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If Oprah Called Would You Say No?

We all face moments when we feel like we aren’t ready – especially when it’s time to make a big move or step out of our comfort zone. One of the SHIFTs I help my clients is make is not allowing feelings to keep them from taking action. I shared this with one of my clients recently.

If Oprah called, would you tell her no because you weren’t ready? No – you would get ready! Stop being a respecter of persons. Treat your VIPs (Very Interested Prospects) like Oprah and DO what you need to do to get ready!

What do you need to do to get ready? The people you have been called to serve are waiting for you.

4 Questions to Choose the Right B2B Social Networking Site

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When it comes to using social networking for business, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are considered the trifecta for most business professionals. But that doesn’t mean they are the only places for you to find new leads, clients, and potential partners online.

There are other social networking platforms that may be more beneficial for you. Just like in offline networking, the key is making sure that the sites you choose are worth your time, investment, and in some cases money.

I created a video that explains four ways to determine if a platform is a good fit for you. Grab a pen and paper to take notes – then happy exploring.

How to Use Social Networking to Create Bankable B2B Connections

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All social networking is not created equal.

There’s B2B (Business to Business) social networking and then there’s “regular” social networking. If you use Facebook and Twitter for personal connections, it can sometimes be confusing where to draw the line for your professional connections. Effective business to business social networking is more than just using social media platforms to promote your offers and events; it requires planning and strategy.

So what Is B2B Social Networking?

B2B social networking is using social media platforms for the express purpose of creating new business relationships and generating more leads through social networking tools. You’re not just there to post pictures, make cute comments or to get lots of likes. Your goal is to connect with key influencers in your industry or niche, and spark relationships with people who can help you grow your business.

10 Key Connections for Building a Bankable Professional Network

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There was a time when I didn’t have a supportive professional network. Like many women, I clung to the relationships I did have even though they were hurting me and not helping me.

One of the reasons it took me two years to start LaunchWhileWorking.com was the ill-intentioned advice I received from a woman I considered a close trusted advisor. She didn’t think it was a good idea and didn’t like the name “employedpreneur” (a term I coined for full-time employees with part-time businesses). So I filed the thought away. At least I tried to. The idea of helping people who were, like me, launching a business while working full-time was something I just couldn’t shake.

In 2011, I launched the site and started a Facebook Group for employedpreneurs. I also started a podcast called Launch Talk. At its height, Launch Talk was getting over 6,500 downloads a month. In 2012, my work with Launch While Working led to an Honorable Mention as a Small Business Influencer. In 2013, I won the Small Business Influencer Top 100 Champion Award. Imagine my shock when the woman that told me she didn’t like the name later advised me that I should use “Employedpreneur” more in my branding, and said how great my idea was, as if we had never talked about it before.

Is Your Business Network Working for You or Against You?

That relationship showed me that I needed different women in my circle. I set an intention to connect to powerful women who were living with passion and purpose. I am amazed now when I look at the brilliant women I am connected to. They are women who generously sow into my life and so brilliantly show up in the world to make an impact in the lives of others.

SHIFT Work: 7 Negative Thoughts That Keep You From Asking for Help

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Brilliant women know: Asking for help and support is critical to reaching more people, changing more lives, and growing their wealth.

If you are a brilliant woman that’s been called to serve through entrepreneurship:

  • Does your need to avoid rejection override your desire to have real impact that has the power to change lives?
  • Is it more important to have a certain image or have genuine influence that allows you to blaze a trail for others?
  • Are you setting your pricing based on fear or with the intent to create purposeful income (wealth) that can be used to sow seeds into people, ideas, and movements?

What’s really keeping us from having more impact, influence, and income is our own limited and faulty thinking. I call these thought patterns brilliance blockers. One of my brilliance blockers is the thought pattern that says “I don’t know how.” This comes up when I have to go outside of myself to get something done. Why? Because asking for help is hard for me and asking for what I need, for a long time had been attached to feeling ashamed for having the need in the first place. I survived by doing everything on my own and not trusting or expecting that there would be people who genuinely wanted to help me.

Being self-reliant served me well for a long time. Anything that I could learn and do myself, I did. But as an entrepreneur, trying to maintain total self-reliance is costly.