See what clients say about working with Marla
“My business took a hit as a result of Covid, like many businesses. Not exclusive to my business or industry. I was getting frustrated around money. Why is money not coming in? Why can’t I achieve the sales I am accustomed to? Why, why? Then I was referred to Marla from a colleague of mine and that’s when things began to turn around.
Marla pointed out to me I had a block around money. So, I applied the techniques she has taught me in my personal life and business and, a MIRACLE happened, a blessing, a gift!”
Much like thousands of U.S.-based entrepreneurs starting 2021 with much anticipation of reprieve while being in apprehension, Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald, President and Owner of Medical Management and Reimbursement Specialists, LLC, based in New Hampshire, was working at recovering her 15-year-old business from the adverse effects of the pandemic.
In three weeks from starting her coaching, she executed four brand new contracts that came out of left field and three more proposals then ready to convert into contracts. The momentum and revenue increases continued throughout her entire 90-day program. What a miracle.
www.mrsnh.com | For the full story, click here
“Core to my money beliefs prior to coaching included the myth that having an abundance of money meant there was a lack of creativity involved. It was an either/or statement.
Now, I come from creativity first and truly welcome an abundance of money spearheading my vision.
Marla helped me create both a qualifying sales funnel system to determine the kind of clients I want to work with first and foremost.
I stand for my worth — and am not willing to offer any cut rates, discounts, barters, or negotiated rates.
Marla also helped me determine the kinds of strategic offerings that will escalate my business. I have shifted perspective on client engagement because of it.” – Kathleen Cohen, The Collaboratorium, XR Immersive Strategist and Tech Humanist.
Operating from an entrepreneurial mindset requires you to be a leader in how you run your business, how you position yourself in the marketplace, how you interact with potential clients and clients, all the while setting appropriate boundaries, as you thrive being a creative leader in your industry. Tall order when coming from a long-held “creative-for-hire” mindset. Not an easy change.
Coaching Kathleen was a unique, compelling, and often enchanting experience because as I navigated personal and professional changes with her, I had the privilege of seeing and learning this whole new world of virtual entertainment, augmented reality, A.I., and immersive technology from the perspective of a true thought leader and visionary.
Kathleen Cohen, owner of The Collaboratorium, is a high-profile XR Immersive Strategist and Tech Humanist. She has built an extensive and luminary three-decade creative career as an innovative futurist in digital storytelling currently using AR, VR, and MR tools and technologies. She is usually one of few women at leadership meetings, advisory boards, and elite gatherings.
www.kathleencohen.com | For the full story, click here
“Before Marla’s Money Transformation program, my relationship with money was in the midst of big change. I was emerging from years of financial struggle and bad credit to receiving a windfall from the sale of my inherited house. Since I was making a pivot from a financial mess to success, I needed some expert guidance.
After the program, I’m financially focused, confident, and on the right course toward building wealth. I’m organized and know exactly where I stand financially every day. I’m a good steward of my money and make educated financial decisions. I’m engaging in an active relationship with my money that feels great!
I treat money well with respect to boundaries and honor my payments by paying bills early. If I hire someone, I pay them ahead of time and make sure I respect their rates and money boundaries as well. Plus, I loved the once-a-week live chat with everyone so much, I didn’t want the program to end!
Consciously weighing out how I feel about a financial decision: If I’m noticing that I’m “caving in” when asked for rates, I will stop and remind myself of my value and honor and respect my new boundaries. I can say “no” to a person or project if I notice myself caving into their money story by deciding to listen to my inner compass.
My credit score went way up from 560 to 753. I paid off one of two car loans, paid off my student loans, paid all credit card balances, and eliminated all debt.”
Painter + Designer, The Beautiful Painting Company
Dreams do come true when you hold the intention (deliberate creation), partner with Universal Law by visioning and feeling your dream as complete before its physical form appears, and taking strategic action. So is the case with my stellar client Lauren Busener Brown of Los Angeles.
September 2019, she came into my Creative Entrepreneur Business Accelerator Program with a deep craving to finally let go of her 15-year corporate career as a business development and marketing V.P. in the fitness industry, so that she could design a consultancy company on her own terms as a visionary, actualizer, wife and mother of a gorgeous two-year-old daughter.
When we met, she was on the ledge (and had been for the last year), fearful and hesitant to jump and take the leap of faith.
Inside of 90 days from September – December 2019, this empowered woman manifested the vision and took that leap of faith. She created her dream business and left her corporate career.
“Making the decision to step away from my full-time executive position and leave a company that I helped grow was not easy. In fact, it was really freakin’ difficult and scary. But I took the big leap! Getting out of my head, letting go of ego, trusting my intuition, keeping the faith and leading with my heart has brought me here today.
Even as I write this, I am in awe of the shift in my mindset, behaviors and beliefs.
I am beyond grateful to my amazing business and life coach, Marla Diann Dennis. This woman is a dream maker, literally! Be careful what you say you want…Marla is an actualizer. I would not be here today without her.”
Lauren Busener Brown
“The customized and detailed sales system Marla developed for us is an absolute game-changer! We now all have defined roles in the process and know how to smoothly guide potential clients through our process in a way where we maintain our value and the client gets excited about working with us.
The focus has shifted away from money and onto the client and their experience. And our newfound Wealth Consciousness has been key in allowing us to confidently switch that focus” Tony London, DJ Maestro, Denver, Co.
Tony London is the epitome of like attracts like.
He carries a consistent positive, fun, and respectful vibe wherever he goes, which attracts good people and experiences resulting in successful outcomes.
Furthermore, he attracted loyal, smart, dedicated and positive team members he considers as family to his decade long DJ and Production company, DJ Maestro, serving the wedding and corporate industries in Denver and Los Angeles.
As we built close to a year-long coaching relationship from Dec 2019-Oct 2020, it became evident early on that this guy was in it to win, be humble and coachable, have fun, and be totally open to change personally and professionally for the good of all. His mentality is inclusivity. If he wins, he naturally wants to bring others with him.
