Exactly How to Find a Life-Changing Mastermind Group (6 Huge Mistakes to Avoid) Ep 82

Okay, so I'm willing to bet that at this point you've heard about "mastermind groups", and that you should totally be in one. 

{Psst, I made you a pretty little free guide to go with this episode! Go grab it here before you listen.}

A mastermind group is a crew of roughly 4-8 business building peers who meet online or in person on a regular basis for accountability, insight and direction. And when you're in a good one, it totally rocks. 

But um... how exactly do you find a great group? 

A great mastermind group doesn't have to be harder to find than the Loch Ness Monster or a boyfriend who will actually watch The Bachelor with you.

There's to connect with amazing people online in a way that might change your life, and today we're talking about exactly that -- PLUS 6 huge mistakes I've seen in the formation of groups, and how to avoid them. 


I've had two personal experiences with amazing mastermind groups -- one online that's been meeting regularly for over a year, and one recent retreat in person in NYC -- so you'll hear all about how I found them and what made them work. 

On top of that, we've now done two rounds of Mastermind Group pairing over at Fizzle. I've been at the helm when it came to pairing the groups together, and I've seen a lot of different results -- some groups never got off the ground, and others created business besties. 

Wanna know what makes or breaks a mastermind group? You gotta tune in to the episode. But first, grab your guide so you don't have to take any notes!

Minimalist Baker: The Secret to Building a Rock Solid Brand with Dana Shultz

What does it take to build a stunning brand and create a food blog empire? This week, I'm thrilled we have my dear friend Dana Shultz to help us find out! 


Dana is the creator and founder of Minimalist Baker, an amazing website dedicated to simple vegan cooking with recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. She's also an author, and I've got her cookbook proudly displayed in my kitchen -- it rocks!

We're talking about Dana's story, diving deep into the inner workings of Minimalist Baker. We're rewinding the tapes to her first attempt at blogging, a more general website dedicated to her interests and everyday life.

Though her first blog didn't get much traction, Dana noticed the popularity of her food-focused blog posts.

She decided to get laser focused, fusing her recipe creating and food photography skills to craft a crisp, clear brand with beautiful & compelling imagery.  

Minimalist Baker has garnered a colossal following with a published cookbook to go with it, and Dana didn't just get lucky or stumble upon the right idea on accident. Her approach to branding is her secret sauce, and it's one we can all learn from: an excellent mashup of simplicity, dedication, discipline and authenticity. 

In the Courage half, you'll hear:

  • All about Minimalist Baker and how Dana & her husband / partner in crime (John) earn their living with the site 
  • How she got here, and the roadblocks along the way 
  • A peek into the lessons and pivots that led to Minimalist Baker's wildfire success

And then in the Clarity part, we're talkin':

  • Specific mistakes Dana made with her first blog, and what she sees so clearly in looking back
  • How a brand can evolve over time without turning an audience off 
  • The power of a truly compelling mission statement, why you need to write one and how to do it
  • What to do if your message feels murky -- how to find your core and use it to attract eager readers
  • What makes a truly excellent brand, and how each of us can strengthen ours 

"People don't have time to figure out what you do, you have to be really really clear about what you do."

"I don't think that you have to be the best at something, you just have to be interesting, value-adding and consistent."

Erin Kelly: 3 Fun & Easy Ways to Boost Engagement & Identify Hot Leads (Ep 80)

This week on the show I'm welcoming Erin Kelly, Co-Founder of MemberVault!


Erin spills all the beans about MemberVault, an amazing software that helps entrepreneurs deliver and sell content. Even better, the platform makes courses more fun to complete by making it feel like more of a game, complete with badges and opportunity to unlock new content. 

Not only is Erin a savvy Co-Founder, but she runs the company with her husband from an RV with a toddler in the mix!

In the Courage episode, she shares her path to Membervault and what it's like to truly live as a digital nomad.  

Then, in the Clarity part, she dishes up 3 awesome, fun, easy and simple ways to boost engagement and identify your hottest leads. 

