BARBARA BENCINITop Financial Advisor, Retired
Barrons Winner numerous times
I met Lorin in 2004 at a Woman’s conference in Puerto Rico. That meeting changed my life. I was a Financial Advisor with a major firm and was successful but stalled.
She helped me get my career focused and I really took off. I was the top Women Advisor in Minnesota for the next 12 years. She also helped me immeasurably in my personal life.
I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro when I was sixty because of her input. I retired April 1st of 2017 at age 70 and she still is helping me with my next chapter in life. She has been a true professional and coach and has become a friend.
I consider Lorin much more than my coach. She is my friend, mentor, accountability partner, confidant, and trusted advisor. She holds my hand gently yet can also kick my behind firmly (with just the right amount of empathy) to keep me moving forward. With her kind manner, rich soul, and intelligent mind, she helps me weed through a myriad of muck and thicket and turmoil to discover greater depths of myself and everyone and everything around me. Then she is there on the other side to cheer me on, celebrate, and quickly set the next goal. I am a better person, friend, wife, mother, manager and leader because of working with Lorin Beller.
Like so many of you out there, when I heard about the Big Fish Nation program with Lorin Beller & Co., I said, “I’m going to sign up for that….someday…..when I’m not so busy….when I have more money……when my business is more successful.” But I realized it was exactly because I didn’t have the time, money, or smoothly running business that I needed this course. It would have taken me years to get to where I am today if I had not participated in the Big Fish Nation program, Lorin’s Entrepreneurial Development Program.
Buchanan Marketing LLC
LISA BOUCHARDIn 2004 I joined Lorin’s yearlong Big Fish program, I loved that it gave me real tools that I could use to manage and plan my growth with a vision stretching out over 10 years. After the Big Fish program I became one of Lorin’s private clients and we have had coaching sessions every month ever since. Since beginning with Lorin we have seen our business grow from four to over twelve million dollars annually and because of our continued coaching sessions I am alert and focused on our continued success.
ANDREA MAIDAI wanted to let you know that since I have started the program/met you/etc…I really like all the happy/positive and productive thoughts that now populate my head. I am feeling so capable and strong in my business, more than I EVER have before.
REBECCA D AMICO
As an owner of an already successful company, Big Fish has provided more ‘ah ha’ moments than I have ever experienced! I feel so inspired after each teleclass with my lion fish group. Not just inspired to ‘work or do’ but to also pause think and feel with confidence. The combination of teleclasses and personal coaching has me integrating the new content at a more personal level, the combination is helping me not just as an owner but in all aspects of my life. Rebecca D’Amico, Nannies From The Heart, Austin, TX
Nannies from the Heart
EMILY KNUDS0NI joined Big Fish Nation because I was ready for a whole new level of income and lifestyle. I have expanded and integrated as a woman, a person, and a business owner, AND this year with Big Fish, we grew the business 555.8% in net income over last year!
My business has grown by 110% in just the first six months of the virtual program! When I joined Big Fish, I was already a seasoned business owner with more than five years of entrepreneurial know-how under my belt. I had done well for myself, but my business wasn’t as successful as I knew it could be. Here’s the thing about Big Fish… it’s not just a “feel good” coaching program that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Lorin has crafted a comprehensive business development program that cuts to the core, stripping you of the yuck to reveal the best of who you are and what your business has to offer. And she does all this in a very firm, yet encouraging way. If you’re a woman business owner who feels like a fish ready for much bigger waters, then you’ll want to dive into Big Fish. You’ll emerge with the confidence, tools and community you need to thrive.
