What if Your Balloon Pops?

What if Your Balloon Pops?

What happens if your balloon pops bc Balloons may pop when exposed to sun, heat, weather, temperature changes and people…they can even just pop when they are sitting around and nothing seems to change!   There is something magical about balloons at the same time can be very frustrating as a balloon professional is not being able to fully predict when that burst may happen! The Balloon industry is full of artist expressing their creativity by putting, glitter, confetti and even Paint inside of balloons…beautiful effects but the Corporate Event Planner in me can’t help but think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS? I have been blessed over the years to work in some beautiful venues and huge Estates. One of my first thoughts is always about making sure I cause no damage to the venue or clients home with the decor I’m creating. I’ll never forget being on location at a brand new bank where we were asked last minute to inflate more Latex balloons with HIFLOAT, and one burst! HIFLOAT all over me, my hair, and part of a balloon stuck to the wall of the conference room.
Good thing is from experience I knew that HIFLOAT will wash out of my clothes and the wall with water…so I rushed to the bathroom to get paper towels and water. Due to this experience, that is vivid in my mind…When I see paint, glitter and confetti in balloons,  all I can think of is what damage flying paint could do to walls, carpet, furniture etc.   When you work with these items think about the potential damage, or the clean up time needed if  something pops.   Wet paint in a balloon – think of the bill to replace a linen, furniture, carpet etc or just be responsible for the cleaning bill for a Wedding dress, Prom dress or Tux that is covered in paint from my burst balloon! Confetti – large pieces of confetti are easier to clean up than glitter.  Do you have back up confetti with you, do you have a vacuum, broom or dust pan in your delivery vehicle to clean up messes that might be created. What if a confetti or glitter balloon pops all over the preset dessert, salad and water glasses of a table of 10 for your clients event? As Professional Balloon Artist I think it’s really important for us to always consider the what if’s. IE anything that you place inside the balloons…when the balloon pops it’s going to go Everywhere…DO you have a vacuum in your delivery vehicle? Broom and dust pan? Rags, water to clean a mess etc. When transporting balloons for indoor and outdoor events your balloons can pop!  Remember to pack the back up balloons to repair Names, Letters, custom vinyl prints, and any latex or foil that may deflate during transport or installation to help provide your client with the product they ordered.   What about special distorted designs. If part of a lovely flower petal pops, do you have time and supplies to make the fix?    Classic decor is the bread and butter for the balloon industry as you don’t have to worry about as many details as when you get into all the artistic flair.   As a professional balloon decorator,  remember to always build in extra time to your deliveries..and create designs for your customers based on the time you have available to provide them with the designs you sell. One key in our profession as we continue to branch out and create new techniques, designs and lovely pieces of art and want to be respected as professionals in the events industry as a whole, it’s very important we think about all the possible outcomes…As you create…always think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS and plan and prepare accordingly.
Your Partner in Success, Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor.  Motivator.  Speaker. Online and in person training and support. BalloonCoach.com Take Action THRIVE! Joette Lime and Teal March 2016 post