In the Courage episode you'll hear: 

  • Erin's background as an Online Business Management (OBM), what it's like to run an OBM business, and how it differs from a VA business
  • Dealing with resistance and learning to take steps when you're stuck 
  • All about MemberVault -- what it is, and how she and her husband started it
  • A peek into the life of a digital nomad -- the pros, cons, and how to make aligned decisions like deciding to stop traveling full-time 

And in the Clarity portion, you'll hear: 

  • 3 awesome, fun, easy and simply ways to boost engagement and identify your hottest leads 
  • How personalized content works, and some suggestions for incorporating it into your business
  • What it means to "gamify", and why this is the hot content trend we all need to know about 
  • The importance of tracking potential customer behavior, identifying easy opportunities to convert them into paid members 

Behind the Scenes of a Successful & Profitable 5 Day Challenge (Ep 79)

How do you quadruple an email list in 30 days, attract nearly 1,000 challenge participants, and launch a course with 250 participants?

After tons of trial and error last year, 2018 got off to a fast start for me. And today, I'm seriously stoked so spill ALL the details. 

Ready to go behind the scenes with me?!


In this solocast episode you're getting a backstage pass, including: 

  • My process for creating a new opt-in lead magnet that quadrupled my list in 30 days
  • How I decided to host the Most Productive Week Ever 5 Day Challenge, and my favorite free resource for learning how 
  • How I got nearly 1,000 people to participate (<-- wildest dreams over here!)
  • Exactly what I did on each day of the challenge -- mini-lessons, email series & going live
  • Leveraging the challenge audience to create a funnel for my Goals That Stick course 
  • Facts, figures, numbers, results -- all the things we nosy business nerds want to hear! 

Show notes: 

  • Fizzle, get 5 weeks free - https://fizzle.co/courage
  • Goals That Stick course at Fizzle - http://fizzle.co/goals
  • WebinarJam - https://www.webinarjam.com/
  • Fizzle Course Library - https://fizzle.co/course-library
  • The RobCast - https://robbell.podbean.com/
  • The 15 Minute Planner Method https://www.courageandclarity.com/plan/
  • The Courage & Clarity Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/courageandclarity/
  • How to Prepare, Plan, and Execute a Profitable 5-day Challenge - http://www.amyporterfield.com/2017/01/144-how-to-prepare-plan-execute-a-profitable-5-day-challenge/
  • ConvertKit - https://fizzle.co/convertkit
  • Most Productive Week Ever 5 day challenge — Courage and Clarity https://www.courageandclarity.com/challenge/
  • Steph on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stephcrowder_/

Jacq Fisch: 5 Steps to Side Hustle Without Wrecking Yourself, Even with a Family & Job (ep 78)

Meet Jacqueline Fisch, copywriter, editor, author and fellow Chicagoan! 

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Jacq is a member of the Courage and Clarity community and a listener of the show, and it feels like a special treat to dive deep with a member of our tribe.

In this episode, you’ll discover the crazy twist that prompted her to go full steam ahead with her writing business despite being a wife, mother to 2 kids, and full-time employee for 13 years.

Then, in the Clarity half, she's sharing 5 concrete steps to growing a hustle -- WITHOUT hating yourself and making your family crazy in the process. 

First up in the Courage half, you'll hear: 

  • All about Jacq's business and how she earns her living
  • What it was like to get laid off THREE times in 5 years (two of those times was the same company!)
  • Huge lessons she learned after being laid off and these have shaped her work today

Then in Clarity, we're diving into: 

  • How time tracking can add firepower to your productivity
  • Exactly how to set up boundaries
  • What to do with the extra money you make from your new side hustle 
  • The importance of talking about your big dream and telling lots of people
  • How to find gratitude, even when it feels crazy


"People buy the transformation, they don't really buy the buzz words."
"Hours don't lie."
"Don't put a ton of effort into things that aren't important." -Tim Ferriss
"Get the good stuff done so you can get out and do what you want to do."

Show notes: 

  • Jacq's Blog Post
  • Fizzle - https://fizzle.co/courage
  • Toggle - https://toggl.com
  • Courage and Clarity on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/courageandclarity

Ep 077 // 3 Ways to Grow Your Business with YouTube (with Trena Little)

In this episode I'm hanging with Trena Little, a YouTube Coach and creator of amazingly helpful YouTube channel, Tips with Trena! 



