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Next Brave Step Podcast

The Next Brave Step Podcast is a live-workshop style business and marketing podcast packed with actionable step-by-step tips that are helping thousands redefine success and chase bolder dreams. You can train with the experts on how to dig in, do the work, and give you the confidence to take the next brave step in your life and business.  Host Chelsy Weisz, brings you social media strategies, productivity tips, business hacks, authentic entrepreneurship truths, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream business and life.  Over the past decade, Chelsy has become one of the leading wedding photographers in North Dakota & Kansas. Expanded her business to form an education hub for other photographers who want to book out their sessions, attract amazing clients, and grow a business that fits their current season of life. Grew her family to two sweet kids who know how to keep her on her toes. Got divorced, found out how strong and brave she really can be, and took control of where her life and business were actually going. She started fresh in her own home, started a cut flower garden, adopted a free-roaming bunny named Waffles, and is currently living her best crazy plant lady life One thing that hasn’t changed over the past decade though? My belief is that women can do anything we put our minds to—if we can just take the next brave step. Your next brave step towards putting yourself out there & showing up as the photography pro you are, starts today.

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Embrace Success and Repeat: The Final Stage of The Next Brave Step Blueprint
Welcome back to The Next Brave Step Podcast! In this episode, Chelsy Weisz dives into the final stage of her signature coaching method, The Next Brave Step Blueprint: Receive and Repeat. Throughout this series, we’ve explored the stages of Reckoning, Evaluation and Strategy, Massive Action, and Course Correction. Now, it’s time to focus on the importance of accepting and embracing our success. Chelsy shares personal stories, insights, and actionable steps to help you understand your self-worth, overcome feelings of shame and guilt, and celebrate your achievements. Tune in for a motivational pep talk that will leave you feeling unstoppable on your journey towards achieving your dreams. Key Takeaways: Understanding Self-Worth: Learn how self-worth plays a crucial role in accepting success and why many people struggle with feeling deserving of their achievements. Challenges in Accepting Success: Explore the common obstacles, such as social conditioning, shame, and guilt, that prevent us from fully embracing our accomplishments. Practical Tools for Embracing Success: Daily Affirmations: Start your day with positive affirmations about your self-worth and achievements. Gratitude Journaling: Reflect on your accomplishments to reinforce your self-worth and boost confidence. Celebrating Wins: Create rituals to celebrate every milestone, big or small. Finding a Support System: Surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you to achieve your goals. Pep Talk: A motivational speech to remind you of your power, worth, and capability to achieve every ounce of success and recognition. Quotes: "Shame is the most powerful. It is the master emotion. It is fear. It's the fear that we are not good enough." – Brene Brown "Your dreams and goals are not just valid. They are worth fighting for. You've come this far, and it is your time to own every bit of success that comes your way." – Chelsy Weisz Resources Mentioned: Brene Brown’s Ted Talk on Shame https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?subtitle=en&trigger=30s  Download the Blueprint Workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi  Join The Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/   
12:06 7/23/24
Course Correcting: Key Strategies for Staying on Track with Your Goals
In this episode of the Next Brave Step Podcast, host Chelsy Weisz explores the fifth stage of the Next Brave Step Blueprint: Course Correcting. This stage focuses on making necessary adjustments to your strategies to stay aligned with your goals. Chelsea shares practical tips, personal stories, and tools, including a detailed workbook available in the show notes. The episode emphasizes the importance of regular evaluations, journaling, and feedback loops. Listeners will learn how to effectively course correct through daily and monthly reviews, quarterly assessments, and reflective questioning. Tune in to understand how these adjustments are essential for achieving your long-term vision.   Links:  Workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/  Website: https://chelsyweisz.com/ Show Notes: https://chelsyweisz.com/course-correcting-strategies-to-stay-on-track-with-goals/    00:00 Introduction to the Next Brave Step Podcast 00:32 Overview of the Next Brave Step Blueprint 01:43 Deep Dive into Course Correcting 03:33 Practical Tips for Effective Course Correction 07:00 Monthly and Quarterly Assessments 10:47 The Power of Feedback Loops 12:54 Conclusion and Next Steps  
14:33 7/16/24
Taking Massive Action: The Fourth Step in the Next Brave Step Blueprint
    In this episode of the Next Brave Step Podcast, host Chelsy Weisz explores the fourth stage of her coaching method, the next brave step blueprint, by focusing on taking massive action. She explains the importance of turning strategy into reality through bold and consistent actions. Chelsy shares practical tips and personal stories to help listeners foster motivation and stay on track with their goals. Topics covered include physical activity, visualizing success, and practicing gratitude. The episode provides a comprehensive guide to pushing through challenges and achieving significant progress towards a transformative journey. Listeners are encouraged to download the accompanying workbook for additional exercises and guidance.   00:00 Welcome to the Next Brave Step Podcast 00:03 Introduction to the Next Brave Step Blueprint 00:38 Overview of the Six Key Stages 01:02 Diving into Massive Action 01:42 Practical Tips for Taking Action 03:28 Creating and Maintaining Motivation 05:06 Physical Activity and Motivation 06:44 Goal Setting and Visualization Techniques 08:49 Gratitude and Journaling Practices 11:38 Vision Boards and Visualization 14:54 Additional Tools for Motivation 17:23 Conclusion and Next Steps Tune in now and take the first step toward your next brave move! Links:  Workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/  Website: https://chelsyweisz.com/ Show Notes: https://chelsyweisz.com/taking-massive-action-for-transformational-change/ 
19:10 7/11/24
Overcoming Roadblocks: Strategic Planning for Your Best Life
Overcoming Roadblocks: Strategic Planning for Your Best Life Welcome back to The Next Brave Step Podcast! In this episode, we dive deep into the third stage of the Next Brave Step Blueprint—The Strategy Stage. If you've ever felt stuck, faced obstacles, or struggled to achieve your goals, this episode is for you. Join me as we explore how to develop a clear and actionable plan for achieving your dreams. We'll cover: Identifying Possible Routes: Learn how to brainstorm all potential ways to reach your goals, even those beyond your current resources and circumstances. Conducting a Risk Analysis: Discover how to evaluate potential risks and make informed decisions to minimize them. Anticipating Roadblocks: Understand common roadblocks, like limiting beliefs and the upper limit problem, and find tools to overcome them. I'll share personal stories, including how open communication and tackling roadblocks head-on helped me in my journey. Plus, practical tips to help you stay motivated and on track. Don't forget to download the accompanying workbook for structured guidance, exercises, and worksheets to support you through the strategy stage. Each brave step you take brings you closer to the life you’ve always dreamed of. Tune in and take your next brave step towards transformational change!   Check out all the episodes in this series here: https://chelsyweisz.com/category/next-Brave-Step-Blueprint  Links Show notes: https://chelsyweisz.com/strategy-stage-next-brave-step-blueprint/ Download the workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi  Watch the episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/PfkUWMXJV3A Want to be a guest on the show? Apply here: https://bit.ly/NBSguest    Join the Brave Step Collective learn more here: https://bravestepcollective.com/ 
31:50 7/9/24
Navigating Your Path: Mastering the Evaluation Stage of Transformational Change
