CRAZINESS!!!

Okay, I’ll go ahead and admit it…I’ve been out of touch!  BUT you’ll be thanking me here very soon!

Actually, it’s been a long six months….lots of good, exciting changes, and some not so good and exciting.  The not so good and exciting news is that it is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that I have to announce that I am no longer on Indie104.  At least not for the time being.  They are in the process of going through some changes of their own, and I’m not sure where it’s going to “land”.  I’m still involved with the Indie104 family, am helping to get things settled down, and hopefully someday soon I’ll be back on the air with them. Stay tuned, and I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, I have taken this opportunity to focus on the show on BBS Radio.  So you will see a lot of changes.  I’m getting some new staff on board, some new marketing experts, new guests (wait until you hear what we are doing on the show with guests!!!), a new format, and even a new co-host!  I’m so excited that I can’t wait to get started!  So you may have noticed some re-runs happening, and that is why.  But it will be well be worth it.  Once we are up and running as planned, I will have the wonderful opportunity of serving the music community in even more powerful and exciting ways, being able to meet more personally with each of you, and being more involved in your success.  So hang in there, thank you so much for your patience, and stay tuned!

Reach for the stars, never give up, and let me know if I can be part of your success!  God bless!

Cynthia McIntosh
Artist Development Specialist
Radio Talk Show Host
(866) 636-4696

“It’s a Crazy World Talk Show”
BBS Radio
http://www.bbsradio.com/itsacrazyworld
 
http://www.successwithmcintosh.com
cynthia@successwithmcintosh.com

WHEN IS A COACH NOT A COACH?

It’s amazing to me that even though coaching is the second-fastest growing profession in the world, rivaled only by information technology (as reported in a National Post article), many times when I tell people I’m a coach, they look at me with glazed over eyes Successand ask me what that means.  Professional coaches actually do try and find other titles other than “coach” in order to describe what they do.  So I thought I’d take a minute to explain what it is that I do as a coach, and what I don’t do.

Let me start off by describing the traits I personally feel are requirements in any coaching relationship.  First off, a coach is someone who provides a safe and honest environment for his/her clients.  Notice I did not say comfortable, and I did not say easy. Being honest is not always comfortable, and it is not always easy.  But it has to be safe.  A good coach is your teammate.  Your coach is there to support you in whatever way you need in order to achieve your goals.  Sometimes this requires helping you see and face some hard, cold truths.  Sometimes it requires kicking you out of your comfort zone.  But this is why your coach has to be someone that you feel completely safe with, and someone that you know is absolutely, positively, 100% focused on your success.  If you don’t feel this way about your coach, you won’t have the trust required to get through the process.  Coaching is a unique professional relationship.  While many professional relationships require trust, confidentiality, and professionalism, coaching also requires teamwork.  You’re a team in your journey.  A coach does not make your decisions for you, does not tell you what to do, and does not do it for you.  A coach is there to listen to you in a way that few people will (we call it Level 3 listening), to help you think things through, to help you figure out what the right path is for you, to help you figure out how you want to stay on that path, to hold you accountable to your decisions, and to support you as you work your way to your success.

So that is who a coach is to a client.  Many times people ask me what the difference is between a coach and a consultant, a therapist, a mentor, or a counselor.  So let’s look at some of these differences.  Sometimes a coach wears more than one of these hats, and in these cases, should keep these services separate, in my opinion.  But let’s take a look at consulting as an example.  A business coach would sit down with a client and discuss things such as relationship issues, fears, frustrations, managerial difficulties, motivational problems, etc.  The coach may meet with the clients’ teams and find out what is keeping them from maximum performance.  The coach may meet with individual team members to dig deeper into what can be done to influence the team members and increase productivity.  Or the coach may work directly with the client alone and work on issues like prioritizing, working through personal issues that are affecting the client’s work.  But the coach discusses these things with the client, and helps the client think things through on his/her own.  The coach does not direct the conversation or the outcome.  In other words, by asking questions, the coach helps the client find his or her own answers and to find clarity.  One of the main ways of doing this is to help the client identify his/her core values, what is really important, and then to help prioritize.  And as the coach and client work together, the coach gives the client steps to take and work to do to ultimately obtain the results that the client has chosen to work towards.