Balloon Business Owner: Strive for Progress not Perfection

Balloon Business Owner: Strive for Progress not Perfection

  What is the first thing that came to mind when you read those words? Did you think, “I am always going for perfection.” Or did you think, “I take action and don’t worry if things are not perfect.” As the owner of a business it is really easy to get in a rut, and not produce new options for our clients, or try new marketing as we wait to be perfect. Perfection is often used as an excuse, masking our fear of reaching out to a new market or creating a new service. Today as I write this blog it is May 2, 2020.   I realize that this message is more important for me to share than ever. March 13th was my last day of working at the Party People Events shop as the retail manager before working from home during stay safe at home due to Covid-19.  Our company is back to doing non-contact deliveries in Central Florida, but we are unsure when the retail shop will reopen. Over these weeks I have been hosting online meetings with my Balloon Boss Mastermind Members and open forums with other balloon professionals to make plans to not just survive but Thrive!  I have been interacting with balloon business owners that have never stopped working from the start of this pandemic.  They are in cities that allowed them to keep working and bringing joy to our clients during this scary time. I have also worked with many balloon pros who are now having to juggle a full time job, their balloon business and serving as the homeschool teacher for their kids will dealing with their spouse also working from home. In crazy times like these, it is easier than ever to make an excuse not to move forward if we let our brains make us think we have to do things perfectly to move forward. As I have been doing extra one to one sessions, I realize that so many need to hear this message. There is a NEW NORMAL. During what often is the busiest time of the year for large scale events, our industry (for those who are able to work due to City and State guidelines) have now pivoted to providing outdoor yard decor or non-contact delivery bouquet and gifts. Are you a person that is stuck on STOP or PAUSE mode because you are afraid to move forward as you are waiting to have the “perfect system”, “perfect product”, “perfect pricing”, “perfect marketing”? Example One of your balloon business goals – Write One Social Media Post a Day on Facebook to share the new services you are offering. Perfection Blocks:
  • I’m not a good writer
  • I don’t have a great photo of my non contact deliveries
  • I don’t think the balloon design is good enough to post
  • No one is going to read it anyway
  • I’m not creative
  • I don’t have many followers on social media
  • …and the list goes on and on
    Click here to access the free mini course  Spring Forward Challenge The Spring Forward Challenge is not a contest to compare yourself to others. The spring forward challenge is a start for you to focus on making progress in your business; to make your dreams and goals for growing a thriving balloon business reality. Choose to strive for Progress now, and stop letting perfection be your road block. Take Action THRIVE!  This is the mantra I started sharing in Orlando, November 2019 at our annual live workshop to help the 100 attendees at the event move forward in making their dreams reality.
  • Set your action plan this week: download the worksheets from the Spring Forward challenge, or my Mastermind Members download you Schedule to success.
  • Focus on the things that will bring you money if you are in need of cash flow
  • If you have been having stress, and not feeling well focus on task that bring you strength and energy
  • Surround yourself with positive people and a mentor to help you focus on progress
  • Set an accountability partner to push you to take action
When you take action steps forward in your business you are opening up the possibilities for growth.
  • Posting a photo on social media with a call to action to call our office, or fill out the contact form now has a chance to catch a perspective customer’s eye rather than not creating a post
  • Setting a pricing guide with the top 4 items you want to offer and prices allows for you to quote efficiently and make money
  • Create a balloon design you want to sell and take photo of it and share it online
  • Post on your balloon business facebook page or instagram account
I encourage you over the next week to look at the things that you may have been putting off completing or going after while you wait for perfection. Confidence grows by taking action, and learning from the experience. I’d like to share a bit of a personal journey with you on this concept and why it really spoke to me as a subject to share with you. It is easy to get caught in the trap of not doing something…waiting on perfection. I am so thankful that back in 2014 a dear friend, Pat Crossland asked me an important question of WHEN. She knew my dreams of starting a training program with an online platform to share the resources I wish were available back in 2003 when I started my full time journey in balloons. I had doubts and concerns about if what I was building would be perfect to fit the needs of others. Pat encouraged me to set a deadline and go for it. Balloon Coach was started in January of 2015! It took time to build out my online platform, we launched my first webinar program in September of 2015 with David Mahoney of Balloons Everyday as our first speaker.
When I hear the testimonies from clients around the world how our Balloon Boss Mastermind Group Coaching, webinars and hands on training  has helped motivate them,  given them the guidance and support for success, I understand more than ever the importance to Strive for Progress and not Perfection.  My programs were created to provide the information I wish I would of had in my life in 2003 when I started in the industry full time.   To save people time and money by having a path to reach success quicker. What have YOU been holding back from doing…waiting for Perfection?
If I had waited on Perfection to start Balloon Coach,  NONE of these resources would be here to support you in your journey! Do you ever feel alone on your balloon business journey? Spend hours, days or months looking for an answer on how to do something for your business and would love to find out that info quickly? Check out Balloon Boss Mastermind. It’s time to Strive for Progress not Perfection! See why our members say “it’s the best investment I have made in my balloon business” In Balloon Boss Mastermind you get access to
  • Schedule to success program for marketing your business, what I did to grow a home based business to $150,000 a year in sales.
  • Ongoing support and  insights now from my role as the Marketing Manager, and retail manager at Party People Events as our team did over $600,000 in sales in 2018 and again in 2019.    Growing a team can be scary, and is not easy but it allows for you to have time with your family and to enjoy life knowing your team is taking care of your clients.
  • Access to over $4,000 of online training and support for just $97 a month, coupon code currently set for just $47 for your first month to help you take the first step to moving forward with progress over perfection.
  • Training on how to create high profit decor.
  • Photos you can use as your own in marketing
  • Surround yourself with uplifting people
Whatever your DREAMS are, I look forward to supporting you as you create a Thriving Balloon Business! Write your action plan for this week now from the Spring forward challenge or balloon boss mastermind Schedule to success. Go take action to Strive for Progress not Perfection this week! Do one thing today that your future self will thank you for.  

Your Partner in Success,

Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.

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5 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Create Your Thriving Balloon Business

5 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Create Your Thriving Balloon Business

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took a risk or did something you were not 100% confident about, in order to grow your balloon business? Do you ever hear a tip in a webinar, blog or social media post from another balloon or business professional and think to yourself, “I can’t do that!” I GET IT.   I’ve been there and face that battle on a daily basis. Some things come naturally to us and others take a bit more work. You must study and practice to get the same results as others with “natural skills.” Today I want to assure you that YOU can create the reality you want for the future, based on the action steps you take each day. If you have found the fear of, or lack of knowledge or skill in an area has held you back from growing your balloon business, here are 5 steps to get out of your comfort zone:
  1.  Write down your “why”.  Why is it that you want to have a Thriving Balloon Business?
  2. Write down the results you want from the income you produce from your balloon business.
  3. Write down the activities you have seen other growing companies do that you have been uncomfortable personally taking action on.
  4. Identify the first support person or employee that can  help you take your business to the next level.
  5. Reach out to a mentor, coach or training to increase your skills and confidence in the areas you struggle in.
  This is the calendar quote that lead me to write today’s blog Do you hate doing paperwork and taxes?  Hire a CPA or bookkeeper. Do you have a fear of speaking in public?  Join a local Toastmasters group to improve your skills in public speaking. Are you uncomfortable in networking meetings?  Step Out of Your Comfort Zone! Research the local Chamber, ABWA, NAWBO or service organizations in your area and go out and build relationships with other business owners and business professionals in your community.  Locate your local SCORE program with business mentors and training. Do you have a hard time promoting your business?  Listen to the Webinar Replays and Marketing training in Balloon Boss Mastermind.  Practice doing the things that Joette and the other instructors have done to grow their business. When I started in the balloon industry in 2003, I didn’t realize all the growth steps I would need to take personally and professionally to grow the income that I desired. But I did not want to go back to working in the “corporate world.”  My desire to work for myself in the events industry was my driving force. To keep moving forward, I invested in training and surrounded myself by like minded business owners who encourage and support each other by sharing the journey. BalloonCoach.com resources and Balloon Boss Mastermind online and Balloon Boss Pro Summit (formerly Promotions & Profits Retreat) were created with YOU in mind.  To give you the encouragement, training and support that I wish I would of had access to back in 2003. Yesterday one of my balloon boss mastermind members stated that she had picked up the phone and made the outbound calls I had suggested to reach out to her target market.  At first she was nervous but by the third call she felt confident. Party People Events has now expanded their corporate headquarters to 5,000 square feet with a retail space Balloon Coach Joette is managing. We are inviting people to attend a small group behind the scenes training to have Johnathon Gerber serve as your mentor; to show you how he has set up systems to be a Balloon Boss and have his company run and serve clients without his direct contact.  Party People Events did over 1/2 a million in sales last year. People do business with those they know, like and trust.   If you would like help on how to build those relationships and how to put systems in place, check out the services available at BalloonCoach.com. Email Joette@ballooncoach.com with any questions on finding out which program would best meet you needs.  Typically Balloon Boss Mastermind is the first step, as it is online and available to you 24/7 Take one step forward today that your future self will thank you for. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Create Your Thriving Balloon Business!!
Your Partner in Success,           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Join Balloon Boss Mastermind for Ongoing Support and Training Learn online 24/7 from anywhere in the world at BalloonCoach.com Email Joette@ballooncoach.com with any questions you may have.