Download the workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi  Today, your host, Chelsy Weisz, delves into the crucial 'Evaluation' stage of the Next Brave Step Blueprint, a proven system that has transformed lives globally. Whether it’s a career that no longer serves you, financial hurdles, or personal relationships needing revitalization, this episode offers practical insights and personal stories to help you assess and strategize for a life you truly deserve. In this episode, Chelsy guides you through an analogy of using old-school maps to determine where you are and where you want to go, setting the perfect scene for personal introspection. She also provides actionable advice on how to realistically evaluate your current situation, helping you to understand what to carry forward and what to change. We discuss the dangers of adopting someone else’s definition of success and encourage you to define and pursue your own. Additionally, Chelsy introduces a valuable workbook to accompany this stage, providing you with a roadmap for deeper self-reflection and goal setting. Download it from the show notes to enhance your journey during this episode. So grab your metaphorical map and a seat at Chelsy’s kitchen table, with sunlight, margaritas, and homemade guac setting the scene for a transformative conversation. Tune in to start shaping the life you've dreamed of, one brave step at a time. Remember, each step you take brings you closer to your aspirations. Key Takeaways: Understand the importance of the 'Evaluation' stage in your transformation journey. Learn how to conduct a thorough self-assessment to pinpoint what changes are needed. Gain insights on how to define your own success and avoid falling into the trap of societal expectations. Utilize the downloadable workbook to aid in your evaluation process. Whether you’re listening while tackling daily chores or taking a moment for yourself, this episode is designed to inspire and equip you with the tools to transform your dreams into actionable realities. Don't forget to subscribe and join The Next Brave Step Insiders Group on Facebook for more interactive discussions and exclusive content. Let’s take that next brave step together! Full Shownotes:https://chelsyweisz.com/self-assessment-dreams/ Download the workbook: https://chelsy.myflodesk.com/eesd5f14qi  Join the Brave Step Collective learn more here: https://bravestepcollective.com/ 
27:52 7/2/24
The Reckoning: Your First Brave Step Towards Transformation
Welcome to The Next Brave Step Podcast! I'm your host, Chelsy Weisz, and today we're diving into "The Reckoning: Your First Brave Step Towards Transformation." In this episode, we explore the vital first stage of the Next Brave Step Blueprint: recognizing the need for change and confronting the reality of your current situation. Full Shownotes here: https://chelsyweisz.com/embracing-the-reckoning-step-towards-transformational-change/  Join me as I share personal stories and practical tips to help you identify and embrace your pivotal moment of reckoning. Whether you're feeling stuck in your job, struggling with finances, yearning for better health, or seeking a more fulfilling relationship, this episode is designed to guide you through your transformational journey. We'll dive deep into the emotions that accompany this stage, the importance of pinpointing the problem, and how to harness your inner strength to take that first brave step. If you're ready to take control of your life and start your journey towards transformational change, this episode is for you. Tune in and discover how to make the changes you deserve. In this episode, I introduce my signature coaching method, the Next Brave Step Blueprint—a proven system for transformational change. The blueprint consists of six key stages: reckoning, evaluation, strategize, massive action, course correct, and receive and repeat. I’ll share personal stories and practical tips to help you recognize the need for change and embrace pivotal moments in your life. Today, we highlight the reckoning stage, where you confront the reality of your current situation and decide to change. Embrace discomfort and take control of your life with this powerful episode. Takeaways: The Next Brave Step Blueprint is a proven system for transformational change. The reckoning stage is where you recognize the need for change and confront the reality of your current situation. Embracing discomfort and making the decision to change is crucial for personal growth. Avoiding the reckoning stage can keep you stuck in the same cycle and prevent you from achieving your goals. Taking control of your life and embracing discomfort can lead to a more fulfilling and successful life. Chapters: 00:00 Introduction to the Next Brave Step Blueprint 04:07 The Reckoning: Recognizing the Need for Change 09:54 The Reckoning Stage: A Crucial Stage for Personal Growth 26:23 You Deserve to Create the Life You Want 29:01 Embrace Discomfort and Take Control of Your Life Join the Brave Step Collective learn more here: https://bravestepcollective.com/     
27:38 6/26/24
Navigating Divorce as a Wedding Photographer
In this profoundly personal episode of the Next Brave Step podcast, join Chelsy as she delves into the complex world of capturing the essence of matrimonial bliss through her lens while personally navigating the turbulent waters of divorce. "Navigating Divorce as a Wedding Photographer" offers a candid look into how Chelsy balances the joyous celebrations of her clients with her own journey through separation and self-discovery. As a seasoned wedding photographer, Chelsy shares her unique perspective on witnessing the beginning of others' love stories while her own is coming to a close. She opens up about the emotional dichotomy of photographing weddings amidst her divorce, providing insights into the challenges and unexpected moments of clarity this juxtaposition brings. Listeners will find solace and inspiration in Chelsy's strategies for maintaining professionalism and passion for her craft during personal turmoil. From grounding rituals before events to the therapeutic power of compartmentalizing emotions, Chelsy's experiences offer valuable lessons on resilience and growth. Whether you're a photography enthusiast, someone going through a similar life transition, or simply intrigued by the interplay of personal and professional life, this episode promises a heartfelt exploration of finding strength and joy in the face of adversity. Join us as we uncover the beauty and complexity of navigating life's unexpected dual journeys. Links and Resources Join the Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MkYmkdUPYbk  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/navigating-divorce-as-a-wedding-photographer/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index
26:22 4/22/24
Less But Better: Secrets to Work-Life Harmony with Leah Remillét
  Episode Summary: Join us as Leah Remillét, a seasoned entrepreneur and coach, dives into her transformative journey from starting a photography business to empowering other women entrepreneurs. Discover Leah's strategies for achieving work-life balance through smart time management and effective outsourcing. Learn how to harness the courage to take the next brave step in your business and life, and why setting intentional goals for how you want to feel every day is crucial. Key Insights: Empowerment Through Simplification: Leah emphasizes the power of doing less but better, especially for busy mompreneurs, by implementing systems, automation, and delegations to transform overwhelming tasks into manageable actions. The Evolution of a Business: From an initial photography venture to developing impactful courses and coaching services, Leah shares how each brave step has been pivotal in her career. Mindset Shifts and Practical Tools: Changing how we think about time can drastically improve how we manage it. Leah offers actionable advice and tools to streamline your daily processes, making room for what truly matters. Resilience in Entrepreneurship: Reflecting on her journey, Leah advocates for resilience, akin to her favorite plant, the daffodil; thriving in adversity and bringing joy wherever it blooms. Episode Breakdown: [00:00] - Introduction to Leah Remillét and today’s topic. [00:36] - Leah recounts the early days and challenges of starting her photography business. [13:31] - Insights into the incremental steps that lead to significant outcomes in business and personal growth. [14:55] - Tips for busy entrepreneurs on how to find more time by reshaping their relationship with time management. [35:23] - Leah reveals her symbolic representation through a plant analogy, underscoring her philosophy of resilience and joy. [39:09] - How to connect with Leah Remillét online for more insights and resources. Special Offer for Listeners: Don't forget to check out the Brave Step Collective membership program! It’s designed to support you with strategies, community, and resources to streamline your business operations and boost growth. Visit our website to learn more and join a network of ambitious entrepreneurs like yourself. Ready to Take Your Next Brave Step? Are you ready to take your next brave step? Let's dive into the tools and strategies discussed in this episode. Apply Leah’s techniques to enhance your productivity and balance your life. Remember, every small step counts towards your journey to success. Connect with Leah online:  Free Gift from Leah: www.gift.balancingbusy.com   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahremillet/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leahremillet/   
41:13 4/16/24
Behind the Camera: Uncovering Abundance Mindset with Jane Goodrich
