Monday, February 25, 2013

Valerie Norman Gammon Presents Women With Purpose Global Summit

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Please Plan to Join Us  June 18th-22nd in the French Caribbean 


Only 300 women will be in attendance for this exclusive only event. 

If you would like to register please use this link to do so (REGISTER).

Your Network Determines your NetWORTH By Brittany Applegate

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The secret of a successful individual can be discovered in the strength of their network. We’ve all heard the saying “Your network measures your net worth”…well, there’s a lot of truth in that phrase. I've learned from reading Catherina Kaputa’s AMAZING book “You Are a Brand!” that four key networks play a significant role is your professional success. 
Check ‘em out:
Network 1- Strategic network:
Your strategic network consists of mentors, sponsors, allies, and connectors. Understand that this is your most important network because these people can determine the success and direction of your career and professional development. These people offer access, connections, advice, and opportunity. These people advocate for your success, help you get through rough patches, and bring you to “the party”. (The party is that one event with the who’s who of your city that you wish you had access to.) Identify this network and build on it. Key people in this network includes (but are not limited to) doctors, financial advisors, hairstylists  bloggers, and tweeters. Why? Because they have ACCESS.
Network 2- Core network:
Catherine Kaputa describes this network as your business associates. These people exist within your company/business. You can strengthen this network by building relationships with colleagues in different departments. Find your way onto the community service committee board, mix and mingle at after-work happy hours, and strike an interesting conversation in the lunch room.
Network 3- Grassroots network:
This network includes the people who were there for you when no one else could be found. These are your close friends and family…your “ride or dies.” You trust these people. They are your backbone; they support you in all that you do. Never take your grassroots for granted.
Network 4- Weak links network:
Let’s face it, there are a lot of people we know of, but don’t actually know. Don’t ignore these people. Weak links are great connectors. Weak links can exist in the circle of friends that you’re not too fond of.  In corporate America, weak links are called “warm leads”.  Strengthen this network by finding a commonality in the weak link and capitalize on it.

Continue to identify your core networks and make them stronger. There is value in a strong network. Never ever forget… your network determines your net worth. For more information about how to strengthen your network, I strongly suggest you purchase the book “You Are A Brand” by Catherine Kaputa.
Leave your comments below and let us know how you will begin evaluating your network. 
Learn more about Dorothy Applegate at www.BABlvd.com, and follow this BOSS on Twitter at @bdapples

Go Where the Joy Is By Dorothy Enriquez

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Franklin Covey suggests we begin with the end in mind. Will you ‘C’ your way through school or ace your way out? Will wrong relationships lead to a forgotten purpose? Will dreams be abandoned because life got in the way? Is the goal to simply get through life or to leave a legacy?

The Pursuit of Happiness
We spend the majority of our early adult years looking for happiness. Sometimes, our search begins with innocent and healthy intentions; other times our quest takes unexpected turns toward corks, pills, lighters and maybe even needles. Regardless, we always find ourselves back on the crooked path because happiness is fleeting. We’re happy for a day, a week…a month and then BOOM! Just like that we’re robbed and left for dead on the corner of happiness and sorta kinda.

We’re on an endless Odyssey and reaching Homer status because the pursuit of happiness, on some level, is ridiculous. We’re challenged to turn the frown upside down, and so often, we inherently rely upon outside factors to make us happy, illicit the feelings of happiness or at least masquerade as them. There again lies the point: happiness is fleeting. So, what of those who aren't impressed with the idea of a modern day Odyssey or are tired of this never ending story? Answer: Go where the joy is.

Joy is Poles Apart
According to braincomer.com, joy is something entirely different from happiness.  Joy, in the Biblical context, is not an emotion.  Joy is attitude of the heart.  It is not necessarily based on something positive happening.  It is something that lasts; happiness is something that is temporary.  When happiness fades away, joy remains.  It is something that is bigger than our current circumstances.  Joy brings us peace in the middle of a storm.
What type of women would we be if life were a breeze? How would we and how could we inspire our constituents or our successors if all things amazing were handed to us? Why would anyone take us seriously if we just woke up and realized every dream we ever had?
Tyler Perry shared some of his harsh, tough life experiences and the pain and sweat it took to realize his dreams during his The Black List documentary which aired on HBO in 2008. During his segment, surprisingly and almost defiant, he declared he felt sorry for people who had never gone through anything. I nodded my head passionately and pointed at the television. “You got it”, I bellowed at the screen. His statement had struck a chord.

We’re on Storm Watch
Storms are a common occurrence as long as we have breath in our body. The weather of life is like San Francisco, which means we need a dress, pants, a jacket and an umbrella and maybe some cute rain boots. Life’s weather isn't predictable and the meteorologist is seriously overpaid. We all watch the news as the weatherman licks his index finger and takes a wild guess. At least it seems that way. If storms are unpredictable, how do we ‘plan’ to navigate such tumultuous conditions?

1. Believe in something bigger than ourselves. Once we realize there are greater powers at play, we give ourselves permission to accept the unknown reasons behind the season. If we knew everything in advance, we might check out and snatch the ‘Get to heaven free pass’. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

2. Put our circumstances into Productive Perspective. Have we learned something? If we are in the process of learning or we already learned, it wasn't a waste of time. This is often the area where we beat ourselves up most—feeling like we could have been using our talents elsewhere (whether professional or personal). Essentially our experience was a growing pain. Although unpleasant it helped us build our character. Life is a beautifully complicated collection of decisions, risks and experiences.

