Monthly Nuggets: Eddie Johnson

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Meet Eddie Johnson

"Commit thy works to The Lord and thy thoughts shall be established (Proverbs 16:3)." [This verse] Gives me reassurance that God is in control and if you want true success, if you give your cares to Him and you ask Him to direct your steps and you're obedient to Him, then He will surely bless your efforts while bringing glory to His name. What better than that?"

Verdure Watches was founded in 2012 by owner and designer Eddie Johnson. His love of watches stems from generations of discriminating gentlemen who always expressed how important a watch is to a man’s attire. Ever since a youth, he would see his father and grandfather wear different timepieces on a daily basis, and his interest was piqued.

From drawing cartoon characters to fully designing watches in its entirety, Eddie has come a long way and he plans on taking the world of horology by storm to be the household name for sophisticated timepieces.


The Verdure name meaning “strength” will hold a high standard for style and elegance with comfortability. We specialize in luxury watches for both men and women that can be worn on a casual day or with a 3-piece suit or elegant gown. So if you are a man or woman of refined taste, Verdure is your brand.

Time and Technology: Verdure Watches Founder Eddie Johnson

What moment in your career triggered your desire to start your own business? 

Well, I really decided right before I graduated college that I didn't want to work a 9-5 for 30 years and retire. I always found freedom in being able to come and go as I please, and that is really what prompted me to become a business owner, among other things.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

My favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is that I can be as creative as I want in terms of coming up with new ideas, strategies, marketing schemes, etc. Another reason is the freedom. Again, being able to call the shots and come and go as you please is priceless.

With the expansion of technology, how has Verdure Watches kept up with the times? 

The expansion of technology has helped Verdure stay up to date in terms of payment and database systems. The different platforms help to store our customer information easier and also makes them easily accessible. With a lot of things turning into apps now, that makes it easy as well being able to quickly communicate with people on the other side of the world with just a few clicks and everything is sent promptly. 

From your perspective, why should individuals take interest in the tech industry?

Individuals should take interest in the tech industry because the conventional way of manually doing things is completely going out of style at a rapid pace. So in order to be able to survive in the tech age, I feel it is imperative to have some type of basic literacy to be able to get buy. And also for those who are interested in starting a business but doesn't necessarily have the means to pay a staff right away, being tech savvy allows you to wear multiple hats at once and get things done even as a one-man show.

What are 5 tips to be an effective millennial man in business today?

  1. First, be a man of morals. A strong moral compass will keep you out of trouble and keep you on the right path to making good business decisions. I go by the verse Proverbs 16:3, "Commit thy works to The Lord and thy thoughts shall be established". If you want true success in this crazy world we live in today, you have to let The Lord direct your steps. He made you so He knows best.
  2. Keep your distractions limited. There are so many things that can take our attention away from whats important. Stay focused on the task at hand and the end goal.
  3. No "Yes Men" in your circle. You don't want people around who always agree with you. Have people around that will challenge you and support and care for you enough to let you know that you should rethink something before making a big decision.
  4. The glass is always half full. You cant assume things will change for the better if all you do is think negatively. There's no real losses, just lessons. Learn from your mistakes and keep on moving forward with a smile always on your face.
  5. And last, be patient. Sometimes it takes a while for the best opportunity to surface. Sometimes the first deal isn't the best deal, so it is important to weigh all your options before going all in on something. Do your research before making decisions. And be sure to have a plan B.

 

Monthly Nuggets: DJ3two1

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Meet DJ3two1

"Know who you are first and foremost, your brand is a representation of you and if you don't know who you are then it will be hard for you to build a brand."