Summary In this conversation, Jane Goodrich, a photographer and founder of a software platform for photographers, shares her journey as a business owner and the brave steps she took to start her software business. She discusses the challenges of transitioning from a service-based business to a product-based business and the importance of having an abundance mindset. Jane emphasizes the need for continuous learning and surrounding yourself with the right team. She also highlights the value of creating an ideal client and consistent messaging, as well as the benefits of networking and building business relationships. Jane's advice for taking brave steps in business includes having a safety net, investing in your business, and seeking support from resources like the Small Business Association and local chambers of commerce. Takeaways Transitioning from a service-based business to a product-based business requires careful planning and consideration. Having an abundance mindset is crucial for small business owners, as it allows them to see opportunities and potential in a saturated market. Continuous learning is essential for personal and professional growth, regardless of the stage of your business. Surrounding yourself with the right team and building business relationships can greatly contribute to the success of your business. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Journey as a Business Owner 01:46 Starting the Software Business 02:04 Transitioning from Service Space to Software 03:05 Creating Picsello and the Mission 04:02 Building a Brand and Learning the Tech 05:22 The Importance of Continuous Learning 06:17 Surrounding Yourself with the Right Team 06:53 Competition in the Photography and Software Industries 09:46 The Abundance Mindset for Small Business Owners 13:49 Creating an Ideal Client and Consistent Messaging 23:57 Networking and Building Business Relationships 27:39 Trying Different Marketing Strategies 30:05 Being an Adaptable Wildflower 31:22 Where to Find Jane Online Links and Resources Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6i2QVIE1RxE  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/rewriting-our-stories-words-destiny/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   Connect with Jane online  Education Website https://www.janegoodrich.com/  Photography Website https://janegoodrichphotography.com/ Picsello https://www.picsello.com/  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jane.goodrich/ + https://www.instagram.com/teampicsello/   
35:57 3/28/24
62. Living Boldly: Overcoming Fear and Public Opinion
In this episode, Chelsy shares her life updates and the lessons she has learned in therapy over the past few years. She discusses her experience as an Economic Development Director and the challenges she faced in that role. She also talks about transitioning to the editor of a media company and the importance of not letting other people's opinions dictate your choices. Chelsy emphasizes the need to live life on your own terms and make courageous decisions. She highlights the power of courageous conversations and the importance of leaving baggage behind.   Takeaways Don't let other people's opinions dictate your choices. Live life on your own terms and make courageous decisions. There are always options, even when it feels like you're stuck. Having courageous conversations can lead to transformation. Chapters 00:00Introduction and Life Updates 00:33Introduction to BraveStep Collective 01:17Experience as Economic Development Director 04:12Other People's Opinions Don't Matter 05:11Living Life on Your Own Terms 05:51Lessons from Transitioning Jobs 07:25There Are Always Options 08:24Living Life Boldly 09:50Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys 13:12Courageous Conversations   Links and Resources Nominate a guest: https://chelsyweisz.com/next-brave-step-podcast/#nominate  Join the Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q6AokqwQ8A8  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/living-boldly-overcoming-fear-and-public-opinion/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index
23:16 3/18/24
60. Overcoming Procrastination: Unlocking Productivity for Entrepreneurs and Busy Moms
In this episode, Chelsy explores the topic of procrastination and its impact on personal and professional lives. The conversation delves into the underlying reasons behind procrastination and provides a powerful tool to overcome it. The host also introduces the Brave Step Collective, a membership for female creative entrepreneurs that offers support and accountability in conquering procrastination. The episode concludes with a reminder of the importance of facing avoidance head-on and taking action.  Takeaways Procrastination is deeply rooted in psychology and often a response to fear. Creating an avoidance list can help confront tasks that are being avoided and boost productivity. The Brave Step Collective provides support and accountability for overcoming procrastination. Taking small steps to tackle avoidance can lead to significant changes. Chapters 00:00 Introduction to Procrastination 03:57 The Impact of Procrastination 06:18 Understanding Procrastination 07:16 The Power of the Avoidance List 09:09 The Brave Step Collective 10:04 Taking Action and Wrapping Up   Links and Resources Learn about The Brave Step Collective: https://collective.chelsyweisz.com/  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MUN9VxzhOkw  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/overcoming-procrastination-entrepreneurs-moms/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index
11:09 3/12/24
59. Unlocking Email Marketing: The Key to Amplifying Your Profits
Register for free training Summary In this episode, Chelsy discusses the often overlooked marketing medium of email marketing. She announces a free workshop on email marketing and highlights the importance of diversifying marketing efforts. Chelsy shares her personal experience of being locked out of Instagram and realizing the power of email marketing. She emphasizes the benefits of email marketing, such as higher conversion rates and direct communication with the audience. Chelsy encourages starting an email list early in business and promotes the free workshop and joining the Brave Step Collective. The episode concludes with a summary and call to action. Takeaways Email marketing is an important and often overlooked marketing medium. Diversifying marketing efforts is crucial to avoid relying solely on social media platforms. Email marketing provides direct communication with the audience and higher conversion rates. Starting an email list early in business is essential for long-term success. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Announcement of Email Marketing Workshop 03:08 The Importance of Email Marketing and the Brave Step Collective 04:07 The Panic of Being Locked Out of Instagram and the Power of Email Marketing 05:53 Diversifying Marketing Efforts and the Significance of Email Marketing 08:09 Facts and Benefits of Email Marketing 09:49 Email Marketing as a Direct Communication Strategy 11:00 The Importance of Starting an Email List Early in Business 13:03 Free Workshop on Getting Started with Email Marketing and Joining the Brave Step Collective 13:59 Summary and Call to Action Links and Resources Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/51odXW4ut40  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/unlocking-email-marketing/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index
13:18 3/5/24
57. Rewriting Our Stories: How Words Can Change Our Destiny
In this enlightening episode of "The Next Brave Step," the host, Chelsy Weisz, explores the profound impact of words on our lives. She shares her journey of overcoming negative self-talk and breaking free from limiting beliefs. The episode delves into the importance of replacing old programming with new, empowering beliefs, with a special focus on transforming our relationship with money. Chelsy highlights practical exercises for changing limiting beliefs and the significance of using positive, encouraging words, especially with children. She shares her personal experience of writing sticky notes of encouragement for her daughter, emphasizing the power of words in instilling confidence and an abundance mindset. The episode concludes with a call to action to transform the words that shape our lives, illustrated through Chelsy's engaging anecdotes and practical advice, from changing habitual thinking to writing empowering affirmations. Key Takeaways: The impact of internal dialogue on life areas. Challenging and replacing limiting beliefs. Transforming money mindset through new beliefs. The influence of words on others, especially children. Creating positive affirmations for daily reinforcement. Chapters 00:00 Introduction 00:31 The Power of Words 01:57 The Stories We Tell Ourselves 03:19 Breaking Old Programming 04:43 Changing Habits 05:36 Limiting Beliefs About Money 07:32 Writing a Letter to Money 08:59 Taking Action and Doing the Work 09:29 The Impact of Words on Others 10:55 Instilling Confidence in Children 12:49 Writing Sticky Notes of Encouragement 16:48 Creating New Records and Playlists 17:19 Summary 20:37 Closing Remarks Links and Resources Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6i2QVIE1RxE  Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/rewriting-our-stories-words-destiny/ Free Resouces and Tools for Running your Business: https://bit.ly/3U6v7wB  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   
21:27 1/23/24
53. Breaking Barriers: Conquering Fear in the Pursuit of Dreams (Audio)
