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Hot Networking – The National Business Experts!!!

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Where Networking Gets Hot!

I interviewed with Gia Heller and her networking group, at that time known as Arizona Women (AWN) & Arizona Men (AMN) Networking, more than 16 months ago.  I’ve watched it blossom in to something that is absolutely the best of the best; not just in Arizona, but quickly evolving in to The National Business Experts (TNBE) with groups starting in several states, rapidly becoming a nationwide force.

As exciting as that is, we are now helping women & men all over the world starting with “Empowering the Women of Pakistan” to stand and be counted among the independent business people of the world.  When a business woman in Pakistan looks on the Internet and finds Gia Heller and The National Business Experts, you know you’ve put your kite in to the right wind!

There are so many networking groups to choose from in every city.  We all need the feeling of connection and validation that comes from long-term real world relationships found only in being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

TNBE is the catalyst that has allowed those of us who are serious about our passions, like Becky Feola owner ofAssisted Living Advantage who helps people transition in to an assisted care home, Cynthia Knight, the East Phoenix Valley realty expert for “first time home buyers” and Christina Wagner, Marketing Director for KFNX 1100 Newstalk Radio , grow.

That is just a small sample of the varied group members & businesses that have learned how to shine through social media, like FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn under the careful tutelage of Gia & her social media team of experts Social Media Masters, including Heather Dopson & Patti Knoles.  It is all a part of making yourself over from a small business, to one that people seek out and follow on a daily basis.

One of our newest members, Kimberley & Brett Noe of AngryBadger Studios w/Brett Noe Productions, researched all the networking options in the Phoenix area and landed with Gia & TNBE.  Listening to her and following all the instructions she gave them, they have been able to gain 35 new customers in less than 45 days.  That is absolutely incredible for a video/film company.  But they did listen – they did learn – they did grow.

You owe it to yourself & your business to check out at The National Business Experts!

Keep Showing UP!

Eat, Pray, Love

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I just watched this video  of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, talking about success & creativity and what it is we all have in us to succeed.  I found this revitalizing to me and I hope that it does the same for you and whatever creative processes you go through to “Keep Showing UP!”

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity!

To me it showed that no matter what you want to be or who you want to be – you have it within you to be that person!

Artist – Author – Poet – Painter – Mom – Salesperson – Grandmother – whatever it is you want to be – Give it ALL you have to give!  Open yourself up and allow yourself to be who you want to be!

I doubt Ms. Gilbert will ever see this blog but I want her to know that she has inspired me – Today!  That she has allowed me to see who I am and the way I want to share with others.  I have a wonderful mentor in Renee Preis who has consistently shared with me that in Showing UP – putting myself out there in front of people and just being myself,  people will find value in me & what I have to share with them.

So – as said by the blogger “Our Own Sweet Time” –

“… tonight, I’m sitting here, toasting Elizabeth Gilbert. Belatedly.  Girl, you are good.   And I am grateful.  And I am, as well, discovering for the umpteenth time that sometimes people, experiences, love…and stories…arrive at just the perfect moment.”

(Thank you for saying it so well – Own Sweet Time!)

& to Ms. Gilbert – Ole!

Moms with Sick Children Get Day of Pampering

Moms with Sick Children Get a Day of Pampering

This was, for me, a day of amazement, vision, love, hugs and so much more.  I was thrilled when Patricia Burkhardt Mitchell, owner of the Sincerely Yours Salon in Phoenix, Arizona invited me to be a part of the day she has set aside every year for the last four years – the day following Mother’s Day.  She takes her salon, stylists, massage therapist, manicurists and makeup artists, and so many more to descend on Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pamper those moms who are day in and day out at their children’s sides who are ill and confined to the hospital for a myriad of reasons!  It was also captured on film through the artists at Brett Noe Productions.

This blog post is not to “promote a specific company or person” but rather to acknowledge and thank those that helped put this all together.  2 years ago my grandson was in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for more than a week and was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and so I know personally how trying that time can be on parents & grandparents and how hard the nurses and doctors and staff all work to help heal these little ones.

I was able to experience life and the willingness to persevere through each one of the moms and the little girls who came down to be pampered.