Dj3two1 can cater to both the party-gods and the innovators of your favorite brand. As a musical taste-maker, the consistency and dedication are main ingredients to his success. With 15 years of experience, Dj3two1 has laid a foundation in charity, corporate, family and university events. Embarking on his new gift and fan-base, Dj3two1 has made a name for himself not only as a syndicated radio disc jockey/ personality on his own digital radio platform 3two1 Radio, but also being critically acclaimed, grabbing features in HipHopWeeklyThe Source and Ozone Magazine. You can hear Dj3two1 weekdays 2p-6p on the 3two1 Radio mobile app for Android and iPhone or at 3two1radio.com.

Discovering Your Personal Brand for Business

At what point in your deejaying career did you recognize the need for a personal brand?

I would say about 7 years ago, I'm a late bloomer with EVERYTHING!  So naturally, I didn't realize how important a personal brand was until almost a decade into my DJ career.  Once I knew I needed to build my personal brand I started investing in areas that would help me build it up. Like selling my own merchandise, putting out daily mixes, using professional photos and building a website.  All of the things I should've done years ago, but for some reason, I just never thought to invest in those things for my brand.  Better late than never.

What was the process for discovering your personal brand?

The process was first knowing who I was, and that was something I struggled with when I first started at 99.5 Jamz.  Nobody knew who I was, so listeners would call in and say everyone's name (who was on the station at the time) but mine.  It was at that moment I realized that I needed to figure out how to stand out from not just other DJs in the area, but from my co-workers as well.  So I put a plan in place, set up a photo shoot, built my website, started producing daily mixes I gave out for free, had a logo created, and used radio to help build my brand.  Every day I worked at promoting my brand, and eventually, it paid off.  I went from sitting at home almost every weekend to having 2 to 4 events a week, then people started recognizing me from DJing events and being on the radio.  So the process started with me figuring out who I was first, then putting a plan in place and working my plan every day.  A formula I still use today.

We know that a personal brand can do wonders for marketing and branding, but what other benefits can professionals gain?

Longevity is one major benefit, we've witnessed people with very strong brands having longevity in their career path.  Michael Jackson is a great example, he's been gone for almost 10 years and he's still the King of Pop and his music still sells.  Consistency is another benefit, having a strong brand will keep the money coming in consistently.  When I first started DJing I only made money if I was booked to DJ an event, and just like any other business, I had slow months (still do at times due to the market I'm in). But having a strong brand allowed me to have bookings coming in consistently, where I can pass off events I can't DJ to other DJs in my network. I've also managed to generate other revenue streams within my DJ brand that helps me get through the times when the gigs slow down. Consistency and longevity are the 2 things that will allow you to eat off of your brand while you're here and your family can eat off of it when you pass on.

Personal brands require people to choose a direction, what happens when someone changes careers or changes jobs--how/or should they adjust their personal brand?

They should adjust their brand according to the needs of the industry they're in, no matter what company or industry you work in there's always a need somewhere.  Focusing on the needs of your industry will keep you employed or in business (for my fellow entrepreneurs).  An individual during the great depression studied every day for hours learning about the industry he wanted to be in, during a time when people were losing their jobs left and right. This young man would go into businesses and explained to them how he could fulfill a need for them, and as a result, he had multiple job offers during one of the worse economic times in this country.  Moral of the story, create a brand that fulfills a need/creates a solution.

What advice would you give to someone looking to establish their personal brand for their own business?

Know who you are first and foremost, your brand is a representation of you and if you don't know who you are then it will be hard for you to build a brand.  After that establish which audience you want your brand to cater to.  When I created my digital radio platform I knew the audience I wanted my show to cater to was 25-40.  So everything is catered to them from the music (classic hip hop and r&b) to the content I discuss on my show.  Establishing who you're targeting will help keep you focused and not have your brand and business all over the place.  Once you've done that you have to focus on the needs of your audience or your industry.  Recently I posted a question on Instagram "Annoying things DJs do?" and the responses I got let me know as a DJ what changes I need to make.  Focusing on the needs allows you to create a solution which will bring in the money.  With that being said DO NOT CHASE MONEY!  Chase needs, create a solution and the money will come.  Oh, and be consistent, consistency is necessary and a major key!  Also, you have to download my mobile app and check out my show 3two1 Radio weekdays 2p-6p or you can listen at  3two1radio.com .  If you do that then you will have a super successful brand!  Lol....but no seriously you should download my app and listen to my show please.

