Make-it-Fly's In-Flight Refueling Ezine

Feature Article: What is Success Anyway?

Business Owner in the Spotlight
Liz Hamilton
Maia Internet Consulting


Refueling Recommendations
Make-it-Fly® Advisory Boards
Advisory Board Openings

Make-it-Fly® MarketPlace

Next Make-it-Fly® Café

ISSN# 1552-3705

May 4, 2010
Volume 7, Issue 08

"In-Flight Refueling" is published twice a month.

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A Note From Dave & Victoria


At the end of April, we celebrated Make-it-Fly’s seventh birthday!We're grateful for the many truly outstanding clients and friends we’ve enjoyed serving during this time..


In the last two weeks, we’ve managed to spend time with many of our children and grandchildren—between us, we have seven kids and 16 grandkids! Victoria’s son, who lives in Sidney, Australia, also paid us a surprise visit. It’s a lot of fun to hang out with these guys!

Our very best regards,

Dave and Victoria


Business Owner in the Spotlight

Liz Hamilton of Maia Internet ConsultingLiz Hamilton
Maia Internet Consulting

Liz Hamilton has been involved with the Internet since the dot-com boom and crash. “I started the business back in 2001,” she says. “I had just left BedandBreakfast.com, an online directory for bed and breakfasts and small hoteliers, and decided to strike out on my own.”

Liz knew then that every small business needs to have a professional web presence. “Many small business owners love to have some control over their websites but find it hard to keep them updated as they have to pay a webmaster for every edit,” she says. “That’s where we come in: we create websites and blogs with WordPress, a popular blogging platform, that are easy to update, search-engine friendly and are professional in design.”

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about running your business?
LH: Working with other businesses and helping them with their online presence. I really enjoy learning about other people’s ideas and goals, and how to present them online and then seeing the end result.

Q: What motivated you to start this business?
LH: At BB.com, I taught innkeepers about online marketing and noticed that many people had a website that was not search-engine friendly. Innkeepers would then have to spend more money on fixing problems before being able to market online. After leaving BB.com, I thought it would be better to build a website that worked from day one, and that is what motivated me to start my business.

Q: What book has been most helpful to you in your business?
LH: E-Myth Revisited. I read it long before I joined Make-it-Fly®, and it is one of those books that you need to read at least once a year to keep on track.

Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
LH: My parents, hands down!  They always told us as kids that we could be and do anything we wanted, and we believed them. They always encouraged us and never put us down, just told us to learn from any mistakes and move on.  I am very fortunate; they still are our best champions today.

Q: What has proved to be your most successful marketing strategy?
LH: Education!  If you help people understand and freely give out information on strategies and suggest ideas that help their businesses prior to them becoming clients you hardly have to do any selling. They figure out pretty quick you have the expertise to help them move their business forward. Teaming up with power partners has also been a great strategy.

Q: What have been the greatest challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing, in your business?
LH: Strategic planning, something I have always struggled with. I tend to allow the tide to take me where it wants. A large part of me has no interest in scheduling, planning and staying on top of paperwork, so I have to force myself to do it. 

Q: How did you benefit from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LH: I have found Make-it-Flyers to be helpful and encouraging and have formed some strong, lasting relationships with people that I know I can trust and confide in and ask for advice when I need guidance. 

Q: What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
LH: You don’t have to try to do it alone. There is a confidential support group out there that can help you grow your business and guide you along the way. Having a support group to bounce ideas off and discuss options really helps you sleep better at night.

Liz Hamilton can be reached by phone at: 303-815-9860. Or visit her website at: www.MaiaInternetConsulting.com

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Dave Block, Co-Founder of Make-it-FlyDave’s Networking Nugget:

Five reasons to ask for someone’s business card and then schedule a follow-up conversation:

1. You really connected with them and want to learn more about them and their business.
2. In your initial conversation, you realized you could perhaps help them in some way.
3. Since you both have similar interests and core values, you want to get to know them better.
4. The person could be a potential power partner and you want to find out whether and how this could work.
5. You know others who could use this person’s services or products but, before referring them, you want more information.