Balloon Business Owner, How is Your Forgetting Curve?

Balloon Business Owner, How is Your Forgetting Curve?

 

Have you ever gone to a balloon or business training, workshop or convention and been super excited about everything you learned and can’t wait to get home to use the information and then not taken action on what you learned?

Research shows that:

  • Within one hour, people forget an average of 50 % of information presented.
  • Within 24 hours we forget an average of 70 percent of new information.
  • Within a week forget 90%.
What would you say is your typical “forgetting curve”? I created the resources at BalloonCoach.com to help reduce the forgetting curve.   I turned 50 this year, so I often use my age as an excuse for forgetting the reason I walked into a room and can’t remember why I’m there.  Do you ever have that happen, working on prep for an event and walk across your shop to pick up something you remembered you needed to take with you that was not on your packing list, then forget what you were looking for?   I have seen it happen often.   The other part of forgetting is that when we go to a training, there is so much information being put into our brain all at once, that it’s impossible to take action on all of it as soon as we return home.  We still have family obligations or current events we are working on so sometimes our notes get filed away or lost, and we don’t return back to that information to move forward.   We can easily become overwhelmed and just go back into our old routines and not implement new ideas. Ways to lessen your forgetting curve and take action to grow your thriving balloon business with the new knowledge you gain from training:
  • Take good notes! When at an event use a highlighter to select the top things you want to do when you return home.
  • Use a daily journal or calendar to track the most important things you want to take action on.
  • Set a day each month that you look back on past training to implement something new you learned in the past.
  • Prioritize which items you want to do first, take one step forward at a time.
  • Write your goals down.
  • Create a vision board to visualize why you are doing what you are doing to see the future the way you want it to be.  Great athletes visualize the victories before they happen.
  • Think about how you will feel when you put a new system in place or are able to offer a new service to your clients as motivation to take action.
  • Surround yourself with positive people who are also working towards making their goals reality.
  • Increase your confidence to do new things without the fear of rejection or failure.
  • Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, but success is a journey and not a destination.
  • Invest in ongoing support and training.  We all need reminders of the things we have learned but have put to the back of our brain.
  • Invest in a coach to help you problem solve and encourage you to keep moving forward.
  • Set a weekly schedule to success, time blocking the most important duties.
  • State your goals publically or with an accountability partner to follow up with you.
When you look at the list do you feel overwhelmed?  Being a business owner is not an easy task, and many time our friends and family just don’t fully understand our passion for creating a thriving balloon business.  By going to trainings and participating in online groups I have made friendships with some of the most amazing people. Having a network of Balloon Bosses to reach out to to share struggles and success and learn from each other is what has kept me in the industry full time since 2003. If I would have known in 2003 what I know now, I would of set up my company in a totally different way.  No need for you to make the same mistakes I did!

GREAT NEWS! You have several resources available to help you reduce your forgetting curve and help you have ongoing training at your fingertips.  Due to the struggles I have faced since starting in the balloon industry full time in 2003, I now share the training and insights with you to save you time and money to allow you to grow faster when you implement the action steps.  

  Success is a Journey Not a Destination. In 2019, I was presented the INSPIRE award by Betallic in recognition of my training programs created for the balloon industry. I want to share some of the powerful words on the award to encourage you.
  • Success is a Journey not a Destination
  • Dream Big
  • Believe in yourself
  • Born to Succeed
  • Create it
  • Make it happen!
    Each day is a new opportunity for growth when we Take Action to Thrive. Balloon Coach was created to help support and encourage you on your journey Invest in yourself today and join us in Balloon Boss Mastermind! What do people say about Balloon Boss Mastermind Program? I am so excited for this webinar with Chris Adamo Cba. (This month’s Balloon Coach Webinar 1/21/20 at 9pm EST). But then all of the webinars offered through balloon coach are fabulous and what is so nice or should I say wonderful is that you can go back as many times as you want and re-watch all the webinars. I love that and it seems the second time or third time I learned something. I do know that I would not be doing as well in my balloon business without Joette Meyers Giardina and Balloon Coach, and balloon boss Mastermind it’s the icing on the cake.” – Gayle Whitear Your Partner in Success,           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Join Balloon Boss Mastermind for Ongoing Support and Training Learn online 24/7 from anywhere in the world at BalloonCoach.com Email Joette@ballooncoach.com with any questions you may have.