After Tony’s three-month success program, he asked me to coach my qualifying sales system to his team to upgrade the company’s sales system, revenues, and attraction to ideal clients.
Having coached wedding industry business owners for over six years of my 12 years in coaching, I found the most pervasive issue for many of these highly talented creatives (Planners, Floral Designers, DJ/Production, Photographers, and more) was they were expected to give discounts for their services. Not on my watch.
Read the inspiring story from his perspective how he and his team overcame their “discount syndrome” and flipped their mindset and sales approach to value and worth based. Plenty to learn from his perspective!
Run, don’t walk, to begin your transformational journey
“From that point forward I did everything she asked me to do and completed every exercise with sincere gusto. I started seeing shifts in my world almost immediately. I had so many breakthroughs, goosebumps, and eureka moments that sometimes I just had to take a moment in silence to reflect on the gravity of what was happening.
I’m only halfway through the program and last week I closed the largest client of my entire career effortlessly. I can’t wait to see what’s next!” — Anne Marie Webster, Wealth Manager, Lionheart Capital Management
Imagine how it feels when in a 30 – 45-day period you eradicate your old, self- loathing negative mindset and replace it with a trusting, fun, expansive and grateful relationship with your higher power, gain a respectful self-worth and new boundaries, find a new company to work with that aligns with your values, and attract the largest client you ever had in your ten-year career. Oh, and marry the man of your dreams! (She was already engaged at this point, but it made it all that much sweeter.)
This is one hundred percent possible for you, too, when you jump in, trust, stay coachable. take action, and allow the magic to happen.
It’s been and continues to be a JOY to guide her, challenge her, and watch her come into her own brilliance that she was born with, but rarely nurtured.
I’ll let her tell you the before and after story from her perspective. It’s a winner. Be ready to be fully inspired!
Anne Marie Webster
Chelsey, brand + web designer, and business coach to entrepreneurial women, started her business at 19. Almost 10 years later she’s a sought-after branding and web designer expert placing women brands on the map globally.
Chelsey enrolled in my Money Transformation 6-week group program in January 2020 to breakthrough her resistance to being in relationship with her numbers (cash-flow), eliminate her money glass ceiling while attaining her BIG goals in 2020. What soon happened within a few weeks will astound you as much as it did me!
“My husband and I started to discuss money goals that to me felt unattainable. As a business owner I didn’t love looking at my cash-flow; it made me feel uncomfortable and uneasy. I also had a hard time trusting where I was investing in my business.
But then it happened. In the first week of Marla’s program, I paid off two credit cards!
AND, one of my big goals was to buy a home. We set the timeline for that by the end of the year. We actually accomplished this goal by week 4/6 of the program!! Marla’s coaching clarified what I wanted which made me feel confident about the ways I wanted to invest my money in my business and helped me recreate my relationship with my cash-flow so I can be more conscious about not only where I’m spending but where I’m saving or supporting others.”
Chelsey Marie Clark
Michele Harvey is an outstanding filmmaker based in Miami. Co-owner of Modern Love Productions, she and her partner, Osiris, are a married wedding videography team – where they create authentic, artistic, and deeply personal wedding films.
I was delighted to have her in the program after meeting Michele at Wedding MBA during my breakout session about wealth consciousness for higher sales conversion. I can honestly say she embodied that very result due to her loyalty to the program.
“My old money story/relationship was based on what was demonstrated and taught to me from my family, which was a very practical, middle-class and security-first mindset. As an adult, I adapted this practical mindset as a limiting belief in which I could not imagine myself wealthy despite being a driven person.
Marla’s program helped me completely flip my money relationship, including viewing money as a value and moving past any insecurities and limiting beliefs about what I am capable of and deserve
The two months during the program coincided with my largest earning months of my business to date and I booked my largest jobs to date (2 booking over $4,000 apiece from $2,800 base package price).
I made $12k in one weekend. I raised the rates on all of my packages and no one has asked for a discount or tried to negotiate with me on rates.”
www.ModernLoveMiami.com | For the full story, click here
Elissa Giwner had a creative career working for various companies her whole adult life. She caught the entrepreneurial spirit prior to finding me. When she was referred, she had left her corporate career (relief!) and was looking for a business coach to help her materialize her dream of having her own professional organizing business.
She knew it was a smart choice to be guided to shorten her learning curve and be shown how to monetize her love of transformation and being “tidy” and organized. She needed the right coach. That was April 2019.
Her transformation in her money relationship was life altering. Money equated to pain in Elissa’s life on several levels. That will stop anyone from attracting consistent money into their life.
“My relationship with money was worry, doubt and pain. Growing up there was never enough and I was taught I had to work hard, sometimes work several jobs to make ends meet. When I was making great money, I would then spend great amounts which led to thinking I wasn’t making enough. It was money drama. This is what I practiced my entire life until I completed Marla’s Money Legacy Program
Marla taught me how to respect and love my money relationship. Money is abundant and I have a birthright to that abundance. Her program shifted my mindset and changed my behaviors about money where I’m not associating money with pain anymore; only love and abundance. And, the sales system Marla created gave me the confidence and feeling of worth I needed to have empowering money conversations.” explains Elissa.
www.EtherealEdits.com | KonMari Consultant Trainee
and NAPO Trained Home Organizer | For the full story, click here
This Atlanta Luxury Wedding Planner Now Lives Her Worth and Dignity!
(Note: Jordan’s inspiring entrepreneurial story represents without a doubt the most common challenges and frustrations I see in my women business owners by the time they seek out guidance to up-level their business. She has profound transformations. For her compelling story click here to read)
“Since implementing my new rates and Marla’s qualifying sales system, I have experienced my highest month of income in my seven years of business at $14,000 in just one month. And we are on track to hit almost that amount again this month!
I have booked five full package clients at my new rates for next year and am seeing the results.
The three most profound mindset changes from being coached were standing in my worth, believing that I am an expert in my industry, and establishing and maintaining boundaries with my clients.