Non-Profits: Gear Up for Your Donor Campaigns this Season

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Yes, the seasons are changing fast and summer is officially (not quite) over. As some pastors would say during offering, “It’s time to give.” During this time, 35% of giving takes place between Thanksgiving and New Years. For charities and organizations, the holidays present a perfect time to put together strategic, timely and creative campaigns to enhance their presence and maximize year-end donation goals. 

In creating a donor results - driven campaign, there are three key elements to consider: 

Strategy

The campaign strategy should always consist of a strong message, financial goal, appealing look, and consistent branding. With messaging, donors want to be able to connect both mentally and emotionally with the cause. Creating a hands-on project may also encourage donors not only to give financially but also volunteer their time.  By including popular trends in the strategic planning, organizations can garner attention from potential donors that directly resonate with trending topics and how its impact affects the people in which they are serving.  

Messaging Channels

Today, you can use so many channels to implement a creative campaign and each channel serves a different purpose. Although social media has a greater impact today, direct mailing still offers a personal touch when reaching out to donors and lays the groundwork for the campaign. Email is also making a major impact in inboxes everywhere. Consider sharing a report on the organizations' impact in the community, including a creative infographic or share a story from someone who has benefitted from your programs and services. Your websites’ homepage donation, and thank you page needs to be easy yet memorable for viewers. With social media, organizations can build buzz by running Facebook ads targeted at existing followers. Running ads may not be in the marketing budget just yet, but the use of social media provides an opportunity to be creative with your messaging through the use videos and a consistent posting schedule.  

Timing

In order for your campaign to be strategically executed, develop a working calendar and set concrete deadlines. If you're an avid social media user organization, you are probably paying close attention to how other organizations are disseminating messages on a specific day and time. A working calendar helps.  The calendar identifies when messaging and tactical processes should be implemented and helps with the development of content centered around current holidays and events.  

We hope these tips and tricks help you redefine your donor relations programs and meet your financial goals. 

Monthly Nuggets: Toni Patterson

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Meet Toni

"If you want something done right, do it yourself."

Toni Patterson is a Brand Strategist & Designer and the Owner of Skye Media Group. Before pursuing a career as a Creative, Toni studied Business Administration and started a career in the legal field. After getting her creative feet wet with Web Design, Toni delved head first into what made her happiest. Skye Media Group specializes in Brand Strategy, Web Design, & Brand Design. Toni's latest business addition to her growing brand is Skye Soiree Brand Experiences, which conceptualizes and executes business events that reinforce your brand, grow your market, and spread your message.

Transitioning to a New Career & Entrepreneurship

What was your career before entering the Design field & entreprenuership?

When I started college I wanted to be an interior designer and publicist. At the time, those occupations weren’t as popular as they were now. I struggled to understand how I’d make a living as either of those. I pursued a more traditional course as a Business Administration major and focused on English and Writing.

By the time I graduated, I was working in the legal department at a mutual fund company and decided to get my Paralegal certification. I decided not to pursue a paralegal course because spending hours in the law library researching cases was not my idea of fun. I decided to stick with the legal, administrative, and office management track.

What sparked your interest in changing your career?

I always had an interest in technology and was a creative at heart. When social media communities like Friendster, Blackplanet, and MySpace became popular, I was excited to customize my profile with different colors, photos, music, and font. I felt a sense of control and instant gratification from adding HTML to a section and then seeing it change immediately on my profile.

I hesitated to change my career or even pursue web design because I had no training! I only had the desire and passion to learn, but still needed that push, so after getting encouragement from my support system, I started learning how to design websites.

What tools or resources did you use to navigate your career change and learn more about your desired field?