Grow Your Balloon Business: Sell What You Share

Grow Your Balloon Business: Sell What You Share

The balloon industry creates a very visual product. When people see what they like on social media, your website or in a brochure they will request the decor they are most attracted to. Many businesses have difficulty when starting out to have a portfolio of designs to grab attention of their target customers. A great way to gain photos of beautiful balloon work is to attend hands on training. Back in 2003 when I started in the balloon industry, we did not have the magic of social media to help the industry grow. Today,  brand new balloon businesses can jump into action and create decor that catches their clients eye and thrive quickly. A mantra I have been sharing for years is “We sell what we share”.   If there is a specific type of balloon decor you do not wish to create, then don’t share those designs on your website or social media.  For Party People Events we prefer to create decor that any of our staff members are able to assemble and deliver.   Classic decor, columns, arches, three foot balloons, three foots with lights, neon decor with lighting are our go to items.  Part of our team have the training and skills to make very detailed pieces of art, however those are much more time consuming and cannot be duplicated by every member of our team. One way to build your portfolio as you grow your thriving balloon business is to invest in online and in person training that gives you access to the knowledge of how to create eye catching decor and then practice those designs and get them out for your target client to see. I would like to introduce you to a company that has done just that. Meet Paul and Gayle of Balloons by Gayle, from Fort Myers, Florida.                 Gayle and I originally connected online through a Facebook group, and she attended the first Balloon Coach business building workshop in Orlando in 2016, Bridge the Gap to Success, then in October of 2017 brought her husband to Parade, Promotions & Profits. They returned again for Promotions & Profits Retreat Orlando 2018.  During the Balloon Coach Hands on Workshops we have professional photography taken for the alumni to use in their marketing when they return home so they can Sell what they Share. Leaving with the knowledge how to make the designs is a great accomplishment, and confidence to price for profit is a great combination for growth. Designs created at Promotions & Profits Retreat Orlando 2018             Designs created by Balloons by Gayle September 2019 inspired by what they learned at Promotions & Profits Retreat Orlando.                   Gayle how did you hear about Balloon Coach? I was a follower of Joette Meyers Giardina on facebook since 2014, she was my very first balloon friend.   I then saw a post of Balloon Coach a short time after teaching myself by watching YouTube.  I said “I need this”.  When I sawy you were holding Bridge the Gap to Success in Orlando in November of 2016, I talked to Paul about how I want do do balloons and decided to take the opportunity and start with some good teaching.   After I met Joette in person, I knew what I wanted and needed to do to grow a balloon business. How did you decide to have your husband Paul become a part of your balloon business? When the next Balloon Coach training came up in Florida, October of 2017,    Paul had been helping me with the framing and set up so I wanted him eot also touch the balloons so I decided he needed to come with me to Parade, Promotions & Profits Orlando.  He loved it so much and learned so much.  That is when we decided to push onto the next level of our business.   Promotions & Profits Retreat Orlando 2018 was when we really starting networking and just getting out into the community to promote Balloons By Gayle. Having two trained people is so much easier when you have to trouble shoot and run ideas and solutions off each other.  Now being married to your business partner can also be a challenge but in the end it is so worth it. What is the Purple Tie Ball and why did you provide decor for the event? The organization that holds the event is One Way Out Ministries, they help get women out of human trafficking and also drug rehabilitation.  This is an organization and mission I wish to support and have seen so many women grow and turn their lives around. How do you gain new customers through going to strike your events? With large scale events where I know there are a lot of people, I always like to make sure I have my Balloons by Gayle shirt on, arrive a bit early and stand outside with my Magpole which people get attracted to.  As people are leaving the event they notice my logo on my shirt and they come over to talk to me and ask me what services I provide. During the strike of the Purple Tie Ball I had six really good contacts, mostly event planners and other business owners come up to me and ask for my card.  I immediately booked two jobs and have put out multiple quotes from that one event.   Thank you Gayle for sharing your story, tips and hints with fellow Balloon Professionals to help our industry grow.  When people experience professional balloon decor they think of all the different events that they want to purchase it for.   One of my favorite quotes is, “We don’t know, what we don’t know.”   Most of our target clients have no idea how balloon decor done right can transform a venue into a memorable occasion and bring their event to life.  Creating opportunities for your target market to SEE what you can do in person and via photos is a top key to success.  Grow Your Balloon Business: Sell What You Share!!   So make sure you are sharing quality, high profit designs to grow your thriving balloon business! BalloonCoach.com online and in person training was created to help overwhelmed balloon artists create Thriving Balloon Businesses.  I share my personal experiences  working in the balloon industry full time since 2003,  along with training from the network of balloon professionals I have had the honor of learning from throughout the years. I invite you to become a part of our online community by starting with our facebook group Balloon Coach Community – where we focus on business building topics. Looking for ongoing online training and support I encourage you to join Balloon Boss Mastermind  If you would like to experience hands on learning first hand then email Joette@BalloonCoach.com to find out about the next hands on opportunity available to meet your needs.  Private and small group classes are available in Lakeland, Florida at the Balloon Coach workshop and Party People Events behind the scenes work shadow programs. Grow Your Balloon Business: Sell What You Share! Your Partner in Success, Joette Giardina, CBA Founder BalloonCoach.com Grow Your Thriving Balloon Business Join Balloon Boss Mastermind

Is FEAR Standing in the Way of Your Success?

