Wednesday, November 21, 2012

5 Fantastic Ways To Tell People How Fabulous You Are …Without having To Actually Say a Word By Jenny Garrett

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 I recently attended a fantastic women’s networking event, it was an intimate setting where we dined together and shared our achievements and goals. As we moved around the table introducing ourselves, I was a little surprised when one of the attendees introduced herself as follows: ‘I am a brilliant stylist, I know I am, people have told me so.’ 

I thought this was great because as women I don’t think we sing our own praises enough.  There could be many reasons for this, such as:

  •  Messages you were told as a little girl about being good and not standing out
  •  It could be just that you don’t recognise your unique qualities and skills and take them for granted
  •  You think people will know how good you are without you telling them

Your potential: clients, colleagues, suppliers, bosses are unlikely to recognise how good you are without you bringing it to their attention.  However perhaps you’re not quite at the point of being able to speak about yourself in such bold terms as the woman I mentioned above just yet, or perhaps it doesn’t quite fit with your character or feel appropriate.

Here are five fantastic ways to tell people how fabulous you are without having to actually say a word.


1. Utilise Market Research or Feedback
Get an independent market researcher to contact your customers to find out what’s being working and what’s unique about you, you can add this feedback to your marketing material, it will also have the added benefit of reminding your customers about you.

If you are employed, ask for a 360 degree feedback questionnaire, so that your boss, colleagues, customers and suppliers can spend time thinking about their experience of you.  You can then quote what was said about you in your next appraisal or even before.

2. Maximise your exposure through social media
Social media is an awesome way to help everyone recognise your fabulousness, get clients to Tweet to their network about their positive experience with you. You can then retweet their message to your network for double the exposure.

LinkedIn is fantastic for those who are employed to share projects that they’re working on and get endorsements or full-blown testimonials for anyone in the world to see. All you have to do is ask.

3. Elevate your credibility through writing articles
Demonstrate your expertise through writing articles; you could start with your local newspaper, blog, or find out if there are publications that those in your sector regularly read that you could contribute to.  This will give your credibility and you can send copies of articles to potential clients or mention them on your résumé


4. Videos
Always have a video camera with you to capture testimonials, the best time is always now, always ask their permission and let them know how you will use the video. You can also ask colleagues to catch you in action, doing whatever it is that you do best; delivering an important presentation is always a good opportunity.  Post your videos to the Internet for all to see or just selectively email those that you want to influence.


5. Help others to help you
As an entrepreneur you can create a loyalty incentive to reward your clients that refer and recommend you on, or at the very least make it easy for them to do so by providing them with text and the tools to do so.
As an employee, seek out a sponsor or two, someone more senior than your boss who will recommend and stand up for you to others.  Someone who is aware of how good you are, and, who will sell your skills when it counts.


So whether you an entrepreneur or employed or both, you can get people shouting about you with having to say a word. Try it, it really works!


To Learn More About Jenny Garrett Follow Her @JenniferGarrett


Respect: BOSS Ladies Rule! By Reneé Lowe

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The word respect gets thrown around loosely and often trampled over. This has always been a concern for me as a BOSS Lady. In my past 9-5 life, it was often hard to get the respect that I felt I was due. I was also very careful about what my reputation was in the boardroom. In Public Relations, these things are key, to keep your brand moving and shaking like a well-oiled machine!

I have had clients who needed extreme crisis management to repair their reputation and some who needed to re-vamp their image, to gain more respect for their brand. In either situation, you have to remember to be diligent and press towards your goal, despite the roadblocks. There are always those that will lurk in the background only to tear you down on previous mistakes or failures and this can be very dangerous when building respect for a brand. Personally, I don’t believe that anyone’s past should dictate their future and that is why people like me, do the job that we do. We can take a battered brand or image and build it up, so it can once again attain the professional footing that it may have lost.

In situations where people purposely try to derail your brand, you have to start the process of SPAM blocking in your life. Just like the many emails you get with promises of getting rich quickly or miracle fat-burning pills, you must hit the junk button and treat it as SPAM! This is paramount in gaining respect and building up a reputation. If you make a mistake, own it 110% and provide the solutions that will be implemented, so said mistakes will not happen again.

One of the ways you can earn respect in the workplace, is being firm on what you believe. Always speak up on an opinion…No shrinking violets here! If you are mute in every board meeting, people will start to wonder why you are taking up space in the chair. The second things is to be a true leader and don’t forget to get your OWN hands dirty. Nothing encourages an employee more than when a BOSS can work alongside them in the trenches. The final thing I have learned is to know your craft. This is a BIG one! Never rely on others solely to speak on behalf of your brand, because that can lead to disaster. Only you can steer the ship on your dreams and guide it to success. Along with this, make sure that everyone on your team understands the vision for your brand and check up on them continuously, to make sure they are maintaining the utmost standards of excellence.

While gaining respect as a BOSS Lady may seem daunting at times, don’t ever give up! There may be cases where you need to put a project on hold and come back to it. Sometimes, even a negative situation may warrant you to step aside and allow a “fresh face” to take the controls, until repairs can be made. Whatever the scenario, keep in mind your end result and stay on the path of perseverance. The steps to claiming respect, will ALWAYS reveal themselves!

