Episode #80 Successful Event Planning with Carolien Mertens

Today I am excited to have Carolien Mertens on the show.  Carolien is a live event planner based in Brussels, who has an extensive background in conference planning and has an ever expanding network of contacts around the world.  She plans everything from large group events, right down to smaller retreats with groups of 10-12 participants.

Carolien also hosts an Introduction to the Online World event  for local entrepreneurs so she has been on both sides of event planning.

Event Planning Process

When planning an event for someone, Carolien offers a variety of services, according to the needs of her client. Her fees are based on either a per person flat rate for the management of the event, with a per person fee added on for additional services.  

When starting to plan an event, Carolien interviews her client.  Together, they go over everything from the vision they have, who the participants are, what the agenda is, and the desired outcome.  Location, and budget are major components of the planning, as well as timelines and suppliers needed to bring everything together.  

Return on Investment and Benefits

Carolien shares how entrepreneurs often have great outcomes when they host low cost events, and upsell to a more expensive product, such as 1:1 coaching sessions.  If profit from the event itself is the goal, she suggests having regular tickets that cover the cost of the event, as well as premium tickets where the profit is made.   

There are many benefits that come out of hosting live events.  For the participants, and host alike, a deeper connection is obtained from face to face contact.  Live events also provide an amazing venue for learning a new skill, without interruptions.  And for participants, connecting in person with an influencer is a huge honor, and often life-changing.     

You can connect with Carolien on her website at www.carolienmertens.com , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carolien.mertens.96  and on LinkedIn at https://be.linkedin.com/in/carolienmertens  

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Carolien’s free actionable guide, The Starter Guide to Planning Your Event, is available HERE.

Carolien Mertens

Carolien Mertens is a live event planner.  She helps entrepreneurs create their dream one-day live event, multi-day conference, or premium mastermind retreat.

Carolien has planned over 100 events for Fortune 500 companies like World Bank, the World Health Organization, and several European Governments and Ministerial Cabinets — serving over 10,000 participants.

She works with entrepreneurs in Europe as well as worldwide to bring their event vision to life — taking care of every last detail, negotiating on the best prices, and creating an incredible participant experience.

Episode #79 Transform Your Performance with Regina Huber

Today I am excited to have Regina Huber on the show.  Regina is the founder of Transform Your Performance.

Regina hosted a talk entitled Choreograph Your Success, in which she shares her passion for dance.  For Regina, dance enhances confidence and presence, and also the relationship between leader and follower.   In her system, Transform Your Performance, she speak of an empowering mindset, a body conscious presence, distinctive uniqueness and effective action.  When you have all of these, you can be an effective leader, both in dance, and in business.  

A very large part of her teaching and coaching involves helping women be visible, and empowers them to be able to speak up and contribute, by exploring all facets including positioning, energy levels and much more.  She also delves into the subconscious mind, where 95%+ of our behavior comes from.

Regina has a book called Speak up, Stand out and Shine: Speak Powerfully in Any Situation,  which contains 26 tools that help anyone show up with more power.  

Regina shares her life experience which has taken her from her native small town in Germany, to Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Brazil, and now speaks 5 languages (5 ½ if she is in Italy!  :-)).  Throughout all of these moves, dance was always an important part of her work.  

She shares stories of the bureaucracy surrounding having a business abroad, and the challenges she faced. She is now back in Munich after having a less than pleasant experience with a business partnership in Brazil.   She attributes this devastating event as a trigger for an amazing mindset shift, and ultimately the program she has created which encompasses all of her life experience.   She has aim to visit Africa in the near future, and has developed some contacts there.  She would eventually like to teach and speak there and make use of the many languages she has learned.   

Regina Shares Her Message Here

As powerful leaders, we women can make a bigger impact and generate more wealth for our companies, clients, and ourselves. We must access our full potential to become effective and respected leaders. This requires focusing on an empowering mindset and a compelling, confident presence, enabling us to accelerate our business and career, while making an outstanding contribution to our communities.

We all benefit when we have more female leaders: as individuals and as a society. I personally believe that world peace ultimately depends on whether we achieve more balance of yin and yang. That’s why I have made it my mission to support female advancement and aspiring female leaders.

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Regina’s Program Transform Your Performance, is available at : www.transformyourperformance.com/pltvideos

Financial Women’s Association: http://fwa.org/

Choreograph your Success Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUPMGXk1Bc8

Regina’s book: Speak up, Stand out and Shine: Speak Powerfully in Any Situation


  • “I think 90% is how we show up.” – Regina
  • “Our body is an integral part of who we are in this material world.”  – Regina

Financial Fluency Podcast, Regina Huber

Regina Huber, Transformational Leadership Coach for Business Women, Power Shifter and Career Accelerator, Diversity Advocate, Speaker with a Passion for Dance and Author of Speak up, Stand out and Shine – Speak Powerfully in Any Situation (Amazon).