These allowed me to make decisions that up-leveled my business and protect me as a business owner and professional.
I now understand how saying no to taking on a potential client who does not value me as an expert is a gift I will always be grateful for. I do not allow clients to talk me into discounts. I manage my clients’ expectations about my availability by allowing myself time to recharge so I can live and work in my genius zone while giving my best to my clients. (Photo: Altmix photography)
Prior to the program, I would often take on other people’s money story when composing a rate quote. I would come up with a number I think they could afford rather than what I was worth.
This meant that I was not owning my worth, and instead allowing this to get in the way of my success. I would only quote at the low end of a package range, and found it hard to increase my pricing. I did not truly believe I was worth the increased prices. Now, I stand proudly behind my package pricing!
The sales funnel I now use made a world of a difference in how my team and I initially interact with potential clients, how we quote them, and how we successfully close the sale.
While we had our own sales system in place, it often led to us chasing clients down. Now, we are closing more deals because of the boundaries we have set around the sales process. I did raise the rates for higher income for my company and have seen fantastic results!”
“I have been involved in the Creative Entrepreneur Success Program and Marla Diann for a little over five weeks of a five-month program.
I jumped in head first not realizing the impact Marla would present to me as an individual and to my Landscape Architectural business. The process of thinking outside the norm was an entirely new concept and direction for me.
Marla has introduced new marketing strategies, created a higher fee schedule, which Marla calls “giving myself a raise” and created a stronger mindset for me and my business.
In the brief few weeks, I have acquired 6 new clients at my higher rate, created a strong list of professionals who I have contacted and gained their commitment to providing strong referrals to perspective client’s and have developed a higher frequency of self-worth and balance.
Now that my wife and I are conducting our money meetings every two weeks (per Marla’s strategy), I have a keen sense of our money. We are able to save, spend and invest knowing where we are financially. This has created a better communication of where our money is. This is a positive impact in our relationship.”
Landscape Architect, Orange County
Rasmussen Design Inc. | Full story, click here
(Note: Brianne has been in business over 10 years. A successful event planner who recently added “certified sommelier” to her expertise, she is well on her way to curating wine events and education locally and internationally.)
“The most profound change I have felt from being mentored by Marla and how it’s changed my decision-making abilities in business is the feeling of constant and ever-present gratitude.
God knows that starting or up-leveling a business is not always a smooth and consistent road, but I can confidently say that I have never felt more in gratitude (and more often) ever in my life. When my coaching program began, this was such a huge piece of the “curriculum” and now I see why.
I have also started to move away from fear and making decisions out of fear. I have let go of clients who are no longer a match for my new standards and have learned to say no to potential clients who do not fit in my ideal client profile. I have really started to see and feel my worth. I used to THINK I valued myself and my skills/talents, but now my confidence (and ironically my humility) is at an all-time high.
Before the coaching program I also felt a scarcity mentality around money. Whether I earned $2,000 a month or $15,000 a month, I felt the same. I was worried it wasn’t enough and worried I wouldn’t have enough tomorrow. Even if I was in abundance, I was worried that I’d be back in scarcity going forward.
Now I stay focused on gratitude and abundance. If I can go to bed every night knowing that I am living in my core values, am happy, and am committed to my business, then I feel good (and abundant!). I now record every dollar that comes into my business and celebrate it. When a client pays me, I take a minute and remember that this client paid ME. They paid me for my advice, my skills, and my talents. That is quite a special feeling.
Regarding The Big Leap book and learning how to navigate my genius zone? There’s not enough time in the day for me to explain how much this book spoke to me. Before reading this book, I held onto (clung onto) many limiting beliefs around my skills, my talents, money, relationships, my family, etc. Overall, I had a fear of owning my own potential…in a lot of different areas of my life.
I’d always been a Type A, go-getter, but my level of success was within a well-defined, limited area. Nothing too crazy or successful, just modestly successful. I am now working on really relishing in my successes. Talking about them. Rewarding myself for them. Etc. All of this allows me to live in my Genius Zone. It feels good to be in this space, which inherently allows me to naturally go into that genius zone more frequently.”
Sommspirations, Wine Education & Event Production
My money relationship prior to being coached by Marla had more of a chaotic energy around it. Although I’ve had a decent relationship with money for most of my adult years and very detailed, where I needed the most help and guidance was having a proven ‘sales system’ in place where I am in complete control of the sales process. Marla did that for me.
There were so many proposals in limbo in my pipeline… a lot of ‘not knowing’ where these prospects were in their decision-making process. The chaos and drama around my sales has gone away!
My decision-making abilities were shifted, too due to learning new boundaries! Taking complete control of each and every sale I make. Having an even better relationship with my money and able to reach higher money goals with ease. I also eliminated a lot of the fear. Knowing that Universal Law and the Law of Attraction really is on my side and wants me to win. Learning her sales system, how to hire a V.A. and delegating, and creating client guidelines have made the biggest difference in my business and revenues currently and going forward!
The Replicas Music & Productions
“I’ve been letting my business run me since 2007. Honestly for the last 4-5 years I’ve been operating at the top of my capacity which leaves no room for creativity, growth and life/work balance.
Our industry (and social media in general) tends to make you feel you need to pretend everything is amazing and you are perfect at everything. We sell a brand image so it’s counter intuitive to show vulnerability and ask for help, yet this is exactly what is required in order to evolve and accomplish higher level goals.
Working with Marla has helped me move past my fear/reluctance to make change, take some risks and invest back into myself and my company so that in 2019 and beyond I’ll be “running my business” more efficiently and with greater results.
There were things I knew I needed to address but was in avoidance, there were also breakthroughs I didn’t even realize I needed to address…in both situations Marla has helped push/support me into very positive change!”
Hey Mister DJ
When Juan Castro, Lead DJ/MC for Orange County’s Invisible Touch Events, enrolled in his creative entrepreneur success program, he had no idea what was really in store for his transformation.
