Do you have a Poken? The newest trend in Social Media Networking…

Check it out…the latest and greatest way to connect online and save a tree!
This new trend of social media networking has recently come to the US market and it’s the good stuff in life, I say! Quite inexpensive, cute concept for a USB, and it is sooo.. easy!
Check it out, get one, connect, and save a tree!@

Poll: Who should have won ‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 9?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! What are you Thankful for?…

I am Thankful for my faith in God, my family, my health, my friends and family and my business!




Networking Know How…by Christina Blandi-James

Ok, so you have gone to a networking meeting or two,  you’ve made your appearance, now what? If you have a business card folder filled to the brink of capacity, have  followed up on some of them, but to no avail, keep collecting them like it’s a hobby. I know exactly what you’re thinking…”How am I going to stand out in the crowd, remember everyone I met and of course be remembered, and get in contact with them in a timely and effective time management way?”
What is a business person to do?  Well, here are some tips to make yourself stand out in the crowd and be remembered and get that appointment or connection:

  1. First of all, be on time to any networking event or business meeting!  Precise promptness is essential.
  2. Meet and Greet.  Don’t be shy, put yourself out there..that’s what we’re there for!
  3. Introduce yourself, shake their hands, look them in the eyes and most definitely, be genuinely interested in them.  First impressions are everything!
  4. Let them know what you do for a living.  Be quick and detailed as possible.  Don’t give a long drawn out dissertation… you will lose their interest if it is!
  5. Give some examples of what you have done or who you have worked with in the past or present.
  6. Be funny…  Laughter is a common ice breaker and it makes a good impression. Smiles light up the world!
  7. Ask their advice on something.  You might have a problem that they can help solve.  Everyone wants to help others in some way and it is a good way to be viewed as an expert in your field.
  8. Always, repeat their name in the conversation at some point. And at the end..Thank them for meeting them and promise to connect with them soon.
  9. Follow through with that promise.  You will leave a lasting impression if you do.  Then call them.
  10. Lastly, You never know who you are going to meet and who that person may refer you onto someone else.  So make a great  impression and give them a unique business card or poken them! (The new, or for me it’s new…a social networking gadget that makes it easy to not loose a new contacts information, just upload it to your computer)  I just bought one…Do you Poken?

So there you have it.  10 simple and effective networking tips about how to make the most of your time when you first meet someone and be remembered. It’s  easy… just be genuine and be yourself!

Dare to Dream! by Christina Blandi-James

“Always Keep Your Eye on Your Target Market!
I am my own believer
In my heart the reason
I will follow the light from within
I’m not afraid of weakness
I’m gonna taste the sweetness
Of the power not to give in
Oh I will see it through
I believe this is my moment of truth…I will go the distance
Embrace resistance
I will lay my soul on the line
When the wait is over
And the hunger has spoken
If I give my all,I will shine
Oh I will see it through
I believe, this is my moment of truth
*Parts of the lyrics from Olivia Newton John*

I have always said, “ I am my own worst enemy…”  but where do I get this from?  I have learned over the years that if I dare to dream, only I can make things happen.
Through all my struggles when I grew up, learning hard lessons from my father and grandfather about “if you give an inch, you will receive tenfold back”, and how to take the “higher road” even if you can’t see the lesson to learn.  I continue to enlighten myself with the positive cheers not only from my supporters and champions, but from myself. If a negative situation arises in your life, look at it head on and take the positive from it.  God always has a reason for the way things happen.  It is up to you to see it in a new light.
It has to come from within.  If you can learn to believe in others then you can learn to believe in yourself.
There is a reason why each of us decided to embark on the most challenging task of all in life, to become an entrepreneur.  We have a dream!  We believe in our capabilities to endure the test, to become an inventor, a dreamer, or an owner of the best parts of us, our skills and knowledge!  It’s our soul that gives us our passions.  I believe that if we follow our hearts, our minds and our souls, our passions can take us to places that we never heard of.
We may not always continue on the path that we went to school to learn, and our soul’s path may have taken us down another road.  Our soul has been speaking to us, our supporters have been telling us to pursue our dreams!
Isn’t it time to listen to our hearts and souls and learn from others to achieve those goals?  One person can not know everything there is to know about running a business.  We sometimes do not know everything about income taxes or corporate taxes, that is what a supporter like Laurice is for!  We don’t know everything or have the time to devote to marketing or event planning, that is what I am here for! Or we need some insight into how to strategize our business plans and manage our projects or give you steps on time management, that is Tonya’s expertise!   It is our best asset to realize that sometimes we need the help of others to help guide us so we can grow from those experiences.
My suggestions to help you dream!
*Network, find others in the areas of expertise you do not know and develop your knowledge.
*Network to reach out and teach someone else.
*Impart your wisdom and expertise to a non profit, volunteer your time.  You might just gain some more exposure, at the same time as contributing to the community and giving back.  It really does make a person feel good!
*Don’t be afraid, pick up the phone and make that cold call! Set the appointment. ASK for the appointment. When you are direct, you will more likely land the appt.
*When you call someone, introduce yourself, not just the company.  Make it more personal, they are more likely to respond.  And try to make a joke in there some where.  Laughter eases the awkwardness of a cold call!
*Most of all, BELIEVE, in yourself and your capabilities. Learn the hard lessons and to not make the same mistakes again. Only you can make your dreams come true!
We are all here today to help each other.  There is a reason why God has given us each other.  To help, to grow, to guide, to inspire, and to teach others!