MICHELLE BONN120% increase in Revenues in one year! Taking part in the Big Fish program allowed me to achieve 2 very specific goals for myself and my business. First, Big Fish was very successful at helping me gain a deep sense of inner strength, confidence and desire to lead. This “take-charge” attitude toward life and business has allowed me to lead people in a very different way. I now see the importance of leading people with very “loose reins”. Second, I’ve created and live true to my own personal motto: “live a fearless life”! This motto is a driving factor in helping me make strategic and well focused business decisions without hesitation. I learned many of these strategies in the Big Fish Nation Program. I’m proud to admit, this fearless attitude has allowed me to grow my revenues by over 120% in one year. Michelle Bonn President Expedient Trade, LLC Amherst, NY
Dawn is the owner and one of the founders of DeNovo Research, a pharmaceutical research firm. She has a team of 6 people, her focus was keeping the business going rather than leading the team, by choice. She enrolled her entire team in the Big Fish program! Her goals are to create great leaders, implement corporate values, design a 10 year vision with her team and create the plan to make the vision real. She is also finding that it is assisting with communication among the team and those communication tools have become critical to the inner workings of this successful company. She is on her way to wild success as we speak. Dawn Fleck Owner: DeNovo Research, Delmar, NY
BARBARA BENCINIIn 1978, Barbara become one of the first women Financial Advisors in the US. Barbara’s business was already a million dollar business, but she felt there was more for her. Barbara was looking for the magic to grow her business to the next level. She came to the Big Fish program looking for confidence and a better sales and marketing plan. After becoming a Big Fish, Barbara made the decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Over the course of being a Big Fish, enrolling in the Big Fish Mastery program and this year, now a Star Fish, Barbara is realizing that she truly can accomplish all that she wants to both in life and business. Barbara has also grown her million dollar business 20% since becoming a Big Fish. Barbara Bencini, Wealth Manager, Wayzata, Minnesota
Being a Big Fish has allowed both my business and personal life to coexist with more balance. I have a vision of where I am going and a plan to get there. I utilize the Big Fish tools every day. I expanded my network of friends and allies in business. I have found a new confidence in what I am capable of, a gratitude for the gifts I have and an immense appreciation for the people in my life. Just as important in all of that, I am making more money since being a Big Fish, I am collaborating with other Big Fish on numerous projects and I won Small Business Person of the year from SBA 2010 for Central California! KleenSlate has grown 30% since my involvement with Big Fish Nation and we plan on hitting it out of the ball pack this year!!! Gratitude goes out to Lorin and all my Big Fish network! Julia Rhodes President & Founder: Kleen Slate Concepts Sonora, CA
Out of all my business expenses, my coaching calls with Lorin Beller of Big Fish Nation are the best use of funds. As a business owner, we all tend to put ourselves last. Clients come first. Employees second and all the minutiae in the daily operations of a business take up the rest of my time. Not to mention that I am pitching reporters all day to get media placements for our clients. Issues constantly arise that can cause conflict and inhibit us from doing the best job possible. Lorin helps to clear the road blocks by solving problems once aired and discussed. She never passes judgment. Instead, she is dedicated to the solution. And she has taught me the most valuable lesson of all: Finding the positive in the negative. THANK YOU LORIN ! Carol Stevens Owner: Public Relations Firm Purchase, NY
Before I was a Big Fish I was on dry land. I wanted to be a filmmaker but I had never made a film. I wanted to be a professional producer/director but I was working at an ad firm. I wasn’t anywhere near the water. Then I DOVE IN. Just a few years later, I’ve produced and directed over 100 live television broadcast programs on meaningful issues related to the health and well-being of the public. And I made my first short documentary film in Malawi, Africa entitled Water First. As a result, we launched a non-profit called Freshwater Project International that provides support for community based water and sanitation projects in Malawi. We’ve already provided clean water and/or sanitation to close to 100,000 people in Malawi! So not only has my work blossomed, but I definitely feel I’m making a positive difference in the world. Splashing around in the water as a Big Fish has been the best change in my life. I encourage everyone with a dream to DIVE IN!
Mary Ann LoFrumento, MD, FAAP
I completed the Big Fish program in 2005 and one of the lessons I learned was that sometimes you don’t fully understand or appreciate an experience until some time has passed. Recently I wrote to Lorin and summarized what had happened in my professional and personal life over the past year and a half. When I sat back and looked at the words, I was stunned at how much of what I had written in my Vision statement had in fact occurred. I had actually done many of the things I had only dreamed of including appearing on two national television shows to promote my books and as a parenting expert and producing a 15 part parenting series for cable and web broadcasts by forming a powerful alliance. I had enjoyed the Big Fish experience and I had loved the group phone sessions with other business owners. It provided me with a group of people in the same boat. I received great feedback from these talented and motivated individuals. It helped me to not feel so alone. And my one on one sessions with Lorin were always a time to talk about the troubling issues in my business, the things that were holding me back.