Welcome to a powerful episode of The Next Brave Step Podcast, titled "Breaking Barriers: Conquering Fear in the Pursuit of Dreams". Hosted by Chelsy Weisz, this episode delves into the transformative journey of overcoming internal barriers and fear to achieve your wildest dreams. Key Highlights: Journey Beyond Fear: Learn how to identify and confront the fears that hold you back, unlocking your full potential in both personal and professional realms. Chelsy's Personal Insights: Chelsy shares her own experiences with overcoming fear, especially in the context of her recent transitions in life and career, offering a relatable and authentic perspective. Action Over Perfection: Discover the power of taking action, even when it's imperfect, and how this mindset can lead to significant breakthroughs and success. Mindset Shift for Success: Understand the importance of a growth mindset in overcoming fear and how it can drastically change your approach to life's challenges. Tangible Strategies for Change: Gain access to practical strategies and tips to break through your personal barriers and start your journey towards your dreams. Inspiration from the Brave: Be inspired by stories of individuals, like Taylor Swift, who have navigated fear and doubt to reach remarkable heights in their careers. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to break through their personal barriers of fear and doubt. Join us in this journey of transformation and empowerment. Remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast on your favorite platform, and join our Facebook group, The Next Brave Step Podcast Insiders, for more inspiring content and community support. Resources Mentioned Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Trello for Photography: https://trello-for-photography.chelsyweisz.com/  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index
26:05 12/25/23
52. Unlocking Success: How Finding Your 'Why' Transforms Your Life & Business (Audio)
Welcome to another inspiring episode of the Next Brave Step Podcast, where we delve into the power of understanding and embracing your core purpose – your ‘why’. This episode, titled “Unlocking Success: How Finding Your ‘Why’ Transforms Your Life & Business,” is not just a conversation; it’s a journey into the heart of what drives us. WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE: The Concept of ‘Finding Your Why’: We explore the transformative concept of ‘Finding Your Why’ and how it serves as a compass for both personal growth and business success. Personal Stories and Insights: I share my own experiences of discovering my ‘why’ and how it led me to take brave steps in life and my career. You’ll hear stories that resonate with your journey and inspire you to dig deeper into your own motivations. Practical Tips and Strategies: Learn practical ways to uncover your ‘why’ and how to apply this understanding to make impactful decisions in your life and business. WHY THIS EPISODE IS A MUST-LISTEN: Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a dreamer, or someone seeking clarity in your personal and professional life, understanding your ‘why’ can be a game-changer. This episode is packed with actionable advice, heartfelt stories, and insights that will empower you to embrace your journey with confidence and purpose. JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Trello for Photography: https://trello-for-photography.chelsyweisz.com/  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index 
16:11 12/18/23
51. Unlocking Your Potential: Transform Dreams into Reality (Audio)
Join host Chelsy Weisz as we dive into the power of dreaming for personal growth, overcoming fears like failure and self-doubt, and mastering goal-setting with SMART Goals, OKRs, and BHAGs. Discover tools and community support for turning dreams into actionable steps, inspired by Chelsy's own experiences. Ideal for entrepreneurs and dreamers seeking to make their aspirations a reality. Takeaways Listen to your inner calling and follow your dreams, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.   Use goal-setting frameworks like SMART goals, OKRs, and BHAGs to create a clear roadmap for achieving your dreams.   Overcome obstacles such as fear of failure, self-doubt, analysis paralysis, and perfectionism by giving yourself grace and taking imperfect action.   Find a supportive community that can provide encouragement, accountability, and guidance on your journey towards your dreams. Show Notes for this episode: https://chelsyweisz.com/unlocking-potential-transform-dreams/  Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast Join the Vision into Action Goal Setting Challenge: http://bit.ly/v2a2024  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/ Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index  
39:55 12/14/23
How To Show Up On Google
Ever wondered how other photographers are able to show up on Google? Today, I'm sharing with you the 3 different ways that you can show up on Google. I discuss the importance of showing up on Google and what it can do for your business in terms of exposure and more clients, as well as the different steps and actions you can take today to begin working towards being on the first page.   Working on showing up on Google does take some time, I'll admit that, and at times it can feel a little cumbersome but eventually, you'll see the rewards of putting in the work and it'll all pay off.   Blogging for Photography course is now open! https://bit.ly/3Hko6k0    Resources mentioned: SEO Checklist for Photographers: https://chelsyweisz.com/blogging Show Notes for this episode:  https://chelsyweisz.com/how-to-show-up-on-google/ Join Podcast Insiders Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenextbravesteppodcast  1:1 Coaching with Chelsy: https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching  Chelsy’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/  Next Brave Step Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextbravesteppodcast  Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your business: https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index  Google My Business: https://www.google.com/business/     If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
15:45 10/10/22
Raise Your Rates While Decreasing Your Workload As A Photographer
Are you too busy to get to everything on your to-do list? From shooting, editing, emailing clients, and keeping up with everything to keep your business running, let alone all of your personal life too, it feels like your workload is taking over. Honestly, it sounds like it might be a little too much. Today I want to share with you some ways you can decrease your workload, and I’m not saying take on fewer clients and cut your income in half.   It’s time to raise your prices.   I know that sounds scary, so I'm discussing the three E's that will help you raise your rates to allow you to take on fewer clients and still make the same or if not more income!   Download the FREE resource to get started with blogging as a photographer https://chelsyweisz.com/blogging   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
16:43 10/3/22
Is Blogging Even Relevant In 2022
When you think about marketing your photography business, there are a few things that probably come to mind. You might think of social media, running ads, or maybe even something physical like a flyer or business card. Then there are things like radio, magazines, a website, and styled shoots. All of these forms of marketing can be categorized into two main types of marketing.   Today I'm breaking down these two main types of marketing and why you should choose things in both categories to work for you and your business both now and in the future.   In today's episode I discuss the: difference between short and long-term marketing pros and cons of both types power of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) reason why I love blogging impact blogging has on my business   Download the FREE resource to get started with blogging as a photographer https://chelsyweisz.com/blogging   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
13:44 9/26/22
Are You Setting Your Goals Too Late?
Do you find you get the majority of your photography bookings in the winter months? Over the years I've realized most of my amazing clients are booking their weddings in December and January time which means I need to get everything in order way before then! If you also are finding your photography business to be similar, then don't wait around until the end of the year to figure out your goals, and instead map them out before your big booking rush.   From updating your pricing, and refining your dream clients to defining what that dream 2023 income goal is going to be, these are the kinds of goals I'm mapping out in the fall rather than waiting around until the majority of my bookings are scheduled.   In today's episode I discuss: Why I set goals in the fall Why all photographers should set their goals in the fall How to prepare yourself for a big rush of bookings What my goal-setting process looks like How I quarterly refresh my goals   Resources mentioned: Power Sheets from Cultivate What Matters https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/powersheets   Find out more about my coaching program https://chelsyweisz.com/coaching   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
25:10 9/19/22
I Got Divorced
A lot has happened this year and I wanted to catch you up, and also talk to you about the podcast rebrand and the meaning behind it. Throughout my life, I've always put others first and rolled with the punches but I'm now putting myself and my kids first. From learning how to lay flooring and fix my toilet to working in my garden, starting fresh has been interesting. In today's I give you a little life update so you know where I've been and what's been happening behind the scenes.   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
16:47 9/12/22
When Do You Know It’s Time To Hire A Coach?
