Be a Doer
For my 3rd podcast, I’ve stepped my game up! Allow me introduce myself. I am Jeanita Morris, a professional living in the Washington, DC area with over 17 years of experience in a variety of different verticals, but mostly in sales. In my spare time I freelance write and I read a lot! Last year for my 38th birthday, I challenged myself to read 112 books before my 39th birthday. I completed that challenge in just over 11 months. The blog, 112books.com was created to document my journey with book reviews. This year, I evolved 112books.com to view112.com because I wanted to write about more than just books. There are lessons in my life and books that I’ve been able to apply to my art and professional success. Consuming vs Creating:During my reading challenge, I consumed a lot. In fact, last year was all about consumption and excess. This year, I want to share what i’ve learned and contribute to the reading and business community. Here are a couple ways I’ve started to do this:Create. I wrote a blog post, I Do What I Want. There is a notable difference in aspiring vs doing. For example, I wanted to become a writer. A writer becomes a write the moment he/she begins writing.Start with what you have. God gives us all we need to get started. I have the ideas, the education, the ability. I just need to put them to use. My first 2 podcasts I recorded without much planning. The first recording software I thought to use was QuickTime player since it came installed on my Mac. Once I shared the podcast with people, I was told about GarageBand. I took a GarageBand workshop at the Apple Store. This is my first podcast using GarageBand. I am figuring it out as I go along. If you wait for things to be perfect (environment, conditions, skills set) before you get started, you will never get anything done. Start with what you have. I love the trial by error approach. Since the first 2 podcast episodes, the quality has vastly improved. Of all my writing projects: He Said She Said Football, Mr and Mrs Football, 112 Books, and now View 112 ,each one is better than the last. Stay on this journey with me as I figure things out. As for you, be a doer. What is holding you back from starting something?
16 Feb 2017
Focus on the Work
The 100th book I read during the 112 Books reading challenge was Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. There is a line in the chapter titled "Talk Talk Talk" that caused me to evaluate how I do things. Here is the quote: “It’s a temptation that exists for everyone-for talk and hype to replace action.” p.24How often do we talk about things we have yet to do? You see, up until that moment in my book challenge, I would take a picture of me with the book and share it on social media. I'd say I'm going to read this or #currentlyreading. People would ask me what it was about or if it was a good book and I couldn’t respond. My blog posts were also shallow because I wasn’t ready to review a book I had not read. Going forward, I decided to read a book, write a blog post reviewing the book, and then share on social media. I had so much more insight and could connect with people better. That small simple change made all the difference. Allow me to share why this simple shift was huge for me. In the sales world we are all about forecasting, setting lofty goals, competing and bragging. To simply shut up, put your head down, do the work and THEN share the work is not the way I’ve gone about my life professionally. Everyone wants to know what you are “working on” and how you foresee executing something. If I am honest there is a part of me that likes the validation I get. I like when people are excited to see what I am reading. Talking trash motivates me and makes me accountable to what I’m about to do. But I’ve found greater rewards as of late from focusing on the work. I still get the validation but now with better results. This week I got a suggestion to throw a party for the launch of View112.com and the View 112 Podcast. The idea was to help showcase my work and market the platform. My immediate response was meet with surprise: absolutely not I said. I went on to explain 2 reasons why: I don’t believe I’ve accomplished anything worth celebrating. I’ve invested some money into a website that is less than a month old and recorded 3 podcasts. What is the party about? In Ego is the Enemy, Holiday warns that by celebrating or telling people about your aspirations early, you could fool yourself into believing they are already accomplishments.If you are going to build a tall stage and cast a wide spotlight, you better put on a killer show! I’ve run a company before and I am a pretty good sales person. My biggest mistake as a business owner in the past is to drum up business that my team was not prepared to handle. I did not have a good production plan in place to accommodate orders causing a lot of stress on my team and failed delivery times for my customers. I need to have strong content, posting schedule, and delivery in place.Trust me when it is time to party, I will be there with my dress and champagne! I just want to make sure I’ve done the work.How often do you talk about things you have yet to do? What will you do differently?
23 Feb 2017
Together is Better. Leadership and Sports Talk w/Patrick Godfrey
On this episode of the View 112 Podcast I interview a colleague I admire, Patrick Godfrey. Patrick is one of the most inspiring leaders I know. His work ethic and integrity are unmatched. Last year, during my 112 Books reading challenge, Patrick gifted me a very special book, Together is Better by Simon Sinek. I was touched by such a thoughtful and insightful gesture. Patrick gave me this book right at the start of a new professional journey. I read a few of these (my favorite) quotes from the book to Patrick and we had quite a fun chat:“Leadership is an education. And the best leaders think of themlseves as the students, not the teachers” p.89“If the challenge doesn’t scare us, then it’s probably not important” p.45“The opportunity is not to discover the perfect company for ourselves. The opportunity is to build the perfect company for each other” p.80"Fulfillment is not born of the dream. Fulfillment is born of the journey" p.91. "Don’t complain, contribute" p.4Patrick hails from the state of Ohio is all about Ohio sports. For part 2 of this episode, Patrick and I (with a few friends) head over to The Big Board in Washington, DC and watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals. We talk LeBron and I get Patrick's NBA Finals prediction. This one was fun! Thanks so much Patrick for being on the View 112 Podcast.
3 Jun 2017
Nine more episodes to record before my 40th birthday in less than a month. It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve paused to record a podcast. I’m learning that this podcast is actually a great tool to help me slow down and reflect. As much as I’ve wanted to stop and record, I’ve been focused on school and a lot of work. One lesson in life I haven’t seems to learn is how to stop piling things on. So here are a few words around priority setting from the Queen of Doing Too Much here on the View 112 Podcast. 1. Be Specific2. Be Honest with Yourself3. Curve Those Competing Alternatives
21 Dec 2017
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Ways to Advance at Work and Business
Two weeks ago, I launched the View 112 Podcast on iTunes! I am thrilled by the engagement. Thank you all so much. If you have not had a chance to check it out, search View 112 in iTunes or on the Podcast app. If you are enjoying the podcast, please give it a rating and leave me a little feedback. On this 12th Episode of the View 112 Podcast, I share 4 of many ways to advance at work and business. I share a few stories: how I landed my first account, about a pet peeve, a mistake I've made, and what I learned from my first business mentor. 1. You have to do the work others aren’t willing to do2. You have to be a problem solver. 3. You have to have some staying power. 4. You have to connect with people on THAT level.
