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Connect with Marilyn Sanford,

Experienced Entrepreneur (30+ year)

from Vancouver, Canada

Connect with Marilyn Sanford,

Experienced Entrepreneur (30+ year)

from Vancouver, Canada

Introduction

Headline:

Experienced Entrepreneur (30+ year)

I am a(n):

Experienced Entrepreneur (30+ year) | Natural Ideator | Change Agent | Accountant by Trade | Avid Sailor | Regular Jogger | Adventure Women

I am the go-to for:

distilling information, accountability, keeping things on track, holding founders responsible.

What I do:

I help entrepreneurs:

Distill
Focus
Eliminate Noise & Clutter
Move from Idea to Action
Avoid Failure
Avoid Confusion
Stay Accountable
Build Custom Playbooks

Services

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Introduction Call

Free


  • Over the phone
  • 20 minutes
  • 5 call(s) remaining this month

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Pick My Brain

$50


  • Over the phone
  • 30 minutes
  • 2 booking(s) remaining this month

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Private Coaching Session

$150


  • Online
  • 1 hour
  • Currently available

Offer

My Offer:

I can help you distill possibilities, clarify options, and prioritize actions.

The path forward is not always clear. Having an impartial yet experienced perspective can cut through the confusion to expose and help discover new perspectives. Sometimes, we just need someone to tell us that its ok to take risks and act, even when the options are not clear, and outcomes seem risky. I can help with this.

My ideal target audience:

You are an independent entrepreneur or a small firm, under 100 employees. You may be a start-up, are changing direction or have a new business challenge. You are likely at an impasse and need a fresh perspective, possibly accountability, and are looking for experience, objectivity and support.

Reach out if you want to:

  • build a custom playbook for your company.
  • talk about a specific problem you are facing.
  • find a forward path in a credible timely way.
  • find new connections, ideas, and pathways in your business.
  • create measurable and actionable accountability through the four-step process or as a separate service.
  • an experienced entrepreneur on your team.

Feel free to also book a session if you want to ask me about:

My biggest challenges, successes, failures & lessons learned

How I got to where I am today

Whose content do I consume regularly

Issues I care most about right now and why

My values, beliefs, philosophies and/or political views

About

Why me:

Meeting someone new, when you have a need that you are not sure they can address can be challenging. I've had a lot of coaches in my career and decided I wasn't coach-able. What was happening is that the coach or consultant did not put the work into discovery. This has to happen on every meeting. Simply asking how things are going, wasn't enough of a catalyst or, certainly for me, wasn't able to break through the tensions and clutter in my business world. Everything I had to do, the stresses, timelines, problems competed with these meetings and they created a lot of noise. If the professional wasn't sharp, the process eroded and I would lose interest, if not confidence. This is the heart of what I bring.

A little bit about myself:

I am a CGA, with a marketing background. I worked for a large Multinational for 15 years and quit to start a business, which was the beginning of real learning and a lot of fun. Over the next 30 plus years I grew a few businesses and sold a few. I also failed at an online business targeting construction trades. I was too early and too eager. That taught me a lot. I've learned through the structure of a large multinational as well as the chaos and unpredictability of a small startup. I grew my core business to over 35 employees over 23 years, won awards and had a solid reputation in my industry. I taught for many years, typically themed around processes and systems and I led the development of a custom business system on the Microsoft Access Platform in the 90's. I know how important systems are in business. I also know how hard it is for entrepreneurs to settle into 'systems' and 'routines'. We can be, by nature very disruptive. I am a very good problem solver, which turned out to be a disadvantage, as my staff deferred. I had to learn to back away, to ensure the team could grow. All of this has given me deep and relevant experience that I now love to share.

Fun fact about me:

I live on a sailboat. Have bought and sold companies. I live for entrepreneurship.

Professional experiences:

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Educational experiences:

  • Marketing Management at BCIT (Magna Cum Laude)
  • CPA/CGA at CPA

Portfolio

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Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(2 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Maxine Cunningham, CEO of Pick My Brain
April 16, 2020 | Accelerate
Review:

If you are an entrepreneur who needs 30+ years of experience, wit, charm, energy and truth, book a session with Marilyn. You will very quickly realize how much she has to offer.

I just finished a 2.5 hour zoom session...

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Bianca Baker, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
March 22, 2020 | Distill
Review:

I reached out to Marilyn to help me distill the offers I was creating and wanting to pitch. I believed I had the answers and was hoping that she would give me guidance and "agree" with my offerings. However, thats not what...

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