I love sharing his story in how he was up against some common but very frustrating mindset challenges that kept him stuck between what supposedly is “right” vs. feeding his free spirit as a creative and intuitive man.
“Before the program: Honestly, I didn’t really value money. I had no relationship with it. I just saw it for what it was “paper” and an exchange for goods and services. I was not confident in my money conversations when it came to charging my clients. Money felt like a taboo thing you didn’t talk about. I did not track my money nor know my numbers. I would just receive it, have it in one account and spent accordingly.
After the program: It was a complete 180 for me, I was able to truly understand what the real purpose of money is. Money at its purist form is energy. It is how we are blessed for our products or services that we provide others and how we bless other people with it. Tangibly it is “paper” but at its purist form, it a blessing. I have so much respect for it now and I understand that money is abundant therefore; I don’t “fear” not being able to attain it. I now treat it accordingly by tracking it, organizing it and planning for it.
Really changing paradigms in how I think and act with money changed my life and Marla did just that; she was able to truly help me understand how money really works. Really profound and powerful how she was able to do that.” –
Lead DJ & MC Invisible Touch Events | Invisible Touch Events | Full story, click here
I think you’ll find this fascinating.
Traditionally a year prior to graduating college and then immediately beyond, our young, driven graduates are in the midst of strategically preparing resumes, learning interview etiquette, networking and assertively sending out resumes in hopes of finding that “dream” first real job.
Then there’s the new genre – Generation Z. Have you heard?
I mentored Michelle Zaldono this year from SDSU helping her launch her first business all the while completing her classes for graduation. Brilliant.
“I chose Marla as my mentor because of her experience mentoring entrepreneurs. I have always wanted to start my own company and wanted guidance into the right direction. I was drawn in initially by her story on her website. Her experience really fascinated me and I knew her mentoring me would be a good match.
I gained so much by learning to be in the right mindset with Marla. Becoming an entrepreneur (especially while finishing up school) is tough and can be distracting.
There are difficult times to go through in making sure you are in the right mindset to make the best decisions. This is crucial to becoming successful. I really gained
excellent insight from Marla in the ability to gracefully remove myself from negative feedback others were offering me (no fault of their own – just trying to protect me!).”
Developing Creative Leaders: Booked his FIRST premium package within a week of redesigning his rates and packages
As my clients progress in their programs, I am on the lookout for early results to not only acknowledge them personally in their achievements to support the continued momentum, but I take it a step further and edify them in front of their peers and clients for good reason. I desire for them to be role models of leadership.
David Krieger of Krieger DJ|MC Company is one of those I can proudly and confidently say is on his way. In the first three weeks of his Creative Entrepreneur Success Mentoring program, not only did he promptly make behavior, habit and mindset changes that resulted in stronger boundaries, a new self-care routine, and an upgraded wealth consciousness, but he booked his FIRST premium DJ package within a week of us redesigning his rates and packages. Now that’s a man on a mission to succeed!
One of my core tenets is helping clients make decisions based on an inner GPS system. I take my clients through my trademark process to identify their top 5 core values. David explained it so well during one of his sessions…
“I have been thinking about my Core Values with the more future-forward mindset, and so I decided to re-prioritize them. These are the values that I WANT to be driving my business and personal life, whereas the old values reflected my past state-of-mind.” Those are well spoken words of a leader. To read more about David’s successes – click here for his blog feature.
DJ/MC/Producer Krieger DJ|MC Company
All the Way from Italy Comes My Bella Wedding Planner! “My money relationship has finally stood out!”
Buon Giorno! One of the many beautiful gifts I came home with after my month long living/working trip to gorgeous Florence, Italy last summer was my first Italian client, Donatella D’Anniballe of Donatella Wedding Italy. www.donatellaweddingitaly.it
Dona was in the early stages of building her new Italy-based “green” wedding planning business when we met in August 2017.
Thanks to our mutual friend and colleague Anna Maria Nardi from Rome, Italy, also a wedding planner and personal stylist, Dona and I found a nice synergy between us that lit us both up!
Ready to go in fall 2017 – it was dream come true to come back from Italy and coach a bright, driven, beautiful young Italian woman in her early stages of her business!
Imagine being a young entrepreneur with dreams helping women manifest their dream wedding in the hills of Tuscany or a stunning villa in outskirts of Rome or Positano? Incredible.
I begin with all my clients forming new success habits, mindset and relationship with money. That’s where she had her biggest transformation.
“I felt very unsure of my relationship with money prior to coaching with Marla. My parents were financing my destination wedding planner business and I thought I had to do what they were expecting of me. In that were inherent challenges given it was my parents!
Then Marla helped me reframe this problem and solve it my working with my mindset, habits and behaviors with money. I had to act on my own and be more responsible in my approach to business. I needed to own my power in my choices and decisions around money. I learned that money is an abundant energy flow initially before it shows up in our bank account. Money must be invested to grow; rather than live in fear of scarcity. I always miss her coaching because it was so useful and positive for me and my business!”
Dona learned quickly that success is 80% mindset and 20% mechanics. Super proud of her changed mindset. Her most profound mindset shifts were –
“I can fulfill my goal of becoming a successful wedding planner. I must create free time to focus on myself (self-care) to make my business more profitable. I learned to trust my instinct and delegate to reliable people.”
Green Wedding Planner | Donatella Wedding Italy | For the whole story click here
“I had some profound mindset shifts from Marla’s mentoring like– I hope I can run a photography business TO I know I will run a successful and thriving photography business and enjoy every minute of it! I shifted my defeatist mindset about myself in business to that of power, success, and being proactive.
I am also more grateful. Rather than focusing on what’s not going right, I have learned how to (and the power of) focusing on everything that I have and what is doing well. I make it practice to give myself the space to let my creativity flow.
Before the coaching program, money would leave my hands quicker than it could come. Now I am more conscious of how I’m spending and what I’m spending it on. I am more mindful of money and value it a little more.
Most of all, the change in being more confident in my worth and sharing my fees with prospective clients and being mindful of what kind of conversations to have with them has made quite an impact on my business!”
