To Kelli, a diva is a woman who’s blessed by her family, strong in her faith and she encourages everyone around her to rise up to their greatest potential. Kelli began her radio show in 2003, with interviews being recorded to cassette tapes. In 2005/06, she went online with the program.
Her motivation to start it came from speaking with, and coaching, a number of amazing women.
“I wanted to let the world know what they were doing, so they can be honored, highlighted and encouraged”
Creativity vs Systems. Which will win?
She believes that since many entrepreneurs are creative, they think that systems will cripple this creativity.
“Actually, it doesn’t. It allows you to be more creative because things are done in a systematic process, in a way that nothing slides through the cracks”
Her recommendation is to implement a good time management system to allow you to achieve the most out of your day.
Kelli is a big believer in outsourcing for your business to free up time, as long as the processes are in place to ensure the job is done right by the person doing it.
“Don’t allow the money part of it to hold you back. If it’s something that you don’t enjoy doing, it’s going to actually take you longer to get it done yourself than outsourcing it to somebody who loves it.”
From “wow” income to “now” income.
A strategy she uses with clients is to work backwards (reverse engineering) from their “WOW” income to their “NOW” income. To do this, figure out your annual income goal and work back to how much you’d need to make each month, then week, then each day.
Kelli has successfully used interns in her business.
“Interns bring a lot to the table. They have no preconceived notions, are eager to learn and have fresh ideas”
She credits her very strict schedule as the reason she has been able to balance her business with being a mom. Also, when they were younger, and she had a bricks and mortar business, she made a playroom, with snack area, on the upper level of her office building. She allowed her employees to bring their children to work as well, and she set up a sick room for the children to accommodate the many mothers that worked for her.
She feels that working long hours to make a good income made her miss a lot of her older daughter’s early years. She was put on bed rest when she had her second child.
“That forced me to be full-on as a parent. While money is important, it was no longer the main priority”
Kelli believes strongly in abundance and taught her children the power of giving. They would anonymously pay for strangers’ meals at restaurants, as well as initiating other acts of kindness.
“When you have more than enough, that gives you the freedom and capabilities to give to others”
DIVA: the “good” 4-letter word.“A confident woman, who is strong in her faith,blessed by her family, andencourages others to rise up to their greatest potential.”~Kelli
- What are some of your daily practices or disciplines that you believe are key to success?
- I start each and every morning in prayer and devotions.
- My executive assistant is then usually waiting for me in IM to discuss the day and to tell me where I need to be and who I need to talk to.
Structure and organization is very important to me and a necessity with running several businesses.
- What are some of your time management strategies that enable you to be most effective in your work, home, family life?
- I’m a stickler for everything be scheduled. If it’s not on my calendar, then more than likely it will not get done or I will not show up.I am a self-proclaimed procrastinator, so everything must be added to my calendar, even private time with my family.I use Google Calendar so that all team members can see where I’m at and what I’m doing at any given time. I have specific times throughout each day that they can schedule an impromptu appointment if need be.
- I’d love to give a few examples of how to utilize good time management to achieve the most out of your day.
- One way is to chunk together your tasks.
If you are to be on the phone, then block out ample time to be on the phone for all your calls.
That way you’re in the groove of making phone calls.If you’re needing to do some writing, block out a chunk of time to do all of your writing so that you can stay in your zone of writing.
- Too much energy is wasted when we jump from task to task as our brains are not wired that way.If you find yourself procrastinating, set a timer and challenge yourself to get the task done in the allotted amount of time.Additionally, if you’re procrastinating about a task, write down three reasons why you feel you’re avoiding the task. Are you clear on it’s objective?Are you hesitant because you don’t fully understand how to perform the task, which may be better to outsource?Or is it a task that you can actually scrap because in the long run it won’t bring the results that you are looking for in the first place.
- One way is to chunk together your tasks.
- How do you discern which opportunities to invest in to meet your priorities/goals, when there are so many great ones available?
- Many times I go on intuition. I believe that when you are in alignment with what God has ordained for you, your intuition will be right on target.
- It’s important to have the courage to follow through on a project just because you believe in it.
- Because I am clear on what my goals are, it is easier to make a quick decision on whether or not to move forward on the opportunity currently being presented.