To Learn More About Renee Lowe Follower Her @OnyxQueenMedia

How To Stay Engaged With Your Virtual Network In three Easy Steps By Malla Haridat

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If you are a member of the BOSS network, I’m sure you know already the value of networking.  But how do you continue to engage people after meeting them?  I know I’ve come home from events with a ton of business cards - excited to have met so many great people and wondering how I’m going to stay in contact with allllll of them.  When you factor in networking with all of the other things going on in your business, it can be overwhelming!

So here are three things I do that help me stay engaged.  Each of them is manageable - 15 min max.  And they really help me stay in touch with contacts outside of the first meeting.

Email a LinkedIn contact

I’m sure most of you have a LinkedIn network.  But how many people have you emailed/messaged your network in the past month?

Especially someone that you haven’t spoken to in the past six-nine months.

I started doing this recently.  I made a commitment of contacting two people each month.  People that I haven’t heard from in the past year.  During this past month, one friend shared with me news about a new contract that she won.  We celebrated.  Another friend told me that her business had fallen on hard times and she was looking for work. We started brainstorming employment options, I reached out to someone in my network and we both said some prayers to keep her positive.

Yes, I’m only staying connected with two people at a time in my network.  But isn’t that what networking really is - staying engaged with individuals on a personal level?

Connect with someone in your industry on Twitter

Oh the beast called Twitter.  How do you meet someone you’ve never met in under 140 characters? 

Easy.  Keep sharing something of value for THEM. 

       If you are under 1,000 followers - Pick someone you want to meet in your industry.  Check out Twitter lists like wefollow or other directories to find new experts.
       If you are over 1,000 followers - find someone that has engaged with you who has an interesting profile...and you haven’t spoken directly to them.  

In both examples, don’t ask the person for anything.  Find out some things that interest them - recent news, areas of interest - and share information that will be helpful to THEM.
I’ve done this several times and been pleasantly surprised when person reaches out to me directly.  Often when they connect, we don’t have the awkward “Who are you dance?”  I’ve already learned some things about them and they already get I’m about helping people.  I’ve had contacts e share coupon codes for events, freebies via a link, and the best one - advice on how to handle a situation I was dealing with.  All because I continued to build a relationship by sharing something of value to the other person.

Reach out to the BOSSes

Don’t forget to reach out and meet new BOSSes!

Develop a draft email that shares a little about you and a though provoking question.   For example, I might share- “Hi fellow BOSS member, I am Malla and I am an entrepreneurship coach.  I just recently got back from an industry conference on entrepreneurship education in DC and had a great time networking and meeting others.  What’s the last good industry event that you attended?”

In your intro email, share something interesting about yourself and think of a good topic that offers insight into the other person. 

(And by the way, if anyone wants to connect with me, feel free to tweet me and tell me about the last good industry event you attended.  I’m always interested in finding out what good things people are doing!)

You need to be open to not hearing a response from everyone.   But just like sales, some will, some won’t, so what because there is always someone waiting.  Overtime, I’m sure you will find some great new people in your network by trying this technique.

I hope you found these helpful.  I would be interested to hear how well they work for you and/or if you have other strategies you could share for engaging with your virtual network.

To Find Out More About Malla Haridat Follower Her @MallaHaridat

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE-OWNED TV/FILM STUDIO FACILITY OPENS IN GEORGIA

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-- Open Rivers Pictures, Inc. launches Open Rivers Studios, a 16,000 sq. ft. facility in Fayetteville, Georgia. --



Tammy Williams Founder/CEO of Open Rivers Pictures Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) -- Open Rivers Pictures makes history today with the launch of Open Rivers Studios, the first African American female-owned television and film studio, and post-production facility in the state of Georgia.

The focus of Open Rivers Studios is creating, developing and producing original content including; documentaries, comedy series, children's programming and sitcoms. "With aggressive growth across the digital platform, and the launch of several cable channels targeted to the African-American community, it makes great business sense to grow Open Rivers Pictures in the direction of developing more original content within our own facility, to service these individual distribution outlets," says CEO and founder, Tammy Williams.
In addition, Open Rivers Studios is available for leasing in support of film studios, cable networks, photographers, casting, rehearsals, and production meetings.

Open Rivers Pictures has content divisions devoted to TV, film, digital and home entertainment, and houses a set construction department to support our original content needs."We're excited about launching the first studio of this caliber in Fayetteville, GA.," says Williams. "Its surrounding suburban communities are ripe with wonderful neighborhoods and settings that will work well for film, and television backdrops."

The State of Georgia and city of Fayetteville are very passionate about servicing the film community - evident in the 30% tax incentive program. Another highlight is that Fayetteville, GA, is only 20 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport making the commute effortless.

For more information about Open Rivers Pictures, Inc., please visit their website at www.openriverspictures.com or contact: Tammy@openriverspictures.com
Watch the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwpy8AGTPLc