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Welcome to Dare to Leap, a conversation and community supporting women to create the freedom, flexibility and financial security they desire and deserve.

Hosted by Kathy Goughenour, CEO & Founder of Virtual Expert(R) Training.

Each week you’ll hear from thought leaders who are offering innovative solutions for the remote workforce, gather best practices from organizations recognized as best in class at leading virtual teams and engage in conversations with all stakeholders when it comes to the non traditional workforce. Plus you’ll gain insights through courageous conversations with women who have dared to make the leap to another job or even dared to go out on their own and start a business.

Whether you are a woman who is mid career and feeling trapped with no options, a female entrepreneur who has successfully transitioned to a non traditional career and are looking for ways to grow, or an innovative leader of remote workers, Kathy delivers.

Kathy Goughenour is an experienced and savvy business coach and trainer. She took her first leap after 18 years in corporate marketing to build a real estate marketing venture which she sold; to a business coach and trainer fulfilling her passion to empower women to build their legacy. Kathy has worked 100% virtually since 2001, and manages a non-traditional workforce of over 20 independent contractors.

Kathy’s work has been featured in Forbes, International Freelancers Academy and The Huffington Post. To date she has helped hundreds of women dare to leap and daily inspires others to find their path to financial freedom.

Remote work is here to stay. In addition to growing at rapid rates, data supports that remote workers are happier, more productive and healthier. Join the movement with Kathy and leading innovators in non traditional work to take your career, team or company to the next level.

Dare to Leap Kathy Goughenour

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Welcome to Dare to Leap, a conversation and community supporting women to create the freedom, flexibility and financial security they desire and deserve.

Hosted by Kathy Goughenour, CEO & Founder of Virtual Expert(R) Training.

Each week you’ll hear from thought leaders who are offering innovative solutions for the remote workforce, gather best practices from organizations recognized as best in class at leading virtual teams and engage in conversations with all stakeholders when it comes to the non traditional workforce. Plus you’ll gain insights through courageous conversations with women who have dared to make the leap to another job or even dared to go out on their own and start a business.

Whether you are a woman who is mid career and feeling trapped with no options, a female entrepreneur who has successfully transitioned to a non traditional career and are looking for ways to grow, or an innovative leader of remote workers, Kathy delivers.

Kathy Goughenour is an experienced and savvy business coach and trainer. She took her first leap after 18 years in corporate marketing to build a real estate marketing venture which she sold; to a business coach and trainer fulfilling her passion to empower women to build their legacy. Kathy has worked 100% virtually since 2001, and manages a non-traditional workforce of over 20 independent contractors.

Kathy’s work has been featured in Forbes, International Freelancers Academy and The Huffington Post. To date she has helped hundreds of women dare to leap and daily inspires others to find their path to financial freedom.

Remote work is here to stay. In addition to growing at rapid rates, data supports that remote workers are happier, more productive and healthier. Join the movement with Kathy and leading innovators in non traditional work to take your career, team or company to the next level.

    Marisha Horsman — Heal Your Relationship with Food

    Marisha Horsman — Heal Your Relationship with Food

    Marisha Horsman is a Holistic Health Coach and helps women transform their relationship with food, nourish their light, and fulfill their radiant potential. Kathy is so glad she worked with Marisha because she had had a poor relationship with her body and food for over 60 years. Now, the very cookies and sweets that brought her comfort completely turn her off! Find out why Marisha is so good at what she does, and how she helps bring women back into harmony with their body, on this week’s episode!
    Key takeaways:
    A little bit about Marisha and how she got involved in this journey of properly nourishing her body. Marisha was living the life she always dreamed of, but inside she was falling apart and it took a health scare for her to finally stop. In the beginning, everywhere Marisha went, misery went with her. What was supposed to be a two-week stay in an Indian ashram ended up turning into a four-year stay, but Marisha knew she needed this experience after experiencing years of eating issues and body shame. Kathy shares what it’s like working with Marisha. Our relationship with food reflects in every aspect of our life. Kathy felt like such a loser. She couldn’t control her overeating and didn’t know why! No matter what, your body is not a mistake. Marisha remembers a time where she was completely hijacked by her emotions and she couldn't figure out how to control it. Now she realizes her poor eating habits were the reason for it. Marisha shares a story of how she witnessed a bank robbery. Interested in what Marisha does? Marisha is hosting a group coaching program for women! Resources:
    Marishahorsman.com
    Marisha on Instagram
    Quotes:
     
    “You can’t run away from your problems, you can’t run away from yourself.”
     
    “We all come to a point where we’ve suffered enough, and we’re willing now to face whatever it is; we’re going in there.”
     
    “Weight loss is a side effect of you coming back into harmony with your body, your food, your eating. It just happens.”
     