9 May 2017
August Affirmations and The Motivation Manifesto
Affirmations are specific statements used to help you visualize and believe in what you are setting out to do. Today I am sharing my brief story of affirmations and the new book I’m reading The Motivation Manifesto here on the View 112 Podcast. I've spent a lot of time talking about goal setting and quarterly reviews. I've also been reading a lot about affirmations so I've decided to give them a try. In the past, I've used something similar to affirmations such as mantras while running or working out to encourage myself past the mental hurdles that pop up. I also recently listened to an episode of The Tim Ferris Show in which Seth Godin shares his experience with affirmations. His testimonial convinced me further to give it a whirl. I will be saying these affirmations out loud 3 times per day (I've set a reminder on my iPhone) and writing them down once per day. On this podcast I share the whys behind my August affirmations:I am worthy of all God has for me. I will do what it takes to graduate in 2018I will build a lucrative writing career and advance professionally.My body is a powerful temple and I will take care of it. I will give and receive love beyond my wildest dreamsAs a nice compliment to this practice, I just picked up The Motivation Manifesto from Brendon Burchard. In this book, Burchard shares his 9 Declarations and I find them to be pretty powerful. I share them as well. Books come into our lives in different seasons and can be used for many different reasons. Again, I think this book will be a great compliment to the work I'm doing with affirmations. Hope you enjoy this episode.
1 Aug 2017
Comfortable Not Complacent
What’s the point of working hard if you never take the opportunity to enjoy life? Is there a fine line between comfort and complacent? I believe, like most things, its up to you. You can have intention to be comfortable and you can also take action to avoid complacency. I’m going to share my game plan for tips to flourish this fall here on the View 112 Podcast.
16 Sep 2019
According Merriam-Webster.com, the definition of a limit is "something that bounds, restrains, or confines”. When considering the definition of limit as a verb, it’s "to restrict the bounds or limits of". Today, I want to discuss self-imposed limits. What are the things we voluntarily assume that are limiting us in life and work? I’ll share a few things we can do to battle ourselves here on the View 112 Podcast.How many L’s have you taken in life due to your own limitations? Self-imposted limitations come in the form of confining thoughts, beliefs, actions/inactions. With self-imposed limits, sometimes we fail because we don’t even start. We miss the full potential of an opportunity or situation because we don’t see the whole. We get some of what’s available, instead of all of it. What can we do to remove self-imposed limits?Be First. I read a book, ‘Purposeful: Are You a Manager Or a Movement Starter’ by Jennifer Dulski. Jennifer is the Head of Groups and Community at Facebook and the Former President and COO at Change.org. In her book, Jennifer shares example after example of how ordinary people contribute incredible change in the world leading with purpose. There is a chapter in the book titled "Spark a Standing Ovation". Jennifer shares a concept we've all seen in action: a standing ovation. A gradual standing ovation begins when one person stands up and begins clapping, leading others. I've seen this at church and different programs a countless times. Even times when I’ve intend to stay seated, one person stands and claps, then a few more, and more, until eventually everyone, including me is standing and clapping. Of all the movement starters profiled by Jennifer, one thing commonality they share is being the first to stand and clap, metaphorically if you will. The idea of simply being first is a good discipline for me as I work to remove limits in my life because it gives me less time to contemplate failure. No time to contemplate failure, I’m already doing. In the same chapter there is a quote from Amy Poehler "The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing." The discipline of going first for me prevents analysis paralysis. Insecurity and then time constraints kick when when I take too long to decide. When I was younger playing spades, sometimes I'd over think my play and my uncle used to tease the warning, "You think long, you think wrong". In my role as a leader professionally, people look to me. Sometimes you have to be the first to leap to show it can be done and spark others to move too. I know its cliche to say it only takes one person to make a difference or one person to start a riot but it really is true. Find situations in your life in which you can advance progress by being first.Stop Labeling. I am no longer interested in confining things to simply what I've seen done before. I've been practicing a lot professionally. We hire insanely smart people but then limit what we think they are capable of understanding or doing. I no longer underestimate what can be achieved based on a particular role an individual may have. Why limit people to roles instead of enhancing roles to the capability of the incredible people we hire? In an act to increase my expectations of people and results, I am removing the prejudgment of what can be accomplished. There have been times in my career, I've also decided that I'm not smart enough or have the credentials to apply for a particular position. Already limiting myself mentally in advance, just imagine the lack of accomplishment taking those limiting thoughts into a role. I’ve been guilty of labelling situations in my life too. Believe it our not, I still decide there are things I should not have or places I should not go. This is on my mind because I’ve been near shopping. A couple of years ago, I when I purchased my Jeep Cherokee, I first looked at an E class Mercedes coupe. The car had black on black interior and black leather interior with beautiful finishes, a super nice car. Sitting inside the car, I decided (and literally said out loud) this car is too nice for me. In fact, I felt a bit embarrassed sitting in the car. I created an image in my mind about the type of people who drive luxury cars. I don’t have friends or family who own luxury coupes. I’ve never even been in a car that expensive. So who do I think I am to drive a car this nice? I should have been focusing on the truth: I am me. I can afford this car and I like it a lot. That is enough. Instead, I got out of the car and left the dealership without so much as a test drive. I love my Jeep, but I think about that Mercedes all the time and why I didn't buy it instead. Pray for me on this step. I am a work in progress. Create Options. Financial Planners always advise to diversify your financial portfolio because relying on one vehicle to acquire and grow money is too risky. Should that vehicle or source default, so does our wealth. Contrasty, when we have multiple sources and vehicles for our funds, the risk in losing it all in one shot is reduced. We should have such options in other aspects of our lives as well. While I am blessed to have a diverse savings portfolio, I really only have one main source of income. A question posed in the August 2018 edition of O Magazine, asked “What would you do if you quit your job?”. It’s a question that certainly got me questioning my true limitations. Due to my one source of income, if I quit my job today (Disclaimer: Not going to), I would most certainly be looking for another! Seriously though, the question got me thinking about else could I be doing and how can I monetize it. Everyday I am thinking about what I could be doing to build for myself and my future. Options are not just about money, but experience as well. I've shared a lot about the value of being a life long learner. The value of personal development cannot be stressed enough. I was purposeful in using the word "create" when talking about options. We can remove limits by deciding to learn new skills. These skills can be beneficial for a variety of different ways to improve our quality of life. You know the saying, "when you know better, you do better". I learned another lesson about options and diversification while listening to the Myleik Teele Podcast. Myleik was interviewing Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily. Claire shared Instagram deactivated her account (which had millions of followers) and how she’s reconnecting with that audience on other platforms. The sudden deactivation taught her a lesson around ownership of her platform and work. It never occurred to me how someone could lose their business like that in an instant. Thankfully her page has been since restored. I’ve heard Claire on more recent interviews and it appears the reactivation of the page connecting her back with her large audience did not come without much time and money. Think of how many companies build their entire platform solely on the strength of social media. As a writer wanting to help others grow and monetize my work, I will need to focus on various platforms for connecting and also put more into my own site view112.com. I cannot be limited to few or outdated ways of connecting my art to my audience.Drop Timelines. We are our worst enemy when it comes to limiting our successes in life to timelines. You know what I’m talking about, accomplishing this…by that age, or confining milestones to a calendar timeline. Just because some or even most people accomplish things in a particular time doesn’t mean your accomplishments are any less. With my current employer, I’ve earned 3 promotions in 6 years. 