International Destination Wedding & Portrait Photographer | Eliza Jane Photography
“In [Marla’s] “What’s possible with a renewed creativity” (handout), something specific stood out. “A deeper sacred relationship with your artist self; trusting your creativity more” ‘ – – I spent so much time this past year spending every minute on how to improve my craft to fit industry standards, and something that we discussed during the Creative Renewal training just popped out.
Think of all the “firsts”, people who have been the first or DISRUPTERS in their industry-to think outside the box, and create something new. So that gave me courage to give myself PERMISSION, (another take away), to RUN my business creatively how I see fit, and stop looking at everything else so intensely.”
Professional Organizer & Home Stylist | Organized to the T – Instagram
“Marla gave me a lot of tools in our Money Mindset Business Breakthrough program, but my favorite was the mindset and power to say no allowing great things to come along in that place. She would say ‘Say no the good to get to the great.
She also taught me well to surround myself with people of similar mindsets and success attitudes creating a high vibration (AKA “my tribe”).
Before her mastermind program, I was afraid of many things having to do with money and my worth from looking at my bank account to raising my fees. Her money speedometer tool was so helpful with my money relationship and goals personally and for business!
Lastly her enrollment application sales system makes a world of difference in the client acquisition process weeding out those who are not appropriate for my services. Thank you!”
Wedding, Boudoir & Maternity | Lisa Marie Photographie
“I had profound changes in my mindset that altered my decision-making in business. I learned how I do money is how I do everything! This permeated every portion of my life. I took better control of my “money” allowing me to take control of my life.
I embraced that I made money and not that money made me. It’s honorable to be a strong authentic woman who can take care of my loved ones in other ways than financially. I LOVED my money therapy!
Three strategies and tools I learned that could potentially make the biggest difference in my business and revenues were removing my money clutter, knowing what I need to have as income for a thriving business and setting standards for my business and the type of clients I wanted to bring on board.”
Wedding Event Planner, Designer & Stylist \ The Lynden Lane Co.
“I had profound mindset changes and shifts in my decision making abilities as a result of being mentored by Marla.
1. That I don’t need to be a frantic workaholic to be successful.
2. That I shouldn’t hide behind my photos, and that putting myself out there online and in person will only help people connect with me, and see the value of working with me.
3. That I am sharing my money legacy with my son, and I want to pass on a healthy money legacy full of abundance.
And, before working with Marla, I thought I had a good handle on my relationship with money. Within a few conversations it became very clear to me that I was avoiding a lot of aspects when it came to my finances.
I wasn’t in a place of power. As a result of investing in myself through Marla’s program – I’ve set up savings plans, bill pay systems, and my attention is on relationship with money for the better. I continue to heal and evolve that relationship with the tools, habits and mindset I now have.”
Southern California Wedding and Lifestyle Photographe | Kaysha Weiner Photographer
“Marla has played a key role in transforming my business.
Not only is she an incredible person, she is brilliant, she cares deeply about all of her clients and once I began working with her, I was kicking myself for not having started sooner. It has been the single smartest business investment I have made this year.
The golden nuggets I have received so far from her (and I am only in two months of a six month program), the savvy business direction with mindset principles to uplevel my branding, raise my standards, who I market to, and how I serve my high level clientele have been so far reaching.”
Owner/Founder | Luxury Entertainment Group
“Knowing my value in terms of pricing and holding firm on my pricing was one of the most profound changes in my mindset during Marla’s Money Mindset Business Breakthrough program.
The increase in my pricing was a long-time coming, but Marla helped me make sense of it and be confident in my new rates.
Marla’s consistent empowering truth – “You cannot grow your business until you grow yourself” was also profound for me. Simply put, I have to grow as a person before my business can grow. Self-care.
I have begun using her branding strategy – “Branding is who you are and NOT what you do.” I learned everything I do and share online is part of my individual branding. Share and be visible for more than what I do as a DJ. Be a thought leader!
The sales funnel system she taught us, which starts with qualifying interested potential clients via a questionnaire whether they fit my ideal client qualifications – was great I LOVE THIS FORM!
My money relationship prior to her MMBB program was I would not include everything I earned as part of my financial review. I had leftover issues from when I was a child and my father would take my money and put what I had earned up on the family calendar. Marla helped me work through that and get past it. The combination of this and the concept of staying firm with my rates and knowing my value has transformed my money relationship. Thank you!”
DJ & Producer | Professor – The Amani Experience
“The most profound changes in my mindset and how I now make decisions in business as a result of mentoring with Marla are: I understand I am not obligated to work with (or even meet with) prospective clients just because they reach out to me. They or I may not be a good fit.
I really shifted when I found out it’s not up to me to decide what someone can or can’t afford. It is, however, my responsibility to own my worth and work with those who respect and value my talents and higher rates. I now know my value and that discounting hurts my credibility.
Several strategies and tools I learned that potentially can make the biggest difference in my business and revenues were rebranding — I thought my site was fine but Marla was right that the branding didn’t reflect a high end planner with years of experience. I am so grateful I now have better boundaries, too. I was in fear of a negative review if I didn’t answer to every whim of my clients. I’m finished with that mindset! Thank you!”
Event Planner & Designer | Kristeen LaBrot Events
“Prior to working with Marla, my money relationship was vague and often clouded with inner questions of my worthiness.
Now that Marla has helped me banish those old, irrelevant emotions tethered to my worthiness, I feel strength, belief and clarity.
Marla’s mentoring helped me to clean out the clutter in my old thought forms regarding money, income, spending and bills. I knew I had some old, irrelevant issues clouding my decision-making, but I had no idea where to start. Marla helped me identify this clutter, then helped me clean out and streamline my relationship with money so that there is no more emotional baggage!
My mindset around money is now rooted in gratitude and abundance. In Marla’s private VIP program, I learned how to focus on and remain in a state of gratitude, thereby attracting more positive business opportunities and clients.
