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This is the Gaia Project’s first LIVE event, and the line-up of speakers is stellar, a collection of iconic women leaders living completely in their gifts to collaborate, innovate, and create change for women around the world. From Daily Worth’s Amanda Steinberg, Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce, and women’s health expert Dr. Samantha Brody, to leadership and spirituality guru Lindsay Pera and IBM iX Chief Creative Officer Joanna Pena-Bickley, and more, this gathering is guaranteed to inspire you.

Gaia Women Lead is an opportunity for you to be part of a global conversation on how women become the powerful force for change we are meant to be. We hope to see you there!

The Truth About Raising a Child Today and What You Can Do Now

heaI’ve raised four children in New Jersey, so yes, I know how expensive it is to raise a family today.

And while I’ve said that children should come with instructions, we all know that doesn’t reallyhappen. We also know, that if we could foresee everything that was involved with having children before we actually had them, it’s possible we may have waited right?  The honest truth is that most of us would actually never trade any of it, not even for a split second, but knowing some things in advance so we could be could become more prepared could certainly help.

Deciding to have a child is a life long commitment. It is usually not a decision we take lightly. Think about all the time and money we spend on planning for our new addition. We research what to feed them, what furniture to buy them, where to buy their clothes and what car seat and carriage to buy and so much more. But did we ever stop to think about what it will cost to raise your child? I am here to tell you that it is extremely important to be as financially prepared as possible the minute you are even contemplating become new parents.

Here are some hard financial statistics taken from the US Department of Agriculture: The cost of raising 1 child from birth to 18, for a middle-income family, is approximately $245,340 dollars! That is roughly $12,800 – $14,970 per child per year. Yikes! That’s a lot of formula and diapers right!

Yes this can be scary, but if you can do these 6 things in preparation of your new arrival it will make for less anxiety.

  1. Get your budget straight – Make sure you have your debt under control and focus on building an emergency fund. Be ready for the unknown expenses that can arise.
  2. Protect your income – Consult with a financial professional and see how much simple term life insurance it will take to protect your household income in the event you pass, or your partner passes, so your child and family will be properly protected.
  3. Do not overspend – Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. It is easy to look at all the cool stuff that is out there for a new baby. All that new stuff also comes with a hefty price tag. It is o.k. to do some research and shop for like new second-hand items for the baby, and use some hand me down clothes that the baby probably had on for an hour maybe once! They grow out of everything so quickly no need to spend top dollar. Save the money for more important things.
  4.  Look at college savings options – Ask your financial coach about the options available to start saving towards the baby’s college. You can also use the gifts you get from family members in these accounts. Ask about their tax benefits.
  5. Learn about Tax credits – Consult with your tax preparer about the tax credits available when you have a child that the government offers to you. You may also benefit from using a daycare or your employer may offer a spending account for you. You can ask your human resources department and find out your options.
  6. Analyze your health insurance – Now more than ever you need to understand your coverage, what it entails when you are having a child and when you have the child. Know your options. Call and consult with a healthcare specialist.

No matter how hard we try, we may never be fully prepared for the undertaking of raising a family. In reality who ever is? What we can do is be a prepared as we can. If you or any of your family members suffer of any health conditions such as anxiety or depression please visit www.kratomcrazy.com to find out about a natural drug that can help you get better.

Getting your finances in order, and learning what is available to help you will certainly lessen the stress in the financial department and leave you more time to enjoy your new family!

Have questions? I’ll be happy to answer them in person! Join me this Friday at our ETTWomen Meeting in Marlboro. Complete details HERE!

 

ETTWomen’s #ThePowerOfConnections2016!

ETTWomen’s #ThePowerOfConnections2016 was nothing short of amazing! We bring together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees received powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, made deep connections and received unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

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Thank you to Ray Catena of Freehold for your invaluable support! Thank you to Anthony Beshara, COO of Bella Vista Country Club once again provided us with fabulous service and thank you Angela Squicciarini for capturing the weekend again so beautifully!

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Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses. Here’s Part 1 of what went down on Day 1, Friday November 18, 2016.

Welcome Keynote, 360º Lifestyle Assessment (Group Exercise) by ETTWomen Founders Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes and Guided Meditation by Candy Calderon.