3 months before my first promotion, I thought about looking for another job because an external candidate was selected the first time I went after a position. I shared my intentions with one of my girlfriends and she didn't hold back in telling me how impatient and stupid I sounded. At the start of 2017, I confided in a friend, I’d feel like a failure if the whole year went by and I didn’t get this next promotion. It would be time to look for another job as I’d been in my role for over 2 years. There is no mandate of how long people take to move from one position to the next and on average I’m sure the time is more like 3-5 years for the promotion I was after. As you can imagine, yet another friend pointed out my stupidity. I love my career and the work I do, especially now and if I would have let a simple date on the calendar drive my happiness, I’d be without this incredible experience. I have to think about this as it comes to my writing. The late Maya Angelou’s autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was her first published work and it happened when she was 41 years old. Same age as me. There has not been a failure, I have yet to survive. Not a single one. Failure is hard, but not impossible to push past. Think of how liberating it is to approach each day, moment, or opportunity like you cannot fail. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
24 Feb 2019
Courses, Books, and Podcasts For Development Summer 2017
As a modern day professional, on-going learning and development should remain a priority. I have an insatiable thirst for learning and always look for ways to master more, improve and gain extra insight. There are countless, inexpensive ways we can take initiative in our own personal development. Thanks to the power of technology, a variety of educational platforms are accessible to us. Vehicles such as podcasts, webinars, online classes, apps, etc are ours for the devouring. You can learn anything you want! I'd like to share with you how I’m investing in my development this summer. 1. I'm taking writing courses. One of my Q2 Goals was to join a writing community and get a mentor. Well I joined 2 writing groups on LinkedIn and I have a subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine. For months I’ve been researching different writing courses. These courses normally run $230-300 and finally after waiting a bit, I was able to get a bundle of courses on sale with other materials for $50. (Talk about winning!) Check out the materials and content I have received for $50: How to Blog a Book eBookBuild Your Author Platform Through Blogging OnDemand WebinarFrom Blog to Agent to Book Deal: Writer’s Digest Conference Session50 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic MP4Is Your Blog a Book: When, How, Why (and Why Not) Your Social Medial Could Become a Traditionally Published Book OnDemand WebinarAuthor Blogs: How to Get Started with This Platform Essentials and Use it to Snag An Agent MP42. I'm taking a college math course. I’ve mentioned before that I'm currently in school pursuing a degree in Management Studies. So far, all of the major related classes have come easy to me. I’ve been able to draw for my experience for projects and papers. That’s one of the benefits of being an adult learner. Experience. All I have left to graduate are math and math related classes. One class, which is the introductory math class (you know the one you can test out of), I have failed twice. I have not been able to test out and I have not passed the class. This is quite embarrassing for me. Failed classes are a part of my past. I failed my Senior thesis in college. I refuse to let this be an obstacle that prohibits me from finally graduating. So this summer I start this class again. I have also downloaded several apps and lessons to help me from a tutoring standpoint. Normally I take 2-3 classes but this summer I am going to focus on just this one. I am determined to get over this math hump. While this is hard for me to admit, I’ve learned that being vulnerable and asking for help is one of the best ways to tackle problems. Whenever I mention my math problems to someone, they are incredibly kind and have offered solutions. My best friend's son (a high school student) shared his math apps. I’ve had co workers who have degrees in math. Who knew? I will not struggle through this alone and that’s a great feeling. 3. I'm reading allllll the Summer Reads. Friends, I am reading SO MUCH this summer. In addition to the 3 books I’m going to read during the View 112 Summer of Business Books Reading Challenge, I’ve picked up a couple of other titles including:I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin HartYou Are a Bad Ass at Making Money by Jen SinceroThank You For Being Late by Thomas FriedmanBorn a Crime by Trevor NoahContent Inc by Joe PulizziThe $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau4. I'm here for podcasts. It's not just my own podcast I love folks! I consume a lot of podcasts. Here are 12 of my very favorites:The 5am MiracleThe Tim Ferriss ShowMy Taught You PodcastPod Save AmericaLovett or Leave ItSideHustle ProRevisionist HistoryHow I Built ThisPay Checks and BalancesFreelance Writing SuccessThe Read (for the laughs)His & Hers & SC6How are you investing in your development this summer? Share with me all of the courses, books, and podcasts...
15 Jun 2017
Can You Define Your Brand?
A hot topic in business and entrepreneurship is personal branding. To me personal branding is first knowing who you are and for what you stand. Once you understand this for yourself, people or circumstances won’t be able to define it for you. It took me a few years to understand who I am as a business woman, and even longer to always stand behind that brand regardless of the circumstances. I’ve never won trying to be someone I’m not. That being said, I’m not above feedback, growth, and evolving. All of those things have a place in my professional development. Still, at my core when I remain honest with myself, I know who I am and for what I stand. As a leader, I am a passionate, direct, competitive, energetic mover and shaker. I like being on top, out front, having fun and laughing loudly. I get the job done. People can count on me to deliver. There have been times I have allowed people and situations (MISTAKES) to convince me I don’t know myself. One of these situations is entering a new career like freelance writing. Part of this platform is to help me find my voice as a writer and shape this platform as I stake my place as a thought leader. But a thought leader on what? That’s the thing. So as I find my voice as a writer, I’m going to use the same process I used to understand my brand as a business professional. 1. Ask myself some questions.What kind of work gets me out of bed in the morning?What topics am I passionate about?What have been my proudest accomplishments?What do I want to be know for?What type of mentorship do I need in this space to thrive?What can I read to help me close knowledge gaps? (My favorite question)2. Go for what you know.I am confident I can write about anything that interests me. However, while applying for writing jobs, I need to establish myself as an authority figure with something to offer. (At least I think so). Things I will argue you under the table about include: football, amazing things to read, business, and leadership. I always have a well formed opinion on those topics. So I’m going to focus more energy writing on these topics. I am also going to pitch to the publications in these industries. Taking this approach will certainly help me build my confidence. I have not experienced true writer’s block (knock on wood). Should I ever experience it, thinking about different angles on topics that I feel most comfortable will help me get over the hump. 3. Seek supportIn business, the support is on going and from many sources. Friends, colleagues, leaders, and people I lead all have some perspective that help me become better and sharpen as a professional. Next to continue working on my voice and brand, I need to start actively seeking out people who are doing well in this space. So far I have been going at this alone. Sure, I get support from family and friends because they read my work and give me feedback. Still I need support from a community of writers. Iron sharpens iron. I need to be sharpened as a writer. 4. Keep doing the workIn this case, keep writing. On this blog, I’ve been pretty consistent at delivering 2 posts per week. I’ve written double that as somethings just haven’t made the cut. I don’t have a daily writing habit. I could say its because I am busy (i.e. work, school, life, etc). The truth is I don’t have a daily writing habit because I haven’t planned a daily writing habit. I write when I feel like it. I need to force it a bit more and become more disciplined about writing. This is the only way I’m going to produce more work and better work. I have tons of books on writing exercises. I’ve been putting them to use and I need to do it even more. Overall my approach to entering the market of freelance writing is my approach as a business professional. I have to jump right in and just learn as I go. How about you? Do you know your brand as a professional? Could you articulate it with confidence in an interview or when asked? If not, let me know if some of my questions help.