This is Kimmie – she’s four years old and suffering from a form of cancer.  She wanted hair, but when Char McCreadie sprinkled magic sparkling fairy dust on her hands and cheeks – she giggled like the little girl she is. – Talk about tears…from all of us including mom!

And then there was this young beautiful girl who turned 16 that very day and we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to her while she was having her hair done…

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It was so humbling to see how these moms and children face each day with life-changing illnesses.  The love and hope and giving was beyond what I ever expected to see.  To hear one mom say “after 3 weeks here at the hospital, today I feel like a real person”…and another “I can’t believe that someone would care enough to come down here and do this for us…for me…I feel pretty again”.

Each of these moms and grandmothers and aunts and guardians are giving everything they have to give to their little ones and to be able to give back even a little was an honor & day I will never forget!

Thank you Sincerely Yours Salon for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience!

Financing Your Life

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So many people today don’t look forward to their retirement – with no way to make ends meet.  And, getting up tomorrow and heading in to their 9-5 job, knowing that as much as they’ve given to a company, over sometimes many years, that the company is no longer the same as it was and they are no longer valued the way they once were.

I know how that feels!  One day at the end of my shift, I was told my services of 23 years were no longer required. The terror and the pain and the hurt were so overwhelming that in numbness I stumbled out the door with my little box of “stuff”.

I had already started a small side business with a rapidly growing health & wellness company who had for 25 years supported the growth and value in the “little guy” (or gal in my case).  Only by working diligently and consistently and maintaining a steadfast message of caring for people am I able to show people I do care and that I’m not going away.  So many people, first the award-winning author, Marcia Fine, and Alan Pariser, a Corporate Director, and now Renee Preis see something in me that I don’t yet see – but I’m not giving up and I’m not going away!

It is so important to know and be aware of the pain in others.  Everyone is scared and don’t know if what they value today will even be there tomorrow.  I was at a business coaching class last night led by Renee Preis International for Savvy Business Entrepreneurs and had the distinct honor of meeting Bill True, screenwriter & speaker, and he shared with us about the Spirit of the Entrepreneur!  Did you realize that in 1900, 95% of the population in the U.S. were entrepreneurs?  From shopkeepers to salesmen to the blacksmith and the list goes on and on – this isn’t something new!

When the Great Depression hit our nation, people developed what was termed the “American Way”. And, we’ve striven to protect that “way” ever since – that you work 40 hours a week for the same company for 20-30-40 years and you retire from that company with a pension & Social Security.  Well – those days of the “American Way” are really over.  But do NOT fear!  Fear kills and destroys hope and so much more than that!  Don’t let it destroy you! FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real!

Don’t be afraid of what tomorrow may bring – someone shared with me a few weeks ago that “When God shuts a door, He always opens a window” – just make sure you pull back that curtain and see the sunshine coming in through that window!

What is Attraction Marketing? What are the Laws of Attraction?

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We hear how the Law of Attraction Marketing is so great – but are there people out here in the world-wide-web who share this information without wanting your money? – I know – it’s all about the $ but…If we really do want to bring good to people and pay it forward, then we must provide value to people without expecting anything in return.

We must share what we know with others so that in helping others we are able to provide the absolute most value! We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves – we no longer have only ourselves to think about.

The Law of Attraction Marketing is very well laid out in a blog by Toni J Young – she indicates the following points for us to follow – you decide which ones are “Paying It Forward” and which ones are “For Profit Only”…I’ve made some decisions of my own – but I’ll keep those to myself!

1) Being yourselves and the value you share with others are factors that make you attractive to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

2) Lead Capture page is something that makes marketing another attractive prospect.

3) Autoresponder

4) Bio Page

5) The Funded proposal is another great tool for attraction marketing.

6) Primary business opportunity or product/ service

7) Affiliate Marketing

She suggests you ask a specific question for the home-based business prototype – “Would you like to learn how to use the internet to earn money from home”?

Attraction marketing & how it can explode your business

From the response to this question, you can then follow up with them with your information for your own home-based business.  When you are confident that your home-based business is really the best for anyone who will look at it…then you can have confidence in following up with that person for more contact information to really share your business.

But again – it really is about what you consider paying it forward.  I heard it today – If you provide people what they need to be successful – it will provide you with the success you seek. – We are more than the one, – we do this together!

