Real-life Brands Find Clarity and Their Secret Sauce

Real-life Brands Find Clarity and Their Secret Sauce

“Clarity is power.” (author unknown)

Over the years, the one challenge most of my consulting clients have in common is still the same: a struggle to define themselves.

Sound familiar?

Most of them know what their business is about and what they have to offer their customers, but they lack clarity about how to wrap it all up into a “neat little package” so it makes sense to their prospective customers.

Which is why I decided to create my online course: Find Your Secret Sauce and Create an Addicting Brand.

So far, two extremely smart and enthusiastic groups have undergone the intensive study of themselves, their target market and the storytelling process. And guess what? They’ve come out the other side with new clarity about who they are and how to leverage that for their branding.

I love teaching this class for three reasons:

  • Helping my students get to those a-ha moments is a total rush;
  • The camaraderie and the generous sharing of ideas among the cohorts inspires everyone; and
  • Everyone really works hard to uncover and create new branding and messaging that they can feel great about.

An important part of the course is the focus on finding the right mix of metaphors and symbols that help tell your branding story.

And while everyone who’s completed the class so far is in a different stage of implementation/rollout, these four students felt ready to share themselves with the world:

Larry Guyer, of A la Carte Digital Studios came to the class for a brand refresh.

During the course, he discovered that he’s very much a “MacGyver of graphics.” Here’s how he now talks about who he is and what he does:

Sometimes you can stumble onto your career path without even realizing it. With the purchase of a $25 dollar film developing kit in high school, I started my long and winding journey as a professional photographer. I’ve done it all…photojournalism, senior portraits, weddings…but my passion has always been product and food photography.

I learned the trade in the era of the Craftsman…when the images on film had to be perfect…no benefits of Photoshop in those days! I still give that same 100% effort on every job to produce great images at a fair price.

Photography is at the heart of most graphics projects, from trade shows to websites, so my clients began asking me to handle all aspects of the job – from design through printing. I guess I’ve became the “MacGyver of graphics” because every project is like a puzzle…trying to find the right pieces to make the job as good as it possibly can be…sometimes having to come up with some unexpected solutions.

Taking on new challenges and delivering high-value results without breaking the bank is my goal. My clients keep coming back for more…so the extra effort seems to be well worth it.

Larry graciously offered up a testimonial about his experience:

I always looked at my business as something that I started so I could do the kind of jobs I liked. I thought it was just because of me…but the course showed me that my business really WAS me! I was the “secret ingredient!” The ideas I gained were way beyond anything I might have come up with by myself. I still don’t have all the answers…but certainly have a much better foundation of knowledge to help me make some decisions on where and how to modify my business image and marketing plan in the future. Thanks Tea…it was time and money well spent!

Nancy Meadows of Nancy Meadows Interior Design had also been in business for awhile.

She just couldn’t seem to nail down a message that resonated with both her prospective clients and herself. About mid-way through the course, she came to see how she was like the “Doris Day of Interior Design” — and this became a great shorthand for expressing her down-to-earth personality and sense of style to her prospects. Here’s what she had to say about the class:

I have taken many marketing classes over the last few years and they were all great. The problem was I couldn’t take much action on all that I learned. I was missing some critical information that I needed before I could market myself and my business at all. I could not for the life of me find the words to express my brilliance (something we all have.) What made me unique, and how on earth could I find ideal clients without knowing? How could I explain, in words, my special talents? And then it happened. Somehow I found my way to Tea, invested in her “Secret Sauce” program and FINALLY began to find those words that had eluded me for such a long time. I found my own “recipe.” I’m still a work in progress and always will be, but Tea through her own unique method, showed me the right path to travel. I’m no longer confused and I’m so grateful. Thanks, Tea!

Flora Brown, PhD of Color Your Life Published joined us needing to meld three different brands in a way that made sense.

It wasn’t long before she realized that her love of travel, learning and adventure were a perfect theme that could bring everything together.

She explains:
Flora Brown
This course helped me discover the pattern among all the ingredients of my background, aspirations, favorite things, experiences and even quirks that contribute to my secret sauce. For the first time in my entrepreneurial life, I’m clear on my ideal client, realize the value I offer my clients and am ready to share my magic with the world. The exercises, inventories, resources, videos and feedback were the right mix to stir my imagination and creativity so I could see and communicate my life and mission in a new way. The result was my first-ever manifesto. I’m especially grateful for encouraging me by example and directly to use social media and other tools to get my message out in a bigger way.

Rachel Rubin of Playing Internet was struggling to find a metaphor and theme that would speak to her audience.

It took a little while, but soon she was able to see that her ever present love of music was the perfect fit — and she already had the right name for her business! (She originally chose ‘Playing Internet’ for a totally different reason.)

Listen to what Rachel says:

Rachel RubinTea helped me find my tune! I had so much fun going through the exercises in the first few modules. [They] let me get to know myself and articulate my values and beliefs. The Word Chef Secret Sauce Workshop helped me tell my story and find a theme to brand my business in a way that is truly me. I’d be still lost and trying to figure out that something special if Tea hadn’t coached me through my big “aha” moment during our sessions. A big “thank you” to Tea for offering this workshop!