Is FEAR standing in the way of your success?

As a Balloon Business Owner it’s good to take a look at the obstacles that stand in your way.

    What is your FEAR? As you wake up today and look at your plans for the future, in reaching for your dreams, what scares you? It is OK to have fear, we all have something in our life that tends to creep up or jump out at us and keep us from becoming all that we can be. Common fears that keep us from our full potential include, FEAR of:
  • Failure
  • Speaking in public
  • Opening ourselves up to others
  • Being criticized
  • Heights
  • Snakes
  • Making a fool out of ourselves
  • Success
  • People saying no to our products (and taking that personally)

I am a bit of an expert on facing fear. Something you may not know about me is prior to my full time career in the balloon industry (since 2003), my college degree was Recreation & Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. My internship (where I met my husband, Brian) was at Bradford Woods, run by the University of Indiana. Each week, we had students and corporate groups that came to the camp for Team Building and Challenge course experiences. My job as a high ropes facilitator was to tie the harness onto climbers correctly so they would not fall to their death from 100 foot platform up in the air.   I would then have the climbers on belay (a rope tied from their harness, and attached to me to guide them as they were in the air to keep them safe while facing their fears through the high ropes challenge course). Talk about an exciting job!  Each day, I helped people face their fears and celebrate with them as they accomplished the journey! Brian and I always wanted our daughter Marlee to have that same awesome feeling of being up in the tree tops and facing her fears. In 2013, our family took a trip to West Virginia to an adventure camp. First step is training:
  • What can I expect from the experience
  • What do I need to be successful and have the right equipment
  • Ask questions as needed
Next step is practice. They run a line just off the ground to learn what it will feel like up in the cable sitting in your harness. And the last step? Jump. Just go for it!               Why did I share this story with you? My hope is to inspire you to move forward…one step at a time. In 2003, I stepped out in fear and went from working full time in social work to owning a balloon decor company as my primary source of income.  This was truly a leap of faith, as I do not have a business degree and was not totally aware of all the hats I would wear as a business owner. I knew I loved balloons and creating memorable celebrations.  The rest I learned as I moved forward daily to grow a thriving business. I prepared myself for business growth by attending balloon and business training. I then applied what I learned and jumped out into networking into my local area. Sometimes I rocked it; sometimes not so much.  The key is I did not give up and look at each day as a new learning opportunity.  Over time I became known as the go to place for creative balloon decor in my area as I grew my business. In 2015 I  launched BalloonCoach.com to create resources for you that I wish were available to the balloon industry back in 2003. If you feel overwhelmed as you grow your business and would like support and training as you  face your fears head, on here are some links to help you on your journey to build a thriving balloon business. Free services include: Blog YouTube channel Resources to Purchase for quicker results: Downloads for hot air balloon and other items Balloon Boss Mastermind Group Coaching and online training   What do our members think of Balloon Boss Mastermind program?
#Grateful Just wanted to take a moment and thank Joette Meyers Giardina Even though I have been doing balloons for 11 years, the best thing I have ever done for myself and my growing business was paying for my subscription to Balloon Boss Mastermind.  It truly has paid for itself already as it is showing in my designs, pricing and processes. Thank you for your one on one on the spot coaching and encouragement that I have received every single time I needed you (and even when I thought I didn’t!). You always go above and beyond the expectation for me and those of us lucky to have found you. I appreciate all you have done for me and “The Balloon Lady LLC” and I am excited and look forward to the future with you coming along side me….I feel Empowered and Unstoppable!!
Jodi Lynn Mcnabb-Agla
The Balloon Lady, Indianapolis, Indiana
  Balloon Boss Mastermind subscription includes:
  • First Monday of the Month Member Q & A “office hours” with Balloon Coach Joette via webinar 9 pm Eastern.
  • Access to ongoing Group Coaching through member only Facebook group
  • Decor 101 training – basics of supplies needed to create decor, framing and classic designs
  • Full access to the Passport to Success webinar library recorded since September 2015
  • Seat in the live monthly Passport to Success webinars the 4th Tuesday of each month 9 pm Eastern.
  • Vision Board and Goal setting training
  So, Is FEAR standing in the way of your success? Is there a FEAR that is standing in your way of business growth? What is the #1 thing you are fearful of…write it down. Feel free to share it with us in Balloon Coach Community on Facebook   Check out our free webinar on Confidence and Communication   Don’t let fear stand in the way of making your balloon dreams reality! Go For IT!   Your Partner in Success,         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.  

