Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Platinum Excellence Award

James Roche, Ali Brown, Doreen Rainey
I spent last week in Las Vegas attending Ali Brown's Shine Event.  One of the highlights for me was being a finalist in the Platinum Excellence Award which recognizes business owners who have experienced the greatest overall growth in their business.  Ali blogged about the results and I'm sharing it with you.

From Ali Brown Blog:

I want to send a quick congrats to the winners of my Platinum Excellence Awards and my Bankroll Your Business Competition. I know many of you have been following these contestants on my Facebook page, so let’s give them a big shout out!

2010 Platinum Excellence Award Winners

For the Platinum Excellence Awards, our first place winner is Angelique Rewers of Richer, Smarter, Happier -- for all of her hard work this year, Angelique won a free half-day of private one-on-one coaching with James Roche and myself. In a close 2nd place is Doreen Rainey, the Radical Success Coach. Doreen won a ONE hour strategy session with James. Angelique and Doreen were chosen because they won the highest percentage of votes from our SHINE attendees and James and I found their performance over the past year to be outstanding.
Ali, Doreen, Phil, Lisa, Trudy, Michelle, Angelique, James

It was a very tight competition, and every single one of our finalists deserve to be recognized for their achievements this year. Here is the full list of our 6 Platinum Excellence Award Finalists.

2010 Platinum Excellence Award Finalists

Angelique Rewers, Richer, Smarter, Happier

Doreen Rainey, Radical Success Coach

Lisa Manyon, Write On Creative Writing Services

Michele Little, One Chic Mama

Phil Dyer, Dyer Strategy Group

Trudy Scott, Trudy Scott Mood Food Expert

My Bankroll Your Business Competition

This is a BRAND new competition where I asked you guys to pitch me your business ideas for the chance to win $5,000 of start-up capital. I hand-selected these winners because of the confidence and passion I felt while watching their video pitch and just getting a sense of what felt right.

My Bankroll Your Business Competition Winners:

Our 1st place winner is Renee Preis, taking home $5,000 to start her business. And in 2nd place, Julie Matthews took home a free copy of my Online Success Blueprint 2.0 -- my fully upgraded version. Congratulations Renee and Julie!

Each contestant had to fill out a hand-written application and record a video pitch, telling me why they thought their business should win the $5,000 in start-up capital. Watch the videos here and get pumped to enter the contest next year!

Love and success,


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Guess Who I Met in the Elevator?

Doreen Rainey and Liz Lange
I'm hanging out this week in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel attending Ali Brown's Shine Event. This three day conference is for women entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their business.

It's been a great time of learning, connecting with friends, and also enjoying some of what Las Vegas has to offer - especially one of my favorite restaurants on the strip...The Burger Bar at the Mandolay Bay. I love, love, love their veggie burger and sweet potato fries!

One of the keynote speakers at this event was Liz Lange - founder and Creative Director of Liz Lange Maternity. What I loved about her story was that she saw a need and decided to become the one to fill it. Noticing that some of her pregnant friends didn't shop at maternity stores, but rather tried to make regular clothes in a bigger size work, Liz was the first fashion designer to create chic, slim fitted, fashionable maternity clothes. In listening to her talk, I came away with 3 important points for achieving business success.

1. When you create something new, most people will tell you it won't work. At the time she decided to start her fashion line, maternity clothes were an afterthought. She talked to several retailers and experts in the field who said it would never work because women don't care how they look when they are pregnant. She chose to ignore the experts and stuck to her vision. The result: she forever changed an industry.

2. What if someone else does it? When she felt like giving up, she kept coming back to that question. What if she opened up a fashion magazine and saw someone else being successful with her idea?. That's what kept her going. When you latch on to your idea, passion, and goals, giving up is not an option.

3. Refuse to define yourself with what you can't do. Liz experienced a whole list of "can't" when building her business. She wasn't a designer, didn't sew, and didn't sketch. However, she chose to focus on what she could do - and took action.

When it comes to what you want to do - whether it's in your career, business or personal life, these are 3 points you want to always consider. In Liz's case, these were mantras that led her to create a business now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

But the best part? I got to give her a personal "thank you" for her inspiring message when I stepped on the elevator at the Wynn to go to my room. There she was. She was just as gracious and nice in person as she was on stage. And yes, the picture is from inside the elevator!

Thanks Liz for sharing your experience and your wisdom.
Doreen Rainey is CEO of the RADICAL Success Institute, providing coaching programs to help people achieve RADICAL Success.  For more information, visit her website at