Tag: Business

FYI- What not to do on Linkedin…

Here is an interesting article I found while scouring and doing my daily research on Linkedin.com. I have advised many times on the powers of Linkedin.com and what you can gain from having a presence there. But in order to have a presence and get noticed whether it be for your business or for connecting to potential employers, clients, or prospects, you must always be present. A consistent presence is the key to building your online reputation as well as offline.
If you have connected with someone from a networking opportunity and then connected online, occasionally follow-up with them and post relevant topics of interest in your industry. There was a reason why they connected with you in the first place. Not only because they had an interest in you, but also what your company or who you work for can provide immediately or down the road. The rules of engagement online is just as crucial as offline. There are an abundant number of offline networking opportunities to choose from, just like online. Networking can happen just about anywhere really, not just at “networking events”. But the key to it all is to engage!
Make your connections, but make sure your Linkedin.com profile is in tip-top shape… stay on top of the game and you will get the connections and provide your products and services at any given time when needed. Businesses are depending on this tool to search for you, engage with you and most importantly, find out what you are all about in a concise manner. It’s the new version of your resume and business profile. And don’t forget to add any examples of what you do or have done. There are plenty of applications to add to your profile to highlight this information, i.e. slide share, box.net, video, etc. That is the other reason why it is so important to maintain that up to date information, so they know to choose you when making that decision related to what you do!

Conquering Your Fears and Challenges…

After a week long trip to my hometown with my two teenage children and driving over 9 hours each way, I have finally realized what it is like to see myself, at that age, as they are today. I can only imagine what they must think when they see me doing things I haven’t done in years and thoroughly enjoying myself and acting like a kid! Some thoughts I imagine they were thinking or whispering to themselves, i.e. “My Gosh, my Mom is so weird, why is she doing that?’ or ” She is yelling and screaming on the roller coaster loader than I am!” or “Look at my Mom, she is in the front of the raft paddling through class 5 rapids, she is fantastic!” Or at least that is the impression I want to leave them with!
I had so much fun with my teens this past week, it was awesome! For them to have let me be as weird as I wanted to, yell as loud as I wanted to, scream out my lungs on the roller coasters and tackle the rapids in the New River Gorge, was the best possible time I could spend with them! Just hanging out and not being a Mom so much, except when needed, and letting my hair down about work and being a kid.
Sometimes in life we have had some experiences that have left us with a memory that not only challenges us, but keeps the gripes of fear riveted in our brains, that we cannot overcome. It is not until we let ourselves experience all the wonders that life has to offer and then some, to fully appreciate our youth. The young are fearless for a reason. The young are impressionable for a reason. We are shaped by our experiences. If we grow up being fearful, we won’t experience half the most pleasurable and rewarding moments in our lives. For this reason alone, I will no longer dreamily want to do something or experience something, I will just do it! Of course if it is within my power and financial wherewithal to do it.
Why is it, that our brains hold onto these memories and experiences, whether positive or negative? Well, from what I gather, and I am not a scientist or anything close to it, but, we are shaped by the moments and they make us who we are today. Character traits are an important part of us. We live our lives by what has been taught to us, what we have experienced, who has passed down from generation to generation the traditions and principles, and most importantly what our parents exemplify to us. For the latter, we are who are parents teach us by example and passed onto us. If they are negative or even negatively perceived lessons or examples, it is up to us as individuals, to change the pattern, or the experience or the lesson. I believe you should break that mold and become your own person. Shape your own destiny, take bits and pieces of the best part of the lessons taught, and move forward in a manner that fits YOU!
I had a bad experience on the river several several years ago. The raft and guide ran us right into a huge boulder, we got trapped on the rock with the raft having flipped up onto us, covering us. We ended up finally being able to release the raft and having to jump into the river, class 5 rapids, and floating down to an area of safety. Very harrowing experience for a 17-18 year old. Very eye opening and memorable experience. I was able to go down the river one more time after that, and then the fear set in from the experience. It took me another 20+ years, and many other kinds of moments and experiences to finally overcome that fear of the river. Not to say, one shouldn’t be fearful of the river, but very cautious and respectful of it.
The point I am trying to make in all of this is the fact that, no matter what, do not let anything or anyone hold you back from doing what you want to do or know is right. Our experiences shape us. Don’t let one bad experience gripe you and take hold forever. Conquer the fear, own it, and experience a new one. I had the best time with my kids and they didn’t even know about my bad experience with the river until after. I didn’t want to scare them. I didn’t want to impose my fear onto them and shape their decision to experience a rush one can grow to love, the thrill of adventure!
I can emphatically transpose this type of lesson or overcoming my fear/challenge to my business life. As an entrepreneur, for years I had dreamed of starting my own business. I put myself on the back burner for years, while I resoundingly took care of my family and children. I have very much been rewarded taking care of them, but my itch to start my business was there looming in the background. I helped run a business with my husband for 5 years, but it wasn’t until I struck out on my own, that my passion of being a business owner, had taken hold. Since my business beginning, Aug, 2, 2007, three years ago, I have experienced so many more positive and negative moments, lessons, and growth, that it has spurred me to incorporating the passion into my personal life more as well.. One should never hold themselves back from experiences. If you can swing it, “JUST DO IT” PERIOD.

Lease a Sales Rep hosts new networking group for CEO’s and Executives

The Triangle Catalyst
July 27th, Inaugural Networking Event
This event is for CEO’s who run businesses in the Triangle. As CEO’s our time is extremely valuable, not only in dollar value, but in opportunities lost if we are not focused with our time, energy, and networking efforts. CEO’s want to get to the point, go for the GUSTO! and make connections with like-minded individuals, that know what it is to start, grow and manage a business.
This is what Triangle Catalyst is all about.
This “CEO/Executive Only” event brings together the Biggest. Baddest, Smartest, and well connected CEO’s and executives that want to share with other like-minded people challenges that they may face in their business and get answers through relationship building and networking with peers. At the same time, we will forge new relationships, and serve as a Council of Advisors, to bounce around ideas, and to share success stories. Our Inaugural Triangle Catalyst Event will be the 1st of a series of quarterly events that will be welcomed strategic move for the busy executive.
The best part of these events will be sharing the room with major connectors and listening to other CEO’s and Leaders in their fields providing insight into what will make a difference in our businesses and economy. Big ideas, Big people, Well connected leaders, and Movers and Shakers that make decisions and make things happen will be there.
Come joins us. Don’t miss this opportunity.
This event is exclusive and limited to 50 participants. High level people with deep experiences running major companies will be attending.

You’re Invited:
July 27th, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Johnson Lexus
Test Drives too!
Speaker: Ron Smith of S & A Cherokee
Building a Business in a Challenging

Don’t wait, register TODAY!
About the speaker, Ron Smith, CEO of S&A Cherokee:
Ron Smith has worked in the communications field for more than 30 years. He has served as a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, magazine publisher and editor and public relations counselor.
Ron began his career while in high school by working as a writer for a weekly newspaper. He worked his way through college as an employee of various newspapers and he completed his last two years of college while working at the newspaper full time. As well as, a city editor of a daily North Carolina newspaper for six years before entering the public relations field.
Ron first began in public relations from 1976 working for several advertising and public relations firms until he started S&A Cherokee in 1982.
Ron is a member of the Public Relations Society of America since 1976 having held several positions of leadership in the NC chapter society, as well as, being named NC Public Relations Master.
Host: Gilbert Pagan, CEO, Lease A Sales Rep, Inc.
Event Coordination: Christina Blandi-James, Pres.
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I can’t wait to learn how to create my Vision Board! Looking forward to it!…CBJ Promotional Avenues, Christina Blandi-James