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Creating What Your Heart Desires

by Chris Atley


Here are some tips for you on creating what your heart desires; whether it’s the new car, house on the beach or a meaningful and profitable business.

Step 1. Make the decision to go for it.


This step is really more about permission. Giving yourself permission to go for your biggest dreams; as big, wild and crazy as they might seem! Once you decide, you will be amazed at what shows-up to help you make it happen…if you let it!

Step 2. Let it!!!


You must have complete faith that the universe is showing you an amazing way to make all of your dreams come true. Size of the desire doesn’t matter to the universe. It has your back. Always. Think of a time when you made something amazing happen. That was You taking action on the divine downloads that were given to you. You just likely weren’t aware of it. Draw on that experience when you’re practicing standing in faith, until you have more and more experiences to draw from. That will reinforce this new belief, and you will start reprogramming your subconscious mind with empowered beliefs as a result.

Step 3. You must feel worthy and good about yourself.


This is this biggest one and where most people get tripped up. Myself included. You can overcome this though. It takes hard work and dedication, but you will prevail if you stick with it. Dig out that core belief preventing you from allowing yourself to receive. Once you do, you will become aware of it, and can start catching and shifting it. I can give you the tools for this and just reach out.

Step 4. Visualize!


You may have more of a vision, where it just comes to you, or you may visualize what you want. Either way this is powerful stuff! If you think it you can achieve it! Take some time daily to picture what it feels like to already have what you want. The feelings are the most important, and the more specific you are, the more connected to your feelings you will be. What will you do once you’ve achieved ______? Who will you be with? How will your life and relationships be different? How will you feel? What does this mean to you?

Step 5. PERSEVERE.


If that wasn’t big enough, I’ll say it again! PERSEVERE. This is where the magic is. You must not fall victim to your current circumstances and instead believe with all of your might that the way to make it happen is there. You must keep taking action every step of the way and keep moving forward. This is the key to unlocking your success. Where all of you dreams will come true. It works. All the time.


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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“How to Lose Your Fear and Start a Business with Your Husband” with Marina Cummins of Little Book of You

Show #482

Topic: “How to Lose Your Fear and Start a Business with Your Husband” 

Marina shares:

  • What are the most common blocks to getting started in an entrepreneurial venture?
  • How to co-own a business with your husband and stay happily married
  • How to devote the time and energy to launching a business while working on your full-time job and raising small children


Marina Cummins has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. She has spent the majority of her career at large, well-respected organizations including Forbes magazine, The Economist magazine and American Express. 

She has an MBA from Wharton in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management and a BA from Dartmouth College in Art History and Psychology. Marina co-founded Little Book of You with her husband James in 2017. The company combines their love of books, technology and, most of all, family. Marina and James live in New York City with their two young daughters Lila and Louisa, and their mischievous golden retriever, Stella.

Little Book of You creates 100% customizable baby books, telling each child’s unique story through fun and special facts all about them -- which, best of all, can be filled out by parents  in less than 15 minutes online and arrive beautifully crafted and totally personalized in just a week. 



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10 Useful Blogging Tools for Every Blogger

by Vijay Nagar

If you’ve been wondering where you can find some of the best blogging tools, then you have come to the right place. This article is all about the best blogging tools available in the market which will help you become a successful blogger and make you productive at the same time.
With the blogging world growing each day, it becomes important for you to make it stand out and with the help of right blogging tools you can easily achieve this aim.

So without any further ado, let’s jump on to the list of some of the ultimate blogging tools that every blogger must definitely use:

1. Buffer



Buffer is one of the best tools when it comes to managing all social media accounts in one place. It makes it easy for bloggers, marketing teams, and businesses to analyze their performance, schedule posts, and manage all their social media from one place. Instead of going to 6 different networks, you can simply check analytics and schedule content for all your social accounts in just one place. Moreover, Buffer publishes your social posts automatically, as per the posting schedule you’ve put in place.

2. Grammarly



If you are a blogger then you just cannot miss out on this tool. Grammarly ensures proper spelling and grammar in your article/blog post. A good article/blog is that which is free from any grammatical errors, and Grammarly is just the perfect tool to write error-free posts. You can directly type and write in the app so that you can easily click on the corrections without any interruptions in the flow.


