The Entrepreneur's Lifeline

The Entrepreneur's Lifeline

By Dinette Rivera
Entrepreneurship isn't perfect! It's exciting, messy, twisted, fun, and much like a motorcycle ride. So worth it.

This show is about helping people build businesses that allow them the freedom to live more, work less – and create the life they are meant to live.

In 2008, with less than five hundred dollars, I launched Rivera Business Development. I did it because of the belief that entrepreneurship could provide the means to rise above one’s circumstances — and it does.

Now I want to help you in your entrepreneurial journey.
More places to listen

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The Simplicity of Evidence-Based Practices in Your Work
In this episode, I share how I became obsessed with learning how to improve the lives of the people we trained, by delivering better programs. Where the search for answers took me and finally, how to implement Evidence-Based Practices in everything we do. Evidence-Based Leadership is about making sound decisions. It's about making those decisions based on more than your experience and intuition. While your experiences play an important role in your work, after all you were hired as an employee or contractor for your experience and education. However, those decisions are still biased. They come from who you are.  Your beliefs, your past experiences, and your biases all contribute to the decisions you make in work and life. You can't escape it. If you're a leader determined to build a better company, solve a world problem or make better decisions for your own life, Evidence-Based Practices will be a game changer.  Even if you've heard of Evidence-Based Practices or Evidence-Based Decision-Making, you've likely heard it's time consuming, not cost effective and complicated. I'm the business consultant that looks to find solutions that make sense, are easy to implement and cost effective. We start small,  and build towards the future. Evidence-Based Practices can be learned and applied in leadership to make decision-making more effective, without overwhelming your team or yourself. Starting today, you will come to know that it's not impossible to make better decisions based on four important components:  Your experience  What the research tells you The values and concerns of the stakeholders   The organizational data.  Sound complicated? Listen in on why it's easier than you think.
September 22, 2019
How do you keep your promise when it’s not easy
Keeping your promise can be hard. You have the best intentions, but things are getting in the way. It comes down to your choice and what you prioritize.. For everything, you can choose to keep your word or make excuses. Your word is everything.
September 14, 2019
How I Shifted My Mindset and Changed How I see the Sales Process
I can’t believe it. How a mindset shift changed my sales process and how you can do it too. Everything in life is affected by how you see things unfolding. If you want more money, help more people understand why you have the solution.
September 4, 2019
Don't Sell. Build Relationships That Last.
Are you uncomfortable with the sales process? If you're not selling you're broke. This week I share what it took for me to get comfortable with the sales process and what it took for me to get there.  When I decided to take my business to the next growth phase, I knew I had to change how I felt about selling. Once again, I had to look at my sales process and find the problems. Before you look for the external factors affecting your business, do the internal checkup.  Many of the breakthroughs we achieve in life come when we get uncomfortable and find a way out of the discomfort.
August 24, 2019
What's making me crazy this week
Sometimes I really don't understand what makes people tick. I'm on a bit of a rant about an opportunity for business owners and wondering why you discard international business. What stops you from business travel outside the U.S.? Is your business doing so well, that you don't need new customers?  Imagine you wanted to open a new market. You don't want to travel for fear of the unknown, so you hire a rep to go there for you. How much would that cost? Thousands of dollars in consulting, plus all travel expenses. How about all the research your rep will have to do before they go?  What if you went, met people in-person, built relationships and could do it all for much less? Why wouldn't you go. This is what I don't get. According to research a face to face request is 34% more successful than email.  I’m sharing a similar situation in this episode. What holds you back? I’m genuinely interested in your answers.
August 11, 2019
Ep 12: How a Chance Encounter Led to an International Trade Mission
Two women business owners, on two different continents, willing to go where opportunities led us.  In this episode I share how a chance encounter in New York City during the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) leadership event, led to Aurelia Gavidia and I bringing a group of business women from Peru to Delaware, U.S. to create business relationships.  This was not an official trade mission. This was acting on an opportunity and having the courage to go for it. Listen to how we did it and what has happened for all the companies involved. Connect online: Website Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn
June 20, 2019
Ep 11: The 7 P's for a Better Business Plan
In this week's show, I want to talk about how the 7 Ps of Planning will help you write a better business plan, by removing the barriers that might be keeping you from planning at all. Perhaps you have heard about the Three P’s of business: People Process Product They are the three areas you must manage. To break them down into manageable processes, I suggest my clients work on the Seven P’s of Planning. The 7 P’s includes additional focus areas for each. The seven P’s give you the chance to consider smaller areas of management as you plan. The seven p’s of planning are: People Process Product Pre-profit plan Positioning Point of Contact Profit plan As you can see, there’s much to do to manage a successful business. For more on the 7 P’s of Planning and other tips for managing business and life, contact me today at Connect online: Website Podcast Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