With her system Powerful Leadership Transformation (PLT), she guides professional women to make a power shift and step into their role as leaders with a powerful mindset and presence. She helps companies create powerful female leaders that do not drop out on their way to the top.

Regina is also a Certified Leadership Ambassador at Take The Lead Women. She co-chairs the Distinguished Speakers Committee of the Financial Women’s Association. She is a trusted advisor of UN Women Empower Women Global Champion Alysia Silberg’s Fireside Chat and Pitch Camp communities for global entrepreneurs, and a member of her Global Women Game Changers group.

Regina speaks 5 languages and has over 18 years of international experience in the corporate business world in 6 countries, including management positions at The Boston Consulting Group. She owned businesses in Argentina and Brazil and translated 12 books.

You can connect with Regina on her website at  www.transformyourperformance.com,  on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/reginahuber, on Twitter at @transformdance and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/transformyourperformance.

Episode #78 Visibility and Movement with Linda Ugelow

Today I am pleased to have Linda Ugelow on the show. Linda is a Visibility and Confidence coach with a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapy.  In her work, Linda helps people clear the visibility blocks that keep them from moving forward through movement.

Linda shares how when you are able to identify these impacting influences and clear them away, suddenly you have so much more energy and confidence. This then makes putting yourself out there a peak experience and you can thrive in the connecting instead of wishing for the moment to end. Linda herself has been a performer for 35 years as a dancer, and although she is comfortable dancing in front of others, she was not at all comfortable speaking on stage.  In fact, she would avoid it at all costs. It took a process for her to feel confident enough to introduce herself on stage, and now brings her knowledge to others.

Our conversation explores how historically women have not been very well prepared to deal with wealth.  It was men who took the financial reins most of the time, even when it was the woman who had the money to begin with – it’s just the way things were done. With more and more wealth coming into women’s lives through various mediums, be it self-generated, inherited or as a settlement, women are having to learn how to manage having wealth and the visibility that it inevitably brings about. Fear of losing the money, guilt of having more than others, fear of being judged, or not fitting in with their peers is a reality for many women who have wealth.

Prior to starting her online business, Linda she was an organic farmer, growing specialty vegetables for local restaurants which fit her introverted personality. Inspired by business coaches like Marie Forleo, she began applying all of the concepts of niche marketing to obtain raving fans to her own business. She soon came to the realization that she herself wanted to help others grow, and that was what she was meant to do.

Today accessibility to online business tools is easier than ever, and it is allowing for more women to start up businesses with little capital investment. When she started her business about 1 ½ years ago, Linda was bootstrapping it, and she was very proud of that. She felt as though walking the walk was more credible in her quest to help others create their future with little monetary investment. When her mother passed, she inherited some money, and found herself in a position to be able to to invest in her business. This created a struggle within herself as she felt that she was somehow cheating, and had to do a lot of money block clearing.

We also discuss the impact an inheritance has on our children, and how having the conversations beforehand can really make a difference in their success. Also, avoiding having strings or conditions for obtaining the inheritance can establish a healthier attitude towards money in general in our children, and empower them to make the best possible decisions for themselves.

Linda Shares Her Message Here

Many entrepreneurs and business women feel uncomfortable speaking publicly on camera or live on stage. This impacts the opportunities that they have available to them to get in front of their audience to get known and to share their knowledge. The fear itself is what is so uncomfortable and it feels impenetrable. However, It’s really more like layers of veils comprised of impacting past experiences, limiting self and cultural beliefs, your own thinking process.

My process and suggestions are to:
1) Release these past impacting memories, beliefs and practices;
2) Restore your sense of safety being seen and heard;
3) Expand your capacity to hold more feelings of confidence, relaxation, gratitude;
4) Rehearse for refined communication;
5) Relay your message with your new radiant presence.

Getting on camera or stage doesn’t have to be dreaded. It can, in fact, be a peak experience and one that you look forward to expand your sense of being.


  • “The guilt with inheriting money does seem to fall heavier on women from my observations.”  -Jen Turrell
  • “I feel that in terms of passing on a nest egg to our children is more about us helping them identify what they feel a life worth living is about, and identify ways that they feel compelled to make a difference in the world.”  – Linda Ugelow

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Financial Fluency Podcast, Linda UgelowLinda Ugelow is a Visibility and Confidence coach helping entrepreneurs overcome self consciousness being seen and heard, whether live on stage, TV, on video or in front of the photographer’s camera. With her Master’s in expressive therapies and 35 years of performing experience, she get’s her clients comfortable in their skin so their inner authority, presence and charisma shine through. She has been featured on Positively Positive, The Huffington Post, the Positive Psychology Program, and Mind-Body Green.

You can connect with Linda on her website at www.lindaugelow.com, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lindaugelow/ and on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lindaugelowbiz/