3. SEMRush




SEMRush is an all-in-one marketing toolkit for all your digital marketing needs. Its one of the most powerful tools every blogger should use to grow their search engine traffic. With the help of this one tool, you can do everything pertaining to SEO, social media, and content. You can collect brand mentions, discover trending topics, seize new promotional opportunities, adjust content based on the engagement data, and much more. You can also build the most effective social media strategy, discover best-performing posts, do technical SEO audit, and more.


4. Evernote




Evernote helps you feel organized without any effort. It helps you capture and prioritize ideas, to-do lists, projects, and more to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks and you can focus on what matters the most to you. With Evernote, you can never lose track of your deadlines and tasks, manage everything from personal moments to big projects, and capture inspiration and ideas in pictures, notes, and voice.


5. Wordpress




If you are thinking of starting your own blog, then nothing can beat WordPress in that case. It is one of the best blogging platforms available on the web. It is easy to use, free, comes with a lot of customization options, and is absolutely user-friendly. It is an open source software that you can use to create your own beautiful blog, website, or an app. Almost 32% of the web uses WordPress, from biggest online sites to hobby blogs! Some of its features include:

● SEO friendly
● Customizable designs
● High performance
● Easy and accessible
● Powerful media management
● High security


6. Sendible



Sendible is one of the best social media management tools for bloggers, businesses, or agencies. It is simply the best way for teams to manage social media and get desired results. It helps you to be more productive, irrespective of whether you are focusing on a campaign for one brand or hundreds. It manages all your activities pertaining to social media from a centralized hub. This tool will definitely save your hours each day without sacrificing the quality so that you can get back to doing the stuff which is more important like lead generation, content creation, etc.


7. Revive Old Post



Revive old Post makes sharing posts automatic and easy. It helps you keep your content alive and grow your social media presence. It directly integrates with your WordPress posts and picks up a post randomly from your archive to be shared at the intervals you choose. It is basically a WordPress plugin which is built to pick up your old content and share it on autopilot on all your social media accounts. It supports all the popular social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.


8. Wordable



Wordable lets you instantly export Google Docs into WordPress. Draft your content and collaborate on Google Docs like you normally do and export it into WordPress seamlessly by clicking just one button. The tool is just perfect for solo bloggers, blog editors, and content managers. It exports Google Docs as a draft so that you make any final adjustments and then schedule and publish it. Copy pasting your content from Google Docs to WordPress is a very time-consuming thing, but Wordable is a faster and a better way to export your content, thus saving a lot of your time.


9. Copyscape



How would you feel if you write something with full dedication but it gets rejected because of a failed plagiarism test? All your efforts will go in vain. Which is why every blogger and writer should use a plagiarism checker tool like Copyscape every time before sending or posting their content anywhere. It is very important that you crosscheck on Copyscape whatever you’ve written to make sure that it is unique and does not exist anywhere else on the web. It is trusted by millions across the globe and is one of the best plagiarism detection solution available online.


10. Trello



Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done in less time. Its cards, lists, and boards enable you to prioritize and organize your projects in a rewarding, fun, and flexible way. This project management tool makes it easy for you to create an editorial calendar for your blog. You can literally do everything that you need to manage your blogging process such as adding multiple team members, setting due dates, creating tasks, and a lot more.

I hope this curation helped! I am sure these will help you become more productive, make your blog grow even more, and drive more traffic to it. What are your thoughts about them? Do you know any other important tool not mentioned in this list which is equally important? If yes, then share them with me in the comments below.

Happy blogging!



Business Networking Tips for your Successful Start-Up



by Kyra

If you are the owner of a business or an aspiring professional, then business networking is essential for the success of your business/ career. But not all individuals/ entrepreneurs are good at it. Networking involves meeting people from different backgrounds and developing mutually beneficial relationships for the long run.

It has been found that professionals/ business owners across different sectors don't think networking is necessary and due to this practice, they are missing out on several career/ business growth opportunities. Networking can be considered a full-time job under which individuals, as well as businesses, should build a solid professional network, even before they require it.

How can a business network help individuals and businesses?

Business networking requires time and energy from both individuals and businesses. This will help to develop a good network of contacts which consists of professionals as well as firms. Networking may seem daunting to many, but it's a skill which requires an individual to be bold and confident while approaching a group of strangers, greeting them and starting engaging conversations.

In the beginning, it might seem difficult, but once it becomes a regular practice, the networker automatically improves his/her skill and this will, in turn, prove beneficial for career/ business opportunities.

Merits of Business Networking

Networking can produce exceptional results for individuals/ businesses:


For business owners:

• A business owner can increase their brand's visibility by visiting all social and business-related events which are conducted in their area or outside.