I have always been confident in myself and my business, but after going through Marla’s mentoring, my confidence is on fire as a result of developing a clear and exciting business growth plan!”
Permanent Cosmetics by Jen Dial
“After 5 years of having my own business I was feeling discouraged and a bit stuck. I was having a hard time booking the clients that I really desired and found that I was constantly giving deals just to get work.
My business decisions were based on fear of not having enough money or work.When a good friend of mine (also a photographer) told me about Marla and her coaching services – at first, I was a bit skeptical because I never thought I would need help running my company.
After our first phone call, I knew that she was exactly what I needed to get me to the next level.
Half way through the program I am already reaching and booking my dream couples and went from having only 2 weddings to 10 weddings in three weeks. Marla gave me the tools and direction that I needed to overcome my issues with money and confidence.
It was hard for me to admit that I don’t know how to do it all and even harder for me to accept that I needed a little help. Her expertise is invaluable and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Jillian Rose Photography!”
Jillian Rose Kling
Jillian Rose Photography
“My attitude around money was the biggest change with Marla’s mentoring.
It’s been a change that has taken time and dedication, but I have the tools now that give me the confidence to know that I am going in the right direction.
My relationship with money prior to doing Marla’s program was not healthy at all. There was a lot of avoidance and fear around it. Bills were being paid late and debt was becoming a natural part of life.
Having the proper tools and guidance when you are making a change is huge. The tools given to you in Marla’s program are real, not just fancy words and good ideas. They are real and tangible tools that just make sense and become a natural part of your life.”
Floral Designer | Beautiful Savage Flowers
“Prior to the Money Mindset Business Breakthrough Program, I was feeling stuck in my business and lacked confidence in my abilities and myself.
I was playing it safe and doing what I knew I could do easily. I wanted to build my self-confidence and do what I love and not just what I was good at. I wanted more for my brand and myself.
I started my business to create unforgettable weddings for couples and build lifelong relationships with them, but I was finding that there was a disconnect between what I wanted and what I was actually doing. I was booking clients to fill up my calendar, no matter what discounts I had to give or package I sold (mostly the bare minimum).
I was finding myself feeling unfulfilled. I wanted more. A friend of mine invited me to one of Marla’s seminars and I said I’d go, not really knowing what to expect. Within the first hour, I had a huge breakthrough moment and even wrote in my notes “hire her”. I was so inspired by Marla and couldn’t wait to learn more in her 90-day program.
Since starting the program, I have realized so many things that I do to sabotage myself from moving forward and getting to the next level. My lack of self- confidence and boundaries being the biggest.
I am happy to report after only a month of mentoring I now really BELIEVE in myself and my abilities to produce amazing weddings for clients who truly value having a wedding planner. I am creating boundaries with my business and personal life so I take care of myself and others in a healthy way. I am ridding my surroundings of negativity and creating an uplifting environment that makes me excited and happy to wake up in the morning and get the day started.
I truly owe this to the program and am so incredibly grateful for the lessons that Marla has taught me. It takes a lot of work and persistence to change, but it is beyond worth it. Thank you so much for your guidance and support through my journey to becoming the best version of myself.”
Wedding & Event Planner | Confetti Skies
“During the first month of coaching I landed the highest paying client in the history of my business.
Marla’s program has given me the confidence and tools to design my business accordingly to my lifestyle and goals rather than building my lifestyle around my business.
I changed my money relationship. In simple terms I used to avoid money all together. I now keep track of all sales and expenses and look at my numbers daily. I also increased my credit score by 30 points in only a couple months!”
Designer | Social Savvy
“I have been sharing about my new money legacy with friends and family. My relationship with money has changed dramatically.
My relationship with money is expansive and positive. I see money as a tool to make wonderful things happen and a way to reach others. Having the support and encouragement of a coach has been life changing. I didn’t recognize my full-potential until I had Marla help me focus and reel in my true gifts and power.
Money represents how you choose to invest in yourself and how you choose to invest your time. The way I do money, is the way I do everything. So grateful!”
Jessica Mendivil, Owner
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I gotta be honest – when I first met Marla, I was very skeptical when she told me my problems were 80% about my mindset and my relationship with money. But, she had some great things to say that really got me thinking, “This is do or die – this is going to be my last effort to make my photography business a success.” Yup, I was that low when I connected with Marla.
You can see Marla had her work cut out for her, being the stubborn bullheaded type A personality that I am. But she did it, she helped me change my mindset and, today, I couldn’t be happier and my business continues to grow and be successful!
BEST decision I ever made!
It wasn’t easy. I struggled – A LOT – but Marla dished out some tough love, I rolled up my sleeves and got my butt busy shifting my mindset about money. I learned my relationship with money affects my relationship with everything. Who knew they are all so related?
I had been going through a pretty long dry spell before that. I was confident in my work, I knew my pricing was more than fair and my personality was a fit for the couples I was meeting. So, why was I not booking?
I’ll never forget that first sales meeting after creating and refining my sales system with Marla. It was the first meeting where I was not only comfortable talking about money, but I didn’t hesitate! I was confident and I booked!
Marla helped me to see it was my mindset and relationship with money that was the roadblock in addition to tweaking my sales funnel strategy. Half way through my program with her, I had my biggest sales month EVER – by about 3x – and guess what? I did it again the next month! I couldn’t believe it! I made more in that one month than I had made in the previous quarter, and I did it 2 months in a row!”
Krista Mason, Photographer
Krista Mason Photography
“In the year that I have known and been working with Marla, so much has shifted in my life. I have taken a stance in my business and have been brave enough to hold myself accountable rather than hide behind the unknown, which I had been doing in the past.
Due to my conditioning with money, I had never really taken myself seriously as a business owner. I’m now in my eighth year as a wedding photographer, and I’m finally stepping into my power as an expert.
I have learned that in order to move forward, I need to look back at the decisions and patterns I’ve developed and address them. While working with Marla, we not only acknowledged and addressed the issues and shame that accompanied it, but worked through those fears.