Strive for Progress Not Perfection

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Strive for Progress Not Perfection

  What is the first thing that came to mind when you read those words? Did you think, “I am always going for perfection” Or did you think, “I take action and don’t worry if things are not perfect” As the owner of a business it is really easy to get in a rut, and not produce new options for our clients, or try new marketing as we wait to be perfect. Perfection is often used as an excuse, masking our fear of reaching out to a new market or creating a new service.   Example One of your balloon business goals – Write One Social Media Post a Day on Facebook Perfection Blocks:
  • I’m not a good writer
  • I don’t have a recent event photo to post
  • I don’t think the balloon design is good enough to post
  • No one is going to read it anyway
  • I’m not creative
  • I don’t have many followers on social media
  • and the list goes on and on
  I choose to strive for Progress! When I look at my business as something that evolves over time and is always getting better, I don’t get stuck in the perfection rut and instead keep moving forward. Putting out a Blog NOW on the schedule that I set is moving forward – I can always go back and make updates and improvements later. Posting a photo on social media with a call to action to call our office, or fill out the contact form now has a chance to catch a perspective customers eye rather than not creating a post. I encourage you over the next week to look at the things that you may of been putting off completing or going after while you wait for perfection. Take bold action today and make Progress!     I’d like to share a bit of a personal journey with you on this concept and why it really spoke to me as a subject to share with you. It is easy to get caught in the trap of not doing something…waiting on perfection. I am so thankful that back in 2014 a dear friend, Pat Crosland asked me an important question of WHEN. She knew my dreams of starting a training program with an online platform to share the resources I wish were available back in 2003 when I started my full time journey in balloons. I had doubts and concerns about if what I was building would be perfect to fit the needs of others, Pat encouraged me to set a deadline and go for it! Balloon Coach was started in January of 2015! It took time to build out my online platform, we launched my first webinar program in September of 2015 with David Mahoney of Balloons Everyday as our first speaker.
When I hear the testimonies from clients around the world how the webinars and training they have received from BalloonCoach.com programs have giving them guidance and support for success, I understand more than ever the importance to Strive for Progress and not Perfection. What have YOU been holding back from doing…waiting for Perfection? In September 2018 I launched Balloon Boss Mastermind group coaching program n celebration of 3 years of webinars. I have been blessed by learning so much from the guest speakers in our webinar program that have shared their tips and hints, successes and failures to allow you the opportunity to grow quicker and more efficiently by learning all the things that I wish I would of known in 2003.
If I had waited on Perfection to get started NONE of these resources would be here to support you in your journey! Do you ever feel alone on your balloon business journey? Spend hours, days or months looking for an answer on how to do something for your business and would love to find out that info quickly? Check out Balloon Boss Mastermind And see why many of our members say “it’s the best investment I have made in my balloon business” In Balloon Boss Mastermind I share a 9 week Schedule to success program for marketing your business, what I did to grow a home based business to $150,000 a year in sales. And insights now from my role as the Marketing Manager, and trainer at Party People Events as our team did over $600,000 in sales in 2018.    Growing a team can be scary, and is not easy but it allows for you to have time with your family and to enjoy life knowing your team is taking care of your clients. What ever your DREAMS are, I look forward to supporting you as you create a Thriving Balloon Business! Take 5 minutes and write down your goals for your business. Click here for a blog and free webinar to help you with goal setting.   Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey in the wonderful world of balloons! Go take action for PROGRESS not perfection!  

Your Partner in Success,

Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.

Create a Thriving Balloon Business Balloon Boss Mastermind      

Balloon Business Owner – It’s Your Turn to Soar!

Balloon Business Owner – It’s Your Turn to Soar!

While viewing this beautiful fountain, I was reminded of one of my favorite sayings shared at our monthly Lakeland,  Florida  American Business Women’s Association meetings by past president,  Maria Mahoney. “She took the leap and built her wings on the way down.”   Maria, a business coach often spoke of how we as humans let fear stand in the way of going for our goals. When you look at your life and business right now, are you standing in your way of success? Are you fearful to take the next step to grow? Do you fear failure? Do you fear success? When I started in the balloon industry in 2003, I had no formal business training.  I was excited and scared all at once about my new adventure as the owner of Party People Celebration Company.   I surrounded myself with amazing people by attending training in the balloon industry to share with my clients the unlimited potential of balloons.   The support network I grew over the years, I now share through the Balloon Boss Mastermind Program with access to over $2,500 on online training learning from the success and struggles of business owners around the world! I stepped out in fear and grew my business and referral network locally through business organizations and training.  When I sold my business I was doing $150,000 a year in sales working from a warehouse in my backyard. Now as the Marketing Manager for Party People Events I get to experience the exciting dynamics of being a part of a team for a thriving balloon business now run by Johathon Gerber with over $600,000 a year in sales in 2018 in central Florida. I enjoy sharing tips for setting goals and marketing to help you grow! As a business coach for the balloon industry since January 2015, I have found that many of my clients and friends struggle with dreaming BIG, Believing in themselves and taking the action to transform their life and business due to limiting beliefs, and negativity in their life.  It’s much easier to listen to the negative Nancy sitting on our should saying “you can’t do that”, “people will never pay that much money where you live for balloons” or “you don’t have what it takes to be a successful business owner”. The first step to success is to Believe in yourself and seek out the knowledge and skills you do not currently possess to TRANSFORM your life to create the future you desire.  This lovely statue shared all those values and I felt chills seeing the JOY in the face of the girl in this sculpture as it’s the JOY I feel when I see a business owner JUMP out in fear and take the next step in their business.   As I write this blog, I am currently on a 9 state teaching tour across the United States.   On my way to teach in Seattle, Washington I made a short pit stop in Meridian, Idaho to see a lovely fountain created by Brian Keith on the recommendation of Amber Clark of Up Balloon Boutique in Walla Walla, Washington.    When I saw the sculpture I immediately thought of you, my balloon friends.  This wording is from the side of the fountain. NEW WINGS Can you see her flying about you? Do you hear her laughing?  Listen! Now, it’s your turn. Deep breath, as the swing pulls back… Whoosh! You’re off on your own adventure! Go ahead, fly high.  Maybe you’ll catch-up to her in the sky. “New Wings: tells the story of a child transformed by learning. Knowledge has helped her tap into her potential and she is changed. As she flies, she anticipates horizons filled with new wonders and opportunities.  Fearless and inspired, her face displays excitement as she boldly soars over higher.  Her eyes say it all; she knows the secret: Never stop learning. With these sculptures, bronze shapes an exuberant story of imagination and hope.  they are dedicated to the women and men of Idaho who teach. So now it is your turn – at the side of the fountain, they have a swing you can sit in to take your photo, close your eyes for a minute and see yourself sitting in that swing looking over the goals you have for your business and your life!   I encourage you today to write those goals down, then Take Action and grow your thriving balloons business. Are you unsure what step to take next to grow? Do you feel alone on your business journey and that those around you don’t know how to support and encourage you? Balloon Coach Programs were created for! Want ongoing support with someone cheering you on? Check out our Group Coaching Balloon Boss Mastermind online program to see if it would be a good fit for you! Balloon Business Owner – It’s Your Turn to Soar! I look forward to supporting you on your journey.   Your Partner in Success Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor.  Motivator. Speaker. Balloonbosspro.com

