3 Feng Shui Tips For Aligning Your Home With Your Vision: Energy We Allow To Surround Us Is As Influential as Vitamins To Our Physical Body

FoxBusiness published this deansguide article July 23, 2008

Who is Susan Hanshaw? She is an author and Founder of Inner Architect and Inner Architect Media the publishing arm to her personal development firm.

Who is Dean Guadagni? I am her business director, editor, and agent. Throughout the time I have partnered with Susan, she has written some impacting (The power of making a strong, immediate impression) articles that have been the platform for her workshops.

As a featured guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio Network show “Career Talk” hosted by Maggie Mistal, Susan addressed her own transition and change from a very successful corporate position as a V.P. of a Direct Marketing firm to that of entrepreneur small business owner.

The article below is a short article Susan wrote with 3 easy to remember tips that you have HEARD before. Why is it so different to what you heard in the past? Pay attention to the “green.”


“The other day I sat in on a presentation about the basics of Feng Shui by my charismatic French friend, Sabine Lamoureux. In a very simple way, it changed the way I think about the environment that surrounds me every day. Sabine helped me to see that the energy that we allow to surround us is as influential as the vitamins that we feed our physical bodies. It fuels our moods and acts as a mirror for how we see ourselves. Without this awareness we can sabotage our greatest desires.

Tips for aligning your home with your vision:

  1. Eliminate clutter. It keeps you bogged down with the energy of your past. To make room in your life for new opportunities, you have to make space in your physical energy field.
  2. Get rid of what doesn’t feel good in your environment. It decreases your level of positive energy.
  3. Create an environment that expresses what you want to experience. This isn’t about buying things. It is about surrounding yourself with simple things that represent what you want to achieve, create or become.

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Life Transitioning Workshop: How One Presentation Can Change Your Thoughts And Life

As the Business Director for Inner Architect, Inner Architect Media, and author Susan Hanshaw it is my role to help raise awareness of Susan’s new book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live”, her personal development firm Inner Architect, and her upcoming events.

In support of her book and our community, Susan is performing pro-bono workshops for non profit groups, charities, and many employment organizations.

One of the most fulfilling experiences for Susan happened when she presented her workshop “The Secret To Success” June 20 for a group of 60 women at Job Train a Menlo Park based organization.

In her own words. . .

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I had one of my most fulfilling experiences on Friday June 20 when I was invited to speak at a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help those who are most in need to succeed. Sixty women who are enrolled in various vocational job training programs attended my workshop, “The Secret to Success”. Why was it so fulfilling? Because for at least our 90 minutes together, my ideas made a difference.

The breakthrough lesson was how our beliefs are all that holds us back from taking the steps to succeed. We did an exercise that first asked them to write answers to the following:

  • What fears do you have about your job future?
  • What ideas are limiting what you think you can achieve or become in your life?
  • What is holding you back from believing you can stay dedicated to doing the necessary work?

In the second part of the exercise, I asked them to go back and write down what new ideas they could replace the ones above with that would support them in taking action. After a few minutes, several shared how writing their thoughts down enabled them to get clarity they’d never had before.

We can help ourselves break through all our obstacles if only we look closely enough to see what they are.

Try the exercise yourself and see what you might learn.


Happy Mother’s Day: Ideas For Your Mom

Chicago Sun Times published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

Even a famous newsman like Anderson Cooper, with an equally famous mom Gloria Vanderbilt, needs ideas on what to get his mom for Mother’s Day. Vanderbilt, made famous by her embroidered designer jeans worn on more fannies than any other designer jean at one time in history, gives solid advice to her son on what to buy mom for Mother’s Day.

So if you are stuck or a last minuted shopper, this interview may help you decide on just the right gift. What am I going to get my mom? It will be tied to her British-Canadian-American heritage.

As for me? My gift is arriving Monday from the windy city for a long visit. I love you mom and you too dad. Best wishes and we are excited to have you home for your visit.

Peace and Love to all moms on this important day. Especially Elsie, Susan, Megan, and my other California mother Jan “Mac” too!