In her channel, you’ll find straight-to-the-point tutorials for entrepreneurs who want to harness the power of video -- WITHOUT spending a ton of time & money.

In today’s show, she's sharing brutally honest mistakes from her first couple years in business, how she tweaked to find success, and super concrete tips for leveraging YouTube -- even if you're a TOTAL newbie! 

In the Courage portion, you'll hear: 

  • All about Trena's business & how she earns her living 
  • Why we should all care about using video in our businesses 
  • How she started, quit her job & built a course 
  • The tricky path to finding the right people & pain point
  • Launching to crickets -- and how she switched it up to actually get clients 

And in the Clarity half, we get into: 

  • How YouTube content helps viewers find you via search 
  • How video content shortens the "know, like and trust" curve 
  • Exactly how to use a YouTube video to create a month's worth of content 
  • How regular people can make good videos without fancy equipment or paying for editing 

"You won't get better if you don't start practicing and testing and seeing what's working. You just gotta do it. If you hold on to perfect, you're never gonna get anything out there."

"When it comes to YouTube, let your freak flag fly."

Show Notes

Ep 76 // 9 Big Lessons Learned in One Year of Podcasting

It’s been a year since I started podcasting and here we are, already on our 76th episode! In this episode I'm on the mic solo, sharing the exact evolution of my workflow & processes over time. I'm also revealing one of my grand plans for the next few weeks.


If you're running a podcast, planning to get into podcasting, or honestly creating content of any kind, this is definitely going to be a great episode for you. 

Nine big things that I've learned in my first year of podcasting:

  • First lesson: Sponsorship is not all it’s cracked up to be / sponsorship is not everything
  • Second lesson: Know when to hand it off
  • Third lesson: The power of batching content
  • Fourth lesson: Having a mix of guest interviews and solo shows
  • Fifth lesson: Creating community
  • Sixth lesson: Making an outline and making it powerful
  • Seventh lesson: Giving away the farm
  • Eighth lesson: Making people feel special
  • Ninth lesson: Not being afraid to grow
  • Bonus lesson: Keeping it simple

"When you get a great idea, you share, you build, and you use it to create a community."
"Don't be afraid to grow."

Ep 075 // Grief, Growth & Keys to a Hyper-Engaged Facebook Group with Becky Mollenkamp

Today the show is as powerful as it is vulnerable and helpful ... strap in for a good one as my friend Becky Mollenkamp and I explore our winding journeys with grief and growth. 



If you listened to Episode 21 of the show, you already know a little about my rocky road with grief after the loss of my 24 year old brother in September 2016. 

Almost unbelievably to me, Becky has walked a path parallel to mine. In this episode, we're diving into the loss of her little brother, how she grew in her deep knowing of herself and discovered her superpower of building community in the process. 

Becky runs a tight-knit, vibrant & engaged Facebook group, so in the Clarity episode she's sharing 6 killer tips for creating community with authenticity & vulnerability. Her wisdom has definitely influenced how I run my own Facebook Group, so her tips are not to be missed. 

In the Courage portion, you'll hear:

  • More about Becky's business and how she makes a living
  • Her journey as a writer, challenges along the way & how she wound up working for herself 
  • What it takes to get paid to write
  • The shocking event that dragged her to rock bottom -- and how it turned her into who she is today 
  • More about the experience of losing a loved one, what it's like to lose yourself & find your way back after changing everything
  • Moving in with her mom at 36 years old, repairing her spirit & learning to leverage vulnerability to discover her superpower

And in the Clarity half, we're talkin':

Tips and Strategies for Facebook groups -- 

  1. Giving permission to participate
  2. Tweaking questions to enter the group
  3. How Becky has leveraged capping membership to create a feeling of intimacy
  4. Becky's community leading secret sauce: being vulnerable
  5. Personally welcoming each new member
  6. Modeling good, authentic behavior

"Get comfortable with being vulnerable. Every time I allow myself to feel the feelings, get the feelings out, magic seems to happen." - Becky Mollenkamp


Links/Resources Mentioned:

Ep 074 // Stop Overcomplicating & Simplify Your Business in 5 Steps with Ashley Gartland

This week I'm thrilled to welcome Ashley Gartland,  Coach for Creative Entrepreneurs & Simplification Extraordinaire!


