts, you have to let those concepts go and see things with fresh eyes.

That’s why I’m open to there being more lessons that I need to learn and am happy to experience them fully!

This year I realized that I can be soft and accepting of myself (and others) while being motivated and driven. I just need to keep those parts of me that are true to me but balance them better.

 

To close out this year, I am deeply grateful for all the wonderful experiences and quality people who I’ve spent time with and learned from.

I’m thankful to have rediscovered parts of myself that were laying dormant and I appreciate, more than ever, that I shall always be a student of life.

Here we come 2019. I’m ready for you, more than you will ever know!