    • 55 min
    Terra Bohlmann — Get Really Clear with a Business Map

    Terra Bohlmann — Get Really Clear with a Business Map

    Terra Bohlmann is a Business Strategist, Breakthrough Coach, and the Creator of The Business Map Method™. She is also an avid brooch collector! After leaving a very successful career in corporate, Terra now helps women get clear on their company vision so that they can outsource, delegate, and scale their business. In this episode, Terra shares how she had to overcome negative self-talk, how to get started, and why it’s important to loop your husband/spouse into the financials of your business.
    Key takeaways:
    A little bit about Terra and why she became a breakthrough coach. Terra just wanted more freedom. She didn’t want to leave her job, but she knew it was time to move on. Terra realized that she and her husband weren’t on the same page when it came to her business, so she sat down and created a business map. It helped him see how everything tied in together. Although your husband/partner might not be a business partner, they’re still your partner in life and it’s important to have both parties on the same page of where “that money” is going. Terra noticed that during her entrepreneurial journey, she had a lot of negative self-talk. Sometimes you really just need to slow down, enjoy life, and have fun. You don’t always have to be working so hard! Terra noticed that she had to push herself hard before she felt like she deserved the money she earned. Terra offers some advice on how to get started. After learning from her past, Terra now protects her self-care time no matter what the circumstances. Stress is a killer! When women in business have a roadmap, it makes it so much easier to have a virtual expert “take care” of the rest. You don’t have to have them figure it all out (and fail) themselves. Terra doesn’t want to feel like a scatterbrain in her business. Terra loves collecting brooches! She loves hunting for a unique piece, and she is starting a new ecommerce store centered around brooches! Brooches are also a great conversation starter at networking events!  
    Resources:
    Broochapproach.com
    Terrabohlmann.com
    Terra on LinkedIn
     
    Quotes:
     
    “That was something I had to work on, the negative self-talk, and when you do that, it just continues to manifest and it shows up as stress in your body.”
     
    “I felt like I had to work really hard to deserve any money I made.”
     
    “Nobody gets an award for working seven days a week.”

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tracey Bissett — Let’s Talk About Money

    Tracey Bissett — Let’s Talk About Money

    Tracey Bissett is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tracey educates and empowers individuals, notably young adults and entrepreneurs, to take control of and live their financial lives with confidence. Tracey shares some of the basics of how to get your finances in order so that you’re not a struggling small business. She offers practical advice that you can get started on today! Find out more about Tracey and her wealth of knowledge, in this week’s episode.
     
    Key takeaways:
    Tracey loves animals! She has a dog, herself, but reminds listeners to make sure they save up for it appropriately because dogs can be expensive. How did Tracey get into the financial industry? Remember, we are all at different places in our financial journey! There’s no shame in that! Just take small steps forward. How does Tracey help with her clients? You have to think about your business growing and how much it’ll be to pay someone to do that task for you (that you’re currently doing for “free”). No matter what, this means you need to charge more! Confidence is key, but not everyone has it and it can lead them to be passed up for good job opportunities. Instead of trying to “fake it,” try to lead with facts in your abilities so that you get that job. How do you overcome a scarcity mindset? Have a gratitude practice. When you focus on the positives, you don’t get so caught up on the negatives. Let’s talk about cash flow. What are the best ways to manage this? Financial speak is a specific language and that’s why it can be so intimidating for some. Tracey tries to simplify these concepts to make them easier for everyone. When it comes to subcontractors, what’s the best structure to pay them?  
    Resources:
    Bissettfinancialfitness.com
    Tracey on LinkedIn
     
    Quotes:
     
    “Money doesn’t need to be emotional. It’s not something life is tied up into. It’s a tool you can use to do things.”
     
    “Start observing your reactions to anything money-related. Sit with it.”
     
    “Start making your money and your finances a regular part of your routine, just like you do with your sales and marketing.”

    • 48 min
    Colleen Kochannek — Make The Decision and Just Start Doing

    Colleen Kochannek — Make The Decision and Just Start Doing

    Colleen Kochannek helps women from the typewriter generation become successful and confident laptop entrepreneurs, helping them leverage their decades of life experience and learning to create a meaningful, revenue-generating business. In this week’s episode, Colleen shares her expertise on why so many older women are finally ready to start their businesses, and why now is the time, compared to other age groups, to start.
     
    Key takeaways:
    Everyone loves Colleen’s bright red glasses! What kinds of challenges does the “typewriter generation” have to overcome when they’re working online? Colleen has noticed her generation just doesn’t even try! They just think it’s too much of a tech barrier and then give up. The way we approach technology is very different from how the younger folks approach it... and what’s worse is, society treats us like idiots! Colleen gives a bit of tough love to her students. It’s their responsibility to learn basic tech skills. How does Colleen help people overcome their limiting belief that they’re “just not techy”? A lot of Colleen’s clients love that she is step-by-step. She really shows them the tiniest details, one at a time. Tech moves so quickly that it’s so hard to keep up with it. It’s so frustrating! How do you ask better questions and help yourself when you get stuck on a tech challenge? Colleen helps her clients figure out what to accurately search for! So many people sell this “eight-figure” business dream and women over 50 are afraid of that. Colleen understands. They don’t want to do crazy hours anymore. You can create a lifestyle business that brings in the amount of money that you want! Before you jump into a business, you need to define what success means to you. Many women start later in life because they had to give up their career or a certain part of themselves to care for others. Now is your time to shine. Now is your time to do what you want to do! There is no “one thing” you can do to suddenly break free. You think you don’t have a niche? Think again. There’s a lot of weird stuff out there.  
    Resources:
    Scrappyfrontier.com
    Colleen on LinkedIn
     
    Quotes:
     
    “Women over the age of 55 are 40% more likely to start a successful online business than a 30-something-year-old.”
     