There are so many ways to share what matters to us – and the trick to the Law of Attraction is finding those who value the same things.  There was a line on CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) just now on CBS – Great line – “If I’m helping people, I’m not hurting them” – what a great thought!

Don’t Let REASONS Kill Your Success

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I am posting this verbatim from my friend & mentor Renee Preis’s blog because I realized that this was me before I met her and so many fascinating people recently!

This is a mighty hot topic! I have come to this realization as I have watched so many of my clients struggle with moving forward, making changes and doing what they say they want to do. So many people are caught up in work, children, home and everyday life that they never get around to taking the important steps necessary to make their businesses and their lives successful and fulfilling.

We all make choices each day based on reasons. I want you to consider the reasons you have for making every decision. Are your reasons killing your success? Are you exhausted each day and unable to live clearly and consciously?

I know, for me, it’s really easy to look at the pile of laundry, the messy house or the dishes in the sink and easily gravitate to finishing those tasks. I understand that these things need to be done, but, in order to build your successful business, you must prioritize your time for the important daily actions of building a business.

I want you to take a moment and read some of the “Reasons” that stop so many entrepreneurs from moving forward and really living a conscious life of success. Maybe some of these are true for you. Start with really thinking about your choices and how you choose to spend your 24-hours each day. Simply acknowledge those choices. What different choices can you make that would change your outcomes….. choices which would re-direct your path and move you much closer to your goals and dreams?

Do any of these statements sound like you?

I don’t have any time….
I don’t know what to do….
I don’t have enough money….
I am overwhelmed….
I am not smart enough….
I am scared….
I don’t want to be criticized….
I don’t want to embarrass myself….
I am too busy–helping other people….
I am too tired…
My children have so many activities….
Maybe some of these reasons are stopping you right now. If that is the case, I want you to take a really close look at your life and your business and decide right now if this is the true path for your journey. Are you willing to take a stand for yourself and your success? Be committed to walk a different walk and talk a different talk today!

Don’t let one more day slip by without making the choices for your business that will ultimately result in long-term security, success and financial longevity.

“Would you like to learn more simple ways entrepreneurs can create more money, time, and freedom in their businesses? Sales Success Coach, Renee Preis is your resource to building the business of your dreams! Check-out her website at www.ReneePreis.com, for FREE articles, FREE resources and to sign-up for her FREE teleseminars.”

Re-Purposing of Old Items

I am amazed every time I see the incredible ingenuity used by every day folk in taking things we would normally trash, adding to the miles of trash in the garbage heaps and finding brand new uses for them.

In the Real Simple article on 50 All-Time Uses of Old Things, they have the neatest tips – from using old picture frames with a piece of colored paper as a vanity tray to using old ketchup bottles to pour out perfect portions of pancake batter. Who would have thought of that? But…someone did and the neatest thing is – they didn’t keep it to themselves, but instead, chose to share it with us.

What good does it do to have wonderfully creative ideas if we never share them with each other? I loved my mom and still think about her several times a day even though she is gone from me; but she was a busy working mom who many times worked two jobs to keep food on the table and bills paid. Because of that, many times her approach to things at home was that she could do something faster herself then to take the time to teach me “how to do something”.  And as a working mom myself, I understand that train of thought.

But today, as we turn another corner in our lives, it is more important than ever to share with each other! To teach each other! To care what another person is doing! & to show them (us/me) a better way of handling the resources we have been given on this planet.  We have limited sources of energy, space, land, water and with the number of us living longer and richer lives, we must be caretakers of not only our own lives, but also those around us – young & old.  We are critical of so many things in the world, and yet, we are all here together.  Why not learn from each other? Teach each other?

How about this tip – use Lifesaver candies as birthday cake & cupcake candle holders? – Isn’t that the neatest idea? And very sweet too! (pun intended)  Or, one that we use in our home, use empty facial tissue boxes to hold the plastic bags we get from the supermarket when we forget our “green alternative” reusable bags.

The ideas go on and on and some are so simple you think, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I think of that”? – well that is why we have each other and why magazines like Real Simple are published – to give us the “Ah-Ha” moments we all love and get such a kick out of.

If, when you read the Real Simple article, 50 All-Time Uses of Old Things, you have other ideas, PLEASE share them with us – we would love to pass them on to our readers…

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