• A business owner should focus on developing an effective network of partners which will help them as well as their partners to identify new business opportunities for one another. After all, networking is a mutually beneficial practice.

• Networking is a great tool which business owners can use to conduct executive searches. This is done by approaching contacts directly or indirectly to get information about important individuals who have the potential/ experience to accelerate business growth.

• As a business owner, the focus should also be on making your presence felt in your community. A good reputation will also help in attracting and retaining talented employees.

• Try to create a diverse network of business people as well as professionals. This will help to share and learn creative ideas within that community.

• There are many business networking events which revolve around fundraising and volunteering. Such events are a great platform to build acquaintances with people working for the development of society and various other issues.

• Build a strong network with employees within your organization. This will help to get work done more smoothly and also create mutually beneficial relationships.

For individuals/ working professionals:

• Online social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are a great way for individuals as well as professionals to build an online network of like-minded people. This medium will help people to share their views and ideas, and it is also suitable for those who are not comfortable in a face-to-face setting. It's up to you whether you want to create a local community or one which reaches people located all over the world.

• Build a strong network within your organization with co-workers. This will help to get work done more smoothly and also create mutually beneficial relationships.

• The best part about networking is that it also helps to build friendships. Yes, business networking is important, but making friends with that networking can help to build more trust and also makes the interaction more exciting and fun.

Final Words:

Successful business networking should never be done for achieving self-interests. While building strong network individuals as well as businesses should be focused on the needs of others and how they can be fulfilled. This will help to build trust and understanding between both partners. Also, you can rest assured that these efforts will come back to you in the most unpredictable and unexpected ways. Lastly, when the focus shifts towards others, then the networker develops a sense of self-awareness. This is the moment when individuals/ business owners can relate to the issues others might be facing, or they can also implement ideologies, strategies as well as the vision of other thinkers into their business/ career growth activities.

Author Bio:

Hiring Director at Alliance Recruitment Agency – an IT Recruitment Agency. She specializes in helping with international recruiting, staffing, CV sourcing, CEO Executive Search, HR services and Careers advice service for overseas and international businesses.

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This is Why You Want a Woman as Your Real Estate Agent!

by Ashley Lipman

In addition to hiring a real estate agent who is business savvy and tech savvy, you should also keep one critical aspect in mind – their gender! In the current age, gender equality is being demanded increasingly.

In fact, there’s no denying that a couple of skills allow one gender to fare better than the opposite gender.

So, the question arises; what makes a female real estate agent more effective than a male agent? For starters, it’s dangerous to make blanket generalizations about genders, but you can’t deny that women make for great real estate agents. If you are still not convinced, maybe the top five reasons below on why you want a woman as your real estate agent will.

Better Communications Skills


In his 1992 best-seller, “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” author John Gray argues that each gender’s communication styles are so diverse that it’s difficult for them to understand one another. Research goes further to reinforce this notion by indicating that women process language more fluently and effectively compared to men. Female real estate agents are more adept at tailoring their communication by mirroring their language, therefore easier for them to create a deeper rapport.



Further research indicates that women are better at interpreting facial expressions and voice tones. These traits help a real estate agent who is listening to you and figuring out the real meaning of the property you want from your spoken words – an essential skill in the industry.

An Eye for Details


Ok, some men do stop and notice their wife’s new haircut the minute she goes through the door. However, overall, women are much better at noticing the details. For example, women real estate agents can notice details in a simple apartments Frisco listing that men don’t.

Furthermore, women are more likely to remember their prospects’ coffee choice, hobbies and even names of their kids or pets. On follow meets and calls, they will use the details as conversation starters, making their clients feel someone is paying attentions – establishing a connection in the process. And these connections get sales.

Stereotypes Serve a Purpose!


Unfortunately, stereotypes about women such as they are thin-skinned, prone to mood swings and overly emotional are still prevalent. Therefore, a successful female real estate agent is likely to stand out, at least to some of their prospects’ perception, as having overcome these obstacles. If she’s able to keep pace with the real estate big boys, clients may reason (unconsciously) she is good.

Persistence


While location, location, location is the key to selling a home, persistence is the number one component to closing that deal. Did you know 80 percent of sales are never closed until after the fifth or more follow up? Fortunately, women are used to been persistence to achieve what they want. It’s a possibility that this natural ability to keep asking, trying and not taking no for the final answer is hardwired in women. Whichever it is, the persistence trait serves women well, particularly when selling houses.

