I just want to brag on my team…

by Tina on May 23, 2011

in Build Your Team,General Biz

I remember about 2 years ago now when I decided that I was ready for the next level in my business. Up until that point I had pretty much been a DIYer – I literally did everything there was to do in my business (and quite honestly enjoyed it – I’m a tech geek and I love doing stuff. :)

Then my coach said to me “Tina, if you want to walk your talk then it’s time you hired your own team…. get help for yourself”

That was literally a bop over the head for me (or a “duh” moment quite honestly.) And yet I knew he had hit the nail on the head. Not only was it impossible to do everything I wanted to be doing moving forward, it simply wasn’t the best use of my time to be updating websites and sending broadcasts and such.

And so I started proactively building my team… and i’m at the point now where I simply couldn’t imagine doing it without them (nor would I want to quite honestly.) These guys rock, and so I wanted to brag on them a bit here today.

Tiffany Johnson – she is officially my Online Business Manager which means she takes care of “all the day to day nutty stuff that goes on around here.” And she’s darn good at it. Not only does she make sure stuff gets done but she gives me a slap on the wrist from time to time, ie: “No Tina, we can’t launch 8 things at once”…. hehe.  Tiffany also LOVES being an OBM and loves supporting the OBM industry at large, which means the world to me and to the folks in our programs as well. Together we are our own grand experiment of what it means to grow a biz and support each other in our roles/responsibilities. We have lots of fun together and actually look alot alike too.

Ana Hillis – our VA “behind the scenes” extraordinaire. Ana works directly with Tiffany and helps to get stuff done. She takes care of alot of the things that keep our engine running for various programs, making sure stuff gets sent out on time, chasing folks down for info, etc. Plus she has a knack for product creation (one of her specialties) – so if you need someone to help create various products and such Ana is your gal. Note that I’ve never actually talked to Ana – believe it or not – she has only ever worked directly with Tiffany (one of the benefits to having an OBM!) and yet I feel totally connected and supported by Ana. She rocks. :)

Marki Talley – web techy gal and ezine producer. I’ve actually known Marki for many long years now, since we met working together at CoachVille circa 2002. Marki has been around these halls for many years now, once upon a time as my “helping out with a bit of everything” gal and has since shifted her focus to more techie/wordpress work. However I wouldn’t let her go away totally, so she agreed to stay on to help produce/send out my ezine… phew! I have yet to throw a techie project at her that she couldn’t figure out, love that.

Tanya Watson – video recording & production. She records, edits and produces all the video recordings for our various trainings and programs (including our week long OBM Certification program.) Once upon a time I used to record my own videos, now i’ve “slapped my own wrist” and Tanya is the one to do it all from A to Z. End result? We get complete recordings for all our stuff loaded up and ready to roll.

So how about you? Who are the awesome folks that make your engine run? Do tell. :)


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Elizabeth Martinez May 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm


One of my clients just today asked me to act as her “online business manager” so I decided to do a little research and came to your site. And I am so impressed and amazed …

I can completely relate to this post — I am soooo in the spot where you were 2 years ago.

I am actually, kind of at a crossroads of my business as well. I’m trying to decide truly what I want to do/focus on and knowing that I really want to increase my business/income by huge amounts this year – but I know that I can’t necessarily do that by doing everything myself.

But I LOVE doing the techie work – I love doing the website work/techie stuff. But I also LOVE having more influence in my client’s businesses.

How did you “let go” of the tasks you love to do? Do you still do them sometimes? And how did you find the great support staff you use. Right now, I have hired my sister and that has been amazing. I don’t quite have the work/income to hire someone else – but I am getting close – at least I hope I am getting close.

Thanks for this post – I’m definitely going to look around more and possibly purchase your book – I’m kind of thinking about the International Business Coaches Association, but I’m not 100% sure so I’m not sure that the fee would be the best investment for me right now …

Liz Martinez


Tina May 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Loving the techie work + loving having an influence in a client’s biz is a great combination for an OBM… sounds like it could be a really good fit for you Liz, best of both worlds. :)

Letting go is a step-by-step process, and not always easy… but I think the key is to keep in mind the bigger picture. The bigger “why”. When I got clear on what else I wanted to be able to do – and where I needed to spend my time to get there – then it was easier to be able to let go of some of the other things that were on my plate (even the stuff that I actually enjoy.) If you don’t have anything *new* to fill up your time then you’ll default back to doing the old stuff.

And being on the other side of some of that stuff I can say too, that once you get certain things off your plate you won’t want to go back. 😉 I did some videos re: “confessions of a control freak” last year that you might enjoy re: this journey Liz – they are at: http://www.onlinebusinessmanager.com/blog/archives/category/confessions-of-a-control-freak

Grab a copy of the book for sure – it’s a great starting point to help you decide if this is your next best step. Be sure to let me know how it goes k?


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