Come out and join us for a compelling topic for some of us looking for employment in today’s economy..

Outside the Lines Art Show, Dec. 10th @ Garden Gate Cafe, 6-8 pm

Come out and enjoy the show…you might even take a piece of artwork home with you!!!

About the Artist…
Although she’s had the desire to paint since childhood, Jo didn’t realize her dream until 2003, when her husband surprised her with easel and paints.
From then on, Jo has found her inspiration in the beauty of nature, landscapes, and interesting architecture.
Jo’s work consists mostly of acrylics on canvas, pencil & charcoal on paper. Works bring forth the color and beauty of nature, landscapes, and interesting architecture. Paintings have shown at galleries, the NC State Fair Art Competition, art shows at her church and at Cary and Raleigh-area coffee houses.
Her business, Outside the Lines Art Instruction and Sales, provides one-on-one art mentoring for budding artists 5 yrs to 85 at her studio or the student’s home tailored to needs/desires of student. She also conducts art workshops for students in pencil, charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint, tempera, and air dry clay at Neighborhood Academy of Music, Clayton. She is also available for art birthday parties and commissions for pet portraits
Her community service of an art nature has involved creation and delivery of a 6-week after school art program for K to Grade 2 disadvantaged and at-risk children at Magnet school in downtown Raleigh. The program consisted of teaching art skills while encouraging students to explore their creativity. The focus was also on building good character.
Jo’s art is currently on display at the Royal Bean Coffee Shop on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh and The Garden Gate Café on Aversboro Road in Garner.
For contact information and to view more of her art:
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Southern Wake Women in Marketing group, “Hear us Roar!”

NOV. 16th @ Cafe Carolina @ 9am. Speaker/topic needed.

I would like to see a topic maybe about how to market to non profits and what kinds of marketing they need….Anyone interested in speaking from experience? OR a Staffing Recruiter/Agency  to speak about today’s job market and what we need to do to stand out in this “Bigger” crowd.
We have a good group going so far! Some great ideas, plans and future events/participation ! We are in the process of solidifying plans to participate and raise funds for The Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity. And other charities depending upon what we decide. Do you want to be a part of it? More details to follow.
Come out and join on the move Southern Wake Women In Marketing…sharing ideas, contacts and referrals!
RSVP to the event posted for Linkedin or join
Hope to see everyone there!

Being Thankful…

When is the last time you said Thank you to some one for enlightening you on a lesson to be learned?
Sometimes we need to step back and see what others see and consider their points of view and see if there is a lesson to learn.
My belief is that we are meant to be life long learners.  Not only academically, but from people that come into your life for a reason.  You may not know it at the time, but God has his reasons for bringing them into your life.  Listen and Learn.  And take the “Higher Road” and Thank  God…Thank God for teaching you to be humble enough to learn those lessons.  For only HE will be by your side..and “have your back”

Ft. Hood Blessings…

Bless the ones killed and their families, at Ft. Hood. My husband was stationed there when he served for our country several years ago.