The fabulous thing about teaching a class, is that I always learn from my students. And then I take those tidbits and incorporate them into the next class — so we just keep getting better and better.

This time around, I’m including several new pieces of content — including live Q&A calls with three folks who I believe have really done their branding well: Nicole Fende, the Numbers Whisperer™, Tori Deux of Circus Serene (this year’s winner of the Tastiest Small Biz Brand award); and the one and only Fabeku Fatunmise, the Business Awesomizer and Suck Exorcist.

If you’ve been thinking that now is the time to find clarity about your own branding, the stars have aligned! The next class begins on Monday, June 18th! (You have until Wednesday to register, or until the class fills — whichever comes first.)

Last night, we had a Twitter Party to celebrate and I gave away a slew of cool prizes, including a free seat in the class. If you missed it, you can listen to the teleconference version of it here. (And many thanks to Karl Staib of PartyBizConnect.com for helping me!)

Oh, and because I love a good contest, I’ve got one more chance for you to win a free seat. Here’s how it works:

Leave a comment below and complete this sentence: “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to _____________, _________________ and ______________.”

On Monday afternoon (5:00 p.m., Pacific), I’ll choose one of you at random to join us at no cost. {Update: this offer is over. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to hear about future fun on the blog.}

In the meantime, contemplate the power of leveraging your unique blend of Secret Sauce ingredients as you watch this video:

What could you accomplish in your business if you had clarity about your branding?

 

  • Flora Brown, Ph.D.

    Congratulations on a successful Twitter party.

    • Flora Brown, Ph.D.

       Congratulations on a successful Twitter party.

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Thanks, Flora! And thanks for coming, too!

  • http://coachforyourdreams.com/ Gladys Anderson

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to clear the “cobwebs”,  uncover your passion and use that information to brand your business. 
     

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://coachforyourdreams.com/ Gladys Anderson

    Thanks for sharing such valuable content during the Secret Sauce Twitter party last night!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Thanks, Gladys! I’m so happy you could join us live. :-)

  • http://www.gypsystreasures.com/ Kimberly LoSavio

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret sauce workshop is the perfect way to shine up the rough diamond that is MY secret sauce, focus on the parts that will help attract those hungry clients, and help discover more ways to share my awesomeness with others ;)

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Congratulations, Kimberly! Using the random # generator over at Random.org, your # was picked! So you are the lucky winner. Look for an email coming from ruzuku.com.

  • Dancingdolphin23

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to ____enjoy_________, ___________creating words______ and _______getting inspired_______.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Pam Sani of SBO Studios

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to clear the “cobwebs”,  uncover your passion and use that information to brand your business.  
    Pleeeeeeeeease, pick me!  

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://www.prosperityunleashed.com/ Stephen Boutelle

    Thank you for the great gift you provided for the Done4You Giveaway, Tea. “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to clear up the confusion about my brand, consolidate the multi-faceted aspects that comprise the unique value I provide and communicate my purpose and passion effectively to prospective clients.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Shawn Tuttle

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the Perfect Way to learn to see what’s right under my nose in a way that I can communicate with marvelous articulation, to tighten up my awareness of my target market, and to do so with verve and in My Style!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://twitter.com/jdrutledge Jeanna D. Rutledge

    Thanks Tea for holding this contest! The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to get clear about what makes me special, to stand out from the crown, and improve the way I communicate my message to existing and potential clients.

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://www.colleenconger.com/ Colleen Conger

    “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to develop your own roux mixture for a fantastic foundation for creating yummy content, blending ideas and baking up a successful business.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Lynn

     “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to clarify, verify, and intensify.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Allison Shonyo

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to get focused, get your authentic self out there, and start making the difference only you can make.

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Susan Miller

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to dig deep into your unique mission and create a path that will entice others to join in, to blend together your experience, talents and skills in an expression of services that the world needs and desires, and to learn how to create a stir in the hearts of those YOU want to reach with what YOU have to offer!

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • Sandee

    The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to uncover hidden creativity, unleash your marketing potential and unclog your marketing funnel to readily and easily get the clients you need. 

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://www.lisarobbinyoung.com Lisa Robbin Young

    “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to create a tasty recipe for branding success, feed your hungry clients, and keep them coming back for more.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://twitter.com/ops4devs Matt Williams

    “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to focus on who you are, identify what makes you and your story uniquely special and effectively serve others.”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX

  • http://twitter.com/growinggold Sharon

     “The Word Chef’s Find Your Secret Sauce Workshop is the perfect way to Maximize the Fun, Leverage your Goods, and Explode your Results for Business Success beyond this world!”

    • http://www.thewordchef.com/ Tea Silvestre, aka Word Chef

      Darn! Unfortunately, Random.org didn’t select your number this time. But you still have other options if you’d like to join the class — some of which include creating your own payment plan. Check ‘em out here: http://eepurl.com/mPXfX