Lessons in Growing a Business

Starting, building, growing a business… is an exercise in personal development.

Growing a business tests you in so many ways. It tests your self-discipline, your intelligence, your communication skills, your focus, and so much more.

The real world of business can be very unforgiving. It’s a world where success is rewarded and mistakes are not forgotten.

So, what is the benefit in that? It keeps you honest.

I’ve learned that you cannot settle for weakness, you cannot be unwilling to do the work, you cannot pursue bad ideas, and you have to invest time and money in your continued education… or your business will fail.

Some people can’t handle the pressure of running their own business. The risk of failure becomes a serious issue. I’ve learned that risk helps you grow and it makes you stronger.

An entrepreneur who fears risk is like a swimmer who’s afraid of water.
Growing a business has allowed me to grow; it has made me aware that I am woman who can handle a lot more than I thought myself capable of. 
I’ve learned to pace and challenge myself. To trust myself and others, to work (very) hard, to stay focused under pressure, to let go of what doesn’t serve my mission, to learn from others, to find a balance between family and business, and still enjoy the ride.
An integral part of growing my business has been attending networking events and conferences that have allowed me to meet and connect to people who have helped me and business move forward. We’re hosting our 6th conference with that focus in mind. You don’t want to miss it!

What have you learned from growing your business?

Grow your business and connect with a remarkable group of women at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

The Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne, believe that their journey is guided by God (their divine purpose) and expect the most of themselves. One passion, two voices.

They use their personal journey and professional experience to inspire others who are dealing with life-altering circumstances to see that there is always another path. While their journey to starting a business together was different from others, they both have been finding ways to thrive with autoimmune conditions that left them reevaluating their life plans.

The Divine DIVAS offer education on making better choices for what we introduce to our bodies and minds by replacing toxins of all kinds (thoughts, environment, products, people) with healthier alternatives. We encourage healthy living head to toe.

Lynn and Jordan share their story in their own words:

Lynn, “At 40 life drastically changed  when I woke up with Sudden Hearing Loss and could not return to work in planned profession. While adapting to my new normal I returned to college to complete my Bachelor’s degree in psychology, the journey led me to pursue a Master’s degree in holistic health. While my plan changed to accommodate several autoimmune conditions, chronic pain and hearing loss; the goal of having a family business remained constant. I needed to find a way to achieve that and accommodate my new life. My passion has always been to help others in some capacity and through that continued desire plus a place of gratitude that my journey wasn’t life threatening I wanted to find a way to encourage others to continue to dream and succeed in ways they may not have planned or expected.”

Jordan, “At 24 the picture of what I thought my life would look like changed. I was a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with the goal of one day opening my own salon. Being Diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and all of the complications that accompany these conditions I felt like my life was over before it began. Starting Divine Divas gave me a way to utilize my skills and continue helping people even if it is not from behind the chair.”

 

The Divine DIVAS will lead the following workshop:

Prioritize Yourself: Self Care is not Selfish!

Self-care is not a luxury, when we get busy the first “expendable” area we drop is “me-time”; taking time to nurture yourself is not selfish, it is health care.

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Lisa Marie Latino, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Lisa Marie Latino is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe.

In 2014, Latino co-launched HipNewJersey.com, an online lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the site’s executive producer and host.

Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and WFAN Sports Radio’s Boomer and Carton Show. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University.

In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later.

Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication. She currently lives in New Jersey.

 

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Melanie Cunningham at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

Melanie Cunningham is the founder of Melanie Cunningham Law Office P.C. and Launch to LegacyTM, where she helps small business owners, through one on one engagements, or guided programs, gain a peace of mind about the operation of their business today and plan for their futures.

Melanie returned to the law after a 10+ compliance career because of her belief she had a passion and knack for making legal principals user-friendly for everyday people (especially those without a family history of entrepreneurship) striking out on their own.  Melanie’s belief that entrepreneurs and micro-and small business owners play a critical role in our communities, propelled her to start a firm that delivers excellent legal support and protection to this vital and well-deserved audience.  She excels in making the law accessible, uncomplicated, and stress-free, for busy, and often overwhelmed, small business owners.

Melanie’s Workshop

Launch the Business You Love Legally!:

How Effective Planning Increases Your Confidence & Propels Your Business Growth

Melanie will provide a 20 point assessment highlighting the Legal, Insurance, Financial, Tax concerns for small business owners.  

You will leave having a better understanding of intellectual property and which property right may apply.

Connect with Melanie at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

 

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Carey Reilly at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

Named O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine’s TOP 50 Influencers and Brand Ambassadors of 2017, Carey Reilly has hosted over 80 episodes of the talk show The Daily Glow on Facebook Watch. She’s a Travel and Lifestyle writer for Foxnews.com, Today.com, Familytraveller.com and founder of Notsoskinnymom.com. Reilly is a recurring guest on NBC’s Today Show,  VH-1, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, The Joy Behar Show. She’s been a guest on Harry Connick Jr’s TV Show, Harry, Food Network’s The Kitchen, Cooking Channel’s Everyday Chinese and Food Network’s Rewrapped hosted by Joey Fatone.

Get ready to laugh your socks off with Carey at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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Meet Caryn Ross at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

“The Aha Ignitor” Caryn Ross will lead a workshop at ETTWomen‘s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019!

 

Caryn Ross was born in New Jersey and obtained her BBA in marketing and MBA in Finance from Pace University, New York. Caryn is also the CEO and Founder of SpectaBridge Solutions and a certified life coach with a demonstrated track record of success in presentations, leadership mastery and impactful communications.