Today I'm joined by my business coach Makayla to discuss all things coaching, from how she got started as a coach, to when the best time is to hire a coach and all about the importance of having a coach that has also experienced being coached. I share when I knew it was the right time for me to hire a business coach and my experience with coaching. We discuss how a coach isn't there to give you something you don't have, a coach is there to take what you have and speed up the process.   Whether you're looking to find the right coach, wondering what the difference is between working with a coach one on one and going through a group program, or wondering how a coach really supports you in your business, this episode will answer all of those questions!   You can find this week's guest Makayla here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewholemak/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrsmakaylaervin   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
41:45 9/12/22
Embrace The Way You Work
Do you keep hearing people preaching that you need to get up at 5 am, do a workout, start your morning routine, and then get to work, maybe they suggest having set work hours every day? That the only way to succeed is to show up every single day at the exact same time and be perfectly consistent so you can be a successful entrepreneur. Today I want to let you know this doesn't have to be the way. This way doesn't work for a lot of people, and it's probably not working for you.   In today's episode I discuss: Hyper focusing and why it works for me Why I would beat myself up from taking rest How I wasted a lot of time trying to fit in a box that wasn't made for me Balancing working around kids How to set yourself up for success   Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
22:19 9/12/22
Welcome To The Next Brave Step
The Next Brave Step Podcast is a live-workshop style business and marketing podcast packed with actionable step-by-step tips that are helping thousands redefine success and chase bolder dreams. You can train with the experts on how to dig in, do the work, and give you the confidence to take the next brave step in your life and business.    Host Chelsy Weisz, brings you social media strategies, productivity tips, business hacks, authentic entrepreneurship truths, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream business and life.    Over the past decade, Chelsy has become one of the leading wedding photographers in North Dakota & Kansas. Expanded her business to form an education hub for other photographers who want to book out their sessions, attract amazing clients, and grow a business that fits their current season of life. Grew her family to two sweet kids who know how to keep her on her toes. Got divorced, found out how strong and brave she really can be, and took control of where her life and business were actually going. She started fresh in her own home, started a cut flower garden, adopted a free-roaming bunny named Waffles, and is currently living her best crazy plant lady life   One thing that hasn’t changed over the past decade though? My belief is that women can do anything we put our minds to—if we can just take the next brave step.   Your next brave step towards putting yourself out there & showing up as the photography pro you are starts today.    Connect with me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chelsyweisz/   Take a look at my website https://chelsyweisz.com/   Hand-crafted templates & resources to grow your photography business https://chelsyweisz.com/shop-index   If you found value in today's episode, I would appreciate it if you could leave a rating and review and help me share the message with more business owners who are ready to take their next brave step!
01:33 9/7/22
036. Work Life Balance as a Photographer
The early months of my business were tough, there were a lot of tears, both from me and my 6-month-old daughter. I was trying to find my place in the new roles of mom and wife, and I was barely keeping my head above water. My journey into motherhood came a little sooner than I had thought it would.  I was a sophomore in college when I found out I was pregnant.  My pregnancy brought my collegiate rodeo career to a sliding stop.  Skyler was born in August we got married in October and I took on my first paid clients in February.  ESCAPED LIFE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH WORK I’ll be totally honest my business was almost a way for me to escape these new roles I had suddenly found myself in earlier than I had anticipated. For the first few months, I threw myself into work, figuring out my camera, learning how to build a website, going on shoots.  Thankfully Skyler was too young to realize her mom was pretty absent, but I’ll be real, my marriage was being strained.   We didn’t have outside daycare so I was leaning on my husband and my inlaws to watch Sky at the drop of a hat. Now I totally believe that both mom and dads can watch kids, it’s not just mom’s job but I was not being totally fair about things. Eventually, it all came to a head and I found myself crying on the bathroom floor feeling like I was going to have to give up my business to make things work with my family.   Sky loved playing with my reflectors when she was little I actually moved my desk onto the kitchen table so I could keep an eye on Skyler while I worked THINGS HAD TO CHANGE I knew things had to change, I had to figure out a way to run my business without my putting my relationships in jeopardy.  Now when we talk about work-life balance I don’t think this looks like a perfectly symmetrically balance scale.  So what does this mean? WHAT DOES BALANCE ACTUALLY MEAN? If I place a 1 pound rock on one side of a scale, and 1 pound of feathers on the other they will weigh the same the scale is balanced right they both weigh 1 pound.  But if you look at the rock that is just one rock the feathers that is going to be a lot of feathers to weigh 1 pound.  So we might end up spending more time on one thing and less time on another one day, but that thing we spent less time doing might have an equal amount of weight. Now this can go either way with family and work.   Somedays I can spend endless hours doing a lot of little things in my business that takes a lot of time, and not spending as much time with my kids that day.  But when I sit down with my kids at the end of the day I get to choose how intentional I am with that time.  Am I sitting on my phone scrolling Instagram, or am I building forts, watching them ride horses, or playing in the sandbox with them.  Now I can also spend a ton of time with my kids and just a few very focused hours or even minutes on my business that can really move things forward. The goal is to make the time you have count.  As I got more experience under my belt I started to focus on families first.  I had read everywhere that it was important to niche down, and not to photograph everything and everyone. This helped me out a ton. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE – AKA CLIENT WORKFLOW When I focused on one type of client I was able to create a standard operating procedure. — see I learned something from business school before I dropped out.  So a standard operating procedure is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out routine operations. Basically, once I had booked a few clients I could start to see a pattern, they would reach out I would send them my pricing, they hopefully would say yes we want to book I would send over the contract they would sign I could get paid and then show up and shoot the session.  Now your standard operating procedure or client workflow as I like to refer to it can be super simple or you can get fancy and add more things into it, like welcome packets, thank you gifts, reminder emails, whatever that workflow is get it all out on paper so you can see what needs to be done when. Once you get that all out on paper, look for things you can automate or streamline to keep things running quickly and simply. Basically, you want to look for things that take you a lot of time, or undivided attention. EMAIL TEMPLATES So last episode I chatted a little about email templates and you guessed it I’m going to chat about it again. I found that I was spending a lot of time on my computer emailing clients back and forth.  The worst part is I was retyping the same emails over and over while Skyler played on my office floor behind me.  When I was photographing families these are the email templates I used.  An inquiry email, that had my pricing and packages, links to my portfolio, and then I would ask if when they wanted to book their session for.  EMAIL REMINDERS I also created a reminder email. This went out about 24 hours before the session and let them know what to expect at the session.  When I photograph kids I really like to chat with the kids first to kinda warm them up before I pulled out this giant camera and pointed it in their face.  I realized that often parents felt like I was maybe wasting time getting started, and would often answer the questions I was asking the kids to break the ice.  So in this reminder email, I explained to them that I would take a few minutes, in the beginning, to warm the kid up to me, get to know them so that we could capture those real smiles moms loved.  set expectations This was really helpful because it let me set expectations for my clients, so I could meet them and hopefully exceed them!  I also would send an email right after the session to thank clients for a great session, and then I would let them know when they would get their images back.  Now this is outlined in my contracts, and we probably talked about it when they booked the session, but I was finding that clients would just be so excited to see sneak peeks, and to get their final galleries back.   follow up email after the session So this follow-up / thank you email outlined when sneak peeks would be up on the blog, and when and how they would get their digital images. This is how I would set expectations for clients.– now, here is a little secret– if you know it will take you 7 days to edit a wedding or session or whatever you are photographing, DO NOT tell your client they will be ready in 7 days. Always give yourself more time than you think it will take. –ALWAYS– first life happens kids get sick, you get sick the dog has to go to the vet, or you have to run to town for parts.  So you want to build yourself some padding on that timeline.   There is another reason you want to give a longer timeline.  If things go according to plan and it does only take you 7 days to finish editing, but you told your clients it would be 10 days, then you get to deliver your images early!  This is how you exceed your client’s expectations.  By finding these spots that were taking up my time and energy and streamlining them I was able to take that time back and pour it into other areas of my life.  