THANK YOU!

The Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Moms in partnership with Shido Martial Arts School in Freehold, NJ held their first  “Family Wellness & Beauty Day” which this year, raised funds for Bullying, We’re Kickin’ It! a National 501 c3 Non-Profit organization, created to empower & inspire childrens’ creativity, imagination, self expression and positively impacting them to overcome negative obstacles that would inhibit them from developing into strong, independent, healthy functioning members of society.
ETTM is a group of mothers on a mission to connect like minded women, network, build relationships and support each other in life and business growth, while giving back to the the community and supporting local small business owners.
We are beyond grateful for all the support we received from our sponsors and attendees, and experts from the Wellness & Beauty Industry who not only make this event possible but also graced attendees with workshops, products and services on behalf of creating awareness for this National Anti Bullying Campaign.
Thank you:

We look forward to next year’s!

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.

ETTM MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Meet Leila Carr

” A few years ago, if Someone told me I would be managing a martial arts school, I would have laughed.  But here I am doing just that, helping my son, for whom Taekwondo has been a passion for the past two decades, fulfill his dream, says Leila Carr, ETTM member and CEO of Shido Martial Arts School, a unique and modern facility and the largest in New Jersey.

The school offers a variety of programs:

  • Kids’ Taekwondo: Ages 4-7
  • Junior Taekwondo: Age 8 And Up
  • Muay Thai Kickbox: Age 13 And Up
  • No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu: Age 13 And Up
  • Yoga: All Ages
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Age 13 And Up

Leila Carr and her family opened up their school with the development of self-esteem and character through instruction in the disciplines of Taekwondo by highly skilled and caring instructors as their prime goal.

Shido Martial Arts School is a third home for ETTM, our meetings and activities and we are so grateful to have Leila as a part of our community.

Come learn more about the school, its programs and meet Leila at our Family Wellness & Beauty Day on April 13, 2013. Register HERE.

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!

Facing Your Fears

Today, I thought it was important for me to share some thoughts with you on facing your fears and crossing over into “The Uncomfortable Zone”.

I thought timimg was appropriate because I can personally testify to the fact that if you are willing to go there, you will not only live through it, you will actually succeed because of it!

Most of us don’t venture out to the uncomfortable zone, why? Because we are afraid. Also because we are too comfortable were we are! But be careful, comfortable is also synonymous to adequate, content, complacent,easy!!!

Right there, when you are trying to grow your business and become successful comfort should be a red flag!

If it was easy and comfortable to become successful wouldnt everyone then be successful?

So, through reading books, going to hundreds of seminars and workshops on self improvement and growth I have learned you must get uncomfortable in order to become comfortable. Make sense?

Example: Did you know people are more afraid of public speaking then dying?

When I first heard that over a dozen years ago…I related to it because… I was!  I would get accelerated palpitations, would turn beet red, talk 100 miles a minute and… if I was REALLY freaked out, I’d hyperventilate! With time, those reactions still haven’t gone away, but with practice and forcing myself to speak in public, it has gotten a lot easier. If I didnt work on that fear, I wouldn’t be where I am in my business now since more than 50% of my business comes from educational workshops on finance!

There are endless benefits to facing what you are afraid of and just going for it! Not only does it help you grow as a person, but you will expand your business and broaden your vision.

Pick one thing that is keeping you from getting to the next level, practice and slowly do it over and over until you are ready to move onto the next thin. Before you know it, you’re at the next level!

If not now, when? Do not let your fears get in the way of your own success!!

Lynette Barbieri

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