Realtor’s Marketing Strategy #4: Top 10 Reasons Why Consumers Should “Buy” You

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article on April 23, 2008

In deansguide’s series on strategies for Realtors we have utilized the marketing ideas of book publishing houses and best selling authors. Staying with this theme, strategy #4 utilizes Jon Kremer’s, author and best selling book marketing strategist, idea of identifying the “Why Someone Should Buy Your Book:Pros and Cons” as a platform for Realtors. We will apply author Susan Hanshaw’s “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” as an example you can follow with your own real estate practice.

Top 10 Reasons To Buy My Book or Services

1. You need to find courage to acknowledge your pain and dissatisfaction with your work-life
Realtor: I am an expert in the real estate niche___

2. You want to embrace awareness of your ability to change but you don’t know where to begin
Realtor: I can help identify your needs and we can create an action plan together

3. You need a method to identify what lies between you and change
Realtor: Let me show you new ways to make progress toward your real estate goals

4. You want a Step by Step guide to changing your career and life
Realtor: I can show you how I have helped families just like yours create their dreams

5. How to Discover your passions and purpose
Realtor: I can provide numerous choices that you may not even be aware exist in the market

6. Help in giving yourself permission to believe in you
Realtor: No market is without challenges; let me show you how we can navigate them together

7. How to Identify and break the Cycle of Fear
Realtor: We can review solutions to any problem and find the answers that best fit your needs

8. Learn how to create an Action plan of change from someone who has walked the path of change
Realtor: I have _ years of experience lets put a plan together that addresses the challenges we face

9. Understand the Power of your Words and Thoughts
Realtor: If we remain positive we together may find the solution that is available in this market

10. How to Mentally Claim your New Life
Realtor: Within every challenge is a key to opportunity–lets find our key together

“The Apprentice Contest”: Enter, Write Your Story, Win A Spot In The Upcoming Book!

Update dateline March 18, 2008

Author Susan Hanshaw’s upcoming book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” will include a story line from the winner of “The Apprentice Contest.” As part of the book launch, inner architect has been running “The Appretice Contest” where contestants were sent a free copy of Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind To Consider Change.”

Contestants were asked to write their impressions, suggestions, or description of an event that helped change their lives for the better. The winner would then be awarded a copy of Susan’s book, $50 Gift card, and they would have an article published in our blogs supporting their business, website, and blog.

As a way to give back to our readers and to recognize a truly important event or story, inner architect has decided to reward the winner of “The Apprentice Contest” with publication. The winner’s story will be included, up to one page, in our book. In addition we will include the winners url for website, blog, and business.

What This Means For You

Our plans are to distribute the book worldwide both online as an ebook as well as via print publication. If you are looking for viral marketing opportunities, publication, and the chance to have your work noticed outside of your normal distribution channels then enter “The Apprentice Contest” and tell the world!

Top 20 deansguide Articles In 2007: Part 1 “Eclectic And Traffic”

My blog deansguide began as a suggestive challenge from one of my best friends and mentors Patrick Kitano. Pat made two visionary posits:

First the blogisphere will change the face of media as we know it. Second blogging will become “citizen journalism” leading to “radical transparency” and a new connectedness never before seen on a global scale. You were right Pat. Thank you for your help!

Consequently, Part 1 of deansguide year end review takes a look at the top 10 articles by traffic and buzz created in the blogisphere. Part 2 will take a look at the top 10 articles written about the real estate industry.

With little fanfare but much pride Part 1:

1. Hearst Mansion: “Nation’s Most Expensive Residential Listing–$165,000,000 and The Godfather Too!” This was by far the most read article on deansguide in 2007. It was one of the shortest. Sometimes big things come in small packages. In the month of December this article has been viewed 1,009 times with a grand total since it’s publication, July 10, 2007, of over 6,000 views. Thank you all.