11 Apr 2017
4th Quarter Clutch. Focus on Finishing 2017
The entire year I’ve been sharing the value in setting a quarterly focus for 2017. Can you believe we are in the final stretch of 2017?! How is your year going? Are you pleased with your progress? Are you like me, with a few things you still need to get done? Today I’m discussing how to focus on finishing 2017 strong. Time to be 4th Quarter Clutch here on the View 112 Podcast.Take an assessment. Take a look back over this year and check those wins and opportunities. I want to highlight wins for a moment. For me this is important. I have a terrible way of only looking at what’s not done.(More on that in a moment) So much so that it gives me a distorted view of myself and what’s actually happening. Based on my assessment, I’m proud of a few things: 1. Professionally, I have grown and developed quite a bit this year. At the top of the year, as I was starting this podcast, I was also embarking on a new journey at work. I had a new team with a new space and a new boss. I knew going into to it, I had to lead differently and connect with the team differently and I’m proud of the work I did. I’ve learn to lead using skills outside of my comfort zone. 2. I’ve been consistent with school. I’ve taken more classes this year and am set up to complete my degree next year. (God is good!). 3. I’ve made time to read, write, and podcast this year consistently. I’ve learned to much about myself and life through this process. Now some opportunities I have include: 1. I’ve let “being busy” allow my health to take a back seat. 2. I’ve earned and spent more money this year than I ever have in my life. 3. While I’m proud of my progress in writing, I’ve not really grown in the space as I envisioned. Learn from Failures and Make a Plan to Move On. I am reading a book titled Sometimes You Win and Sometimes You Learn by John C Maxwell. Its a very smart book that talks about how to move on from failures and lessons. I also just listened to a sermon this week from Pastor Delman Coates in which he titled So What, I Lost. I came across this book and sermon at the perfect time in my life and I’m sharing it with you as we prepared to sprint to the finish line of 2017. We cannot sprint if we are weighted down with the baggage of disappointment from failures. I highly recommend you read Sometimes You Win and Sometimes You Learn as it highlights key ways to successful move past failure. Here are some key chapters from the Table of Contents:Chapter 2: Humility-The Spirit of Learning Chapter 4: Responsibility-The Foundation of Learning Chapter 8: Adversity-The Catalyst of Learning Chapter 11: Change-The Price of Learning Set the plan TODAY! What can you realistically get done in the next 10 weeks? Open your calendar app and look at the next 10 weeks. I’ve mapped out things like: my parents coming to visit, a large event at work, meetings I already know about, and my school schedule etc. What are short term goals that pack a punch in your overall vision for 2017? I’ve set professional goals to that will make me feel great about this quarter. In my personal life, I’ve set financial goals that include a holiday spending budget. I start class on Monday and passing these 2 classes will keep me on track to graduating in 2018. For this podcast, I am recording 10 more podcasts this year to reach my number of 40 podcast episodes before my 40th birthday. Plan around what you can know can be controlled. You know the holidays are coming. Holiday season is packed with social events, calories, and spending. Set a plan now to set yourself up for success. Are there goals and plan you need to downsize over the next 10 weeks? If so, do not be ashamed. Set a plan that will help you move the needle in the right direction. For me there are 2 things that I’ve improved with this year but missed the mark on what I set out to do at the top of the year. The first is weight loss. I have adjusted my weight goal to a number that will make me proud in the next 10 weeks and will have me weighing less than I did when I kicked off 2017. The second is a mental health goal. My job helped me with this one. We have a mindfulness challenge starting in November which is a busy time of year for us. In addition to the mindfulness challenge, having a therapy cadence is important to me. As busy working professional, I need to find a healthy outlet the stress and anxiety. Let me tell you what does not work: overworking, comfort eating and drinking, over exercising, procrastination by setting up distractions. Trust me, I’ve done them all. I’ve had the best success with rest, talking out my concerns, focused prayer, reading. When I’m doing those things well and consistently, I feel better. I am more focused on my goals and get to the finish line much faster. Weekly check ins. Just as quarterly check ins have set me up for success for the year, I’m applying that to weekly check ins. I have set mine up to be on Tuesday mornings. Tuesdays are a big day for me anyway with meetings and such. I love going into Tuesdays with purpose and plans. Tuesday mornings I can celebrate, reassess, and stay focused on what I need to complete. Many productivity podcasts and books I’ve read suggest Sunday nights to set up your week. If you have a traditional, set work schedule then Sundays may be the move for you. I sometimes am working Sunday plus most reporting gets to me on Monday. Pick whatever day for weekly evaluation that works best for you be consistent.As usual I’ve piled my plate pretty high with the things I need to do to wrap the year. However, your girl has a plan, a strong support system set up, and the sprint of determination.
21 Oct 2017
Be Anxious for Nothing
I’m going to be honest. By nature, I still worry about things. Over the years, I’ve worked on how I manage the strong urge to worry. In intense moments of angst, I am calmed by advice from my dad. Often, he’s said to me “Be anxious for nothing”. Like most incredible advice from dad, its biblically rooted. Philippians 4: 6-9 reads: 6.Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. 8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 9. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Pray Prepare Practice PatiencePeace I promise today’s episode is not a sermon, but it is certainly a good word! As I’ve said before, this podcast encourages me too! I am going to share with you a few ways this has helped me keep my sanity and focus on what matters during acquisition seasons in my life here on the View 112 Podcast.