KRISTEN HALLETT RZASA
When I joined the Big Fish program I was already working in my “dream job” after leaving a corporate career to become a full time entrepreneur. My business was successful, and I even had a vision of the next step, but I had reached a block as to how to make it happen. I was also struggling with how to take the business to the next level. I often had other business owners in my field contact me for help in getting started, working through obstacles and moving forward, but I felt I didn’t have anyone to turn to for similar help. The participants in the Big Fish program provided the forum for just that. I could share my issues and get insights from other successful people. The structure of the program and Lorin’s skilled facilitation provided the necessary tools which enabled me to push through those blocks (both mental and actual) to move toward the next level both personally and professionally. Finally, the individual coaching was the last ingredient which helped me to go a little deeper into my particular issues and I left every coaching session inspired and motivated. The Big Fish program is really more than a “program”, it’s a way of thought and being. It will make a difference in every area of your life! Kristen Hallett Rzasa Owner: Jazzercise Franchise, Norwalk, CT
At its peak, my business was a 10 Million dollar firm. I have a Fortune 500 client base. Although my company has grown and our capabilities have grown, my style of management and leadership had not changed much over the years. Enter Big Fish Nation!!!! And who says you can’t teach – An old dog new tricks? The Big Fish program encouraged me to fully explore my current style of management and aggressively consider where changes could be made and growth could be accommodated. I have changed from being a den mother to my team to a much more impacting leader. I have cut the apron strings and allowed them more latitude and more freedom to create, explore, and be responsible for their decisions. Though the strength of an empowered team of employees may have been expected, the side effect has been a real surprise as this release from micro managing has provided a personal freedom I thought beyond possibility!
I’ve been working with Lorin on and off for many years. Each time we dig in, she meets me where I am. I think her true gift is the ability to ask questions that transform the way her clients see themselves. When you see yourself as courageous and worthy, you can take the next step and the next and the next. Always looking forward to the next step and the opportunity to dig in! Thanks Lorin – My life is better because of the work I’ve done with you.
This has been a year of discovery. I gained clarity about myself and my business that I would not have on my own. The uncertainty is behind me now. It is full steam ahead!
Direction Financial Management, LLC
In 2004 I joined Lorin’s yearlong Big Fish program, I loved that it gave me real tools that I could use to manage and plan my growth with a vision stretching out over 10 years. After the Big Fish program I became one of Lorin’s private clients and we have had coaching sessions every month ever since. Since beginning with Lorin we have seen our business grow from four to over twelve million dollars annually and because of our continued coaching sessions I am alert and focused on our continued success.
I learned more this year than I have in the past 10 years combined. And I have no idea where I would be without this coaching team. I am so grateful to have had this experience.
Give it Golden
I made my revenue goals for the year! My goal since I began my company was to make more money than I made at my last job (which I lost 2 years ago) and I’m about $100 over the top of that. Very exciting! I got my first 5-figure project last month, and that’s what put me over the top, thanks to the Big Fish Goal Wheel!
JENNY MAGICAs female business owners we’re so often giving the advice, teaching and supporting our clients. I was giving all of my best work away (and not charging enough!) and spending zero time on my own goals. I was running a marketing company but spending zero time marketing myself.Lorin not only gave me permission to focus on my business, she made it my top responsibility, gave me tools to work though the challenges, and kept me accountable. This is not “cheer you on from the sidelines” coaching, this is “running along beside you keeping you going in the rain” kind of coaching. The impact it’s had on my business (and my life) is priceless.