 She’s on a mission to help women avoid the process of overcomplicating their businesses by teaching them how to simplify.

In this episode she shares how she transitioned from a career in food writing to coaching. You'll also find out how she discovered her “superpower” and figured out what it is that she can do well for people. 

In the Courage portion, you'll hear...

  • More about the ins & outs of Ashley's coaching biz
  • What it means to help people "simplify"
  • How she started as a food writer and built her first successful business
  • What it felt like to experience a nagging feeling of needing to do something more
  • How she discovered business coaching and made the pivot
  • What it was like to take on her first few clients
  • Embracing what she's really meant to do (due to tough feedback!)

And in Clarity, you'll hear:

  • 5 Steps to Simplifying Your Business
  • Step 1 - Do one thing at a time
  • Step 2 - Do a few things really well
  • Step 3 - Progress, not perfection
  • Step 4 - Delegate Daily
  • Step 5 - Say no to shiny objects


"Do less, better." - Ashley Gartland


Show Notes:

  • Fizzle, 5 weeks free! - fizzle.co/courage
  • Marie Forleo TV - https://www.marieforleo.com/marietv/
  • Ashley's Website - http://ashleymgartland.com/
  • 5 Step Guide to Simplifying your Business - https://www.ashleymgartland.com/simplify
  • Courage and Calirty Community - facebook.com/courageandclarity

Ep 073 // Hit Your Goals Without Breaking Your Neck with "Good, Better & Best" (with Megan Hale)

Welcome to 2018! You know I couldn't publish an episode on January 1 without chatting goals with a dear friend of mine, right?! But it's so good & refreshing...


Megan Hale (creator of Wild & Holy Year) spills her secret sauce goal setting method that is allowing her to press pause for a YEAR for maternity leave if she chooses to. Mind blown! 

It's January 1st, and if I had a dime for all the goal setting advice that's out there ... well, you know how that saying goes. 

But there's something really special here, and that's why I invited Megan to record this podcast with me LIVE on Facebook.

Her "Good, Better & Best" framework is effective for many reasons: 

- It takes the pressure off by allowing us to celebrate milestones
- It puts our big scary goals within reach
- It gives us a feeling of WINNING instead of constantly falling short
- In general, it puts an "I can DO this!" feeling into our hearts 

I can't wait for you to hear Megan in this episode, and if you want to learn more about Wild & Holy year scoot on over to http://megan-hale.com!  

Ep 072 // How to Love Your Life in 2018 (Encore with Catherine Rains)

Remember this gem of a lady? You might recognize her face from Episode 57! 


This episode was SO popular, I believe it's worth a second listen. 

Tune in to hear how Catherine Rains (@thehotelartist on Instagram) learned to STOP fighting against her life, and fall in love with it instead.

If you haven't ever heard it, stop everything and listen! 

And if it's your second time, give it your attention one more time and let Catherine's goodness wash over you on another level. 

In this episode, you'll hear: 

- How to stop fighting AGAINST your circumstances, and instead learn to work WITH them
- A few precise mantras to help you stop dwelling in "tomorrow", "what if", "if only" & "someday"
- How Catherine used this mindset shift to go from hating her job, to loving it so much she cried when her dream job came along
- How Catherine was able to believe that cancer & divorce were amazing gifts, even as they were happening to her

Ep 071 // 7 Favorite Tools for Tapping into my Zone of Genius Every Day

Not long ago, I was in a major funk. But recently, without much effort at all I've turned it around, and some amazing results have come.

I'm laser focused now. Connected with you guys. Creating cool sh*t. Doubling my email list in one week. And I REALLY think it's because I'm more grounded. 

"More grounded" means I go through my day with more concentration and less stress / frazzled lady energy / overwhelm. 

I've been experimenting with adding 7 really special things into my day. 

In this episode, I take you deep into my favorite daily routine -- I'm talking exact tools, apps, favorite treats to get myself pumped up and more. 