Photoshop was my friend! I would find different Photoshop tutorials and try to recreate the design. Mine would never turn out the same and it helped me appreciate that even though people are given the same tools, their interpretation and manipulation of those tools can create different designs. This is beautiful. When I started getting my first few clients, I designed their websites in WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design platforms, so it was a lot of designing in Photoshop and drop and dragging layouts. I didn’t like that I had to design within the confines of those platforms where the code was proprietary. It meant that I truly wasn’t developing sites. I wanted to make websites from scratch and manipulate the code.

I would post questions in different code groups to get assistance with various issues. There was a web developer who started helping me to understand WordPress (I had transitioned from WYSIWYG editors), CSS, HTML, syntax, and other coding languages. He became a virtual mentor to me. I never met him or spoke to him beyond getting training, yet he assisted me for a year. I’m very grateful of the time and chance he took on me. It helped me to see a true definition of mentorship.

Did you find that skills from your prior career were and have been transferable? How did they help you in your new career field?

Being in the legal field helped me to put everything in writing and to account for what I do. It also helped me to work with different personalities and be confident about my work product. I’ve also learned to confirm, double-check, and remind. Communication and follow-up is key in this industry. It’s the true mark of excellent client service.

Becoming an entrepreneur can be daunting and you decided to not only switch careers but to become an entrepreneur in that field. What was that transition like?

I started my business while I was working full-time. Even though I was tired and frustrated from learning new things, I was energized and thrilled to be putting in effort to do something I love. The transition was gradual, but tough. There’s so much to learn with web and graphic design, but it’s more than designing. I had to learn how to run a business. Working in Corporate America helped me to see that I had to stay on top of my job. This was the path I choose and I wasn’t going to quit or do anything mediocre.

When I moved to a new city, I found myself in a new job that I didn’t like. Although I worked it, I wasn’t happy and was getting depressed with the situation. Then, a few months later they called me in and fired me. I didn’t flinch, but immediately thought “this is the out I’ve been praying for” so instead of crying, I began working on my business with a new focus and energy.

What are three tips you would give to those looking to change careers?

  • Before you make a career change into entrepreneurship, study your craft and industry.
  • Develop your strategy, unique sales advantages, marketing plan, target market analysis, communications strategy, and solutions.
  • Save money. Pay yourself first from your paycheck and put it towards growing or starting your business. Learn how to live without for a little bit and make investments towards your dreams.

Monthly Nuggets: Anthony Hales

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Meet Anthony

"Beastmode 24x7. Beastmode isn’t a temporary mindset but a way of approaching life."

Anthony Hales is a Municipal and Regional Government Engagement Specialist and the President of Hales Government Solutions. Hales Government Solutions is a small consulting firm that provides research, communications and training services. Their primary clients are local government agencies. Clients of Hales Government Solutions include several local D.C. government agencies such as:

  • Department of Health
  • Office on Aging
  • Department of Employment Services
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Connect.DC - Digital Inclusion Initiative
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Housing Authority

 

Growing Your Business While Still Working a 9 to 5

What have you learned about time management, company growth, and balancing everyday life while still working a 9 to 5?

Discipline is key. You have to really be disciplined in all aspects of life to make it work. Early on, I didn’t understand that. I was so focused on the work that I stopped paying attention to some of the close people around me who needed me.

It is always recommended to keep both your business and day job separate. Is it that simple? How do you achieve this? How do you keep both sides assured that they are your first priority?

Its not always simple. Truthfully, I don’t think you can be a great business person and a great employee at the same time. You have to pick one as a priority. Also, keeping both worlds completely separate becomes impossible once you grow to a certain point. Once you are running a business vs simply having a side hustle, there are just some things you will have to do during traditional work hours. I made the decision to be an mediocre to above average employee so that I could focus on trying to be a great businessman.

Has being an entrepreneur impacted your career positively?

