Personal and Professional Development

No matter what your job title is, we all should be investing in our own personal and professional development. We owe it to ourselves and the people that depend on us to grow and better ourselves.

I was fortunate enough to attend “Keys to Business Success,” by Jodi Low at U & Improved. WOW, WOW, WOW! Jodi hit the nail on the head with this workshop. Besides being dynamic, engaging and inspiring, Jodi gave us a laundry list of take-aways to use in our lives. So, I thought I would share her wisdom with you. Here is a portion of the list she gave us(along with my interpretation of it):

  1. “Love the F-word.” No, not that one. Failure. Use it as a tool to move forward and do it quickly.
  2. “Keep moving the finish line.” Keep improving. What are you doing to move it forward everyday.
  3. “Learn how to transfer trust to others.” No, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Trust that others can accomplish the tasks at hand too.
  4. “See things as they are, not worse.” Then see it better than it is. Then go get it.
  5.  “Get out of no-man’s land.” Don’t stay in the rut you are in. Change what is not working.
  6.  “Seek fulfillment.” Too many people focus on achieving something and chasing the carrot, rather than what fulfills them. Do stuff you love. Be with people that make you happy.
  7. “Decide what you are committed to.” Choose to be outstanding in everything you are committed to. Don’t do the stuff you no longer stand for.
  8. “Develop your people.” Have conversations/lunch with them. What books are they reading. What classes are you sending them to. Invest in them. It will come back 10-fold.
  9. “Be open to changing your approach.” Notice what’s working and what’s not. There is not just one right way.
  10. “Build real relationships.” Break up with the idea of being perfect and proper. Be real and authentic. Be true to yourself.
  11. “Take care of you.” You have to have gas in your tank if you want to get anywhere. Fill your tank. Exercise, eat healthy, go to the spa, sleep in once in awhile.

This is just some of the golden nuggets Jodi gave us in just 90 minutes today. I can’t thank her enough. I am inspired, energized and ready to rock-n-roll.

More info about Jodi Low at http://www.uandimproved.com/

I am always here for you and for your business/marketing needs…

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Marketing & Branding 101

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Whether or not you have marketing and/or branding in your title, we are all marketing ourselves and our company, aren’t we? How do you present yourself to others? Do you have a smile on your face every time you answer the phone or greet someone? Does your appearance match what you want your brand to look like?

We should think about the answers to these questions every time we have a meeting with a client, interview(as the interviewee or interviewer), presentation, or even post something online. We are always marketing ourselves whether we know it or not. We are building our brand one post and/or meeting at a time.

When I consult with clients about marketing, I ask them who their target audience/ideal client is. Then I ask if that audience looks them up online, what will they find. I say “If they can’t find you where they are looking, then you don’t exist.” Even if your business solely comes from referral, you still need an online presence. It helps prospects become clients. It gets people to buy in. People do business with people they know, like and trust.

How are you marketing and branding yourself?

Life is Too Short; Why Not Be Happy

 

I recently closed my business and am in the process of looking for a new career. When talking with people about this process, they often ask why? new-year-new-you

My answer: “Life is too short. I want to do so many things in life. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I want to make a bigger splash than what I can do alone. I want to always be happy.” Most people respond with a “wow” or “good for you.” I think it’s because most people are afraid of change or the unknown, and I am not. I hope to be an example for others in this process.
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My goal is to work for a company whose core values are aligned with mine. I want to find a company that I can grow with, help and be a part of their success. I am applying for senior-level sales and marketing positions at organizations that have a mission and vision I believe in. A few examples are…Carvana, GoDaddy, Dignity Health, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I am sure I will find more along the way.

Cheers to finding your happy place…

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Giving Back

group-pic-from-united-food-bank-volunteer-eventDuring the holiday season or as the year comes to a close, we are all reminded to give back. Most non-profits push for tax donations at the end of the year, or do food drives for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what about the rest of the year? People are in need year-round and there will always be people that are less fortunate than we are. So, as a family, we have made it a priority to give back year-round. We stuffed backpacks with United Food Bank last year. As you saw on my last post, we helped Elliot’s Closet with a clothing drive for kids going back to school. Over the holidays, we adopted a home thru The Centers for Habilitation/TCH for people with disabilities. We also donated to Kyrene Schools, Arizona Autism United, Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the 100 Club of Arizona as we are passionate about what they do.tch-adopt-a-home-program

So, as you are preparing your taxes for the year, remember to include donations to your favorite charities. They need it!

Here are a few links to my favorite charities, just in case you don’t have your own…

http://www.tch-az.com/get-involved

https://azaunited.org/get-involved

https://www.unitedfoodbank.org/#section-get-involved

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Elliot’s Closet Community Service Event

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One of the non-profit’s All About Compression supports is Elliot’s closet. They believe every child deserves to feel good going back to school. So they put on a fun summer event where kids get to come “shopping for back-to-school clothes” for free. They collect new and gently used clothing all year long, then set up a store in July for underprivileged kids to use fake money and purchase clothes they like from the store. This event promoted fun, education, dignity and pride to Arizona kids. We were happy to be a part of this great organization and event. Here are a few stats from the event…1412 items of clothing collected, 420 pairs of new socks & 300 pieces of new underwear donated, and shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and healthy snacks given out to kids ranging from 4-12yrs old.

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From the Secretary of State

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Look what came in the mail. What a nice surprise from the Secretary of State about the award we received. The love just keeps pouring in! Thank you Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan. We are forever grateful to you and all of our customers, friends, colleagues, and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce for all of the love and support.