2. Immigrant & Social Order: The Oakland Chapter of the Hell’s Angels 50th Anniversary This was deansguide’s first article on March 30, 2007. It was my most eclectic and well read post until “Hearst Mansion.” Hell’s Angels vs Mafia in a who is more dangerous who is more honest-you might be surprised with my answers. This article averages 500 views per month.

3. “1031 Advance”: Private Exchange Company Missing In Action In Silicon Valley This is the firestorm article that started it all for deansguide. This article was the initial spark into the 1031 Exchange fiasco and rip offs that have shaken the industry to it’s core. My tip, from a very well connected source within the title industry, helped me announce the sleazy unannounced fly by night closing of San Jose based 1031 Advance- an Ed Okun holding. Just check out the picture of Michael Douglass as “Gordon Gecko.”

4. One of the 350 Victims of Ed Okun’s Bankrupt 1031 Exchange Tax Group Speaks Out: “The Most Compelling Case Yet For Action to be Taken!” This article launched deansguide as a conduit of information and a place for victims of the Ed Okun disaster and the Donald McGhan Southwest rip off to communicate. The driving force behind this communication is Elizabeth Callanan one of the 350 victims still awaiting a settlement.

Elizabeth has provided information that is vital to the awareness of events surrounding the settlement of this case. Her story is a sad cautionary tale and one that has averaged 400 views per month since it’s publication. Thank you Elizabeth!

5. Ode to “Chili Eye Charlie. . . November 11, 2006 In what was the most difficult yet most satisfying deansguide article to date, Ode to Chili Eye Charlie was my final farewell to my best friend the victim of throat cancer. Charles Barry Henderson died after a swift and painful fight for his life of 7 weeks. This article was meant for me and for those who have lost friends or family to cancer and live the pain on a daily basis.

Chili Eye was a former Hollywood special effects coordinator, back lot knock around, army veteran, and Harley enthusiast who lead a wild life with a compassionate conclusion–after years of searching he found his purpose in life and made good on it!

6. Tips for Maintaining Positive Energy written by author and inspirational speaker Susan Hanshaw, this article has found a huge following within the educational environment. It has been viewed over 2,500 times in the last 6 weeks with the majority of traffic originating from colleges, universities, and school district web sites nationwide.


It is a compelling and instructional message that will help you reset your mind and focus going forward for 2008.

7. Breaking News–US Trustee In 1031 Tax Group Case Answers JPS Capital: “JPS Is Not Currently Offering $148 Million To Okun And The Creditors” This article was the culmination of the Joel Shapiro JPS Capital–Jerry McHale United States Trustee for the settlement of the Okun case saga.

This article invoked the kind wrath of Mr. Shapiro, the hearty thank you from Mr. McHale, and interest from Forbes magazine associate editor Michael Maiello. Thank you gentlemen for your input and communication.

8. Will Universities Adopt Blogging aka “Citizen Journalism” To Help Mold Perception and Create Their Brand? This article was both fun and serious. It outlines the stupid waste of student funds and UC Berkeley operating funds on a firm hired to provide branding and marketing expertise. I wrote a scathing review of why administrators should have utilized student, department, and faculty brain power in creating a branding strategy. Instead the school spent $200,000 on a contract that could have easily been handled by the aformentioned, created a slick hands on project for grad students, and created a Web 2.0 marketing bonanza for incoming applicants.

One of the most ridiculous decisions? Paying a consultant, $25,000, to change the name of Boalt Hall to U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

9. SRV: “Lookin back in front of me” In Step With Life In a very well received article, I examine legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn. It’s a reminder piece that you must go and see that artist, musician, friend who inspires you. Go now before they are gone. Long live Stevie Ray-king of the machine gun rapid fire riff.

10. When a Stranger Calls: Rumors, Innuendo, and Whispers What Is Going On With The 1031 Disasters? This article pays homage to my “secret” tipster from Miami. The sinister nature of the street sounding, enforcer was enough to heighten my awareness as well as my own security. Traced to a cell phone in Miami, I only heard from my “deep-throated” friend 3 times. One of those instances, my source was right on the money a week before the announcement. This article was one of the top 5 views of the year.