3 Ways to Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Grow Your Business

On March 22, 2017, I received a call that would change my online business in a good way.

ElPerfectPitch Judges and Monica Pruett founder of Visual Montessori

My video and business plan to create a new online dual-immersion preschool learning program to make Montessori easy for preschool moms and teachers was selected as a finalist for “The Perfect Pitch,” Hispanicize’s version of “SHARK TANK” for Latino small business owners. #ElPerfectPitch [I’ve embedded the video proposal at the bottom of this post – scroll down to watch.]

Presenting my Business Idea at Hispanicize 2017

My vision was to express to the judges that my preschool learning curriculum – Visual Montessori™ – would make it simple for anyone conducting preschool at home to teach using the 12 sensitive periods as outlined in Montessori.  Translating the Visual Montessori curriculum into Spanish could create an opportunity for families to use the curriculum to preschool bi-lingual children.
Visual Montessori™ - Preschool at Home and Get Help Online

There is NO Substitute for a Real Life Pitch

I presented my “Pitch” LIVE in Miami at Hispanicize at the Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on Wednesday April 5, 2017. With only three weeks of preparation!

It was an awesome experience and I learned more from a real life pitch experience than I ever would have learned in business school.

The judges comments were like gold. Some of their questions stung, but the concerns they raised were the things I needed to hear in order to improve my business.

It’s also why I believe that the best way to grow your business is to force yourself out of  your comfort zone. 

3 Ways to Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Grow Your Business

  1. Present your business idea live. There are several ways to do this, you can host a small dinner party with close family and friends and “pitch” your idea. You could also find a local “Toastmasters” club and try pitching your idea as part of a group.
  2. Survey your audience. If you haven’t reached out to your audience to test and see if your business idea is viable, reach out to them. I sent a survey to HappyandBlessedHome.com readers and received over 100 responses – people want to connect with you, especially when you are proposing a solution that meets their needs.
  3. Join an accountability group. Find other bloggers or online entrepreneurs in your niche and form a small group mastermind. Share goals and establish deadlines. Help hold each other accountable as you build your businesses.

What do all three of these “get out of your comfort zone” strategies have in common? Real live human interaction. You can not incubate your business idea forever. You must get it out into the open and test it for viability and feedback.

Visual Montessori™ offers an online preschool curriculum for moms and caretakers

The Judges

I can’t thank the judges enough for their wisdom and insight throughout my presentation. Their comments have led me to revise my plans for my preschool curriculum. Following their input I’ve implemented the following actions.

  1. Visual Montessori™ is now an official non-profit organization. 

  2. On September 1, 2017, I will complete my Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate making me a credentialed authority in preschool education.
  3. On September 4, 2017, I start my “official” training in Montessori. I will complete certification in 12 months.
  4. New video training to address the concerns raised by the judges is currently in production and should be completed by year-end, 2017.
  5. The initial roll out of Visual Montessori will be in English. Depending upon market conditions, a spanish translation may be available in 24-36  months.

The Perfect Pitch, Hispanicize's version of SHARK TANK for Latino small business owners. #ElPerfectPitch

If you would like to connect with some amazing mentors and online influencers, you can connect with the esteemed judges online at:

  1. Roxana Colorado is a business strategist for innovative entrepreneurs. She’s also a philanthropist and founder of @Dare2BNYC. You can connect with Roxana online at: LatinaNomad or on Facebook.
  2. Elayna Fernandez loves to share family friendly stories and motivation for moms, and can be found at ThePositiveMom or on Facebook.
  3. Noramay Cadena is an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, nonprofit leader, and mother. She’s Cofounder and Managing Director of Make in LA , an early stage hardware accelerator and venture fund in the San Fernando Valley.

  4. Francesca Escoto is a relationship counselor and online business strategist at: YourTango.com and on Facebook

  5. Wells Fargo served as the fifth judge and sponsored the event. If you are an online entrepreneur seeking to grow your business you can find support at WellsFargo.com

Special Thanks to the Organizers of Hispanicize 2017

A special thanks to United Airlines for sponsoring the event and my trip to Hispanicize. I was impressed United’s comfortable seating, and a three-pronged plugin for my laptop on the plane.

Boarding United Airlines for Hispanicize 2017 in Miami Florida

I want to thank Wells Fargo and Hispanicize for putting on an amazing event for small business owners. Hispanicize is an event for online influencers who write and share creative ideas promoting Latin American culture. It is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

I’d also like to thank the other participants in #ElPerfectPitch. Even though I did not win the competition, I learned a great deal from sharing the stage with these high caliber entrepreneurs.

Monica Pruett from Visual Montessori with Carla Muriel founder of Mundo Lanugo

  1. Mundo Lanugo – A YouTube channel featuring songs and activities for young children from Latin American culture. Children can learn about Latin American foods, crafts, and music through kid-friendly programming and storytelling.
  2. Dvdendo – an easy to use, low cost, automated savings and investment platform with no account minimums. Dvdendo helps individuals save small amounts on a daily basis and automatically invest money saved in a well-diversified portfolio.

Connect with Hispanicize and #ElPerfectPitch

Do you want to connect with a professional network of amazing online influencers who are connected in the Latin American marketplace? Reach out to the organizers of Hispanicize on the following channels:

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).

George Torres – CEO & Founder of Sofrito Media Group, served as the event coordinator for #ElPerfectPitch. You can reach him at Sofrito for Your Soul or on Facebook.

ElPerfectPitch organizer George Torres with Monica Pruett from Visual Montessori at Hispanicize 2017

Video Submission to Hispanicize 2017

For a little background on why I am so passionate about at home preschool education, and translating my curriculum into Spanish, you can watch this YouTube video [it was a part of my submission to the judges at Hispanicize].

 

 

I did not win the prize to fund the effort to translate my preschool curriculum into Spanish, but my hope is that I may be able to offer a dual-immersion program sometime in the future.

Do you have a dream?

What’s your dream business? Ever considered pitching it live? I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment and a link to your website below.

Author: Monica Pruett, MBA, The6FigureBlog.com

Have questions? Send me an e-mail: monica[at]The6FigureBlog[dot]com

Monica Pruett owner of The6FigureBlog.com

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8 Replies to “3 Ways to Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Grow Your Business”

  1. This is a FANTASTIC post, filled with multiple resources and great explanations of what you’ve done! I love your ideas and your attitude! I’m excited to follow your work in the coming months. 🙂

  2. Wow, that must have taken nerve of steel! Sometimes it’s hard to balance our passion for our product with the flat-out need or desire to be profitable. It sounds kinda like the “pain” of having a judge weigh in on your ideas. Sometimes they want you to get rid of your favorite parts–because it’s not about you anymore. It’s about your readers/users.
    It sounds like you got some useful advice, best of luck!

    1. Thanks Jamie. I learned a great deal from the experience and now I can apply it in my business. Best of luck to you too!

  3. I am so proud of you Monica and the courage you put out there to go forward in reaching for your dreams. You are an example of where I want to continue to go. Thank you for your example!

    1. Thanks Carrie! And I hope to see you again at a blog conference. I’ve been asked to speak at Social Media Marketing World – maybe I can see you there!

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