2019 Tour – Balloon Training with Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA

2019 Tour – Balloon Training with Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA

  Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA has been in the balloon industry full time since 2003, based in Lakeland, Florida. Over the years Joette, grew her home based business to over $150,000 a year in sales through investing in balloon training, networking in the business and events community in her area and taking sales courses to improve her sales conversation to increase sales. Studies show that 30 % of most businesses fail in the first 2 years, 50% fail during the first five years and 66% during the first ten years. Being a balloon business owner can be overwhelming at times. This summer, Joette is bringing tips from 16 years full time in the industry to help you build the business of your dreams. In 2015 she sold her decor company to coordinate online and in person business building training for the balloon industry. Giardina continues to serve as the Marketing Manager for Party People Events that now grosses over half a million dollars in sales a year. Joette understands the daily obstacles faced by balloon business owners and brings you the tips that have helped Party People Thrive! After many requests from Balloon Coach members around the United States, this summer Joette and her husband Brian are packing up their inflators, Clik-Clik Magpole, UV lighting, Uplighting, pipe and drape, balloons, fun prizes from sponsors and workbooks to spread tips to help you grow Your Thriving Balloon Business! Thanks to our generous sponsors the full day class is only $150! Click here for full details and save your spot! Join BalloonCoach.com’s Joette Giardina on her 9 city tour. With years of experience in operating her own balloon business and coaching balloon professionals, Joette answers some of the most prominent questions artists have today. Additionally, Joette will teach you tips on choosing the right framing and rigging, along with tricks to foil and latex organic designs and neon lighting. This is a full day class packed with great information on how to choose the right design to recommend to your client, pricing your decor, closing the deal and more. Lunch is provided along with in-depth class notes, plus raffle prizes throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera for decor photos and your business cards to network with fellow balloon pros! Definitely a class you won’t want to miss!   What will be covered in the class: • Backbone to Creating Profitable Balloon Decor – choosing the right framing and rigging • Tips & Tricks to creating profitable Foil & Latex Organic designs • Confidently educating your client on decor items best for their event • Lighting that increases the perceived value of your balloons • Checklist to price for profit • Quoting with confidence • Art of Closing the Sale • Overcoming Price Objections • Checklist for Creating Your Thriving Balloon Business and step into the role of Balloon Boss! BONUS: Everyone who registers by April 30th will get a link to a BONUS webinar on Thursday, May 2nd, 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific                   About the Instructor: Based out of Lakeland, Florida, Joette was always the one put in charge of organizing events and decorations for special occasions in college while studying for her Bachelor in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure studies. After working as an activities director and in social work, Joette decided to turn her creative passion into a full-time balloon business. In 2003, Joette purchased Party People Celebration Company. Joette is an award-winning designer, and most recently was presented with the Inspire Award by Betallic at FLOAT 2019 for creating new business resources for the balloon industry through BalloonCoach.com. In 2014, she sold her decor company, but she stays active in the company serving as part-time marketing director and crew leader for Party People Events that grossed over 1/2 million dollars in sales in 2018 and is growing. Joette serves as a catalyst in the industry for business education and increased resources by offering webinars, business coaching, and hosts the annual Promotions & Profits Retreat in Orlando near Disney Springs. Joette credits the success of both of her businesses in the balloon world to hard work and support from the extensive network of balloon professionals who inspired her throughout the years. We look forward to seeing you on the road this summer! While on the journey, Joette plans to stop by some balloon businesses, if you are on her route email Joette@ballooncoach.com Include the name of your business, full address and phone number to contact you. Are you unable to join us on the summer tour? Join us online for Balloon Boss Mastermind to have access to over $2,500 of online training and group coaching by Joette. Get some behind the scenes coverage from the tour! Balloon Boss Mastermind Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Create a Thriving Balloon Business! Balloon Boss Mastermind    

