Make a wish, make it happen. Featured interview on Start up Princess.

26 06 2007

I’ve recently been introduced to some great locally women owned businesses, one of them being an international networking site called Start Up Princess. The founder of the company and an entreprenuer herself, Kelly Anderson, recently invited me to be interviewed as a business owner for her site. It was a pleasure to be a part of this, and share my information with other women, along with being in the midsts of some great projects. We spoke about how I broke into my current career as a Spa Consultant, along with the launch of a new venture to bring more effective, accessible training to people in the spa and beauty industry. This has been exciting in the fact that I’m launching two new projects this year, one a digital training system called Lucid Learning Simulations, and the other a book called “Spa I.Q.; How I started an international career on $300 ! Both will be accessible later this year. If you’d like to view the entire interview, or find out more about Start Up Princess, Kelly Anderson, or other ambitious women check out the link below;

http://startupprincess.wholesaleworks.com/wordpress/

As a side note, we are currently inviting individuals, spas, resorts etc., to submit their international spa experiences, career high’s and lows, and stories to include with the book launch. You will receive exposure, and your resource information highlighted for international distribution. Please contact us for more information or to submit information from around the world.

http://thelotuseffects.com/media.html

As Kelly Anderson would say “Make a wish, make it happen.” A great motto and motivator for us all!

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Supporting small business is essential. Introducing our associate Erin Olson.

26 06 2007

We’d like to introduce an associate of ours, Erin Olson, who is in the style and fashion industry. Great for that image styling or event presenation. She runs a teen style camp in Salt Lake City, helping young women find their unique image, without substituting modesty for fashion. She is also the local director of the national project called Ladies Who Launch. A program connecting women, new businesses, and providing support and forums for them to excel.

We wholly support Erin in her endeavors, and small businesses. We can provide small business consulting and management services for you and your staff. Total quality management and customer relationship management are key whatever the size of your business, spa and wellness based or not. You can take advantage of our just in time consulting services or one on one contact to get a sense of whether a business solutions consultant is a fit for you. To find out more contact adminstration a:

contact@thelotuseffects.com

A great way to gain momentum, especially for start up companies, and new launches, is to participate in one of your local Ladies Who Launch incubators. I recently attended the May session, in Salt Lake City, directed by Erin Olson, and was delighted to find a group of like minded women and fresh ideas. Not to mention a great support group for business growth and a catalyst to forging new relationships. To join or gain more knowledge of the group please contact, or support Erin’s growing busines contact:

eolson@ladieswholaunch.com

ladieswholaunch.com

Erin’s bio:

Erin spent 9 years in the fashion world from modeling to designing to sales. She has lived and worked in Germany, Italy, India, China and NYC. After getting married a short time ago she moved back to her home state of Utah and recently became the Director of Ladies Who Launch in Salt Lake City. Ladies Who Launch serves as a multi-faceted education
model and lifestyle network, proven to be an essential tool for new business success. The organization provides an innovative platform for female entrepreneurs and women in business that combines information, community, style, fun and passion. Ladies Who Launch also produces in-depth case studies on female entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Through its website, entrepreneurial tools and programs, as well as events in different cities, Ladies Who Launch provides multiple forums for women entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share products and services, ideas, creativity and networking.

I am a strong supporter and participant in local and national networking groups, and strongly advise you hone your skills in networking. My past efforts have brought me partner alliances, clilents, new opportunities, press, and a wider knowledge base of available resources. I regularly attend local Chamber events, and am a member of NAWBO – National association of women’s business owners, as well as the chair for the Miller women’s business center. We also host the Urban Lifestyle Women’s Exchange networking monthly. What ever the venue, networking is a great way to offer your services, to connect with media and press contacts, and to participate in the community.

So whether your goal is more marketing, education or sales leads, perfect your elevator speech, know your mission statement and get out there and network!

Here’s a sample of what I tell people in the 30 seconds I have to gain their interest: “I’m Liz Galloway, Lotus Effects Consulting. I help people anticipate and create the life they want, rather than react to the life they have.” This usually gives me an open opportunity to continue on with a longer conversation and peak their interest. Be sure of what you do, what it provides to potential clients, or the public as a whole, and what you want from that particular conversation. If you find yourself in a large group and overhear someone with an introspeech similar to yours, don’t get discouraged, simply add in something more specific. For example, ” I’m Suzy, President of Widget’s Inc., we make widget’s for every household.” could become, “I’m Suzanne Doe, an experienced provider of widget’s for your home, office or family. We offer more styles than any other company.” The key is to get the audience to hear something that could apply to them directly, rather than just a name and company. Meeting 20 new members at an event can easily turn into a series of blurred faces, but who are the people that you tend to remember? They had a look, a confidence, or a statement that set them apart, right?

As always, we wish you luck in all of your ventures, and are always looking to introduce you to new and beneficial people, like Erin Olson who can provide you with something of value.





Spa College – Gaining momentum in the international training market……

25 06 2007

As industry practitioner’s, trainers and experts we are constantly trying to stay on top of breaking news, growth, market trends and events worth taking note of. One publication I like to frequent is Spa Business Magazine, a leisure media company based in the UK. Also the publishers of several other key industry news magazines, including Health & Club Management, Leisure Management, & Spa Opportunities among others. I can bear testimony that, they are one of the best all inclusive resources for interntational spa news, oppportunities and growth.

I’ve regularly used the news information and conncections to gain “inside” information before others do, and form beneficial key business relationships to enhance my business growth. As an industry trainer and spa business consultant, it is key to find tools and resources that work for you. I encourage you to check them out, along with the stories they provide.

Recently Spa College, one of our sister businesses was launched and has fast become a popular site for industry trainings. Featured in what else, but one of my favorite publications, Spa Business Magazine. You can see the full story at:

http://spabusiness.com/

We will be holding key training in the popular eco tourism spot of Manuel Antonio Costa Rica, a focus on the secrets of spa essentials and how to market and sell your sepecialty trainings once you’ve completed your course. This is a CEU based course, so if you want to learn from the experts while meeting your continuing education requirements, join us. You can also find out more course details or just ask us some questions at:

http://spa-college.com

We all know how difficult and time consuming it can be at times to sift through all the information on training and business solutions on the world wide web. That’s why it is even more important to bookmark your key sites, and make connections that can be beneficial with other providers around the world. With our digital age, and pro-sumer mentality, we can easily cross the boundries of countries world wide. Depending on what your personal and business goals are, you may want to take advantage of Spa Business’ Magazine yearly subscription, or another that may be more specific to your goals. Just follow the link at Spa Business to find out the details and purchase price.

Here’s wishing you well in your spa and business search needs, and your future success. I’m happy to continue to answer questions in regards to training, consulting or any of your other business needs. Happy training!