6 Feb 2018
2017 Q1 Review
Hi and welcome to Episode 8 of the View 112 Podcast. Between those of you who listen to the podcast on line at View112.com or those of you who read the show notes, I appreciate the support! Today is Saturday April 1st! We are officially done with 1 quarter of 2017. The topic for today's podcast is 2017 Q1 Review.This year, I took a different approach to my New Year's Resolutions and planning. I did set goals for the year, but I also mapped out a quarterly plan. I changed my approach because I noticed at the end of 2016, there were some goals I set for myself that I didn't accomplish or had not even thought about doing, mostly because I didn't have a plan. I spent the last quarter of the year trying to see if I could hit the target on some of the goals I set way back in the beginning of the year. I didn't feel good trying to play catch up so I decided to make a change. For the most part, setting quarterly goals has been a hit. I set high level goals like: write more, keep in shape, complete school, improve finances, and take care of my health. I mapped out Quarter 1 with a list of to-dos and ideas. January: Register for school, complete whole 30, book all medical appointments (eye, dentist, physical, gyn, therapist), file divorce paperwork, complete 1 blog post per week for 112Books.com, and 112 Book Drive?February: Prep for big move at work, stay strong in class work with discussion boards, yoga/beach body/run/bike (wellness challenge at work), complete 1 blog post per week, consider home buying options and lower car payment, build professional network, consider Paleo.March: Keep focused with school work, prep for lenten season, game plan summer semester, 1-2 blog posts per week. Running plan/bike plan/yoga, decide if moving (lease is up), sharpen writing skills (maybe a class), and Women's History Month (consider advocacy and literacy activities)Some highlights to note: 1. I did not really picture View 112 (blog or podcast) being a thing so this has been quite the experience. Through it all I have posted 2 times a week, for which I am very proud. This and my school work has helped sharpen my writing skills a bit. Still, I do need to work on more professional development in this area. 2. I did improve my financial outlook by slightly lowering my car payment, getting out of a bad loan, and getting a new car in the process. I also negotiated and renewed my lease for one more year, 3. I have maintained my physical fitness with spinning yoga, and started a new running plan a couple of weeks ago, and 4. I am wrapping up 2 classes toward my degree: Human Resource Management, and Entrepreneur Venture Planning. In the past, I have often registered for classes and then mid semester when things get crazy at work, I drop the classes. Not this time. Ya girl has been, not just hanging in there, but thriving. Trending for As in both classes. Obviously there are some things that didn't get done. I will incorporate them into my Q2 Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams for Spring: 1. I didn't take care of all of my medical appointments. I did go to the eye doctor and the dentist in March. I still need to get my annual physical and GYN exam. Which leads me to 2. My eating habits are kind of a problem. Sloppy. Still working out fairly regularly, but my diet is a mess. Whole 30 was an epic fail in January. I didn't make it past my birthday. 3. I would not say I've built my professional network though I am pleased with some of the advances I've made professionally. I need to join a writing group, conference, MeetUp or something in this space as a freelancer. You know, just be around other people who do this. Plus View 112 is totally different than 112 Books and I need to upgrade my plans and goals to match the expectations I have for this new platform. At work, I'll be celebrating 5 years (2 in my current role) in May and haven't expanded my network to collaborate or work with anyone new in at least a year. 4. About that divorce paperwork...yeah I need to get to it. Looking back like this helps me see my progress but also identify what I need to do in Q2. At this pace I will accomplish a lot more in 2017 than I did in 2016. So how about you? Where are you with your 2017 resolutions, goals, plans? Would you benefit from a quarterly strategy and review? Here's what it looked like when I mapped it out in late December. I'm working on that Q2/Q3 update now: First Draft of 2017 Quarterly Plan...
1 Apr 2017
Try Something New
My last podcast episodes: Be a Doer and Focus on the Work sparked my first listener question!What best practices do you have for a person wanting to try something new and stuck in the research phase of a project?The Research Phase. You can always tell my interests or opportunities based on what I am reading. Literally everything from running to recipes, I've read several books on subjects in which I need more information. I think there needs to be a balance between books and articles. Books go in detail and you can find varying opinions. The thing about books is depending on the industry, the information can grow outdated. MagazInes and online articles will give you the latest and greatest information. I love a balance of both. I would like to caution: you cannot live in the research phase forever. You have to start DOING things…which brings me toExperiment. The example I gave about this before is with this podcast. I have listened to many podcasts. I have done research about podcasting. I understand conceptually what I want to achieve via a podcast platform, but until I actually start podcasting, I will have no idea what I’m really doing. Learning through experimenting is vital. You can learn from mistakes you don’t want to make again. I’ve also learned from feedback. Just in the first 4 episodes, I’ve received a lot of feedback that make my podcasts better. Feedback, brings be to my final point:Seek counsel/mentorship. Is there someone excelling at what you are looking to do? Ask for help. People really do love helping people. One of my favorites thoughts around this is from The Alchemist “And when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. When you seek, help, people will help you in ways you never imagined. When I started the 112 books challenge, not only did I get over 300 book titles, I got actual books to read too. To this day, people still give me titles. When I said I wanted to be serious about my writing, I had friends help me with my wevsite and the pdocast. All because they wanted to see me be successful.
5 Mar 2017
Freedom Through Access
Happy summer friends!I promised a colleague that I would create content in the month of June. I’m not proud I let the whole month go by, but here I am getting it DONE!As we go into July 4th week, celebrating Independence Day in America, it got me thinking not to take for granted the freedoms I have and others I still fight for every day to access or maintain. In the last couple of years specifically, I’ve enjoyed quite a different life. I googled a definition of access and its “ a means of approaching or entering a place”. Two things come to mind when I think of access: 1. How am I getting it and 2 How am I giving it. Part of the way I measure success at this point in my life is by the environments of which I have access. I don’t like being boxed out of a situations based on limits. In the past those limits have been based on money or belief that I should be in certain room for environments. I’m motivated to work hard, excel in my career, work on side hustles, finish school because I know these things will give me access to spaces and places I didn’t have before. One of the best ways I’ve gained access is remaining a life long learner. In addition to reading all the things, I ask all the questions. I’ve learned to put my fear of asking even seemingly intimidating question aside to gain access to information. I met a man on a flight recently and we started talking about boats, that conversation through my questioning quickly evolved to talking about chartering yachts and exclusive yacht memberships. In the past I would have let the conversation stop, limiting myself on what I could/could not attain. Instead I kept right on asking more questions. I didn’t even hesitate on what before I would have deemed inappropriate. Not only did I receive an invite, the very same week, I met another person inviting me to lunch at the same exclusive spot. I’m not sure I want or need a membership but now I understand a whole space exists where business networking and affiliation happen in my own neighborhood. I’ve gotten access to a seat at the (lunch) table. I’ve stopped looking over my shoulder for someone to join me. Moving away from the DC area, my home for 40 years, has actually given me the best freedom of my life. Back home, I had a lot of friends and family. I could plan dinner or trips based on other people and their availability. Living alone and away from everyone, I do a lot of things alone. Trust me no one is flying out of Norfolk International Airport if they don’t have to LOL. If I want to have experiences here in town, I mostly have to do them alone. i’ve been all over this place alone and met lots of fantastic people, wonderful experiences, delightful food and drinks. As a result, when I travel, even for work, I’ve learned the art of choosing that one amazing spot in town, going alone, sometimes with a book and enjoying the night. I have shared the benefits of traveling solo in the past but I’ll just emphasize how helpful people are when you travel solo. I’ve gotten invites and info to amazing experiences just deciding to go it alone. How I give access is similar. I love sharing what I learn to help others out. Its partly why I share my experiences here and on my podcast. I’m very passionate about having a transparent leadership style. I don't want the path to my success to be coded. As a leader, I love talking out loud with my team and getting the to hear my learning and thought process. It’s important to me that they see how I reach a decision or for them to be apart of the decision making process because if I’m doing my job right, they will be in a position to make large scale decisions and moves themselves. My favorite thing about leading is giving people access to rooms, conversations, decisions, opinions, info that they would not have on their own. The times in my career when I’ve grown the most have come when I’ve been given access to things bigger than my current role. Every time someone has surprised me by turning and asking me for my opinion has made a difference in my career. I love doing that for other people. What’s the point in being a trailblazer if you’re not leaving an actual trail that is helpful for others to reach you?My simple thought going into this week: How do I continue to push the envelope of gaining and giving access?
