Tangela Eckhoff

Writer, Speaker, & Inspirational Instigator

You’re into making money, of course, but finding a lifelong friend would be like winning the lottery.

B-School Case Study

Tangela, how did you feel before joining Marie Forleo’s B-School?

Lost, frustrated, afraid, invisible, and stuck.

Why did you feel that way?

I felt like I could not get my message out. I knew I was missing some key information, but I had no idea how to find what I needed.

How did B-School help you change your business and life?

B-School has changed my life dramatically. I truly feel like that new beginning is here. I went from taking whatever I could get for speaking (sandwiches, Wal-Mart gift cards, a ceramic dog—yep, I got paid with a ceramic dog once) to being able to ask for and negotiate $1,500 - $2,500 for a speaking gig without fainting!

I now value my gift as a speaker. Speaking is like second nature, and I never understood it was a valuable gift. I also found the resolve to just finish my dang book, and publish it myself. Our family is happier and I feel amazing now that I can contribute to our future. Also, I met my best friend through B-School, Beth Picard. I'm so blessed to have made such an amazing friend. We talk every single day. We help each other. We share our joys, successes, and frustrations.

What are some big wins that you produced after B-School?

The greatest result I've had so far is putting the finishing touches on my School for the Confident Woman training program, and creating small, affordable audio coaching programs that help other women share their stories on the page, stage, and in life. I learned the power of sharing my story and how I could help other women find their power and change the world by being authentic. I also, gulp, realized that it is OK for me to do high-end training packages to help other business owners build their speaking platforms. Making money, being spiritual, and being real can all exist in my life.

In 2014, I started doing these funny over-the-top recaps of the TV show Scandal. I did them just for fun and then my world changed. Since starting the videos, my YouTube subscribers have gone up, I’ve appeared in a national commercial that ran during Scandal, I’ve been interviewed by Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and Essence, and I’ve worked with several celebrities, including three huge soap stars, on building their Twitter audiences.

How do you feel now?

Confident, focused, peaceful, visionary, and influential.

Describe your life after B-School.

I realized that I have valuable knowledge to share and that I am worthy of getting paid to share it. I don't have to wish for the life I always wanted. I am making it happen one step at a time. My struggles and my triumphs are all stories worth sharing, and I finally see the value in what I'd been doing for free my entire adult life.

I am so proud to be a part of the B-School community. My husband is proud of me, my kids are proud of me, but most of all, I'm proud of myself for never giving up, no matter how bad it got. B-School truly changed my life. I'm now in a place where I can build an empire as an expert on sharing your story, overcoming adversity, and believing in yourself no matter what obstacles come your way. Marie and Team Forleo gave me the knowledge, courage, and community I needed to build my business and save my life. I'm forever grateful.

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Our Grads in Their Own Words

For years grads told us how B-School changed their lives, not just their businesses. We decided to document and share their experiences through this collection of interviews and videos.