JO ANNE CASEYBig Fish Nation’s year long program has helped me be more consistent in my marketing efforts than ever before. I am seeing results!! Just 2 orders totaled over $15,000. This is because of the Big Fish Marketing Grid !! – I also launched a new component to my business. I know I wouldn’t have done this as quickly without Big Fish Nation and my groups ideas and support! Much gratitude to all of you and the power of intention as well as the savvy business strategies I have learned!” Jo Anne Casey, President & Founder: CT Corporate Gifts, New Orleans, LA
CT Corporate Gifts
When I joined the Big Fish program, I felt like a fish out of water. I was rebounding from the death of both parents, and going back to my marketing and public relations business just wasn’t in the cards. It was time for a change, and I wanted the support of a strong leader and program as I navigated a new path. I decided to take the leap, and here’s what I discovered: The Big Fish waters are overflowing with amazing coaches, resources, learning, support, inspiration, motivation and like-minded, high-achieving women business owners who want more success in business and life. “Lorin Beller Blake, the Big Tuna, has created an awe-inspiring program that delivers. Her big picture perspective, strong mentoring skills and ability to inspire bold action were just what I needed to reposition my business to one in total alignment with my passions, skills and life experiences. The structure of the Big Fish program ensures clarity and focus. My favorite take-away? Writing my 10-year vision then aligning all of my action around it.
KELLY LIPFERTI was a content ‘Wall St. Corp Exec’ until 9/11/01. After that tragic event I reflected on my life and realized that being content wasn’t good enough; I wanted to be happy, fulfilled, and to live every day with joy. I decided to pursue my childhood dream of owning a boutique. In Oct 2003, I opened the doors of Urban Details and began living fully. I participated in the Big Fish program in 2004 and created a clear vision and plan of what I wanted out of my business and my life. During the Big Fish program Lorin had stated to hold on to my goals but not too tight. I did accomplish my goals and Lorin was right, I didn’t hold it so tightly and it became what it was supposed to be. Today, I’m living fully, living in gratitude because I created my life and I’m living, loving and grateful every day!
Big Fish Gave Me the tools to Start Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise Elissa, a Big Fish who owned a very successful marketing and advertising firm, Ingenuity Group, says, “I spend a lot of money on things, and with the Big Fish Program, I get more out this than anything else. It is well worth the investment. I am more focused, tactical, communicate better and happier.” Through the Big Fish program, Elissa realized that she was ready to step into a business that was more near and dear to her heart. She launched a whole new company called: Ballywho Interactive, a Social Media Marketing Firm. Utilizing Big Fish tools, Elissa is growing a company that is more fun for her as a leader, taught her the skills she needed to hire and retain the best staff. And since becoming a Big Fish in 2006, she has grown her one-man band to a staff of five and revenue is up to the triple figures.
GAIL BENMOSCHE PMP
My business has grown 60% since becoming a Big Fish. The Big Fish Program has enabled me to look within, create a vision for life, develop a tool box to maintain my vision and stay on the planned path with focused energy and ease. The community and coaching helps me continue my growth, adding to my tool box as well as offering new perspectives to draw from. I highly recommend this program…..!
I was a small fish stuck in the mud with little motivation, inspiration or vision for our companies. After I made contact with Lorin Beller, an ocean of possibilities was brought into my life. The Big Fish group coaching call are my life-line to success: Lorin has guided us to see and write our visions, to see ourselves as leaders, to find the ‘entrepreneur’ that was lost in the day-to-day of running a business. She has helped us see the big picture, and how we can live from that, versus whatever situation we may be in. And in doing that our situation has changed: our goals seem to have taken a life of their own – accomplishing themselves with ease and grace, not ‘push and frustration’. Coach Amy, as I call her, has helped me so much with moving beyond my personal limitations, to see my gremlins, and help me believe in myself. I am totally amazed by her coaching capabilities – she is like pure gold. Thank you for helping me grow into a Big Fish! Rachel Pradhan Blaze Interactive Laguna Niguel, CA