30 Jun 2019
Winning with Authenticity
Hello! Today is Sunday May 20th and welcome back to the View 112 Podcast. I’ve been quite a busy lady! I'm not going to bore you by rehashing too many details all in this one episode. Here is a brief summary: At the top of the year, I celebrated my 40th birthday in Mexico. Upon returning, I was informed of an opportunity to interview for a professional promotion with the caveat that the role would be in Norfolk, VA about 3-4 hours south of the Washington Metropolitan Area. After several interviews spanning over 2 months or so, I got my offer then spent April and half of May traveling and transitioning into my new role. How has it been? Both thrilling and exhausting. Since this podcast is focused on self development, books and business, I have many elements to share how I got through this first half of 2018 as I prepared to interview, transition, and now start a new life and work in a different city. With this episode, I'll start with the value of authenticity. Here's some thoughts:1. Know Your Story and Master How to Tell It.2. Be Humble, but Let. Them. Know.3. Make Sure Your Squad is GOALS.
20 May 2018
Learning New Skills on the Job
Can you develop new skills life skills at work? Sure you can! If this is your first time listening to the View 112 Podcast, I am employed full time. I am also a student, writer, intense reader and obviously podcaster. My plate is pretty full outside of work to learn additional skills beyond what I’m already doing. Still, I have thought about 3 new things I can learn while at work and getting paid that will improve my quality of life, make me a better contributor, leader, creator, and problem solver. Then, I’ll put out my challenge to you, up next to the View 112 Podcast. Good Morning. Today is Monday September 11th. I just finished watching an observation for 9/11 on tv. I’m sure we all reflect back to that day such devastation hit our country and we’ve rebuilt and are stronger than ever. Still it was an event, we will never forget. To all of my friends in the Caribbean and Florida, you’ve had a long weekend. My thoughts and prayers and resources got out to you as well as your rebuild. Last week I attended the Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center. I wrote a blog post about my experience about it on view112.com. As you may recall one of the authors I went to see was Thomas Friedman. Two things he said resonated with me:1.Being a life long learner is the largest competitive advantage in the accelerator age. 2.Biggest divide is the self motivation divide. Gone are the days in which one can get a college degree and ride on that knowledge for the rest of their days. We all need to constantly acquire new skills. New skills that will make us better contributors, better leaders, better creators, and better problem solvers. My first thought after listening to Friedman is that I’m on the right track. I am an advocate for development. I mean, that is what I talk about a lot on this podcast. I am also in school, studying a different major than before (English then, Management Studies now). After more consideration, I’ve have thought of ways I can challenge myself in my current role while at work to build new skills.My plate is full outside of work with school and writing, but while at work I can still skill build on the clock. Studies show that adults learn and retain information best through experiential learning. I will admit to being blessed. One of the great things about where I work is that it fosters and environment that is conducive to learning. There is an abundance of information and opportunity to develop and practice new skills all the time. So much so, that if you aren’t careful, these opportunities could be taken for granted. Before I share mine, my challenge to you this week is to analyze your work environment and see how you could be building new skills while actually doing your job. Look for skills that will make you a better contributor, leader, creator, or problem solver. On the job skill #1: LanguagesOne of my long term goals is to become multi lingual. I’m a communication junkie, hence the reading and writing (podcasting too!). I have a plan that as soon as next year when I complete my degree that I will begin to use my educational assistance money toward learning new languages. I thought I would hold off until that time. Every single day at work I have the opportunity to learn quite a few languages very easily. No language is more accessible to me than Spanish. I’ve taken 7 years of Spanish in school in my life and I know tons of people who speak Spanish and meet customers that speak Spanish all of the time. I am going to brush up on my Spanish while at work. I have some experience doing this in the past. When I was in banking, I used to have a teller that was bi lingual. After learning that I wanted to speak the language, she only spoke to me in Spanish. While I struggled to understand her sometimes, this did help me brush up. I expanded my vocabulary and when I went to respond back she would correct me. I learned a lot of financial terms and sometimes I could help people (with basics) when she wasn’t around. That was 5 years ago and I remember a few things but since I’ve not been putting them into practice I don’t remember. I am going to do something similar while I’m at work now. I remember a leader that was learning Spanish and a few members of the team would only speak Spanish to him. Also, countless times a day I meet customers who only speak Spanish. Rather than even try to communicate, many times we look for team members who speak Spanish to help them. I’m going to start there with learning a few basic phrases to get the conversation started. I know a lot of people who speak Spanish but sometimes they are not always available. I could do a better job with connecting with people by trying to learn. Even using translation apps (which I encourage people to do all the time) will help YOU learn too.On the job skill #2: Learning new technologyThis one is a bit easier. I literally have an opportunity to do this every single day. Everyday, I am charged with inspiring my team to learn more and then sharing with customers. I can lead by example and do this with them. Everyday I can learn new things and share them with the team and customers. I can learn a new app or new feature. Things that are relevant and important to me, my interests, goals, workflow. I do this maybe once or twice a week but I could be more deliberate about it. Not only will this help me, but it will make me a better leader for them and our customers. When I mentioned earlier that learning on the job can be taken for granted, this is an example. I could go to work day after day and use the same apps and the same workflow and be pretty successful. Taking a few mins to brush up on something new and incorporating it into my workflow. I have an example. Something as simple as taking notes: I still take notes in the notes app or I use the app EverNote. I have never used dictation. I learned that this weekend while I was studying for a Biology quiz that I didn’t even enable dictation on my Mac yet and I’ve had this one for almost a year now. Its time to introduce dictation into my workflow. Learning this new skill would help me in my personal life, podcasting life, writing life, and at work. I’m here for that. On the job skill #3: CodingThis one is a bit more difficult. I would not be able to full on code an app while I’m at work. Still, I have the opportunity to learn a few principles and basics. Like the names of the different types of coding languages (I only know a few). I could learn about the best apps, courses, and resources out there to teach people about coding. I know at least 4 people on my team that are in coding classes. I just had a fascinating conversation with a co worker who is passionate about developing her own app about the minority coding scene here in the DC area. I think starting here will give me a good idea about how I want to go about learning to code and what I want do with it. I meet parents and students all the time and computer science, coding, and overall computer literacy is a hot topic in the education community. My nephews (the world’s greatest) are 12 and 10 respectively and both are into coding. They’ve been to robotics clubs and camps. It’s the way of the future. So these are 3 on the jobs skills I am going to work on developing. I can focus on these specifically while I am at work. They don’t take additional time while I am away from work to learn. This brings me back to my challenge for you. Take a look around at work this week. What are skills you could be learning while on the job? Again, this of skills that could make you a better contributor, leader, creator, or problem solver. Please share them with me. I’d love to know and get more ideas from you. Thanks for listening. To share with me your ideas or ask me questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are enjoying the View 112 Podcast, please subscribe on Apple Podcasts, rate it, and tell everyone.