I am now more confident in my sales techniques for my services and respectful of my own time and energy that I am giving to my clients. I’m excited to further implement Marla’s tools in my business and continue to grow and build my various streams of income!”
Molly + Co.
“My money relationship prior to Marla’s mentoring was always in a state of lack and avoidance never really knowing what was coming in or going out.
I now look at my money every day to understand how I can grow it and nurture it. Very grateful!
I turned around a slow cash flow month in less than 2 weeks by using Marla’s sales system and strategies making that my biggest revenues to date in less than a month!
The top three strategies I learned from Marla’s program that can potentially make the biggest difference in my business and revenues were: (1) Learning to leverage my time and do my highest pay off activities; (2) Building systems to make sure my business runs smoothly and (3) A.D.D.– Automate, Delegate, or Delete!!
Floral Designer | Rebelle Fleurs Event Design
“I wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
I feel good about myself. I feel respected, strong, brave and appreciated. My marriage is better than ever. I feel more rested. I’m organizing things with work and my life. I seriously think you are amazing and I feel very lucky to have you in my life. xo
I accomplished this week:
- Changed my last name on my fictitious name
- Opened a business bank account
- Got a business CC
- Signed up with HoneyBook so I can keep myself more organized.
- Everything has my logo in it, I know WOW!!! and Honeybook is great for CC transactions
My web designer is working on my website right now so I should be ready to work with the high end clients I want by the end of the week. I feel like a new person. Oh my goodness!!!”
Wedding Planner and Designer Events by Valerie
“I woke up this morning and decided to listen to a previous phone call, I had with Marla. Gosh, I feel so blessed.
It’s so crazy how I told myself a little over a year ago, if I could just get a mentor, or someone that can push my mental boundaries, it would just change my life.
It’s so phenomenal when you have someone that barely knows you, understands you so much and is able to point out things you didn’t even notice was there. This breakthrough is real!!! This past year and a half I have changed so much mentally. When your mind has been programmed one way and you have to self correct it is such a challenge, but totally worth it!!
I’m so excited for the future to come. I don’t even know where to start. Marla’s mentoring program by far, will probably be one of the best investments I could ever make in myself. Even though I don’t do much for myself, I’m so glad that I took the stand and told myself, Tenice do this program, invest in yourself, you’re worth it!!”
Professional Project Organizer
“That session was amazing!
I am about 1/4 way through my 6-month coaching program with Marla and already experienced shifts in me and it’s very different than what I expected (you will understand this statement if you do the program) 🙂
It is making me stronger and more confident in all aspects of my life (not just business). Funny is I am naturally a confident and strong person , BUT wow I’m finding that I am these things and even more!
I don’t think I ever fully understood the emotion behind the word empowered, but now with Marla’s guidance and wisdom, I am feeling it! It’s EMPOWERING !!! It’s a powerful and amazing feeling.
There are some things (as we all have) from my past that I had NO CLUE were holding me back. To discover this and let it go is…well empowering! And now I can focus better on my business and balancing my personal life. This mentoring is one of the most inspiring things I can ever do for my life , family, career and happiness and we just began!”
Jenni Bradbury-Hill Horsburgh
Owner Little Hill Floral Designs
“I had a huge AH HA!/emotional and eye opening moment during my call with Marla last week.
First off, let me just say that she had to go back to her journalistic days to drill the questions and thoughts out of me (it was pretty awesome to experience and actually feel myself come out from hiding) … but she did it!
My whole life and the real person whom I am supposed to be in this life flashed before my eyes. My past, my surroundings, family members and my future were and will be where and who I am meant to be as a person in this lifetime… the hard shell, strict, boring, reserved person whom I have grown to be and thought I had to be was just a coping personality…. NOW, the hard work begins… living my REAL purpose and changing my habits to be reborn into the new magnificent ME!!
I cannot thank you enough for our call Marla! I can’t wait to replay the recording everyday if I have to!”
Wedding Event Planner | Classy Detailed Events
“A HUGE thank you to both [Marla] and Lauryn for producing such a wonderful event, Evolve: Lead to Inspire. You did an amazing job making sure everything went smoothly and we are so grateful!
Thank you THANK YOU!
Founder and CEO Intent
“You know when you meet someone and you just know they are going to have a big impact on your life? That’s how I felt when I heard this woman speak on a webinar.
Marla has mentored me and believed me when most people thought I was nuts to go into business on my own, especially as a young unmarried woman. The fear from outside and inside was consuming me before my first step, but I knew I needed to make a big change in my journey. Always listen to that inner voice telling you your truth! I thank God everyday this incredible woman came into my life.
#Mentor signifies, M= #Motivator E=#Empowers, N=#Nutures, T=#Teacher, O=#Originator, R=#RoleModel. Marla embodies this exact essence. Thank you for the lovely gift and for changing me professionally and most importantly personally. I truly am a different woman after this program.”
Owner & Event Specialist | Reflections by Jillian
“I joined Marla’s Business Mentoring program with a group of wonderful entrepreneurial women in September 2013.
When the program began in January 2014, I was working for a low hourly fee overwhelmed, underpaid, and overstressed. Not good!
By March I worked closely with Marla to move me away from my old “hours for dollars” business model to leveraged high quality and content packaging. Within a few days of designing that package I succeeded in securing an ideal client who invested in my services at my new higher rates that far exceeded my expectations! And she paid in full!
I’m so grateful for Marla’s coaching that helped me understand my worth and the incredible value that I provide for my clients; I can now confidently require what I am worth and of value!
Marla has completely changed my entire mindset as to how I now market my business and how I look at my ideal avatar clients. Using her coaching services was the best decision and investment I have made for my company! Yeah! “Team Marla” My Gratitude Overflows!”
Gayle Theodora Drake
CEO/Founder, Personal & Business Image Assessment Wardrobe & Closet Makeoveras | GTD Image Consulting
“Really warm and good feeling from our meeting! Kids loving the sense of being on their own, your discussion around values hit a sweet spot. And thank you so much…those evenings are the closest I have felt as a family in a long time!
