What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?
Actually, nothing was holding me back, I've always loved controlling my own destiny as a business owner. My first experience as a business owner occurred when I was 25 years old. I was a flight attendant for USAir and I had a very flexible schedule, so I got my real estate sales license and real estate appraisers certification. In my off time from the airlines I sold and appraised real estate. In the 1990's I co-owned two companies, Salt City Realty and Management where we sold, managed, and invested in real estate and American Appraisal where we worked with banks, credit unions and other financial institutions appraising real estate. We had an office staff of 5 and more than 10 independently contracted real estate professionals. It was a great experience at such a young age starting and growing a successful real estate firm, hiring local and regional employees and being a substantial contributor to our community's economy.
In 2005 I starting my own consulting firm, Touchdown Presentations, LLC. Our motto is, "We help you Score in Life" because we provide professional training, coaching and public speaking services. I also own Lil'MorStix, LLC, which is a cosmetic tool I invented that allows cosmetic wearers to safe money and save the environment by extracting the cosmetics that gets stuck in the bottom of their used tubes. Now consumers can use that extra product instead of wasting their money by throwing it away and polluting our environment.
What was your worst entrepreneurial moment? How did you gain clarity and know what steps to do next?
I honestly can't think of a worst entrepreneurial moment. I've made a lot of mistakes as a business owner, but they have always proven to be great learning experiences. I've learned to take the good with the bad and just keep it moving. This is a must as a small business owner because it could be easy to get discouraged. A good friend of mine gave me a poster some time ago that says, "There are no loses in business, you either win or you learn." I love that quote and subscribe to it, so I will continue to win or learn everyday. My success depends on it.
What did you get out of today's 1MC?
I received some great advice from the audience. Many of the suggestions have already been considered but not necessarily vetted. My assistant recorded the session so we can go back and listen to the remarks over and over again. We'll test some of the best ideas and implement the ones that will help us get our sales numbers up. I love OneMillionCups and the service they are providing to the business community and to business owners. I also find that the advice given to other businesses can apply to my business, so I keep showing up to participate, learn and grow, not to mention make new friends and connect with the great people I'm meeting there.
How can someone reading this help you?
The most important thing for me right now is to increase my sales. So the best help your readers can give me is to visit the website, www.lilmorstix.com, and purchase a Lil'MorStix or two for themselves or as a great gift for a girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, aunt or any other woman in their life. It's a $9.99 investment in me and my businesses success and a great, unique gift that the recipient will be among the first in the nation to own. Other than that, I am always available to talk with people who have ideas on how to get better at marketing and sales and how I can get more Lil'MorStix's in the hands of consumers and on the shelves of retailers