Can You Answer This Question: “What Makes Me Special?”

I wish someone had forced me to think about this harder when I was younger!

 

If I asked you today to email me and answer this one question, ‘What is Special About You?’ Would you be able to go right to the computer and answer me and clearly articulate what you feel in your gut is special about you?

 

Do you actually know you have greatness in you?

 

Think about this for a minute, did you ever just sit down  and think is this all there is? Is this all it could all be? This can’t be all?

 

Did you have that feeling way deep inside your gut  and realize there is a special purpose for you? Ever  since I was a little girl, I can remember feeling I had a special purpose, I was meant to be somebody. The problem was I didn’t share it, I was afraid to talk about it. But I felt I was put on this earth to do something great!

 

If you asked me what was special about me I probably couldn’t have clearly answered you. Until recently. I am a leader, not a follower and what makes me special is that I have greatness inside of me and where I am, is exactly where I am meant to be.

 

We have to take risks to discover our purpose and to achieve greatness, but life without risk is boring, right?

I think that as I am getting older it is easier for me to validate the fact that I am special damn it! I  have greatness inside of me and I don’t have to hide or deny it!

 

Sometimes it’s fun not knowing what’s around the corner ladies! Remember, life a marathon, not a sprint.

 

What makes you special? Leave me a comment below.

 

Photo Credit: Kristy Neale

Success In a Dress “Sales Tip Of The Week #8”

funnyI know when I say the word “sales” to most people, there are a lot of words that are used to describe what sales means to them. I don’t remember hearing the words exciting, or humorous, or fun!

Let’s be honest, I hear words like pushy, scary, hard, even sleazy. The truth is if you are passionate about your product or service sales can actually be fun! I know for the most part, presentations can be boring. I get that, but again, if you love what you do how hard can showing that be if you really think about it? Just remember when you are presenting your product or service to a potential customer, be excited, upbeat and enthusiastic!

Humor is also another way to break the ice when you are ready to give a presentation and can actually help you to close the sale!

How? When you are ready to begin, tell your personal story and add a funny “short” story that can relate to your product or service, or your situation. You can even fit it in during the presentation if the timing and topic fit at that moment!

Watch your potential client’s body language change. You will actually see the people sitting through your presentation relax and some stress relieved from their faces. It can also help you to connect with them.

If you tend to be on the quieter side, or even stiff and rigid while you are giving a presentation -you need to change it up!

Start to add something funny that truly happened to you that you share on your next presentation and see what happens.

We are constantly growing, learning and mastering our sales craft. It is o.k. to critique yourself and change and add new techniques. We are all always evolving no matter how long we’ve been in sales. You just may see that after you add some humor and become more enthusiastic and add more excitement to your presentation, you will close more business!

Have a question?

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Sucess In A dress “Sales Tip #7”

ETTWomen's 360 2015 Retreat: Lynette Barbieri

I have the privilege of training new associates in my financial sales business. Obviously, because I’ve been in sales for a long time, I have tips I like to share with my new associates that have worked for me over the years.

But duplicating myself is key in the particular business I am in. Therefore, I share with my new associates tried and true sales tips on a weekly and monthly basis. I do this over and over again because they’ve served as the foundation of me being successful in sales.

The other day I had a conversation with several new associates and one of them asked me to give them one sales tip I could share that has helped me the most. I would like to share it with all of you now here:

What you say to your client is not the key to a successful meeting. Of course what you say is important, but the most important part of your sales presentation (I hate the word pitch) is what they heard and how they process the information you shared with them.

You could think you were smooth, you were clear and that they are the luckiest people on the planet for getting to hear you, and then, the unthinkable happens: They want to think about it!

So what happened? You of course think over and over about what you said, what they said, how you answered the question/s they had and you spend the rest of the night replaying the whole scenario in your mind!

Instead of needless stress and worry, what I have found to be the most helpful is listening to yourself as if you were the customer. Simple right? And how do you do that? Tape your presentation, even better… record yourself on video. Then, ask yourself a few questions as you are listening. Did what you say make you excited to learn more? If you were the potential client, would you have understood clearly what you presented? Would you buy from you based on how you sounded, looked, and explained your product?

Sometimes the answer is no and that’s o.k. Don’t beat yourself up about it but practice. Keep practicing until you can answer yes to those questions; inspect and analyze what you expect!

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Meet ETTWomen Member and Author of Inside Outer Beauty, Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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You know how Lynette and I always talk about The Power of Connections? A tweet, that’s right..a tweet nearly 5 years ago connected me to this fabulous woman whom today I am proud to call a colleague, supporter and most importantly, a friend. Lynette and I are also proud to call her an ETTWomen!

Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a former science educator (14 years of Biological science education), a wife, mother, author, lifestyle & women’s wellness connoisseur, the founder of Dixie Bits Bath and Body products.

Just like birthing a child, birthing a book comes with a lot of self-doubt, fear and the occasional morning sickness but once it is done…the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment -specially when your ulterior motive is to serve others.

We spent a powerful weekend with Dixie where we received our signed copy of her latest baby: Inside Outer Beauty – Thriving for Healthy and Beautiful Skin Through the Ages.