Early in her career, as a manager within the Macy’s executive training program, Caryn developed a keen appreciation for the role partnership and relationship play between clear communications and excellent business results. It was then that she realized the importance of the human element in running stellar businesses. That early astuteness drove her to work for two major fortune 500 companies training technology C-suite executives on how to succinctly present budgets, financial issues and corporate goals. Then she then parlayed all those skills into a position as an Adjunct College Professor for three universities where as one of the first instructors in the online world, she pioneered online teaching for various business courses at the University level.

Caryn’s strong drive for personal development and leadership skills, as well as her personal charisma and deep rooted academic and work experiences in coaching and training is what has shaped and developed her growth mindset approach towards communications and teaching others how to manifest what they want most. She knows that in order to have unlimited change and growth, the secret is to unstick the six inches between one’s ears. Her own success is rooted in her engaging enthusiasm, total professionalism, and confidential insight in providing the direction required to initiate and sustain excellence – in any kind of performance.

Caryn creates value added tools and strategies that consistently inspire audiences to take action, improve client experiences, enable impactful connections and empower leadership mastery. She always applies a big dose of dynamic holistic principles to all of her interactive presentations.  Audience members always leave her keynotes and workshops reveling in their own Aha moments and excited to apply what they have learned. 

Caryn’s Workshop

Success Takes Leadership Mastery and Self-love to Empower, Lead and Transform

This workshop will develop self-confidence and impactful leadership strategies that will promote success throughout all facets of your life with a growth mindset.

Results include higher self-confidence, innovation and creativity, collaborative relationships, better client experiences and improved bottom line results for any business.

 

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Define their leadership style and how to manifest it with confidence to drive their desired outcomes.
  • Understand the importance of unsticking the six inches between their ears to promote ideation with key mastery leadership strategies.
  • Tools and strategies to empower self-confidence with a specific mindset and utilize it daily in their lives
  • Build collaborative relationships and improve communications for improved client experiences and employee engagement
  • The difference between the manager and leader

March 1-3, 2019 The Asbury Hotel

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ETTWomen 2019 Kickoff

She believed she could, so she did.

ETTWomen is a community of women entrepreneurs that believe in the power of connections.  ETTWomen network with intention. We are artists, authors, mentors, movers, shakers, and change-makers! We believe in women supporting women and that together, we achieve more! Women from different walks of life join us because they believe in the power of connections, that relationships serve not just as a means to help themselves, but as a way to help others.  ETTWomen network with intention.

 

We had an amazing turnout, thank you to everyone who came to kickoff 2019 in our new home with us!

If you’re looking for an incredible group of women who are stepping up and out for each other, ETTWomen is for you!

Become A Member!

New Year, New Goals! 10 Productivity Tips to Help You Get $#!t Done!

It’s officially back to the grind. Kids go back to school (Hell. To. The YES!) and -naturally- we feel that we will get back to our groove. We’re fired up, it’s a new year…let’s roll!

But, how do you prioritize? How do you decide which goal or task to tackle first?

Truth: A key differentiator between people who succeed in their business and those who do not is personal productivity. Leaders and entrepreneurs who are consistently making things happen know how to achieve what they want in less time than others. American Express Forum details what highly successful entrepreneurs do every day.

I was pleasantly surprised at learning that many of these tips are already a part of what we teach at ETTWomen, I wanted to share them with you again so you keep them top of mind.

There’s a lot to be learned from the tactics of successful, and incredibly busy, individuals on how to better organize our own days. Here are 10 things you can start doing today:

  1. Pick 1 task to focus on. One thing many successful entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. Pick one thing and do that one thing.

  2. Block out distractions. Period. Martina Navratilova says, “I concentrate on concentrating.” If you don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, try Rescue Time. It is an application that runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time so you can make better decisions.

  3. Set a strict time limit on meetings. In general, people don’t need as much time as they ask for. Meetings can be time vampires. So, be cut-throat when it comes to managing your time so you can focus on high value tasks.

  4. Set up productivity rituals. Many of  you know I swear by waking up earlier than most consider normal. You also know that because of this, there are tasks that are done by 6am. Therefore, setting up rituals that automate behaviors, make us more productive – without depleting our energy reservoir. 4am may not be your cup of tea, but force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

  5. Get up earlier. Research shows that mornings can make or break your day. Use the mantra “mind over mattress” to motivate yourself to get out of bed to pursue your goals.

  6. Outsource personal chores. Highly productive people are selective about how they expend their energy. They don’t waste time or energy on tasks that others can do. Do a cost/benefit analysis of how you spend your time and see if it’s worth offloading some repetitive tasks so you can focus on what will bring value to your company.

  7. Increase your effectiveness through technology. There’s a plethora of programs to make a small-business owner more effective in increasing productivity. A few popular tools—some of which are free—include Dropbox to store files online; Any Meeting to host a webinar and Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your social media postings.

  8. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.

  9. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work. Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. It’s all about practice.

  10. Learn from others. Understand that for you to move to your next level of success, you must be in constant student mode. Whether you’re learning from others, attending school, reading books, attending seminars or taking a course, you have to gain access to the information you don’t know so you can get to where you want to be.

Your productivity is your life made visible. Protect your time, your energy, your business, your life.

Do you have a question? Leave me a comment below! We’re kicking off the year with an exciting new event space!

Join us for our grand reopening next week! You can RSVP HERE! 

ETTWomen on NBC News

 

NBC News Anchor Ashley Bellman stopped by ETTWomen‘s Purpose Pillar at the HMHWomenROCK 2018 event at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park New Jersey.

It’s truly magical what a colorful 🎩, 🧣, 👑 and 👓 can bring out in a woman… And it was truly inspiring to witness how mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, besties, co-workers, and dreamers all came for some fun at our Purpose Pillar Photo Booth @ #HMHWomenROCK2018 💡

Some shared their purpose word, others their businesses, some simply a smile … In the end, we all left feeling a little more connected to each other’s stories, courage, and determination to continue to work together.

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