PRE DETERMINING MY SHOOTING DAYS AT THE START OF THE SEASON One of the best and scariest things I did next to find some work-life balance was to pre-schedule my shoot days. So what do I mean by prescheduling my shooting days.  I had to sit down and really understand that 1 I did not need to photograph sessions every night and 2 I didn’t want to, I wanted to spend Sunday at home with my family, I didn’t want to miss birthday parties because someone wanted me to shoot that day.  FAMILY FIRST So I sat down with my calendar and penciled in all our family events first.  Birthdays vacations, school holidays, all those things I was starting to miss out on when on the calendar first. Then I looked at that calendar, and my husband’s work calendar and we lined up the dates that I could shoot.  Those are the dates I offered to clients who wanted to book.   Now, this was really scary at first.  What if clients could make those dates work, I’ll never book anyone, These are all thoughts that raced through my head until I put this into practice. SUPPLY AND DEMAND So when someone wants to book with me I give them the first three dates I have set aside for shooting. I let them know if these don’t work let me know and I can get you the next few dates later in my schedule.  This does a few things 1 it shows clients that you have your stuff together.  2 It makes you sound like you are in demand. – Think about it if you were scheduling surgery on and they said well when do you want to schedule it we are available every day, that kinda makes them sound like they don’t have any clients– Why don’t they have other patients? when you are having surgery, you want your doctors to have other patients too, you don’t want to be the only one.  As moms our time is valuable, and we need to value it.  When we predetermine our shooting days we have time to line up sitters, or get things lined up for meals, or rides to practice. added bonus – confidently raised my prices This also helped me to raise my prices when it was time.  You see I was starting to book out pretty far in advance, there was definitely a demand for my service, there were only a limited number of sessions I was taking so this meant I could raise my prices with confidence! As photographers it’s not always easy to be able to figure out ahead of time how much money you will make, but when you re determine your shooting days you have a better chance at figuring out that number.  Okay so we chatted about how we need to create a standard operating procedure or a client workflow, we also talked about how we can use email templates to save ourselves from re-typing the same emails over and over. We talked about predetermining our schedule so we can line up child care easier, and how that can help us to raise our prices, now it’s time for the number one thing that helped me save more time, and create a killer client experience.   OUTSOURCING YOUR EDITING. Outsourcing your editing sounds so scary I know.  When I tell you to outsource your editing you probably are thinking, I’ll lose control, the photos won’t look like my work, or that is way to expensive. Hold your roll my friends lets break those down. WHAT THE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE Okay, let’s talk about what it looks like first to outsource your editing. Imagine going home after a session and culling the images, then you send a lightroom catalog to your editor, and you get to take the next 4 days off. No endless nights staring at a computer, no more spending playtime with your kids removing telephone poles from backgrounds in photoshop. Four days later you get an email that images are done, you download them double-check that they look great and you then export images before uploading them to your client gallery.  Doesn’t that sound amazing! But you’re probably thinking but what about losing control, or it not looking like my work or the cost. WON’T I LOSE CONTROL? Okay, let’s talk about it. Losing control If you’re not editing it can feel like your losing control, but your not.  When you first start working with an editor, whether it’s a big company like Photographers Edit or an independent editor like Jenny Dakota Photo Editor you sit down with them and explain your aesthetic, you show them your editing style, then they take some of your raw photos and duplicate your style, then you go through and critic it, let them know what needs to change, what you like what you don’t like. communication is key! This takes some time. It takes communication, but it is so so so worth it in the long run.  I know it sounds scary, but you are in control of this, and by outsourcing your editing, you are taking back control over your time! The better you are at taking your time in this process, and communicating the better the outcome.  You will be able to ensure that every session or wedding you send off to edit looks exactly like your work.  SOUNDS EXPENSIVE Okay, let’s talk about the cost.  Outsourcing your editing sounds like it would cost a lot of money, right? It does cost money, it’s called the cost of doing business. Photo editors charge generally by the image. Most editors and companies are charging about 25 cents an image right now at the time of this recording.  The turnaround time will vary anywhere from 4 – 10 days.  If I’m shooting a session and I’m going to deliver let’s say 65 images at 25 cents an image that’s only $16.25 – now this is basic color correcting and using lightroom presets not complex photoshop retouching. Photoshop retouching will run about $2-3 an image so for things like newborn sessions that might cost a little more, but in my book, my time is way more valuable than 2-3$.  TRUST THE PROCESS Whenever you start working with an editor whether it’s a private editor or a company expect it to take a little bit of time to get things straightened out.  Have some grace, it took you some time to figure out your editing style, and a few trials and errors to get that style to work with the way you shoot images.  Most companies and editors will have some type of trial run where you will upload images from they will edit them based on your style and then you will meet up after to discuss what looks good, and what needs to be tweaked. It is a process and it takes some time upfront but friend this is going to save you so much time down the road it is so so so worth it.  WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS NEVER AN EQUAL SCALE Like I said in the beginning, work-life balance is not going to look like equal amounts of time spend on your work and living life, it’s going to ebb and flow back and forth on the amount of time. The key is to make sure that whatever time you are spending is time well spent. If you only have a few hours during nap time, or in between classes you want that time to be used well. So you can serve your clients well, and still enjoy your life.   If you want to still be in business 10 years from now it is so important to make sure that you are creating boundaries and systems that set you up for long-term success. Chelsy Weisz Alrighty my friend that is it for this episode, I will see you in the next one!  
30:18 4/15/21
035. 5 Tools for Photographers as Bookings Increase After COVID
Restrictions are starting to lift, and brides who have held off on planning weddings are starting to come out of the woodwork.  21 and 22 are shaping up to be very busy for a lot of photographers including myself, which is super exciting, and a little nerve-wracking.  My inbox has been flooded with inquiries lately which I am super thankful for, and I hope yours is too!  With the sudden onslaught of inquiries and bookings, there are some key tools and resources I have been using every day to keep things running efficiently.  Today I’m sharing the top 5 tools and resources I’m using to keep everything streamlined, and efficient so I can keep in contact with potential clients, without leaving my kids on red while I do.  About halfway through January, I started seeing an increase in wedding client inquiries.  Brides were finding me through social media, referrals, and google searches. September 4th seems to be the date to book a wedding this year in my area!  As bookings begin to pick up I wanted to take a minute to share some of the tools and resources I’m leaning on heavily right now.  If you know me at all you know that I like efficiency.  I like when things run smoothly.   #1 EMAIL TEMPLATES The first thing on my list is email templates.  Now I have an episode coming up where I’m going over the email templates I use in my business, but for now here are the highlights.  When we talk about building personal brands it can sound a little counterintuitive to use canned responses or email templates. Email templates do a few things for your business and your sanity.  When you sit down and thoughtfully craft an email template, you are able to be intentional about the information you want to get across, as well as the voice you use when creating it.  Often when we are emailing clients back quickly and shooting from the hip by writing new emails every time we can leave out some of our personality, or important information.  by writing these email templates ahead of time you are able to be very intentional with your words, links you use, and the overall feel of your emails.  you don’t need to sound like a robot in these emails.  Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to send the exact template to each client.  I like to think of my email templates as starting points, I almost always will add in things that make the emails more personal to each client.  I like for my emails to include helpful links to things brides might be wondering.  By gathering up these links ahead of time and having them pre-linked in a template, I save a ton of time, and I’m able to answer questions for brides often before they even start looking for the answer.  Email templates save a ton of time.  You are able to reply faster and have consistent experiences for your clients. MY MOST USE EMAIL TEMPLATES My first email template is what I call my lookbook email.  This is the email I send when someone reaches out wanting to know my pricing, and if I’m available on their wedding date.  This email is a bit on the longer side and includes a lot of information but it’s all information that potential clients might need before deciding if they want to work with me.  my lookbook email This email includes a link to what I call my lookbook. I’ll get into a bit more of what my look book is, in a minute, but basically, it has my portfolio, my pricing, and a few more things. Generally, people have filled out a form on my website asking for more information and want to see exact pricing.  On my website I don’t share my full pricing, I do share a range of what the average client invests, which does a great job of prequalifying potential clients.  I like to keep that pricing link at the top of the email since that is the information they are asking about.  