    “Freedom comes from discipline.”
     
    “There is no guilt or shame in wanting to do what you want to do now. You have earned that right.”

    • 47 min
    Angelic Veasman — I Finally Found My Tribe!

    Angelic Veasman — I Finally Found My Tribe!

    Angelic Veasman is the Founder and CEO of Lady PowerHouse Solutions, a project and event support firm that helps women in business get organized and prioritized. Angelic was in the corporate hamster wheel for a while, but she’d had enough. The pandemic forced her to reevaluate certain things in her life and take a full leap in her business, and she’s so glad she made the jump! Find out more in this week’s episode!
    Key takeaways:
    Angelic has been working since she was 16 years old and has had a wide range of career experiences since then! She is super passionate about what she does and is always excited to learn something new! Angelic was on a corporate hamster wheel and she’d had enough! She joined Kathy’s group and wow, it was great to have such a fresh perspective! After attending Kathy’s event, Angelic was in tears because she finally found her tribe. Kathy got fired at the end of 2019 and she was faced with a decision. Get a job or dive into her own business! And then, her husband lost his job too. Kathy and her family moved to Florida for a job, but it didn’t work out two weeks later. They were in a tough spot and their finances were drained. With so many changes happening in Angelic’s life, what has she learned the most from it all? COVID-19 and these latest transitions have really opened everyone’s eyes to a new way of working. What types of people does Angelic work with and how does she help her clients? Angelic has strategic intensive offerings which help business owners understand what they really need in their business; not what they think they need. For a lot of Angelic’s clients, they often don’t know what they need, they just know they’re overwhelmed. Kathy recommends Angelic! She has a very creative outlook and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to how she approaches problems! Resources:
    Ladypowerhouse.com
    Angelic on LinkedIn
    Quotes:
    “Kathy was super honest and authentic about it. This isn’t going to be super easy. There’s a financial investment. These are the criteria. Kathy wasn’t saying it was a get rich quick scheme.”
    “I was crying. It was basically I found my tribe. I had found this community of women that weren’t cliquey. They were supportive.”
    “What really matters isn’t what we do, it isn’t what we make, it isn’t what we have, it is who we are.”

    • 48 min
    Jackie Barker — Optimize Your Website

    Jackie Barker — Optimize Your Website

    Jackie Barker is the Owner and Founder of the Barefoot Design Collective, a web and graphic design firm. In this episode, you’ll learn a little bit about Jackie, how she got started, and how she’s different from other web development firms. Jackie provides an all-encompassing look at your website and makes sure it’s optimized and running to its full efficiency, and then some! Find out more in this week’s episode.
     
    Key takeaways:
    Jackie shares a little bit about how she got started in graphic and web design. How does Jackie provide a “website in a day”? She breaks down her service offering. Jackie shares how she makes it super easy for clients to get the knowledge and skillsets that they need to have a professional website. What does website maintenance look like with a pre-built WordPress template? People might complain about WordPress, but it is a very solid platform to be on! They are constantly updating their platform. Jackie shares how she saved her client $300 a month in maintenance fees! And, improved her site speed. If your website is down or broken, how many customers would you lose? Not many people would reach out to tell you that your website contact form is broken. What tips does Jackie have to help attract the attention of your ideal client on your website? How knowledgeable is Jackie about SEO? What is a meta description? Jackie explains how easy it is to get started working with her. Bundle your website elements together and Jackie takes care of the rest! Kathy is so glad she has people like Jackie. She can easily spend hours on a website, and not even understand what went wrong!  
    Resources:
    Barefootdc.com
    Jackie on LinkedIn
     
    Quotes:
     
    “If you’re a small business owner, $10,000 for a website that is going to constantly need to be changed and updated, that’s a lot of money!”
     
    “At least go out to your site once a week just to make sure everything is updated, security plugins and backups running, that’s what somebody that maintains your site should be doing.”
     
    “[With your words], it’s about having a call to action. It’s all about psychology and where the eyes go around the screen.”

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Liza Baker ,

Not just informative—FUN!

Kathy is one of the most skillful interviewers I’ve met: she asks the right questions and digs into the dark places—all while keeping it light and informative. Innovative solutions, best practices, and engaging conversations for women trying to make virtual entrepreneurship work for them and their families!

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content!

Kathy does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

David Shriner-Cahn ,

Inspirational Stories for Growth

We grow when we get outside our own comfort zone. This often requires a leap.

Dare to Leap provides the inspiration and real life examples that can help all of us keep from being stuck.

Thank you, Kathy!

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