Starting a business (I don’t believe you can call yourself an entrepreneur while still working a traditional 9-5) has forced me to grow and address areas of weakness that I probably would not have done on my own.

What are the top three things to consider before starting a business while working a 9 to 5?

  1. Understand if you have enough time to actually perform the work you are considering on the side.
  2. Understand that you cannot be both a great employee and a great business owner so you better know which way you want to go long term.
  3. Remember having a side business is like being a superhero. The people who know you in each life should only know you from that life.

Spark Your Personal Growth With These Self-Improvement Tips

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As an entrepreneur, it’s important for us to find creative ways to improve our personal growth. We work almost 24/7 to keep our clients happy and deliver quality services. While we enjoy being our own boss, entrepreneurs find it difficult to self-motivate and work towards their own personal goals. Here are a few of our top tips to continue growing and learning throughout the next phase of your career. 

Prioritize Your Health

Your health should always be a top priority. Without a healthy mind and body, your business won’t be able to thrive. Take some time to step away from the computer, take a walk around the neighborhood or take a trip to your local gym. Self-care is extremely important, so listen to your body’s signals and give yourself time off when needed.

Invest in Online Learning

You can learn almost anything and everything online today. To stay fresh in your field, it's important to constantly seek out areas where you can improve or learn a new skill. It’s never too late to learn something new. Consider using the following online tools. 

Skillsshare

Coursera

Udemy

Lynda.com

Set Realistic Goals

Whether it is weekly, monthly or annual goals, take some time to really evaluate where you are in reaching those goals.  All entrepreneurs should hone their ability to identify and achieve realistic goals. An important part of reaching your goals is to keep them in mind often and stay accountable. You might also find it helpful to keep a journal or blog outlining your goals so you can honestly evaluate yourself at the end of each month. As you grow as an entrepreneur, you’ll be able to look back on your thoughts and be amazed by how far you’ve come.

Get Inspired

Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could be from your favorite book, public figure, or encouraging words from your mentor. Inspiration provides a new way of thinking, idea generating and influences creativity.  

How To Make Your Content Stand Out On Social Media

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Social media has become over saturated with information as it continues to grow beyond the personal use of individuals and into sponsored content and online ads.

The days of competitive pricing to place an ad has decreased thanks to social media, as it provides an affordable option for advertisers. Social media provides everyone with the resources to create an ad and boost a post. It has become easier for marketers to reach their target audiences and customize their spending amounts based on their budgets. The readily available access to promote a product can certainly result in revenue growth. The downside to this accessibility is making your content stand out above the rest. Making sure your content is relevant and consistent is one way to stand out, but it’s also about your word choice. The right words and phrases have the power to persuade and engage your audiences.

Persuasive content should include words that will create visuals for the reader. This will affect the way your audience receives your message. Are your words passive, direct, or personal? A relevant message includes a call-to-action and determines what your audience should do. Do you want your audience to be informed? Or, do you want your audience to buy a product? Your word choice should lead your audience to feel a certain way that will encourage them to act.

A well thought out message can go a long way. Consider your phrases in addition to your word choice. You want to be sure your phrases aren't abrasive but inviting and conversational. Keep in mind an individual is exposed to an average of 5,000 ads a day. 


Persuasive content vs. Flat content 

“Parents, you’ll enjoy sharing these 5 interactive study tips with your children before their first day back to school! …” [Persuasive]

“Parents, introduce these 5 helpful study tips to your children before school is back in session! …” [Flat]

**The persuasive content insists you will enjoy the study tips and that they are interactive. It also gives you a visual of a "first day back to school".

**The flat content doesn't suggest that you'll enjoy these tips or what type of "tips" they'll be. It just lets you know the obvious--that the tips are helpful. 