In contrast, a consultant will go in to a business, look at it, and tell the client what needs to be done, and most often do the work necessary.  For example, a business owner may bring in a marketing consultant.  The marketing consultant will take a look at the business, create a marketing plan, and usually have a big part in putting that marketing plan into action.  Or a financial consultant will come in and look at a business, create a plan, but will also be involved in putting that plan together.  A coach, however, will only help a client identify his or her desired results, create a plan, and then support the client in taking the necessary steps to put the plan together.

There ARE coaches, however, that offer other consulting services.  For example, I have a background in accounting and in marketing.  I have a lot of experience in both.  So if I find that a client really needs social media marketing in order to reach the desired goals, I may offer to provide those services, separately from the coaching contract.

Often I am asked what the difference between a therapist and a coach is, so let me hit on that question for a minute. When I was going through coaching training, they explained it in a way that made it really simple to understand, so I think I’ll just borrow their explanation.  The way they put it was, a therapist helps unhealthy people to get healthy.  A coach helps healthy people to excel and to be their best.  The reason this is important to understand, is that if you understand that a coach is not someone who “fixes” people or problems but that takes completely healthy, normal people and helps them reach their full potential, then you understand that everyone can potentially benefit from having a coach.  I personally have a coach of my own.  I’m blessed to have one of the best.  He isn’t cheap, but because he is a great coach, he is worth every cent I pay him, and in all honesty, he’s worth more.  He helps me make tough decisions.  He helps me figure out my long term goals.  And most importantly, he has helped me create a vision that has made my life exciting and fulfilling.  THAT is a coach, and I’m proud to be one.

I hope that answered some questions that a lot of you have had.  Feel free to comment to this post if you have any questions!

To your success,

Cynthia McIntosh
Highway 2 Success

Check it Out! New format, New look!

So we have news!  BIG news!  We are ready to get back on the air by the first week in August!  It’s been WAY too long, and we are really excited about rejoining the Indie104 family and our listeners!

But as good as that news is, we have even BIGGER news!!!  Not only will Highway 2 Success be back on the air, but we have an incredibly exciting, brand new format.  We have found over the many years that we have been working with performing artists around the world that many of them just really enjoy having us there to discuss the unique challenges of the music industry and the lifestyle of the performing artist of today.  The industry is changing on a daily basis, the stresses of every day life for the performer is are increasing as technology increases the demands on them.  And often they just need someone like our own Cynthia McIntosh to sit down and help them figure it all out.  So we have created a whole new program that focuses on providing coaching for the performing artist of today!  Cynthia will be bringing on guests and talking about all the craziness of the industry and its lifestyle in a fun and entertaining way, while at the same time offering support to our indie musicians out there who are fighting their way up the road to success.

So keep an eye and ear out for our brand new show “It’s a Crazy World” on Indie104 scheduled to begin airing this August!  Exact times and dates to be announced in the very near future.

In the meantime, check out our brand new website at http://www.hwy2s.com.  It has a whole new look, information on the new show, and will soon have many resources that we hope  will inspire you to greatness!!!

God bless, and we will “see” you soon on Indie104!

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The Highway 2 Success team

WE’RE COMING BACK!!!

Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh
Highway 2 Success Talk Show, Indie 104

I am so excited to announce that plans are in the works to bring the popular Highway 2 Success Talk Show back to Indie 104! Due to health issues beyond my control, I had to make the very difficult decision to leave radio last year, but my goal has always been to get to the point where I could come back…and I’m finally ready! I am elated to announce that we are making plans and beginning to schedule interviews for upcoming shows and plan on being on the air again as early as next month. Stay tuned for more information on when the show will be airing.