Resources to Grow Your Balloon Business

Resources to Grow Your Balloon Business

Hi, I’m Joette Giardina. I started my full time career in the balloon industry in December of 2003 in Lakeland, Florida located half way between Tampa and Orlando. In January of 2015 I launched BalloonCoach.com to serve as a catalyst in the industry to help support you in building a Thriving Balloon Business, supporting you in making your dreams come true. I know the struggles of not knowing how to grow a business, wondering how to find the people who are willing to pay for my services, wishing there was a guide to show me the way. Over the years I have invested thousands of dollars and more time than I can count attending the best training in the balloon industry, and business seminars locally to understand the in’s and out’s of business ownership. Through trial and error I took action with the skills I learned and stepped out of my comfort zone to increase my skills in networking, marketing, sales calls and more! By focusing on exceeding my clients expectations and perfecting my skills in balloon decor I grew a fan base that now refer their friends to Party People Events as THE Balloon Company to go to when holding a special event. Through social media other balloon professionals started asking me to help them grow their business…and thus BalloonCoach.com was created. Now I bring that knowledge to you to help you experience the feelings of success that I have had, along with knowledge from leaders in the balloon industry and business professionals with skills to share to create a solid foundation for your business. Our goal is to support and encourage you along the sometimes rocky road to business success.  When I sold my company in 2015 I was averaging $150,000 a year in sales.  Now as the Marketing Manager for Party People Events our company with a team did over $600,000 in sales in 2018 and again in 2019.   I bring the experience from being a solo business owner to being a part of a dynamic team to meet you where you are and help you put systems in place to grow the Thriving Balloon Business of your dreams. In this blog I will share links to online and in person training along with links to distributors and manufactures to get your balloons, inflators and other resources to help you grow. Check out this overview video of what others have learned from our resources to see things from our clients perspective and what we offer. What services does BalloonCoach.com offer? Free Blog
  • Insights on marketing
  • Tips on creating outdoor decor that last
  • Where to find balloon distributors
  • How to step out and take action in your business
  • Face your Fears
Balloon Boss Mastermind:
  • Access to All the past Passport webinar replays since September of 2015 learning from a variety of instructors from around the world.
  • LIVE Passport to success webinars the 4th Tuesday of Each month 9 pm Eastern Time
  • The LIVE Balloon Boss Mastermind Member Only Q & A calls the 1st Monday of each month at 9 pm Eastern Time.
  • Decor 101 (how to construct and market professional balloon decor)
  • Vision Board Class.
  • Private Facebook group coaching group for daily support & encouragement.
  • Access to over $4.000 of online resources and support for just $97 a month investment.
One to One Business Coaching: Via phone, text, email or online chat –
  • Develop Business Plan
  • Marketing Strategy
  • How to Up-sell
  • Time Management
  • Networking Skills
  • I can be your life line
                              Hands on training Balloon Boss Pro Summit Orlando November 2020
  • Creating a hands on balloon decor for corporate,-with access to professional photographs to use for marketing after Balloon Boss Pro Summit
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Business Management
  • Creating Systems & Strategies
  • Stress Management
  • Creating a balanced life and routine
  • Small group action plan brainstorming with 8 attendees per each instructor
  • Build new network to support you after the event
Downloads to create specific balloon decor
  • Giant linking hot air balloon
  • Up to 48 foot outdoor arch
  • Dancing Flamingo
  • Snowman
  • Cupcake
  • Foil balloon column and topiary
  • Link -o-loon round arch
  • Link-o-loon dog
  • Triangle frame
If you are looking for Hands on Balloon training, Balloon Coach Joette Giardina is also available for one to one and small group training,   email Joette@ballooncoach.com to schedule a time for this special service. There are many wonderful balloon manufacturers and distributors around the world that support education in the balloon industry. I encourage you to check out their websites and get to know what is available to help you. Below is a list with hotlinks of companies that have sponsored BalloonCoach.com training events, and whose products I have worked with. Balloon Manufacturers: Anagram Betallic Qualtex Tuf-Tex Support Products for the balloon industry Clik-Clik Conwin HIFLOAT PREMIUM Balloon accessories   Balloon Distributors who support BalloonCoach.com education programs for the industry American Balloon Factory Overland Park, Kansas Brody’s Wholesale Broadview, Illinois burton + BURTON Bogart, Georgia E & R Sales Midlothian, Virginia HICO Balloons St. Charles, Missouri L.A. Balloons Glendale, California MSR Wholesale Balloons SeaTac, Washington   More distributors are listed on the manufacturer websites that serve your area, I encourage you to visit the ones that are local to you to build a relationship with them. Find out if they host classes or know of an upcoming workshop or convention you can attend. Attending classes is a great way to build your skills and professional network. Yes you may need to drive or fly a great distance to get to training, but nothing beats a hands on experience! We don’t know what we don’t know is one of my favorite quotes after business coaching balloon professionals since January of 2015. Typically balloon professionals are creative individuals who love to make people feel special with our lovely balloon decor, all the details in running a business can easily slip through the cracks. It is easy to get to a place of feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to do next to grow you business. Our goal is to make the journey a bit of a smoother ride – sharing the systems and steps that have worked for others in growing a strong, thriving balloon business. It is less expensive to invest in training now to to learn from others failures and success to allow you to grow faster, than stumble on your own. No matter if you wish for this to be a part time venture or full time income, I know from experience that with a plan and hard work you can make your dreams come true with balloons! If you would like to schedule a free 10 minute consult to help you determine what is the best Next step for you email Joette@BalloonCoach.com Get Connected in our Balloon Coach Community on Facebook to focus in on business building tips.
Your Partner in Success,
Joette Giardina, CBA
Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.
Support as you Create your Thriving Balloon Business