May 31, 2019
Ep 10: How can you regain focus when life happens?
Traumatic and challenging life events can throw our focus off course. In this episode I share how I dealt with recent events in our life that have left me with a heavy heart and feeling drained, in order to remain true to my goals.  I can't focus on the long range goals, but I can work on the small steps that create progress.  I share things I do daily to keep me moving, when I don't feel like I can.
May 15, 2019
Episode 9: Take control of your time. Regain control of your life.
“I’m so busy”, has become such a poor excuse for our own lack of self-Management. The reality is that we allow too many distractions and find ourselves out of time. We get frustrated because we have too much to do. We’ve lost control of our time, therefore we’ve lost control of our lives. Assess where your time is spent and take back control.
December 12, 2018
Episode 8: So, you don't want to reach a million?
In this episode I explore why more entrepreneurs don't reach a million and what may be holding them back, beyond operations issues. The number of Women-owned and Hispanic-owned businesses that ever reach a million is 3% or less. The statistic for small businesses breaking through a million is low, when considering the number of new businesses formed. Why aren't more businesses getting there? It's critical to put in place the processes and foundation for a successful business. While important, it appears there are reasons for not reaching a million beyond business basics. It remains somewhat of a mystery, after speaking with many entrepreneurs, as to what keeps more of them going for this goal. For some, it's about wanting to remain in control. For others it's about not wanting to manage employees. Some want to remain small enough to work from home. Is there also fear? Is it fear of failure or fear of success? Are there limiting beliefs holding entrepreneurs back? After all, many of the reasons mentioned, are easily dispelled when you recognize that a million is sales, is not a million in the pocket of the founder. If you want a six figure income, you need to grow beyond a million dollar business. Listen in and contribute to the conversation. Share your thoughts with me on social media. Let's get more businesses to grow beyond the first million.
October 17, 2018
Episode 7: New Standards for Coaches and Consultants
Coaches and Consultants are being held to higher standards. Like products, our clients want more evidence that we deliver. Testimonials, case studies and referrals are not enough. Enter the world of Evidence-Based Practice Standards. It's here and now. Time to prepare or be left behind.
September 21, 2018
Episode 6: Mind Chatter That Matters
In this episode I share my own stories of insecurities and fear that can appear as mind chatter. Most importantly, how do we become aware of it and dismiss it. Tips for redirecting our thoughts are shared.
September 10, 2018
Episode 5: Why We attract what we focus on
It is absolutely true that we attract what we focus on. I share this concept in a simple way, because it is so important to understand it, if we are to succeed.
August 23, 2018
Episode 4: The Importance of Applying Evidence-Based Practice Standards in Coaching
With so many great education and training programs, why aren’t more people successful? Why aren’t people implementing the lessons learned from these programs? It isn’t because the programs or the trainers aren’t qualified. The issue at hand, has to do with how we facilitate the learning and how we measure our results. Today, we’re going to speak about measuring results. As trainers and coaches, we are guided by our own education, experiences and instinct. We trust the knowledge shared by some of the greatest thought leaders. We bring our own experience in our field of expertise. We design training programs that take the acquired knowledge and experience and turn it into “how to” lessons. How many training programs have you taken and put the lessons to practice? How many binders are on your shelves? How many of those programs were measured for success?
July 31, 2018
Episode 3: Coaching or Therapy? How Do We Know?
The most common question I'm asked when training coaches, is how do I know not to cross the line from coaching into therapy? In this episode, I share a few tips to help clarify when a coach should acknowledge that something has come up in the conversation that may require the help of a licensed therapist and how to address it. Coaching and therapy share a very similar method for working with clients. Motivational Interviewing, used by Psychologists closely resembles Coaching. The therapist deals with the past and what has led to this person feeling the way they do. The coach works with the client on where they are today and how to move forward with their goals. There is a fine line between coaching and therapy. A trained coach knows when it's time, in the coaching relationship, to recommend their client get some help.
July 26, 2018
Episode 2: Life Happened. Now What?
Recognizing that life happens, how can we manage those moments? This episode is part of the Self-Discovery/Inner Healing that is so important for success. Dinette Rivera shares an unexpected event that brought back the last days of her mother's life and how important it is to manage self-care, if we are to be successful.
July 17, 2018
Episode 1: What is The Entrepreneur's Lifeline?
In this episode, I share why I decided to start the Entrepreneur's Lifeline Podcast. It’s all about the fun, excitement, imperfections and freedom that comes from being an entrepreneur.
July 4, 2018
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