If you keep hearing about "mindfulness", "meditation", "morning routines" or any combination of these, and you're equal parts annoyed & intrigued, this episode is for you.

Ep 070 // How to Know Exactly What to Do Next with Tonya Dalton

This week on the show, I'm totally nerding out on all things productivity with Tonya Dalton, Founder of Inkwell Press! 

Especially with the recent launch of my new free 15 minute planner method, it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of conversations around productivity -- in particular, with a heavy dose of intention. 

After all, checklists and to do lists are just tools. It's what we do with these tools, and why we're doing it in the first place, that makes it all come together. 

By all measures of "success", Tonya had "made it" with her first business. And yet, she found herself miserable. Can you even imagine that? How do you figure out what to do next when all you know is that something is missing?

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • The story of Tonya's first business, which she built from her dining room table with zero business experience 
  • What happened when Tonya realized it was time for something new... but she had no idea why, or what to work on next 
  • Why imbalance is actually a critical piece of finding success (and why we need to stop looking for "balance" all the time) 
  • What it actually means when you feel overwhelmed (and how to fix it) 
  • A real, tactical process for sitting down and discovering what you truly want to do next

Ep 069 // 4 Steps to Plan Your Week in 15 Minutes (And Get it Done This Time)

In today's episode, I'm going talking about 4 steps to plan your entire week in 15 minutes. Yep, I'm for real -- 4 steps, 15 minutes, actually getting the good stuff DONE. 

So in my free guide, you'll see on the second page I describe this method as "the crockpot of productivity".

Here's why: I have tried every single solitary planning method under the SUN, guys. In fact, if you've listened to me on this show or over on the Fizzle Show for any amount of time, you have almost definitely heard me talk about my various affairs with planners and tools.

I've tried paper planners, digital planners, online tools like Trello and Asana, I've tried planning nothing at all, I've tried planning every single minute from sun up to sun down, I've tried the pomodoro method, rewards-based systems, and the list goes on and on.

Now, don't misunderstand me -- I have nothing against any of these tools, and in fact, I think most of them are very useful in their own ways.

So back to the crockpot analogy. With all the planning methods I've tried, I started to feel like I had a kitchen full of fancy cooking gadgets -- but whether or not dinner actually made it onto the table? That was another story completely.

The weekly planning method I'm about to teach you works because, like the crockpot, we're going to sit down for just 15 minutes and plan your week ONCE. It's going to be simple, yet effective -- it gets the job done, without 17 pots and pans that you just don't need.

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • The big reason your big & exciting projects are the first thing to slip off the priority list
  • An easy, stress-free approach to planning to avoid spinning your wheels 
  • Why this method is like the crockpot of productivity, and how you can "set & forget" your week
  • 4 steps to plan your week quickly & make real progress that drives results in your business 

Click here to grab your free planning workbook (including photos of my real notebook)!

Ep 068 // Building a Thriving Coaching Business & Keeping Your Life Out of "Crisis Mode"

This week I have Kali Rogers with me, Founder & CEO of Blush Online Life Coaching! 


Kali has created a life coaching membership site where women & girls around the world can receive guidance from Masters' Level Counselors for just $79/month. 

But of course, this is far from where Kali started. 

Years earlier, she moved her life to Texas only to be fired from her job a few weeks in. She felt trapped, stuck and deeply afraid that she'd be spinning her wheels forever. 

But Kali and her now-fiance took a leap of faith and moved their lives to LA, where Kali hustled Blush to success. 

In this Courage AND Clarity episode, you'll hear: 

- How Kali started Blush (and all the fears along the way) 
- Why Kali believes having a "back up plan" might not be compatible with entrepreneurial dreams
- How to coax yourself forward if you're feeling lost in life
- Practical, super useful daily exercises to help us work on decision making so we can stay OUT of crisis mode 

Ep 067 // What to Focus On if You Feel You've Fallen Short This Year

It's Thanksgiving week! To celebrate, this episode has got a Thanksgiving-themed twist to it, and I'll bet it's not what you think.

Lately, it seems I've been having a LOT of conversations with listeners & Fizzle members who express a general restless or unsettled feeling in their businesses right now. 