11 Sep 2017
The Brilliance of Baby Steps
Our whole lives we want to run or sprint towards the various finish lines in life. In today's accomplishment-driven society, we miss looking at the baby steps. Think about the last major accomplishment of your life. Do you remember how it came to pass? As we near the end of this year, I'm going to share some baby steps that I'm grateful to have taken. Allow me to give my perspective on the ever so cliche "It's all about the journey" here on the 30th Episode of the View 112 Podcast. In episode 10 of this podcast, I talk about surviving “Rookie Season” ie the moments in which we are new to something like a job, career field etc. Some of the tips I shared were: 1. Do Your Home Work and be Prepared, 2. Remember You’re in the Room for a Reason, and 3. Sit Down, Be Humble. Recently, I realized this year has been full of learning and baby steps on the road to accomplishment. It's only now that I've reached certain places in my journey, that I've been able to look back and see the value in baby steps. Before I share my 3 examples of how I've grown this year, let me make a quick case for patience during the process.1. Patience for Baby Steps. I am one of those people who have a hard time enjoying or respecting the process. I’m impatient. In fact, at work we just had a training about Emotional Intelligence using internal lingo and concepts from the book Emotional Intelligence in Leadership by Daniel Coleman. Coleman breaks down the five key elements to Emotional Intelligence as: 1. Self Awareness 2. Self Regulation 3. Motivation 4. Empathy and 5. Social Skills. For me, self regulation immediately stood out as an opportunity. Later we were challenged to pick an area to work on for our professional development and I selected the competency of Patience for these specific reasons: 1. I’m impulsive and sometimes act before its time. 2. I get frustrated when things cannot be done with a certain amount of speed. 3. I am overly action oriented and my preference is to handle things myself rather than delegate. Professionally, I have more responsibility than ever before. I also have a new boss and she’s challenged me to lead through and empower the incredible, capable leaders on our team. Sounds like nothing but it's a true practice of patience to let people implement processes and ideas that you would not necessarily employ. The learning process is also a practice a patience. I’ve had to be patient with myself during this process, hence comes the self-regulation element of emotional intelligence. It takes far less time to do something myself instead of explaining my vision, my process, wait for challenges/questions, check for understanding, set expectations, and then follow up. Far. Less. Time. But being patient and learning to trust my team has freed up time for other things that I was not able to get done before. Overall the quality of the work our team is improving and that is a great feeling. My leaders have shared with me that they feel like they are doing better work and leading at the right level and that is an incredible feeling. I’m still a rookie the patience department, but grateful for this moment in development. 2. Build in Baby Steps. I've got 3 examples. If this is your first time listening to my podcast, I am a part time writer, I have a full time career, and I am a student. This portion of the semester I am taking Organizational Leadership and Microeconomics. I attempted to take Econ in the past, about 10 years ago and failed the class miserably. All I remember where the formulas and slopes were a blur. I am nearing the end of my studies (Praise God) and have pushed the majority of math and math related classes to the end. My entire life, from long division in 4th grade to today, I have never earned higher than a C in math. Most times I earned a D or worse. This summer I could no longer delay taking college math, another college course in which I failed last year most recently. Because I could not test my way out of remedial algebra, I had to take that course before I could take anything left in my requirements to graduate. This summer I finally passed that math class, and had to take another low level math class in order to finally get to take the math class I need to take. Earlier in the fall I passed that math class with a B. Again, I’ve never had a B in math since probably 2nd grade. Which brings me to Microeconomics. I’m only 2 weeks into the class and I feel so grateful that I had to take those 2 pain-in-the-butt algebra classes because they have prepared me for this Econ class. The first 4 chapters are all about supply and demand curves, loaded with graphs, and lots of “slope” talk. If I had tried to cut corners and not actually suffered through the learning process of understanding Algebra, I would be struggling in this Econ class. Within a month of starting view112.com and the View 112 Podcast, I wanted all the readers/listeners. I wanted to monetize the blog and the podcast immediately. In January, I wouldn't have no clue what to do with zillions of supporters. I’ve changed so much about the site and podcast, I’ve had highs, lows, and inconsistencies in content creation. I’m humbled and very grateful for gradual growth and loyalty of my audience. My final example around building in baby steps is around money. I’ve mentioned during my Summer Challenge one of the goals was to save more money though Summer Savings. I have also mentioned this year, I have earned and spent more money than I ever have before. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could ever really have too much money. Occasionally, I play the Powerball from time to time and get a random ticket hoping to win millions of dollars. One day it dawned on me that I would really have no clue to how to manage that much money from a personal finance standpoint. I started researching and mapping out how I would manage millions of dollars. This year, I’ve diversified my personal portfolio and will come out of 2017 in incredible fiscal shape. Probably the best of my life. Yes I’ve still made mistakes, but I’ve saved and I’ve learned a ton. I wrote a blog post on how I went through all of my finances, audited bills, traded in my old and got a new car, etc. Those tiny baby steps helped me build to finish the year strong. For once in my life, I will need to set different personal finance goals going into a new year. I only came to this realization about a week ago. You should have seen me when I had it all laid out on paper. I got up from my desk and literally shouted and dance. Yes like us black folk do in church. That was me praising God in my living room.3. There is Brilliance in Baby Steps. Appreciate them. Keep track of them and see how far you will come. I mentioned that I “suffered” through learning Algebra. In life I know we all have to suffer something and this is lightweight/first world stuff I’m talking about here. But still, I have learned that suffering through the learning process and through baby steps has made me better. I want to encourage myself (and you) to build the habit of honoring baby steps. Its an exercise of discipline that will make us better in other areas of life. I get so down on myself when things are not an incredible, booming success right from the start. When in actuality, they are a success, I just need to be patient enough to build and see things through. Thanks so much for listening! Talking to myself and to you has really helped me through somethings this year. If you are feeling the Podcast, please subscribe, like, and review the View 112 Podcast in Apple Podcasts. If you have thoughts or questions, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at email@example.com.