The three most profound changes our teenage kids experienced from taking Marla’s Money Legacy program are:
1. Our three kids now have an appreciation for money that simply did not exist prior to beginning Marla’s program.
2. Their self-confidence & self-worth have increased dramatically now that they understand how finances & budgeting work and that they are now responsible for how much money they earn and how much they spend.
3. The kids previously had near open access to Mom’s wallet for both cash and credit card use. This does not exist any longer because Mom is not allowing it, but just as important, they are only rarely asking for money because they seek the grown up world of being independent. If they do ask for money, they can typically justify their reason for asking. If we give it, there is a whole different level of appreciation that did not exist previously.”
Brian & Kathy Johnson
Rolling Hills Estates
P.S. I loved coaching this family! It was incredibly rewarding knowing these college age kids are going into the world filled with financial dignity and armed with tools to help them be self-sufficient and confident.
“Thank you Marla for our time on the phone together! In that one short hour, I learned more from you than I have in months with other business coaches and mentors!
You gave me some crucial information, in just one hour, that honestly helped me to turn my entire business around. I know it sounds far-fetched, but it is true. You helped me re-think about my business, and myself in a new way that had a profound impact on the direction I am now taking my business in 2015. I am thrilled and excited by all this, and I am eternally grateful. Much love to you and great success with your business!”
Whole Earth Wellness
“She coached me on Creating my Money Why and what was so amazing was I literally felt as if Marla was the mid-wife to my birthing of my Money Why.
It was transformative, inspiring, motivating, liberating and empowering all at the same time! Marla is truly a gifted coach!!! And MBM is the most amazing coaching method ever!!! Thank you Marla and thank you Kendall for creating such a powerful tool! woohoo!!! (Can you tell I’m super excited!!!)”
Expert on Women, Money and Retirement
“My three most profound changes in my mindset from taking the program are:
Refusing to take low fee clients, not discounting my service;
raising my standards on how I’m willing to be treated;
not seeing others in my field as competition – wishing my colleagues well – not seeing scarcity – there’s room for success for everyone.
Prior to the program I viewed money as an object and the desired goal in itself – to amass or get more of that object. I now see money as a manifestation of my wealth consciousness, or merely as a tangible way to measure prosperity. Although I do have money goals, the overall goal is to live a life in which I’m serving my purpose and am in alignment with my values; rather than a goal of earning money.”
LCSW, Family Therapist
“In one short month, you’ve shifted my mindset and gotten me open to such a different outlook that I’m really grateful for your insight, Marla.
It has been an incredible journey, and yet I know it’s only the beginning. You will all never know how much VALUE you (the group program) have brought to my life – each and every one of you! My business will one day be where I want it because of the support, guidance and affection you have all shown me. Gratitude.”.
Green Lifestyle Designer | Decora Plants
“I had told you before that I’ve noticed significant growth in my Pranic Healing business since I began your VIP Coaching sessions. Now, I can give you the numbers to show you what I mean.
In 2012, before I began your Money Mindset training, my annual Healing income was $2700. After I took your course in the spring of 2013, and partially implemented the techniques you shared, my earnings in 2013 were $7350. And after calculating my earnings in 2014, I’m happy to report that I earned over $15,000 last year for my part-time side business.
Here’s the more important part, to me. . . As your marketing advice has helped more people learn about Pranic Healing, my small client list has grown to over 60 targeted people, pets, and families, and I was able to help more lives improve physically, emotionally, and financially by performing over 200 Healing sessions last year! Thank you so much for all your help!! I’m super-excited for additional success in 2015 and beyond!”
Firefighter/Paramedic/Pranic Healer, PranaMedics
“My most profound mindset change was I was able to shift my core beliefs that I had centered around my parents belief system that had been passed over to me.
I no longer allow my old belief system to hold me back. I have a new language and awareness around money that I did not have before, which I am passing onto my children.
The technique I learned in the program that can potentially make the biggest difference in my business and revenues was I have reorganized my energy around money as well as my business and office. I now see money as an energy source. I didn’t appreciate money as much before the program which showed up in my habits. I now have a greater respect which is reflected by keeping close attention to all areas of money.
Transformation Coach, Speaker, Author, Holistic Health Consultant
“I appreciate Marla Dennis not only for her expertise, but for her kindness and understanding throughout the process.
As a doctor of chiropractic I have the pleasure of serving many people and that is the greatest thing about my profession and my vocation.
Reaching these people with my message of health however is not something that is taught in professional school. And with the advance of the internet and social media and me not growing up in the computer age let alone texting and tweeting, it is of little surprise that I found myself needing help with my online presence and getting my message out there.
Now, I was keeping up as well as I could…you know, I had a Facebook page and I was posting and slowly building a following and picking up a tip here and there (sound familiar?), but my message was never consistent nor did I have a strategy for it being so.
I went to a social media event and was taught a way to find certain types of people on Facebook and it worked. That is how I found Marla Dennis and I’m sure glad I did. She was able to lie out a strategy for advancing my “brand” through my newsletters and social media.
As I’ve learned over the years (sometimes the hard way) that business runs best on systems, and that is exactly what Marla had to offer. She laid out a plan and then walked me through it showing step by step how to recirculate my articles through different media outlets and how to schedule and manage each post to maximize the effectiveness.
Applying her system has allowed me to interact with my current base more often and effectively and also to expand my reach to others who otherwise wouldn’t have found my messages. I appreciate Marla Dennis not only for her expertise, but for her kindness and understanding throughout the process. She is truly an asset to all who seek her help.
Dr. David Noonan
Chriopractor and Isagenix Executive
“Thank you for opening my eyes to see what I am really made of.
This is so awesome Marla! I’ve never had anything like this (my bio story)! All I can say is “WOW!” I have big aspirations and confidence in my head but have never put it down on paper (my story). I just never thought about my story. Thank you for opening my eyes to see what I am really made of. ”