Connections Session and Spotlight on ETTWomen Foundation

Breakout Sessions by Bailey Frumen: Own Your Power, Joi M. Stanley: The Power of the Ask and Sabina Hitchen: THIS is How You’re Going to Get Press Strategically and Confidently in 2017.

Lunch SURPRISE with Heidi and Lori from The Tony D Band and Artist Shenna Vaughn began creating a live masterpiece for a lucky attendee to take home!

Breakout Sessions with Candy Calderon: Fearless Health, Heather Riccardi and Michelle Hassani from ALL STATE: Principles of Insurance.

 Media Panel Discussion with Courtenay Cooper Hall (BELLA Media Group), Dr. Robi Ludwig (BRAVO and ID), Vanessa Freeman (News 12 NJ) and Sabina Hitchen (Sabina Knows).

Connections Sessions and recognitions to Courtenay Cooper Hall (BELLA Media Group), Marcy Cortez (LAIFinancial Group) and Jillian Edwards Coburn (Reel Housewives of the Deep South).

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Here’s Part 2 of what went down on Day 2, Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Networking Breakfast, Welcome by ETTWomen Founders Vanessa Coppes and Lynette Barbieri.

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Guided Meditation with Judy Banks.

Power Panel with Joi M. Stanley, Candy Calderon, Theodora Sergio, and Bailey Frumen.

Connections Session.

Breakout Sessions with Candy Calderon: Fearless Health; Theodora Sergiou: Be your own Treasure Box; Heahter Riccardi and Michelle Hassani from ALL STATE: Principles of Insurance

Lunch SURPRISE with Joi M. Stanley

Let’s Move! Alesha Lazan

Breakout Sessions with Theodora Sergiou: Be your own Treasure Box; Sabina Hitchen: THIS is How You’re Going to Get Press Strategically & Confidently in 2017; Bailey Frumen: Own Your Power; Joi M. Stanley: The Power of the Ask

Powerful end to Day 2 with Keynote from Lucinda Cross: Activating Your Vision.

Relationship Tree Group Exercise with ETTWomen Founders Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes and give aways!

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The Power of Connections 2016: What to Expect

It’s almost time for The Power of Connections 2016! We bring together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses.Here’s what to expect this weekend!

Friday

November 18, 2016

8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome Keynote

360º Lifestyle Assessment (Group Exercise)

ETTWomen Founders Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes

9:50 AM Guided Meditation

Candy Calderon

10:00 AM

Connections Session

10:20 AM Spotlight

ETTWomen Foundation

10:40 AM

Breakout Sessions

Bailey Frumen: Own Your Power

Joi M. Stanley: The Power of the Ask

Sabina Hitchen: THIS is How You’re Going to Get Press Strategically and Confidently in 2017

Lynette Barbieri: Women and Investing

12:00 PM

Lunch + SURPRISE!

1:00PM

Breakout Sessions

Candy Calderon: Fearless Health

Heahter Riccardi and Michelle Hassani: Principles of Insurance

Vanessa Coppes: 12 Steps Towards Building A Fabulous Brand

2:00 PM

Connections Session

2:30 PM

 Media Panel Discussion

4:00 PM

Connections Session

End of Day 1

4:30 PM

Saturday

November 19, 2016

8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome

9:40 AM

Guided Meditation

Candy Calderon

10:00 AM

Power Panel

Joi M. Stanley

Candy Calderon

Theodora Sergiou

Bailey Frumen

10:40 AM

Connections Session

11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

Candy Calderon: Fearless Health

Theodora Sergiou: Be your own Treasure Box

Heahter Riccardi and Michelle Hassani: Principles of Insurance

 12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00PM

Let’s Move! Alesha Lazan

1:30 PM

Connections Session

2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Theodora Sergiou: Be your own Treasure Box

Sabina Hitchen: THIS is How You’re Going to Get Press Strategically & Confidently in 2017 Bailey Frumen

Joi M. Stanley: The Power of the Ask

Bailey Frumen: Own Your Power

3:20 PM

Keynote

Lucinda Cross: Activating Your Vision

4:00PM

Relationship Tree Group Exercise

ETTWomen Founders Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes

4:20 PM

Connections Session

End of Day 2

Meet Alesha Lazan, Workshop Leader at #ThePowerOfConnections2016

Alesha Lazan is a Clinical Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to your wellness. After suffering most of her life with different ailments, she discovered the healing power of foods. Alesha decided to continue her education through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she received her health coaching certification. From there, she went on for her Masters at the University of Bridgeport to graduate with an MS in Clinical Nutrition. What people don’t realize is that healing takes time and this is not a quick fix. So much of the media makes it seem as though health happens over night, but that is simply not the case. The support she had was one of the reasons she was able to heal. Support is crucial because doing this alone is difficult. Just knowing you have someone to vent to is helpful. This is why she wants to be there for her clients to support them in their time of need.