Next, I ask potential clients some questions about them as a couple, how wedding planning is going, and a few other questions that help me determine if we will be a good fit.  If you head back to episode 3 we talked about how we don’t need to be the photographer for everyone. It’s impossible to photograph every single person who wants photos taken even in a small town!   These questions help me to determine if this potential client is one of those clients I want to work with.   Wedding photography is a big deal, you work with a lot of people on the wedding day, the bride the groom, their friends, and family.  There is a lot of pressure to get things right.  I want to ensure I am the right person for the job, both for my client’s sake, and my own sanity.  The final question is about my packages basically it asks them to choose between my two wedding day packages, so when they follow up I know what package they are interested in, and I can send over their proposal.  The next thing this lookbook email contains is a link to testimonials from past couples I’ve worked with.  Even though this is included in the lookbook, I link directly to that part of the lookbook.  This helps to establish my authority, and build trust that I know what I’m doing, and that they will be well taken care of throughout the entire wedding photography experience.  The end of my email links to Instagram and some of my Instagram story highlights that help them get to know me a little better.  pre wedding day email The email template I use the most is a pre-wedding day email this email goes out about 8 days before the wedding.  This email helps to calm some nerves and help the bride get excited and ready for the start of wedding day photos.  The first thing I photograph on a wedding day generally is the wedding details so things like the dress, flowers, invitations, jewelry, all of those fun details.   This email lists all of these things out so the bride knows what she needs to have ready when.  One of the things I include is to make sure that the bride has her bouquets delivered by the time I get there so we can photograph those beautiful flowers.  A lot of my brides get married on family farms instead of traditional wedding venues.  Because of this, I like to educate my brides on choosing a location to get ready in.  I explain that it helps to pick a room with windows and keep it clear of clutter.  This might mean having the bride’s maids get dressed in a separate room so the room we are getting the bride dressed in is photo-ready.  I encourage my brides to forward this email to their maid of honor so she can help round up those details on the wedding day and help the bride pick a great room to get ready in.  delivery email The final email I use the most is my delivery email. This email includes the link to the couple’s wedding photos.  It also gives instructions on how to download images ensuring that they back up their images, and lets them know how long I will keep images backed up.   I also chat a bit about how they can share images on social media.  I personally don’t watermark my images because I don’t want them to take away from the beauty of the images.  I ask my couples to tag me on social media whenever they share and let them know just how much this helps me to grow my business since I don’t pay for advertising.  I love benign able to save time, and ensure each client is getting all the information they need in each email I send them.  This is why email templates are so vital to my business.  #2 MY LOOKBOOK So my lookbook is a page on my website, but you could also create a pdf with the same concept!  brides get to know me and my work My lookbook includes a bio about me and my business. My portfolio includes my wedding day photos, engagement photos, as well as some featured weddings.  I like to include a full wedding gallery so couples know exactly what to expect.  This shows everything including family formals and dancing shots.  It also lets them get a feel of my editing, including if they will get all images in color and black and white, or if it’s just a select few in black and white.  The look book also includes my philosophy on wedding photography.  This includes why I include engagement sessions with each wedding package I book.  I also share love notes or testimonials from past clients. This helps to build trust, and brag on myself a bit. view pricing The next thing the lookbook includes is pricing.  Now I intentionally don’t share the pricing at the very beginning.  I want them to see what is included first, I want them to see the photos, and I want them to read how great of an experience other couples have had with me before they see the pricing.  I do not want to work with lower-budget weddings.  I just don’t want to be working every single weekend, so in order to create the income, and the lifestyle I want to live I need to book fewer higher-priced weddings.  Brides who are price shopping will look at the price first and then not ever even take the time to read through the rest of the information.  If brides take the time to read through all of the information first, and check out my portfolio, before getting to pricing, I know they are more likely to be my type of client, and book with me.  frequently asked questions The final part of my look book is a frequently asked question this is where I answer questions like how many images will I receive, do I travel for engagement sessions, and when clients will receive final images.  If I find that clients start asking some similar questions I always end up adding those questions to these frequently asked questions.  #3 HONEYBOOK AND TRELLO The next tool I’m using a ton is Honeybook and Trello I’m grouping these together because I do use them together for my client workflows. client communications So let’s start with Honeybook.  Honeybook is a client management software or client relationship management software or CRM.  (I had to look up what CRM was the first few times I saw it on a blog post or in a Facebook group.!)  Honeybook is where I house things like contacts, timelines, emails back and forth with couples.  I also have questionnaires in Honeybook that I have brides fill out so I can keep all the information in one spot.   I use Zappier to connect Honeybook and Trello. track client workflows Trello is where I actually track each client’s workflow. You can go back to episode 23  on April 9th, 2020 for a recap of client workflows. I love using Trell of for this because I can see all my client’s progress from a glace in one spot.  While Honeybook does allow you do create tasks, it’s a little clunky for me.   Plus the visual of Trello is awesome for my brain!  If you want to see exactly how I use Trello, you can watch my walk-through video at Trelloforphotography.com and you can find out how to get your hands on my exact workflow and Trello boards!  You will also learn exactly how I hook up Trello and honeybook inside trello for photography.  #4 ICALENDAR APP So iCalendar is not the iCal app that comes on your iPhone.  It’s a $3.99 purchase, but it’s the best calendar for your phone or iPad.   One of the things I love is you can set it to open to week view, month view or day view when you open the app.  I personally love the month view.  Now from the month view, you can actually see what appointments or meetings are scheduled.  Unlike the native ical app where it just shows you the little dots.  It syncs with google calendar, and you can sync your honeybook calendar with it.  I love that I can color code everything in the app too.  My husband works an 8 and 6-day schedule so being able to see what days he is working and what days are off from a glance is so handy for this busy momma.  I have used and wasted so much money on calendar apps in the past but this has been my tried and true for over 4 years now and I  recommend it to my mom friends all the time!  #5 WELCOME PACKET PACKING STATION I’ve got an episode planned in the future going over my welcome packet thanks to all the interest I had on a recent Instagram reel.  If you want to check that out you can find me on Instagram @chelsywiesz – I know my name is spelled super weird but it works. – though I’m still a little bummed I’ll never find my name on a keychain!  Anyway, what do I mean by welcome packet packing station?  So basically I have a shelf in my office that houses all of the things that go into creating my welcome packets.  I have my welcome guides all printed out.  I have the cards that I use to write my brides a not on, I keep a stack of the flat boxes behind the shelf so I can fold them up.  I had the cutest little ring dishes made by a local potter and those are all stacked on the shelf.   I use stamps.com to print my shipping labels so I have my scale and my shipping labels on the shelf ready to go. I also keep a bag of crinkle paper i use for padding in the box there, and hte stickers that go on the outside of the box ready to go.   Having all of these things lined up means I’m not running around trying to track down all of the things.  I can get it all packaged up and walk it out to the mailbox in just a few minutes. Even though I don’t shoot a high number of weddings each year I still want to make this an efficient system.  At the beginning of each year, I sit down and decide what I want to include in my welcome packets.  I then will order just enough supplies to fill welcome packets for the number of weddings I want to shoot that year.  Honestly, I tend to order 2-3 extra sets since sometimes I book brides well in advance.  Now the boxes did come in a big pack of 50 or 100 I can’t remember off the top of my head.  I keep the extras in the attic and just bring down the number I need for that year. It was cheaper to order those in bulk and that is something I’m going to need no matter what. – plus I’ve used them for gift boxes too.  All of these tools help me to be efficient with this sudden increase of inquiries, and bookings, so I can deliver a great client experience to each client without pulling out my hair!  I’d love to hear how is your 2021 and 2022 seasons looking? Have you seen an increase in inquiries?  I’d love to hear from you!  If you are not already part of our Facebook group you can search for Wise Photographer Podcast Insiders on Facebook. That’s it for today’s episode catch ya in the next one!   
30:13 3/15/21
032. How to Define Your Ideal Client as a Photographer
Your ideal client is someone who vibes with your tribe. It’s one of those topics that we say yeah, yeah I know I should do that I kinda have it figured out but not really.  Or you are super afraid to get very specific on who you are looking to serve because the idea of leaving someone or some money out makes you sweat.  I am right there with ya!  It took me entirely way too long to actually sit down and grind out the nitty details on who my ideal client was.  If you are listening to this with a vague idea of who your ideal client is I’m here to help ya out!