“The holiday season is a time for celebration, but can also bring struggles for many families. Our job at Helpful Hands Ministries is to make the holiday season joyful for as many kids possible. You can be the reason a child smiles this holiday season when you donate to our Toy Drive fund…” [Persuasive]

"We'll need your help this quarter raising money for less fortunate children. Donate to the Helpful Hands MinistriesToy Drive fund today!...” [Flat]

**The persuasive content tells you the job of the organization and what the reader can do, "put a smile on a child's face" and how they can do it.

**The flat content tells you just what they need and how they need you to do it.

"Welcome! The doors to your “home for fashion” have officially opened. Strut by and shop at Elite Boutique for grand opening specials, trendy clothing selections..."[Persuasive]

"Our doors are officially open! Join Elite boutique this week for our grand opening specials and our great fashion selections!.." [Flat]

**The persuasive content uses a colorful verb that implies a call to action, "strut by" and tells you what their boutique is about, "home for fashion".

**The flat content gives you grand opening details without using colorful verbs or telling you what their boutique is about.

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Power words that marketers use:

Amazing | Announcing, Create| Discover | Easy Enjoy | Exclusive | Free | Hurry | Improvement | Interactive | Introducing | Join | Now | Offer |  Quick | Remarkable | Results | Revolutionary | Rush | Sensational | Uncover


Phrases that get your audience's attention:

 “Discover how to…”

 “Hurry for your chance…”

 “Quick and easy ways to…”

 “Introducing our newest…”

 “Join our team as we…”

 “Learn how to (blank) with this interactive web series…”

 “You now have the chance to…”

 “Get quick results...”

 “Remarkable facts about…”

 "We’re announcing our new (blank) today at (blank)…”

 “Create memorable moments at our (blank)…”

“Listen, we’re giving away (blank)! All you have to do is... ”

Recap: 2017 Black Alumni Networking Expo

Engage, Educate, Implement & Collaborate were the four key components of success for the 2017 Black Alumni Networking Expo. With over 1300 guests, sponsors and vendors in attendance the event was not one to miss. Attendees received valuable insight from leading experts and influencers on topics including, business development, careers in media, health and wellness tips, and heard from speakers who played integral roles during the Obama Administration. A few members of the BBNE team had the privilege of attending the Black Alumni Networking Expo weekend of events and put together key points and quotes from attended sessions. 

The weekend kicked off with the B.L.A.C.K Panel discussion and dinner where panelist covered topics such as entrepreneurship, mentorship, following your destiny and mental health.  Panelists also touched on the need for black enterprises to work together. 

“The partnership that is missing is the one between the black entrepreneur and the black consumer”. - Kezia Williams, The Black upstart. 

The discussion at the B.L.A.C.K Panel and Dinner left audience members with the following takeaways 

  • Don't take no for answer. Make some noise.
  • Take rejections and turn them into an opportunity.
  • Use your day job and inspiration and turn into an opportunity.
  • You don't have to go at it alone. Get help.

The Black Alumni Networking Expo continued on Saturday with noteworthy workshops and seminaries given by experts in various fields.  Walter Ward III, the founder of the Mobile Business School, provided attendees with the tools to build a business from scratch and focused on the importance of learning how to do what you love. 

“Believe it or not a lot of executives grew up in a pipeline of thinking. They don’t know how the rest of business work, they know how their portion works, but they don’t know how the enterprise works.  Which causes a problem for a lot of executives because as they are moving up they can’t go beyond a certain level because they don’t have an enterprise view,” – Ward said. 

The Mobile Business School provides a "pop-up" MBA experience, for entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and creative professionals.From the session, attendees learned about the 3 core components of building a business; the customer, the narrative, and the numbers walking away with valuable tips and advice to continue to do what they love. 

With the rise of technology, BAN Expo offered A Career in Tech Panel Discussion to discuss trends in the tech industry, shared economies, entry barriers, being a tech entrepreneur, and career advice that reflected the audience's interests.  