November 18th and 19th, 2016 Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road East Marlboro, NJ 07746 8:30 AM-4:30PM (Both days)

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!

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What is ETTWomen’s 360 The Power of Connections Conference?

ETTW brings together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses. Unlike traditional seminars or conferences, ETTW360 is positioned as a unique experience for participants.

Who attends each year?

ETTWomen’s 360 gathers a Tribe of thought leaders in their respective fields who are committed to constant learning and growth. They appreciate transparent and entertaining presentations focused on business and personal growth that expand their mind, inspire ideas and present concepts that have a positive impact on their lives, their community and the world.

They are entrepreneurs who are interested in personal growth and are familiar with basic business and personal growth topics. Their presentation are aimed on creating an experience for participants.

ETTWomen’s 360 attracts visionary speakers and thought leaders from a variety of industries. Latham Thomas, Lisa Lieberman-Wang, Jennifer Longmore, Patty Lennon, Mike Michalowicz, Jennifer Tuma-Young, Jennifer Bronswick, Heather Chauvin, Britt Bolnick, Susan Vernicek, Vallori Thomas, Kelly Lynn-Adams, Courtenay Hall, Janine Strafaci are just some examples of the fabulous speakers who have shared their stories at ETTWomen’s 360 and inspired the lives of hundreds of others in the process.

ETTWomen’s 360 is a perfect opportunity to meet new business partners and get your messages and ideas in front of a crowd who is ready to turn up the volume in their lives and business. The quality of attendees is one-of-a-kind. Speakers and attendees form new business opportunities including joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Not to mention, relationships for life.

Meet Vanessa Freeman, Event Emcee and Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2016

Vanessa Freeman is an anchor and reporter for News 12 Networks in NYC and is the former co-host and producer of Living Dayton, a WDTN 2 lifestyle show airing weekdays at 12pm. Together with co-host Shaun Kraisman, Vanessa helps serve audiences a daily dose of the very best that Dayton and the encompassing Miami Valley has to offer. Covering topics from fashion, entertainment, food, celebrity news, charitable events, and everything in between!

Prior to her work in Dayton, OH, Vanessa was a general assignment reporter in the Poconos for BRC TV-13 where she covered everything from grand openings to drug busts. A Baltimore native, Vanessa has a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations from Marymount University, which she used to parlay herself into the world of politics, working in Washington, D.C at NBC News and MSNBC.

Vanessa also worked on NBC shows such as “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “Morning Joe“. She covered the 2008 presidential election and served as a White House field producer with the network pool. As a multimedia journalist, she shot, edited, and produced web pieces for Nightly News online.

 

Throughout her career, Vanessa worked with heavy hitters in the TV world, like Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie and Chris Mathews, just to name a few. As a production assistant she worked on shows like Andrea Mitchell Reports, Meet the Press and a number of shows on MSNBC. At NBC News Network she was a MMJ and produced and anchored content for the web as well as serving as a White House Field Producer, covering President Barack Obama from his campaign trail, inauguration, and his presidency. Vanessa will soon be launching a non profit media company, geared towards women’s empowerment.

When she isn’t reporting on the news, Vanessa pursues her passion for the arts, and has been in a number of theater productions including Grease, The Pajama Game, and most recently a professional production of CATS as Bombalurina. Vanessa also has a heart for the community and dedicates her time to serving as ambassador and public speaker for UNICEF and a number of organizations promoting breast cancer awareness. Her life motto is “Be the change you want to see”.

November 18th and 19th, 2016 Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road East Marlboro, NJ 07746 8:30 AM-4:30PM (Both days)

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!

I'M IN!

What is ETTWomen’s 360 The Power of Connections Conference?

ETTW brings together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses. Unlike traditional seminars or conferences, ETTW360 is positioned as a unique experience for participants.

Who attends each year?