11:46 10/13/20
034. Harness the Power of Your Instagram Bio Link
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07:05 10/13/20
033. Easy Social Media Strategy for Photographers
Getting the word out about your new photography business can feel like a giant hurdle. There are so many places to share online: Facebook Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook Stories, Facebook groups, Instagram stories, Instagram reels, IG TV, Snapchat, TicTock, Twitter, LinkedIn, the list goes on.  Then add in adds on Facebook Instagram and Pinterest and it can get expensive fast.  This list is enough to make anyone’s head spin! Today we are breaking this down, taking away the fear, and arming you with an action plan you can use week after week to show up on social media, to serve your audience, and cultivate the like know trust factor of your brand!  
13:32 10/6/20
5 Things Your Photography Website Needs to Book Clients
Getting started with building a  website can feel totally overwhelming.  Choosing fonts, picking out colors, The way the design looks is super important, but the content it contains is where the magic happens. Whether you are hiring a designer or doing it yourself, there are things you need to think through before you even begin. Today we are chatting all about the 5 things you need to have on your photography website.  These could be individual pages or different sections of a one-page website.  No matter the formatting you go with, your photography website needs to contain these 5 things in order to book clients.  About me page  The about me page on a website is often overlooked.  It feels a little weird to write, almost like your bragging about yourself, your business should be all about your clients right, I mean it’s their story you are sharing in photos. What does your story have to do with it?  In my opinion, your clients need to get to know you.  They have to trust you.  No matter what you are being hired to photograph for them, it has some significance to them.  They are letting you into a part of their lives that is so important that they want to capture the moment forever, so they can share with friends and family, and maybe even generations to come.  That’s why your about me page on your website needs to be real. It needs to say something other than the fact that you love coffee, and you love photography.  You’re about me page is your chance to show your heart, explain who you are and what the journey has looked like to get the point you are at now.   Share the Face Behind the camera.  Your about me page needs to have at least one photo of you on it.  Your clients want to see the face behind the camera. So book a headshot session for yourself or bust out the handy tripod and camera remote! If you haven’t updated your about me page in a while, it’s a good idea to look at it and see what you can add.  So what do you actually need to have on your about me page besides a photo of you?  Your about me page should introduce you to potential clients, let know who you are, where you are located, what you do, and why you do it.  You would be amazed at how many websites I have visited and couldn’t find where the photographer was located.  So make sure you let them know where you are located or what areas you serve.  Your about me page is a place you can share a story with your reader that has both struggles and success. I mean, we are all humans here, right! You also want to tell clients what’s in it for them. Explain clearly how working with you can help them achieve their desired goal.  And finally, every about me page needs a CTA or Call to Action. Your call to action is like an invitation for readers to dive deeper with you.  It could be as simple as Click here to book your session, check out some of my latest work, or sign up for my email newsletter.  You don’t want your readers to get to the end of a page and wonder what or where to go next.   Portfolio  When you buy some home decor online, you want to look at the product photos first.  Make sure it fits your style and will look good in your home, right!  Well, the thing with portraits you can’t show them what they are actually buying yet since you haven’t photographed them yet.  That’s why having your portfolio on your website is an absolute must.  Your portfolio shares your vision, the way you see the world.  It showcases your unique talents; in a way, words never could.   When it comes to selecting images for your portfolio, remember quality over quantity.  You don’t need to show clients every single photo from every single session.  You don’t even need to show every session.  The key with your portfolio is to show what you want to shoot more of.  And don’t show what you don’t want to shoot.  When you go to my site, you will see it’s all about weddings.  I show engagement sessions and weddings, and that’s it.  Does that mean I never photograph families or seniors? No, I will photograph a handful of those sessions a year, but that’s not what I want to spend my time photographing, so I don’t showcase those images.  Remember, your portfolio will attract and repel people, so make sure you choose images that attract the type of clients and sessions you want to shoot.   If you don’t have images for the kind of sessions you want to be shooting, it might be time to plan a styled shoot or a portfolio building photoshoot.  Check back to episode 29, where we did a deep dive into everything that goes into planning, creating, and executing a styled shoot!  Pricing  Now onto pricing, the big one!  Pricing can be something we want to tiptoe around. Many creatives are afraid to ask for the sale, but this is a business, and businesses need to make money to survive, so we have to start asking for the sale!  There are two different ways to go about sharing your pricing on your website. You can share what your prices are for your sessions or packages right away, or you can give potential clients a range and have them contact you for complete pricing.  So why would you choose one over the other? It comes down to personal preference right now I have a range on my site.  I say most clients invest xx amount of dollars.  I use the word invest on purpose.  For me, and my ideal clients, photography is an investment.  I am on the higher side of photographers in the area.  I know I’m outside of some people’s price range, and that’s okay.  When clients reach out to me, I sent them my digital lookbook.  This is like a digital magazine that dives a little more into what working with me looks like.  It includes full pricing information on packages as well as add ons.  The other option is just simply to share on your website what your prices are. Make sure there is a button or a contact form right there, so clients know how to book you if you are within their budget and are ready to book you!  Reviews  On to reviews.  Reviews are super important. They show social proof.  So what is social proof? Have you ever gotten crazy excited about nabbing tickets for you and a friend to a sold-out concert that everyone has been talking about for weeks? Or how about the time you were able to get reservations for that new up and coming restaurant in town? You had a blast at the concert, and the food was great, but you also enjoyed the experience; it made you feel closer and more connected to your loved ones.  You shared something together besides if everyone else was lining up down the street for it up was bound to be good! This is precisely what marketing experts believe that social proof achieves  WHAT IS SOCIAL PROOF It’s proof from other humans that you will enjoy or benefit from a service or experience—basically, its a fancy pants way of saying that we like things that people who we like, like. As humans, we are psychologically engineered to want to fit in. We want to be part of something bigger, part of a community, and that means doing what the community is doing.  Like eating at new and up and coming restaurants, or going to sold-out concerts, or getting there photos taking by you!  The more people like your ideal client like your business and rave about you, the easier it will be to attract more of the same type of people; it gives you the snowball effect. By using reviews as social proof, you can position your business as the new up and coming, sold out, so amazing thing that your ideal client just has to have. It shows that real people, just like them, have worked with you are thrilled with the way their session turned out.  Most people are more than happy to give you a great review, but they just don’t think to do it.  This means you need to ask for it.  Make it part of your workflow. You could have an email scheduled to go out ten days after your final gallery is shared with the client.  Include a link to a questionnaire that prompts them on how they felt about their session. What their favorite part was, or who they are sharing their images with.   Another idea is to send a handwritten card thanking them for working with you and asking if they could take a moment to leave a review on your Facebook page.  I used this tactic for years, and it worked like a charm!  Call to Action or Contact page.  Now that you have showcased your work introduced yourself to your clients, and hooked them with some social proof, its time to get them on your calendar.  You need to have a very clear Call to Action.  It could be a contact form that says book now. You could choose to have a page that says check availability with a contact form.  You could have a link to your Honeybook calendar where they can choose one of your session dates right away.  How ever you choose to do it, it needs to be extremely clear where and what is needed next to get them officially booked.  If you don’t have any sessions available, have them sign up for the waitlist.  Conclusion  There you have it the 5 things you absolutely need on your photography website to start booking clients.  Your website is your spot on the web.  It’s where you get to completely control your clients’ experience—no competing with tit tock videos or trying to beat an algorithm.  Your website is where you let clients in, showcase your work, and turn them into paid clients.   Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of The Wise Photographer Podcast.  If you are not already, I would love it if you can click the subscribe button, so you never miss an episode!  It makes a huge difference in our ranking and helps other people just like you find the show!  That's it for today. I’ll see ya in the next episode!
11:28 9/8/20