The key focus of this year’s BAN Expo encouraged guests, vendors, and panelist to effectively create opportunities and collaborations within our community. The event brought together not just HBCU alumni but alumni who attended PWI's to create better partnerships for our businesses to succeed. For more information about the BAN Expo visit www.banexpo.org.  Continue to follow our social feeds this month as we will be highlighting many of the businesses who were in attendance.

Monthly Nuggets: Marketing Professional and Author, Lori Flowers

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Meet Lori

"Being an effective woman in business is something that is achievable, but takes a little time and consistent dedication."

Lori Flowers is a radio marketing professional with close to twenty years of experience; and Author of "A Seat at the Table: A Survival Guide for Women in Business," Lori prides herself on motivating women in business to be their best.  She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband OJ.  

Lori Flowers is a radio marketing professional with close to twenty years of experience. Flowers is the Author of "A Seat at the Table: A Survival Guide for Women in Business," Lori prides herself on motivating women in business to be their best.  She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband OJ.  

Visit www.loriflowers.com

Marketing Professional and Author, Lori Flowers Shares 5 Tips on How to Be An Effective Woman in Business

Being an effective woman in business is something that is achievable, but takes a little time and consistent dedication. Believe it or not, it is the little things that can make or break you in business.

Here are 5 tips to be an effective woman in business:

Every effective woman in business communicates well. Communication is key in all forms. This includes in person, email and phone. 

In person, you literally want to put your best face forward. Be approachable, smile and extend a strong handshake. If during your face-to- face meeting you have been tasked with something, make sure that you write it down and follow up with the person.

Via email, make sure that you are getting back to people within 24 hours.  Even if you do not know the answer, reply back and let them know that you are working on it. Remember that it is hard to read the tone of an email, so make sure that you are upbeat and pleasant in your correspondence.  

On the phone, make sure that when you are conducting business that you are smiling. People can sense a smile over the phone.  Also, just like all of the other forms of communication, make sure that you follow through on what was discussed.

Every effective woman in business has a positive image.

An image is everything so be sure you are putting your best foot forward.  This includes their clothing, hair, makeup, and nails. The old adage of “Dress for the job you want” is still relevant and as a woman in business (any form of business), you need to take heed to this.

Every effective woman in business has an elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a 10-15 second pitch all about you. Whether you work for a corporation or own your business, you need to have a solid pitch that you can share with anyone you meet.  

The elevator pitch consists of:

  1. Your intro - Hello my name is___________ and I attend/or work______________________.
  2. What do you hope to do - In my current situation, I hope to be able to______________________________ and then advance to _______________.
  3. How can they help you?  It is my hope that we can__________________________________.  

Write out your elevator pitch and memorize it.  Make sure to practice it in the mirror.  After all, you never know who you will be in the elevator with next.    Be ready!

Every effective woman in business is a networker. Networking is extremely important as networks provide you those opportunities that you may not be privy to if you were not in that network. 

When attending a networking event, it is best to work the room and stay away from the people you came with. I mean, after all, you know them already. Once you connect with someone and get their card, it is always good to pull something personal about them from the conversation.  This little tidbit of information is what you will follow up with them on. For example, you meet Mary who is a VP at a major corporation. She just moved to the city and loves gardening. After you meet her at the networking event, follow up within 2-3 days.  In your follow up, send her a link to some great restaurants in the city and maybe even suggest a local nursery where she can look at purchasing plants for her garden. This is the start to organically building a relationship. Then, if you happen to need her for a recommendation or even consideration for a job opportunity within her company, she knows who you are and may even consider you.  

Every effective woman in business knows her industry and is always learning. She reads leadership development books frequently and knows the ins and outs of her industry or the industry she hopes to get into. 

One way that she grows and keeps learning is to seek out job descriptions of possible positions she would like to be in. If there is anything in that description she is not able to do, she learns how to do it. This keeps her learning and growing.

Women in business are constantly evolving. While these are only five tips, they can still make a difference. Be consistent and intentional about your professional growth and you will continue to rise to the top!