2. Favorite cartoon TV show?Looney Tunes
3. Favorite song?
This One’s for the Girls by Martina McBride –
It is a reminder that being just who you are . . . and that is beautiful.
And the feisty side of me, my song would be
Independent Woman, Part 1 by Destiny’s Child.
“All the women who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honey’s who makin’ money
Throw your hands up at me
The shoe on my feet, I’ve bought it
The clothes I’m wearing, I’ve bought it
The rock I’m rockin’, I’ve bought it
‘Cause I depend on me”
A moment you wish you could take back?
Self confidence has been one area that I’ve struggled with for a very long time.
I am very strong in my faith and it wasn’t until I truly believed within the depths of my heart and soul that I am a child of God Almighty that suffered with lack of confidence.
I was raised as a preacher’s kid, so I was always scrutinized by my choice of clothes, or if I dyed my hair, or if I had a boyfriend, etc. Then later in life I had a failed marriage, so I felt like a failure.
Needless to say my self-esteem and confidence was in the toilet.
However, my belief system pulled me out of that “stinkin thinkin” and into thoughts of honor, abundance, prosperity, and excellence.
Looking back, how did your childhood lead to where you are today?
I knew from a very young age that I had the gift of helps.
As a teenager, I remember going on mission trips and being in impoverished villages of Trinidad and wanting to do everything in my power to help the people within those villages.
Ever since then I’ve had a servant’s attitude.
My purpose is to serve my family, my friends, my clients, and my community thereby challenging them to achieve their dreams and desires.
As a parent, thinking about your kids growing up, what do you worry about?
My kids are grown now, however I still worry about them. I worry about their well-being.
Fortunately, my daughters have great jobs, are in wonderful relationship, are healthy, and living their best lives.
My son is a college student, and working hard towards accomplishing his goals of becoming an orthopedic physician.
How did you balance being a Mom with such a busy professional life?
I kept a very strict schedule. Because I owned my business, I was able to take my kids to the office. In fact, I made the entire 2nd floor a play room. I also made it a policy that my employees could also bring their kids to work.
It made for a wonderful working atmosphere and rarely did anyone call in sick.
Also, when I was home, I left work at the office. My “off” time was 100% devoted to my family.
What’s one big temporary DEFEAT you’ve had as a Mom?
Early in parenting it was all about making money.
I worked long hours, made a nice income, but at the expense of missing out on the early years of my oldest daughter. This all changed when I became medically bed bound during the pregnancy of my 2nd child.
While money was important to keep our family going, it was no longer the main priority.
What was is amazing breakthrough experience you’ve had as a Mom?
I believe in the principles of abundance. Abundance to me is having more than enough. And when you have more than enough, that’s when you have the freedom and capability to give to others.
All throughout raising my kids, I taught them the power of giving. When we were at restaurants, we’d pick a family or a couple and pay for their meal anonymously. We wanted to bless them and in return it was a great lesson for the kids.
At Christmas time, each of the kids would pick an Angel off the Angel Tree at their respective schools and they would shop for that child. I would ask the school administration for other members of the families so that we could buy for the full family and not just the child.
To this day, each of my kids continuously do for others. It’s part of their core values.
They are generous givers of their time, their money, and their encouragement.
Now, THAT makes this Momma proud!
What would you say is your #1 job as Dad/Mom?
To train my kids to think for themselves so that they are leaders and not followers. So that they can make decisions based on their core values and not waiver to peer pressure or the atmosphere around them.
One big personal lesson of Father/Motherhood you’d like to leave our audience with
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Allow your kids the freedom to make choices for themselves and to grow into respectable, independent adults.
Teach your kids instead of demanding your kids.
Create experiences for them so that they will learn to think on their own and develop solid decision making skills.
Be a positive leader in your home.
3 truths that you want to leave to your descendants… what would those 3 truths be?
Know that you are wonderfully made. You are unique and precious, so be who you were created to be.
Learning from others is great, however wanting to be like them is selling yourself short. Connect with others who have your best interest in mind. Those who will uplift, motivate, and encourage you to be the very best woman that you can be.
Stay true to your faith in God. He will never leave you nor forsake you. In Him, you will find peace.