ETTWomen’s 360 gathers a Tribe of thought leaders in their respective fields who are committed to constant learning and growth. They appreciate transparent and entertaining presentations focused on business and personal growth that expand their mind, inspire ideas and present concepts that have a positive impact on their lives, their community and the world.

They are entrepreneurs who are interested in personal growth and are familiar with basic business and personal growth topics. Their presentation are aimed on creating an experience for participants.

ETTWomen’s 360 attracts visionary speakers and thought leaders from a variety of industries. Latham Thomas, Lisa Lieberman-Wang, Jennifer Longmore, Patty Lennon, Mike Michalowicz, Jennifer Tuma-Young, Jennifer Bronswick, Heather Chauvin, Britt Bolnick, Susan Vernicek, Vallori Thomas, Kelly Lynn-Adams, Courtenay Hall, Janine Strafaci are just some examples of the fabulous speakers who have shared their stories at ETTWomen’s 360 and inspired the lives of hundreds of others in the process.

ETTWomen’s 360 is a perfect opportunity to meet new business partners and get your messages and ideas in front of a crowd who is ready to turn up the volume in their lives and business. The quality of attendees is one-of-a-kind. Speakers and attendees form new business opportunities including joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Not to mention, relationships for life.

Unlock Your Passion Code, Expand Your Purse and Grow Your Network!

“PASSION & PURSES” is an exhilarating event focused on the relationship between joy and financial freedom. With an outstanding panel of women leaders in business, spirituality, education, finance and marketing, “PASSION & PURSES” is real talk about what matters most to women committed to living empowered lives and being empowered financially.

Where you are now isn’t where you’ll be once you experience Passion & Purses. Join us for an intimate evening of dialogue and discovery designed for every woman who has ever experienced a joyous triumph or faced a financial challenge.

“PASSION & PURSES…” It’s time to have your life and your future just the way you want it. “Think Like a Woman… Act Like a Woman!” Amazing Live Performances, Drinks & Lite Supper, Networking with a Purpose “Up Close and Personal” with the experts, Raffles Prizes and more

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Meet Lucinda Cross, Keynote Speaker at #ThePowerOfConnections2016

Lucinda Cross is a best-selling author, Award winning and internationally known speaker, spokesperson and energetic teacher of personal and professional development. In 2006, she started the brand Activate Your Life Today! and is the President of Activate Worldwide Inc. a leadership services firm that specializes in the delivery of personal and professional development enrichment programs.

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Lucinda creates and delivers products and services that include but are not limited to seminars, workshops, curricula and training that are developed for professional women, millennials and at risk youth. Her programs are also captured to enriching the lives of professional women seeking personal growth.
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 She is a contributing writer for Black Enterprise and Huffington Post Women.
Lucinda is the personal and professional development expert for several non-profit organizations, business development centers and her leadership advice have been featured on The Today Show, AriseTV, Spain Magazine, The NY Post, Fox 5, News 12, NY 1, The Daily News, The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, ABC Money Matters, Black Enterprise, Dr. OZ, The Bethenny Show, CNN to name a few.

November 18th and 19th, 2016 Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road East Marlboro, NJ 07746 8:30 AM-4:30PM (Both days)

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What is ETTWomen’s 360 The Power of Connections Conference?

ETTW brings together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses. Unlike traditional seminars or conferences, ETTW360 is positioned as a unique experience for participants.

Who attends each year?

ETTWomen’s 360 gathers a Tribe of thought leaders in their respective fields who are committed to constant learning and growth. They appreciate transparent and entertaining presentations focused on business and personal growth that expand their mind, inspire ideas and present concepts that have a positive impact on their lives, their community and the world.

They are entrepreneurs who are interested in personal growth and are familiar with basic business and personal growth topics. Their presentation are aimed on creating an experience for participants.

ETTWomen’s 360 attracts visionary speakers and thought leaders from a variety of industries. Latham Thomas, Lisa Lieberman-Wang, Jennifer Longmore, Patty Lennon, Mike Michalowicz, Jennifer Tuma-Young, Jennifer Bronswick, Heather Chauvin, Britt Bolnick, Susan Vernicek, Vallori Thomas, Kelly Lynn-Adams, Courtenay Hall, Janine Strafaci are just some examples of the fabulous speakers who have shared their stories at ETTWomen’s 360 and inspired the lives of hundreds of others in the process.