The Need to Prove Something


By 2017, there were only 32 female CEOs in the Fortune 500 companies. No matter the industry, a woman has to work harder than men not only to get ahead, but to hold her ground. When a woman goes into real estate, a male dominated industry once, you can be sure that she’s working her hardest to prove she can win.

Conclusion


These reasons may be the reason why there are more female real estate agents all over the United States. Working with a woman agent ensures that you get more money!

"How To Overcome Self Doubt, Kick Fear In The Face And Go Big" with Business Coach Nadia Finer on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #480

Topic: "How To Overcome Self Doubt, Kick Fear In The Face And Go Big" 

Nadia will share:

- How to overcome self-doubt and embrace your uniqueness (a.k.a. quirk). -
Finer’s quirk? A voice so little callers to her home often ask for a parent!

- How to scale your business in a way that works for you—and averts burnout.

-Strategies include packaging services, launching a membership site, automating and delegating wisely (tip: never outsource your specialty), and raising prices.


Nadia Finer is one of the UK’s most respected business coaches. She's the author of "LITTLE ME, BIG BUSINESS: How to Grow Your Small Business, Increase Your Profits and Go Global (in Your Pajamas)" published in September 2018. She understands the realities of running a one-woman business from experience.  

Nadia knows what it takes for motivated, self-started small business people to make a very comfortable living, whether it be from the comfort of home or a workstation somewhere else. Rather than courting investors and raising start-up capital, she urges  independent business persons to focus, first and foremost, on themselves. 

Once a small business person gets clear what she does best and what makes her stand out from the crowd, she can then move on to building relationships, gaining clients, and achieving the ultimate goals for any business: big profit and big impact. Nadia has been featured in media from The Guardian to Marie Claire to BBC-TV.

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Your Career Won’t Wake Up One Morning and Tell You It Doesn’t Love You

by Heather Hernandez

How to Get Through a Divorce and Keep Doing You


When the process of divorce is in the early stages, there are a wave of emotions. You might feel vastly relieved. You might have even felt like your marital issues were putting a crimp in your style or sabotaging your business in some way.

Divorce is a two-edged sword: a sadness over a failed marriage and a relief that you can be you again. The divorce process itself is a time of healing. It is also a time for empowerment.

Life doesn’t come to a screeching halt because you have decided to make a change in everything that is normal to you. This is especially true when you have your own business. When you are in control of making your own living, things cannot come to a sudden halt because one part of your life changed. You still need to keep moving forward. Your clients need you. Your business needs you. The fact is, you need you. As many divorced entrepreneurs can tell you: your business might be your saving grace.


Change Can Be Good


While some people are unwilling to admit or accept this, marriage in and of itself changes you, or rather you change to fit your marriage. Did it strengthen or weaken you? Did you like the changes that it brought out in you? No matter how you answer those questions, they made you think. Now think about this: What part of your marriage changed you in ways you both did and didn’t like? Who were you before you were married?

As an entrepreneur, there is one more question that needs to be asked: Who have you become since you started your own business? This is the person you need to focus on. Chances are that the person who started the business is the one who takes center stage. You no longer need to focus on taking care of your marriage. You can pour more focus on your business and make it an even greater success. But if there were good things that came from your marriage that made your business better, then hold on to them. Learn from them. Incorporate the good and walk away from the bad.


Let Your Business Heal You


What is it that drove you to start your own business? For most people, it is something that comes from deep within. Perhaps you were unhappy working for others. Perhaps you knew that you would be better on your own. Whatever drove you to start your business is also what took hold and helped you succeed. This same drive can, and will, help you get through the divorce process. Just remember that you are an entrepreneur first and one of many successful divorced entrepreneurs second.

By focusing on your business, you have little time to focus on the other things going on in your life. Your business is a part of you. It is not going anywhere. It needs you more than ever now. By putting more energy into your business, you will find yourself healing from your divorce more quickly.

Your business would not be successful if it wasn’t your primary focus. Chances are that the issues leading up to your divorce took time away from your business. Now that those distractions are being removed from your life, your business cannot help but grow.

While going through a divorce isn’t easy in any way, if your business becomes more profitable as a result of it, you will find yourself healing much more quickly than others going through the divorce process. You would not be successful if you were anything less than driven. Use that same drive to propel yourself forward with your business. The less you focus on the negative, the more the positive can come through. Positive thoughts and actions mean more money to the successful entrepreneur. By focusing on the positive, you can feel better, hold your chin up, and succeed like never before.