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“We all want to put our healthiest skin forward, for it is the first thing the world sees. But genetics and the environment can sometimes thwart those well intended plans. For some, great looking skin is inherent. For others it is a task. And still for others it is a down right battle to find the best anti aging cream” Dixie explains.

I have personally battled with difficult skin since I was 13 years old and Inside Outer Beauty examines the principle that healthy and gorgeous skin is a result of well rounded care. This includes a clean diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, a consistent and appropriate skin care regimen, radical self care, and heightened mindfulness and spirituality.

Whether you have normal skin or oily skin, teen skin or mature skin, you’ll find applicable and actionable solutions for your specific skin type, that will help guide you on your journey toward obtaining and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Inside Outer Beauty  is available in:

Hardcover at  Barnes & Nobles, Amazon,

Ebook/Ereaders: Kobo.comBarnes & NoblesAmazon

After this journey Dixie adds,”Today I want to encourage you to believe your intentions. Write them down. Tell someone. Put them in the universe. Pray about them, and watch them come to pass.”

I can personally relate to what this path looks like, encourage you to do the same and to enhance your life by delving into Inside Outer Beauty today!

 

Do you have a question? PLEASE, let’s connect HERE or leave me a comment below!

ETTM Think Tank with Marcy Cortez of LAI Financial Group, LLC

After working in corporate accounting for more than 25 years, Marcy Cortez decided it was time to devote her knowledge and talents to her own business. Marcy is a certified Quickbooks specialist with extensive Accounting, Management and Human Resources experience. LAI Financial Group LLC grew out of her need to share her financial and business savvy with the public. A local entrepreneurial business owner can relate to your needs and requirements as a fellow member of the community.
Marcy will be speaking about the advantages of outsourcing services, specifically financial services for the small business entrepreneur and the role outsourcing plays in helping the entrepreneur to reduce their overhead, increase profits and improve cash flow.

Join ETTM & Marcy on March 7th. Please RSVP HERE.

The Big Question: Should I have a Business Plan?

I’d like to discuss a question that over the years, people have frequently asked me, most recently  at our ETTM meeting last week. The question: Do I need   Business plan? What is a business plan? Does everyone need a business plan? What is a business plan?

Well, I find the people that are asking are usually eager to get their business moving, or take it to the next level. They are interested in success and are committed to their business. This is good news, the problem is they don’t know how, right? We have all been there…don’t you agree?  But in order for me to answer those questions short of being a mind reader, I would need their help!

First of all, I do agree we all need a business plan. You need to ask yourself a few questions in order to get started. My interpretation of a business plan is not sitting down and putting together complicated spreadsheets or hard to understand financial projections! So, you need to identify, what exactly is it that I do? What makes me different and what is my niche? Then you can sit down with someone if you need help, a paper and pen and  just get started!

Here’s an example:

I’m in finance. What I do is help people create their financial GPS.

What makes me different? I pride myself on educating my clients on the basic and fundamental concepts of “how money works”.

Whats my niche, my specialty? Educating and working with women.

How do I do that? Women and financial wisdom workshops.

Get the drift?

A business plan takes some time and thought and of course some motivation but it can and it needs to get done!

Do you have a business plan? Have you started one and feel stuck?

ETTM has got your back 🙂 Our workshop for creating a business plan is coming soon.

Please join the conversation for more information HERE.

Workshop & Think Tank With Jalanda James

On April 9th, 2013 at The Goddard School of Marlboro, 15 School Rd. E, expert NYC videographer Jalanda James discussed the importance of video as a powerful marketing tool for business.

How do I choose the best networking group for me?

As everyone knows, I have been in my own business for over 16 years. So, I consider myself pretty well versed in networking having gone to many different types of networking groups over the years.

I don’t go to many outside my own, unless I think in some way it will benefit our group, ETTM.

So, the other night I went to a women’s networking dinner (which was fun) and here is what I shared with this group of ladies:

1) Big doesnt always mean better. Just because a group has many people that show up, that does not necissarily mean it is better. I’ve found smaller intimate groups can produce more referrals, which in turn produce business because of the ability to connect more closely with people.

2) Price is only an issue in the absence of value. The least or the most expensive group doesn’t make the group better or worst. I do believe, however, that you do not have to spend a lot on a group to ensure it is a successful one. I also don’t believe free groups can produce a good return because there is no funding to grow and give back to the organization either.

The best groups have intimate circles and offer education as well as networking which is why we implement that in our ETTM.

3) Get to know one another. Lock arms with someone you view as a strategic partner and always listen more than you talk. Give first and give more and it will always come back.

Joining multiple groups is also a successful networking no no. I know you’re probably asking, why? Would I do better if I was a part of multiple organizations? Well, the simple answer would actually be a question, how many referrals are you able to give?

You see, if you promise more than you deliver it will come back to haunt you.

Focus your efforts into 1 or 2 groups you feel the best about; this would be the one/s with the most people you not only can relate to, but that you can honestly send referrals to.

Give of yourself to the group, if you want to get the best return, be around the most, volunteer more, tell everyone about the group and invite people to help it thrive.

Remember in any group or relationship… together, everyone achieves more!

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