A big fish who owned her own successful business for years was saying that she wanted ‘more work’ for her business. After becoming a Big Fish, she realized that she was getting exactly what she asked for, more work. What she really wanted was more money, more ‘profitability!’ During the year of becoming a big fish, she transformed her business, streamlining areas, becoming more efficient. Her business grew 50% and she increased her profitability 300% the year she became a Big Fish! In June of 2007, she wrote: “I am so very excited to report that the “BIG BID” has finally been awarded. Yes, the one that I started talking about January of 2005. I received the award today! I hope you don’t mind if I brag, but it was our BIG FISH conversations that made it all possible. So, thank you Lorin and Big Fish for your part in giving me the motivation to go after the BIG ONE! The contract term is for 2 years with 3 one year options and is worth an estimated $9,000,000.00 with a cap of $14,000,000.00!!’ Robin Barros Owner: Barrels, Boxes and More Bolton, CT
Big Fish Nation provides an incredible opportunity to connect with other like minded, entrepreneurial spirited women. I am already feeling the benefits of the program in the areas of overcoming limited thinking, focus, time management as well as experience and wisdom to connect and motivate others. Along with all of that an overall focus on what matters most in life on a deeper level.” Camille Gaines, President & Founder: The Financial Woman, Austin, TX
With Big Fish, it seems like each teleclass is a big AHA for me. I learn something extremely valuable every meeting. The learning is so helpful and relevant that I am often able to take it back to our management or staff meetings to inspire and have my team involved in the bigger vision of the company. They are more confident in me as the leader, they are happier and I realize that in order to be more successful it all starts at the top. The one-on-one coaching has changed my perspectives immensely, I am more empowered and finding ways to empower others. Big Fish has had a big impact on me and my team and my financial goals are bigger than they have ever been!” Tama Adair-Wiliamson President and Founder: Broadcast Marketing & Entertainment, LLC Austin, TX
Dr. Susan Sikule owns a veterinary clinic and has for over 12 years. She is successful and wanted to create a business that was less reliant on her. She realized that to do that she must have protocols in place and a team of workers who shared her vision. At the same time, she has a vision for creating a second practice in a warm climate to give her the luxury of traveling to climates she wants to enjoy when she wants to enjoy them. Big Fish helped her visualize and formulate her vision. She had a realization that, for her, bigger was not better. A smaller, quaint office that is wildly successful and was client-focused is her mission. She is living out her vision as a Big Fish now. Susan has learned how to work well with her team and enjoy both her free time and her more relaxed work time. Susan Sikule, Veterinarian, Guilderland, NY
I am currently in the Big Fish program. I look forward to our teleclasses each week .I have owned a successful business for six years and I was successful by anyone’s standards, however my business was ‘ho-hum’ and I needed to add some passion and spice to life/business. This program is exciting because it is teaching me to believe in the possibilities, look for what would make business fun again. Running a business is challenging,and the Big Fish program is helping me to think differently than I ever have before.We put our energy and attention on our vision and our limitless boundaries. I am learning to trust that the right people are coming into my life,to trust my own decisions and take bold actions that I probably would not have taken if I was not a Big Fish! Laura Spencer, Spencer Printing, Munson, OH
TERRI GRIGSBY BROOKS
Understanding, compassionate, strong, engaging, powerful, “she gets me”; these and so many more are words I regularly use to describe Lorin. At our first meeting, she empowered me to take the reins of my business and ride it into success! Over the course of the year, I learned new strategies in sales and marketing and have become an expert in the social media industry. In addition, many doors have opened for speaking and training opportunities that I would have never had the confidence to pursue without Lorin’s personal coaching and the Big Fish Nation Program. Since taking the program, I have learned new tools and strategies in Sales and Marketing that have helped me increase revenues 500 % in nine months! The sky’s the limit and I’m so grateful to Lorin and her Big Fish Nation Program for helping me discover the path to achieving my dreams!
The Big Fish program allows you to dream BIG but better than that the program provides both a guide and the support for you to accomplish even BIGGER than you ever thought possible. The program is essential for any leader looking to go to the next level. Big Fish is not only about growing your business but more importantly the program assures you are living each day to enjoy your journey. Jennifer Salzmann, Facelogic Spa, Austin, TX
The Big Fish tools of Vision, Intention, and Bold Action are three tools that I still use every day. My ability to think bigger and achieve higher with a focus on deeply meaningful goals is a direct result of Big Fish. Lorin and my Big Fish coach taught me how to plan for and achieve the life and business I’ve always wanted. And through Big Fish, I have met an amazing and supportive network of women entrepreneurs unlike any other!
Rebecca Plants, LLC