Probably the most important thing to remember is that you will always be you. Being divorced just gives you a better opportunity to focus on you and your business.



5 Office Ergonomics Tips to Improve Your Workplace Wellness

by Victoria Hill

Ergonomics is to the process of arranging systems, furniture, and flow of a workplace in order to help improve both comfort and efficiency for you and members of your team. It actually plays a huge role not only in productivity, creativity and even safety, plus it can also help to improve co-worker engagement and increase their levels of happiness and satisfaction.

Another huge benefit of optimizing ergonomic processes is that it can save costs, not only directly, but by helping to prevent a range of ergonomic injuries in the workplace.

There is a lot of information online relating on how to improve ergonomics in the workplace. We've selected the most powerful office ergonomics tips that can be used to update your place of work.

These changes do not necessarily cost a lot of money either, in fact, many can be made on a small budget. These simple adjustments will save your business plenty of money in the long run. Implement some of the ideas listed below and you'll sure to notice a difference in how your employee’s work habits and productivity.

1. Understand Common Injuries in The Workplace


The first step to truly optimizing any workplace is to first understand the common injuries which typically occur in this type of setting.

For example, in offices, you can expect to see repetitive strain injury things like back pain from poorly designed chairs, as well as musculoskeletal disorders, tissue damage, eye issues, and even spinal disc issues.

Of course, the type of issues will vary depending on the type of workplace you have. So for example, office workers will be more prone to different injuries compared to people that work as mechanics.

Understand the issues in your sector and you will be much more likely to create an optimised and safe work environment for your staff and yourself. A great to research is to simply ask your employees what issues they are having at work, what could be improved, what do they think needs changing?

2. Pay Attention to the Four Points of Contact


Once you have identified the main challenges within the workplace, you can then go about creating solutions for them. One of the most popular models when it comes to ergonomics is called the ‘four points of contact’ model.

This applies to anyone who works in some sort of office setting. The four points of contact are;

● The eyes to the source which refers to the way that the computer screen is positioned in relation to the office worker’s face and eyes.
● The body to the chair, and this is also related to the seating area.
● The hands to the input device which refers to the mouse and keypad.
● The feet to the floor.

3. Know What to Consider When Buying Office Furniture


Nowadays, almost all office furniture is labelled as ergonomic, so it can be confusing to know what would be best for your work as needs. However, there are a few things to take into consideration. You can take these considerations and adjust them into your own checklist.

● All chairs should be able to offer a height adjustment option.
● All chairs should offer padded backrest that can tilt both forward and backwards and has adequate lumbar support.
● Any piece of furniture that is in the workplace station should be adjustable and have enough space for employees to safely and efficiently perform their tasks.
● Standing on your feet too long can sometimes create a variety of foot problems, so be aware of this if you want to replace seated desks for standing ones. Consider using the sit-stand ones (sit-stand-active ones would be the best) that allow you and you team members to use both functions interchangeably.
● Make sure that monitors have adjustable brightness and contrast settings, and are free from any form of flickering which causes eye issues.
● You may want to think about bringing in some extra furniture such as footrests to improve comfort, headsets or even better lighting in the office space.

4. Educate Your Staff about Good Posture


You can also help to better your office ergonomics by training up your staff. There are a number of different types of training that can help to educate your staff on how to best use their equipment and their bodies to prevent injury.

It is important that employees know to frequently take a small break - even if it's just to stretch their body. Educate them how long to stand if they’re using the standing desk, how to use a sit-stand desk, as well as to mix up their movements so they're not doing the same thing again and again day after day is this it can cause injury regardless of what type of equipment they are using.

5. Add Some Light Workout Sessions


You can also try things like having weekly yoga teachers come in and teach yoga classes to help your employees move their body.

Pilates on the mat is also very good choice. Mat Pilates is a way to stretch and strengthen your body, primarily the muscles of the core, which span from your hips to your shoulders. This should improve the body composition and lessen chances of getting injured from sitting for long hours.

There are also things like meditation classes which can encourage more efficiency and productivity too.

Follow the above tips and you'll be making a huge change to your workplace ergonomics. And remember, these systems and techniques are continuously changing updating as more and more data on the study of ergonomics is released. So be sure to review and renew your systems at least on an annual basis.


About the Author: Victoria Hill has been writing as a ghostwriter ever since she was in college. Her favorite topics are human development, business communication, modern and pop art, minimalism, and self-development.