It's almost like they're itching to burn it all to the ground, re-brand, start over or quit something in order to feel a spark or some freshness again. 

Does that sound familiar to you right now? If I'm honest, I've felt it too. So today on the show, we're digging into this funk. 


It seems to me that most of us are SO focused on all the areas where we're falling short, all of the things we haven’t gotten done.

As the year 2017 draws to a close -- we’re coming up on the very last month of the year -- it’s easy to start beating ourselves up for all of the things that we didn’t finish this year and all of the promises that we couldn't keep.

In other words, all the ways that we fell short.

And so instead, because I know you’re gonna feel this way because *I* have felt this way, I want to ask you a question...


Article by Corbett: Do What Works

Ep 066 // Create a Story for Your Product with 6 Out of the Box Ideas with Kristen Ley

It's a Courage AND Clarity mega episode with Kristen Ley, Founder of Thimblepress! 


In this episode, you'll hear both the Courage & Clarity components stitched together with some music inbetween so you know when we're switching. 

We talk about: 

- Kristen's story of how she hustled Thimblepress out of her garage while she had a day job she actually liked
- Why she had zero fears nor doubts about her business, and how you can feel this in your business too
- 6 big ideas for creating a compelling story for your brand
- How to make selling easier, lighter and more fun by leveraging a story 

Ep 065 // 4 Ingredients for Crafting a Maternity Leave that Works with Arianna Taboada (Clarity)

Today on the show, Arianna Taboada is back for her Clarity episode -- she's dropping 4 major ingredients we need to cook up the perfect maternity leave.



I'm so lucky to work with two dudes who wanted to do anything & everything to support my transition, but honestly, I didn't really know what to ask for. 

We made it work pretty darn well over at Fizzle, but I truly wish I'd had this episode before my little bundle of joy came along. 

In this episode, you'll hear: 

  • How to figure out how much business help you're actually going to need as a new mom
  • What you need to know about delegating, BEFORE you go into labor 
  • How to know exactly what you're going to need, and how to actually ask for it 
  • The key to a less-bumpy transition back to work 
  • And a bonus: what's working for *me* 18 months in!

Here's where to grab Arianna's free workbook: http://bit.ly/expectingentrepreneur 

Ep 064 // How to Shift Work From "Stressful" to "Safe Space", Even When Life Feels Insane with Arianna Taboada (Courage)

In this Courage episode, I'm talking to Arianna Taboada, a Maternal Health Consultant for Entrepreneurs who helps ease the collision between business and babies!

I can't articulate how important and compelling I believe Arianna's work is having gone through "la pequeña muerte" myself. 

In this episode we go deeper into Arianna's work, her recent trans-international move prompted by violence & conflict, and how she streamlined her income to become the sole bread winner while moving in with her parents and dealing with her grandmother's death.

... Whoa, I felt exhausted just TYPING that. 

Arianna's been through a lot, but despite the upheaval she has a refreshing perspective on the role work can play during times of personal chaos. She's got me challenging how I view my own work, and I hope you take the same thing away from this conversation! 

Ep 063 // We Challenge You to Become a Better Public Speaker This Month (with Crystal Escobar)

In this special episode, I'm sharing details about an exciting November Challenge I'm spearheading with my new friend, Crystal Escobar!

I've loved public speaking for a while, and even though using my voice has been my job for the better part of 7 years, it's one of those things I love practicing, refining and going deeper into. 

So when Crystal reached out to me about hosting a 15 day challenge together to get people more comfortable with video and showing up online, I was all in. I can't wait to do this challenge myself! 

There's lots happening in this episode, including: 

  • A recap of my recent experience as a keynote speaker (in front of 300 people, eek!)
  • My 4 big tips for excellent public speaking
  • How you can leverage video tools like Facebook and Instagram to sharpen your speaking skills
  • Crystal's experience with creating video every day for 6 months, including the unexpected results in her personal life 
  • How to get your hands on 15 days of prompts to jump-start and up-level your video strategy (think FB live + insta stories)

Join us for the challenge starting November 1 at wannabebalanced.com/wannabefearless!