ETTWomen’s 360 is a perfect opportunity to meet new business partners and get your messages and ideas in front of a crowd who is ready to turn up the volume in their lives and business. The quality of attendees is one-of-a-kind. Speakers and attendees form new business opportunities including joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Not to mention, relationships for life.

You Can Succeed in Direct Sales

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No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything. – B. Dodge

 

 

No one would pretend that direct sales is easy. If it were, more people would be doing it. It’s commonly said that for every one person who says ‘Yes!’, there are nine who say ‘No!’. If you need to find five people a day to say ‘Yes!’, you will have to talk to fifty people a day.

You need energy, stamina and you need to be able to be as bright and cheerful at six o’ clock at night as you are at eight o’ clock the following morning. If you can’t rise above the trials and tribulations that afflict us all, both in private and in work life, don’t consider a full-time career in direct sales. When I decided to join a direct sales company 18 years ago, what really attracted me was the ability to make my schedule, have qualified people train me and then I was able to find people better than me to build a business with. That was worth all the trials and tribulations I had to go through to make a six figure income.

The truth is building a business isn’t as hard in network marketing as people make it seem. There are systems in place to follow. The challenge is that people over analyze everything and they just don’t follow the system. I had blind faith. I knew I didn’t know anything, so I was extremely coachable. You can be successful in direct sales to if you follow the system that is presented to you and keep these simple things in mind:

  1. Set a schedule and stick to it – Get a planner that allows you to integrate all areas of your life in it so you have everything with you at all times.
  2. Find a mentor – In your company and a coach outside of your company. You need non biased views and ideas in my opinion in order to succeed faster. It is well worth the investment in the long run.
  3. Be a crusader – Own your own products and show potential customers you believe in them.
  4. Stop making excuses – Invest the time you need to and just get it done.
  5. Utilize the direct sales model – Do not reinvent the wheel. Follow the model that has already been proven to work.
  6. Master your craft- Know everything you need to know about your products and service and duplicate your self by training other’s.
  7. Set up a solid referral system – Once you have learned to use it and you are a pro at getting referrals, make sure you teach it to your associates.
  8. Recognize your team –  Big and small accomplishments are important to reward your team for. Everybody has a sign on them that says “make me feel special.”
  9. Have a system for recruiting – Know the numbers. How many people do you have to  invite to look at your opportunity daily to recruit 1 per week?
  10. Follow a marketing plan – Spin multiple plates at all times.  Face to face prospecting, internet marketing, advertising, vendor events and workshops.

When you stop over thinking it and follow the system in place, you can become a master at direct sales!

 

Every Entrepreneur Must Master The Art of Selling

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If you can’t sell yourself, your ideas, your product or service, you will not stay in business. Selling is an essential skill every entrepreneur must master. Starting from the very first day you launch your business you are selling. The overall success of your business actually depends on your ability to sell. Fortunately there are many books, workshops and sales coaches that can help you. The first book on sales that I read a long time ago was How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins.

 

It’s quite easy to start a business. All you need to do is have a cool idea, a product or service to “sell” that idea and finish it off with a business card, right? Wrong. The problem is that this alone does not guarantee your business success. Growing and sustaining a business that provides income that you can live on is the challenge.

Entrepreneurs need to learn sales skills. You can have the best makeup, jewelry, lotion, or be the best coach there is, but how do you make money? Remember the movie “Field Of Dreams” with Kevin Costner? The line was “If you build it they will come.” Well, ladies, I am here to tell you that if you come up with an awesome simply amazing product, they do not just come! Ever! It takes marketing and selling, both of yourself and of your product or service, to bring in the crowd. Do you see how the word selling is the common thread, here? If you do not sell your product or service you do not make money. It will never sell itself and that just how it goes.

Every entrepreneur needs practical sales skills! They have to learn simple sales tools and strategies in order to grow and succeed in business. I have witnessed many great products developed with an incredible passion fail because there wasn’t enough money coming in to sustain the business.

The good news is that anyone can learn sales skills. Almost nobody is born a great sales person. On the contrary, the case is usually that the most creative people who established the best products have no sales skills at all! Everyone just needs to change their mindset about what selling is. My advice is, take sales classes. Make sure you read books on selling, and yes, even hire a sales coach. I promise, if you do these things and you have a great product or service you believe in, you will see your business not only survive, but grow and thrive!

Contact Me with comments or questions or just to say hello!

 

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