How to Get More Positive Online Reviews (and Deal with the Negative)

Whether you’re starting a new business or an established business owner with loyal customers, online reviews play an important role to success. Online reviews, whether positive or negative, can be the deciding factor for your customers to choose your business over another. Reviews give consumers the social proof to make a decision to purchase and trust in your business.

As a business owner, it’s important to maintain a positive review presence and take the time to respond and engage with your customers. Use every review as an opportunity to understand your customer’s pain points and discover how you can improve your product or service. You also have the opportunity to start a unique conversation with your customers and be honest and transparent to correct a mistake or situation. To help you get started, Valpak outlines twelve helpful tips to gain positive online reviews and helpful approach to respond to negative reviews in their visual below.



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Author & Chronic Pain Advocate, Nancy Laracy on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #481

Nancy Laracy is a writer and activist for the elderly and disabled individuals. She is a wife and mother who suffers from a mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia.

An advocate and resource for the chronic pain community since being diagnosed in 1996, Nancy has written and been the subject of many articles on the topic of chronic pain as well as pet therapy. She is involved in formal bunny therapy at various rehabilitation centers & hospitals in northern New Jersey.

A former corporate recruiting and human resources executive, she resides in New Jersey with her husband Ward, son Christopher, daughter Julie, and her current bunny named Muffin.

Her book, "Bunny Boy & Me" is #1 on Amazon Books for the categories of Pain Management and Pets.

Bunny Boy And Me, My Triumph Over Chronic Pain With The Help Of The Unluckiest, Luckiest Rabbit is a memoir about the relationship formed between a house trained family pet rabbit and its owner who both suffered with the pain of autoimmune disease.

Nancy pioneered the first branch of Bunnies in Baskets in NJ, a 5013c charity.  She is also a member of LAPAN, The Leaders Against Pain Action Network, a branch of the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association.  She does national advocacy work and writes continually for publications related to chronic pain.  Her unique bunny therapy has expanded quickly and she now does big events for children through organizations such as Cancer Care, Camp Dreamstreet and several others.

Nancy has written for or been the subject of articles in magazines such as Arthritis Today, Pain Pathways, Pain View, Rabbits USA and Clio's Psyche.


https://www.nancylaracy.com/


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Giving Tuesday - A Global Giving Movement

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We've created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. - from the Giving Tuesday website https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Visit the website to find out how to get involved and see a list of participating organizations and global campaigns.


Listen to a Women Entrepreneurs Radio interview with Megan Shea, the Co-Founder of The Soulfull Project, a startup company dedicated to making high-quality, wholesome food available to those in need.

For every serving of their delicious multi-grain hot cereal purchased, they donate a serving of their 4 Grain Blend to a food bank in your region. Megan and Co-founder Chip Heim, were inspired to take action after witnessing firsthand the severity of food insecurity in our country.

The Soulfull Project hot cereal comes in cups and multi-serve re-sealable bags. Cup flavors include

– Cinnamon Spice, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan and Tart Cherry and bags come in 4 Grain Blend and Hearty Grains & Seeds. Every hot cereal is made with nutrient dense ingredients such as steel cut oats, rye, quinoa, nuts, flax and chia and are all Non-GMO Project verified and Whole Grain Stamp approved.

The company has donated more than 100,000 servings to food banks across the country and recently became a Certified B Corporation.

https://thesoulfullproject.com/


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How to Find the Perfect Mentor

The road to success is often not traveled alone. In fact, some 80% of CEOs say that they received mentorship in one form or another. How can you find the best mentor to give you entrepreneurial advice?

It only takes a few simple steps to finding your perfect mentor. First and foremost, you must define your goals and identify who you admire. Once you’ve completed this task, you can ask questions and evaluate whether or not a potential adviser fits your style. When you find a suitable candidate, strengthen your relationship with them and make the ask.

Whether your mentor guides you in finding small business funding or maintaining healthy client relationships, they play an essential role in the success of your startup. It was recently discovered that businesses who worked with mentors increased their revenue by as much as 83%.

There is no need to be nervous to ask someone to be your mentor. Mentorships usually evolve from professional friendships, so it’s likely that you already have a good rapport with the person you intend to ask. Furthermore, it’s common to have multiple mentors over the course of your career.

The visual below, provided by Fundera, explains the eight steps to acquiring a mentor. It also includes quotes from famous mentees, including Oprah Winfrey. Consider finding a mentor before you get too far into your business endeavor.



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