6 Nov 2017
Building Public Speaking Prowess
When I mention the words "public speaking" what type of emotion does that evoke? Fear? Concern? All. Out. Panic? Today I'm going to share my journey with public speaking, tools/tactics I’m using to develop this skill, and why I believe we need to master the art storytelling. This is yet another strength we can build together! As always, thanks for listening to the View 112 Podcast. Hello! Today is Monday September 18th. This kicks off one of the busiest weeks of the year for me but I. Am. Ready. I get up for weeks like this! So many fun things going on. It’s Congressional Black Caucus weekend here in DC and I am attending an event on Wednesday. My parents are coming to visit from Atlanta, and 2 of my college girlfriends are in town this weekend for wedding. It is a huge week for me at work and I am over the midterm hump for this current online semester. God is good! I’ve been inspired by the topic of public speaking lately and yesterday I got an incredible opportunity to facilitate a key note for students of Gallaudet University. After presenting yesterday, I knew I needed to talk about public speaking on the podcast. Allow me to share my journey with public speaking: Growing up, I’ve had many opportunities to speak in front of large groups of people. I grew up attending a mega church with thousands of members. Not only am I comfortable around lot of people, but I’ve had lots of times in which I’ve spoken, read a scripture, sang in the choir, etc in front of a lot of people. In school I’ve also been in dance groups and have performed in front of all types of crowds. In college, I aced my public speaking class with little to no effort and for over 10 years professionally I’ve presented in front of groups of varying sizes, not giving much thought to my skills as a public speaker. A few things happened that changed all of that dramatically for me. Now I am able to pinpoint it to one thing: Feedback. When I started receiving feedback about my presentation skills, I was 28 years old. I had probably been speaking publicly for 20 years at that point (seriously). My mom had major anxiety with public speaking and so she signed up for Toastmasters. I went for support and sport, thinking I could darn near run the program. I learned quickly in my first Toastmasters meeting that i did in fact have work to do. They asked for volunteers to participate in an activity and of course I raised my hand. I was given a topic and a time limit to talk. Thinking "no problem" I start going. Three tools Toastmasters uses to help develop public speaking skills:A sheet for everyone to write down notes for feedback.A clicker/counter for when you say “um” and “ah”.A timer that flashes yellow when you are close to time and red when time is UPLet me tell you, the first time I heard that clicker was the first time in my life I realized I even use the word “um” and that it was a problem. It was also the first time in my life that I started getting a bit nervous. I literally went from arrogant to nervous. Isn’t life funny in how it can humble you? From then on, I became keenly aware of my opportunities in public speaking. Any time, even now if I am concerned that people are critiquing my public speaking skills instead of listening to the content I am delivering, it makes me extremely nervous! No matter if its 2 people or 2 thousand people-ya girl gets nervous. I’ve spent time trying to learn how to quell my nerves. I’ve discovered I have a larger ROI building better public speaking skills than focusing on how to not be nervous. Here’s what I do:Read all the books! You guessed it. Previously on the podcast I’ve mentioned some books I’ve read. I just picked up 2 new books: How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott. In his book, Carnegie highlights the importance of preparing but also shares the preparation tactics of famous public speakers. Which brings me to:Study what great looks like. I was just inspired by Apple’s SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts. She presented just recently during Apple’s fall product announcement live from the Steve Jobs theater. I’ve seen a lot of clips of her speak and I’ve noticed things that she does to avoid saying “um”. Anyone great at public speaking is great at the discipline of taking a moment to pause when they feel the urge to “um”. I’ve been practicing it a lot lately myself. I know these little tactics help when preparing and doing it often which is why Angela is so good at it I bet. Other people I study are the pastor at my church, Rev. Delman Coates, business icon Bozoma St. John, sports journalists Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, and others.Put it into practice. I’ve said this before too, but I try to put myself in situations of all kinds that require me to speak publicly so i can work on these things. I am not sure when or if my really big moment will happen. I’m sure when it does I will be nervous, but I will also be reaaaaady. Hello! I don’t shy away from opportunities. I may cringe for a second, a little wave of panic may ensue, but the next second I am on it with that same confidently raised hand from ToastMasters.Finally, I want to talk just a bit about the art of storytelling. I’m sure when I first heard this concept in business a few years ago, I rolled my eyes. Now I am a big believer in it. As a sales woman at heart, I’ve seen the value of connecting people to an idea, product, or service through story telling. Here’s an example. I really enjoy drinking wine. I really like reds and red blends. At the local PF Changs, they have 2 different blends and for a long time I could never remember the name of the wine I liked. One day the bar tender told me the story of Colby Groom. Colby was born with a heart defect and underwent 2 open heart surgeries at ages 8 and 10 years old. Colby’s asked his dad who is a wine maker to create a wine for sell in which the proceeds could go to heart research. Colby is 19 years old now and the vineyard has raised close to a million dollars for heart research. From the moment I heard that story, I have never forgotten the name of a red blend I enjoy: Colby Red. I want to share some thoughts about Uber and story telling. When Uber first launched I remember being connected to their slogan that Uber was “Everyone’s Private Driver”. I was connected to that idea of luxury as I’m sure many people were. By now, I’m sure you know all bout Uber’s issues and resulting turnover even at the highest levels. Last week I saw Bozoma St. John on Recode panel talking about Uber and storytelling and how she’s using it to change the narrative of Uber. She wants to show all sides of the company. There was a man in the audience that told Boz that he has a son in college and its a huge relieve to get a notification that his son just ordered an Uber at 3am. He knows his son is not driving drunk or in the car with drunk friends to get home. He asked if Uber had been tracking the reduction of drinking and driving incidents on college campuses. Boz highlighted that those are the types of stories she wants to connect people to about Uber. Later on her Instagram, she stated that it was a tough interview and she felt like she was on the hot seat. After looking at the interview, I think anyone would have felt rattled. It was tough, if you know Kara Swisher...well she was very much backing her reputation during that interview. Boz was composed and I think still got her message through. A public speaking and branding pro, which is why I’m sure she’s their Chief Branding Officer. What messages and stories are you crafting about yourself, business, product, or service? We are telling stories and crafting narratives all the time regardless of if we know it or not. Time to be deliberate about it. What are you saying out loud about you? Whatever it is, people believe it. Make sure its the story you want. I’ve been working on this myself. That’s it for me today. I got a whole lot of week to get into. Thank you for listening! Please subscribe and rate this podcast on Apple Podcasts. 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18 Sep 2017
Happy January 2019 and…Happy Birthday to me! I just got home from my first ever solo trip celebrating my 41st birthday in Cancun, MX. I decided on a solo trip for several reasons:1. I needed a serious break2. I wanted to celebrate3. Be still, quiet, and listen for the next move.Book Share:The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder CarrollRadical Candor by Kim ScottThe Windfall by Diksha Basu
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