Feature Article

Victoria MunroWhat is Success Anyway?
By Victoria Munro

Business writers and marketers use the word ‘success’ frequently, often flippantly. Much is written about achieving success and succeeding in business, but little about defining what success truly means or exactly what it will look like. It’s easy to confuse success with wealth, fame or achievement, and to get caught up in the daily demands of running our businesses and our lives with only a vague, undefined idea of what success really means to us.

We may allow the expectations of others, perhaps family, friends or society, to define success for us, and fail to stop to think about what matters most to us – to review our ultimate goal in life. Yet how you define success will have a significant impact on how you use your time, run your business and live your life.

Dictionaries define success as ‘the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.’ What does success mean to you? Is it merely to make a ton of money? Certainly your business should make money – no one starts a business to break even, but there’s more to life than money. What are you working so hard to achieve? It can be scary to define success – to commit your dream to paper, since that opens up the possibility of failure.

Failure – A Stepping Stone to Success

What if you fail? Those in business and in life who’ve enjoyed great successes have almost always failed many times in the process. You will make mistakes. How you respond to them is key. Choose to learn from them, get back on your feet and try again. Never beat yourself up or let mistakes stop you from moving forward. It may take time to reach your dream, but don’t lose heart along the way. Keep your eyes on the goal, think about it often and do something every day to move towards your success.

There is no one-size-fits-all definition for success. Everyone has his or her own unique description. Also, as you learn and gain experience your definition of success may change. Answer the following questions to determine what success means to you:

What am I truly passionate about?
What gives me the greatest fulfillment in life?
What makes me genuinely happy?
What would my dream lifestyle be like? (Give yourself permission to dream big dreams!)
What ingredients must be present for me to consider myself successful?
Who do I consider to be successful?
Why do I regard them as successful?

Take a few minutes to write out what success means for you and your business, and what it will look like when you achieve it. This may take a little soul-searching but will prove well worth the effort. Then put a plan in place to achieve it.

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Victoria’s Time / Balance Tip

Take Time to Focus First
Before starting your day, take a few minutes to review your long-term goals for both your life and your business. Think about where you ultimately want to take your life and business. Doing this will help you focus on what’s really important and help you avoid getting carried away by urgent but less vital tasks.

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Make-it-Fly Marketplace

Sharpen Your Speaking Skills this Year
at a Presentation Dojo

You worked hard on your presentation and afterward several people came up to compliment you on it. You think, “That’s nice, but I didn’t get any business.” If you want to grow your business through public speaking, enroll in the Presentation Dojo.

Jay Murray of Solutions for Tuition says, “Before working with Turning Point Presentations, 3% of my audience members typically requested appointments to learn more. Now, it’s over 50% and my business is thriving.

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Refueling Recommendations

The Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101

Each Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 program consists of 8-10 non-competing business owners who meet once a month for five consecutive months. In the spirit of giving, they offer each other solutions, ideas, resources and encouragement. Dave and Victoria facilitate each group and share powerful tools to assist business owners in reaching their goals and living more balanced lives.

If you have experienced a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board, please share the following openings with other business owners who need support. Call Dave for more information at 720-962-8888.

Programs are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Next Advisory Board 101 in Denver:

  • Wednesdays - May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20
  • Fridays - June 18, July 16, August 20, August 17, October 15, November 19

Click here to sign up for an Advisory Board.
Or call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Alumni Boards are groups of 12-14 small business owners who have participated in at least one Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and wish to continue the support and accountability with a group of like-minded, giving business associates. Members meet once a month for a three-hour meeting. If you completed the initial Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and are interested in more information on Alumni Boards, call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherNext Café:

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door

Location: The Wellshire Inn
3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222

Click here to register online now and save!

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