Psalm 30: 4-5 says, “You who are faithful to the Lord, sing praises to him; give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts for only a second, but his favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!”

Joy is an experience that can sustain us through the difficult, brutal and hard hitting moments of our lives. I traipsed through the unknown for weeks and weeks not so long ago. My circumstances seemed endless. At times, my situation seemed impossible to resolve; yet, I rejoiced. I made up my mind that I would find the good in awaking with breath every morning. Sixty days later, I had officially failed forward and bounced back with grace and class. I can’t honestly say I didn’t engage in the ugly cry with the snot dripping out of my nose. But, I can say putting things in productive perspective revealed the bigger picture. This allowed me to move forward while leaving the past exactly where it belongs…behind me.

The past doesn't dictate how the future will be, it’s just a training ground that quickly fades away never to return as long as we pass our test and walk forward with the intended skills, abilities or knowledge with our character intact. Strength is a woman’s ability to endure while maintaining the lightness of her character. Hindsight will forever be 20/20. Even still, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. In doing so, we will go where the joy is. There’s a mixed bag of emotions that are always readily accessible, but when we invoke an attitude of gratitude it is easier to go where the joy is-- no matter the circumstances. Sometimes we have to look further than what our eyes can see and use a telescopic view to challenge this experience we call life and take back the power to choose. After all, we are the masters of our reaction.

How will you re-master your ability to go where the joy is? Leave a comment below.

Connect with Dorothy Enriquez on Twitter at @dot_magazine  or learn more at dotmagazineonline.com

Three Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media By Ruby Veridiano

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A status update is more than a mere 150 characters, it’s a bold statement, if you choose it to be. Every tweet, facebook update, and blog post is a chapter in the book you are writing about you and/or your company’s story, so it’s crucial to view social media as a craft.

So what should you post on Facebook? Here are three different ideas that you can use to innovate the way you post:


1. PHOTOS- Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, but only if the picture is purposeful to your brand’s story. Share photos of you at work, in action, or your product. They don’t have to be pictures of yourself, but rather, photos that demonstrate your services/product and the value it offers. Photos also tend to get more “likes” and views on social media.

2. RELATED ARTICLES- The articles you read show where your interests are. Sharing these with your audience further reinforces the lane you’re creating for yourself and your business, all the while educating yourself further on your area of expertise. It may even be helpful to tag the author on your post to connect with a like-minded individual. In this way, not only are you sharing knowledge and enforcing your brand, but also networking with someone in your field.

3. VIDEOS- Post videos that are relevant to you, your personality, and your brand (see #2). The idea is to give your audience a way to get to know you via your posts, but also to enrich other people’s lives. Don’t limit yourself to Youtube! TED Talks (http://www.ted.com/talks)  are awesome inspirational resources as well, and your audience will know that they can count on you to provide them with valuable content that will keep them coming back to you again and again.

Remember that in the world of social media, everything is public, and people all over the world will have access to us through what we share. That being said, while social media can be used for personal entertainment, we should also strive to bring about positive content in our posts to add value to the world. After all, you’ve got a gift that the world is just waiting to be a part of.

Hope this helps! Feel free to re-share on FB, Twitter, and wherever else if you found this helpful. If you have other questions, reach me on FACEBOOK or on Twitter @rubymsuniverseFor social media consulting, reach me at rmveridiano@gmail.com.

5 Steps To A Financially Rock Solid Business By Shontaye Hawkins

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A financial management system is a critical component to building a profitable business yet many entrepreneurs start businesses without putting one in place. Let’s be honest, you’re in business to make money, right? Then why neglect creating and implementing a system that will help ensure you achieve the results you desire?

Putting key foundational systems in place is a proactive approach to building a successful business that I believe begins with having a vision for your business. Your business vision should be so big that it excites and scares you at the same time. That vision should drive your actions which should be driven by the goals you've created. So, why is it so important to have a financial management system? Well, it helps you make better informed decisions about which strategies will grow and boost the bottom line. It will reveal the real cost of doing business and whether or not you’re charging enough for your products and services. Below are 5 key steps that will take the complexity out of creating a financial management system for your business. 

5 Steps to Creating A Financial Management System
  1.  Set up a business bank account.
  2.  Create an annual budget for revenue and expenses (break it down into monthly amounts).
  3.  Decide who’s going to handle the recordkeeping – you, a bookkeeper, a VA?
  4.  Decide on a system (tool) to track, organize and manage your revenue and expenses. (Sources to consider: Freshbooks, Outright, Wave Accounting, Quickbooks, inDinero, Simply Accounting, Mint)
  5. Set a date to review the performance of your business on a monthly basis, preferably within the first 3 – 5 days of the month. This review should include looking at your actual revenue, expense versus what you budgeted for revenue and expense in that month.

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Shontaye Hawkins, Business Success Coach is the CEO of Emergence Success Solutions, the premier coaching company for entrepreneurs. She worked for Fortune 500 companies like Goldman Sachs to build wealth in excess of $1 billion and attract high net worth clients/investors. She now helps entrepreneurs create massive growth, success and profits in their businesses!

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