In the meantime, we will begin interviewing for the show immediately. If you are an expert in your field and would like to be a guest on our show, please go to http:/www.successwithmcintosh.com and contact us to schedule a meeting. Everything is done via skype, is pre-recorded, and low-stress. So contact us right away for an opportunity to share your know-how with our listeners!

The goal of the Highway 2 Success Talk Show is to provide training, education, and tools to entrepreneurs and artists and help them achieve the success they work so hard for. We enjoy working with artists and entrepreneurs – we thrive on their passion for the work they do. And we want to see them succeed. The Highway 2 Success Talk Show provides support to our listeners by bringing professionals to our show who share our passion for business and are willing to provide education and training in a way that helps to support and motivate our listeners to success. If you are an energetic professional who is passionate about your work and would like to share your story with our listeners, give us a call today! We’re waiting to hear from you and look forward to speaking to you soon!

Here’s to loving what you do and doing what you love!

Cynthia McIntosh

And Here Comes 2015!

Written by Cynthia McIntosh
Success With McIntosh
Highway 2 Success

As the year comes to a close I, like most people, find myself looking at this past year and being grateful that I made some good decisions, and also wishing I had done some things differently.  Like everyone else, I have perfect 20/20 hindsight vision.

2014, I will admit, was a challenging year.  I dealt with some serious health issues, had to move several times (and we all know how stressful moving is!), had to give up the radio show that I loved so much due to the health issues (and yes, I WILL be back soon!), and had several real hoops to jump through.  But sometimes life does that to us.  I can say as I look back at it that I see some great lessons that came out of it, I was able to help some people in ways that I never could have otherwise, and as always there was a reason for things happening as they did.

However, it’s also a fact that while we can’t do a thing about the days behind us, I shared a link to an article yesterday that gave some very simple, basic, but positive steps that I can take in 2015 in order to be more successful.  It’s interesting how some of the hardest habits to form are actually some of the most basic.  For example, for me one of the things I need to work on is getting more rest.  I’m a workaholic.  I love to work.  I feel guilty if I’m not “accomplishing something”.  So I have a difficult time setting aside time to rest, and to have “me time”.

One of the nice things about the new year is that it gives us all a feeling of being handed a clean slate.  It’s a “start over moment”.  It’s another chance to do better.  I for one am so thankful for the things in life that let me feel like I am being offered a new beginning.  I think they’re exciting.  It gives me a chance to sit down and make my goals and plans for the next season…to create new dreams.

My biggest resolution for 2015 is to start taking more “me time”, because I know it will make me more productive and focused.  It’s been proven over and over that we need rest and down time in order to really reach our potential.  I realized in the last few weeks how little time I have where I am not working on something, trying to figure something out, or trying to solve a problem for myself or someone else.  I realized how little time I spend just reading a good book, or going for a walk with my dog.  So I’ve made myself a promise to start making time to myself more of a priority and to retrain myself into accepting non-productive time as okay.

On the flip side of that coin, I also spent some time really going through what I want to accomplish with my business, setting some goals, and writing out the steps I need to take to accomplish those goals.  It’s always good to write things out so that you can revisit them during the year.  Personally, it helps me stay focused, and it keeps my dreams alive.

How does your 2014 look to you as you look back at it?  What are you most excited about for 2015?  What is the biggest change you want to make for next year?

Update on the Highway 2 Success Talk Show

I have to admit that I am just ITCHING to get back to being on the air.  Due to life issues beyond my control, we had to shelf the show for the time being.  And it ended up being longer than I had expected.

BUT the good news is that I am in the process of setting things up and getting back on the air, and I can’t wait!  And the show is going to be bigger and better than ever!  Now sound, new shows, new guests.

We will begin recording shows in December, so if you or anyone you know is an expert in any area of business or the music industry and would like to be a guest on our show, give us a call for an interview!  We’d love to hear from you!