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Altovise is an introverted entrepreneur residing in the DMV that launched, stumbled, and learned how to manage entrepreneurship, motivational speaking, and being a single mom. Her failure led her to start conversations with CEOs and entrepreneurs about the good, the bad, and the ugly when you first start a business. (Or, when you first try to start a business) She has written and co-authored multiple best-selling books including her first book, "It's Okay to Cry" - and now, in this podcast, Altovise brings you the conversations that can help female Entrepreneurs in the DMV to launch, stumble less and learn. Can you become a successful entrepreneur? New episodes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
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How to Make It Happen Amid AdversityHow did you make it happen during the pandemic? Did you allow you, your career, and or your business to shift? You need to use this time to get out of your comfort zone and open up different opportunities. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with the co-authors of the ‘Make It Happen’ book anthology. They wrote the book during the pandemic to share their stories of overcoming and impact others on their journeys.They share their stories of adversities and how they had to overcome them to make it happen in their lives. Listen in to learn the power of sharing your imperfect story to encourage others to overcome and be successful in their lives. “No matter how bad you think things are, you can overcome it if you truly believe and if you want to overcome it.”- Martez [8:43]What you will learn in this episode:•[2:08] They explain why they said YES to being part of the ‘Make It Happen’ book. •[10:12] Why it was the people who became the heroes of their own stories during the pandemic.•[13:16] How the downtime of 2020 presented time for people to be creative and to collaborate.•[19:09] The importance of capitalizing on this pandemic moment and getting a digital business. •[26:07] Learn how to share your adversity story to help others get through theirs. •[35:28] Jonathan shares his story and how God has given him another chance at life. •[42:56] How to make the necessary steps to get to your goals and make it happen for you. •[45:27] Karen talks about her Level Up Summit and Power Up Summit and when they’ll be happening. •[47:30] They share what they each have coming up later this year.
Overcoming Tragedies and Making It Happen to Impact OthersHow do you find a reason to keep smiling and inspiring others when going through your own issues? The meaning of Making It Happen is allowing yourself to tell your story and impact the lives of others who’ve given up. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Shawn LaRe' Brinkley and Judy Ambrose James. Shawn is a licensed marriage family therapist, a transformational performance coach, and the owner of Living Loved Pathways to Holistic Healing private practice. Judy is an author, speaker, designer, and many near-death experiences survivor. They narrate their tragic stories, how they overcame, and how they’re now telling their stories to impact others. Listen in to learn the importance of activating your faith to overcome adversity and inspire others.“If you can’t find a reason to smile, borrow mine.”- JudyWhat you will learn in this episode:•[1:47] Get to know Shawn and Judy.•[3:47] Shawn narrates the tragedy of losing her husband to COVID and how it changed her meaning of ‘Make It Happen’.•[9:03] Judy talks about her past tragedies and the stroke that changed her meaning of ‘Make It Happen’ 13 years ago.•[17:11] The lesson of having a foundation to build on your success and help others overcome adversity.•[21:13] How not to be defined by your limitations and impacting people who’ve given up.•[26:46] The importance of allowing people to tell their stories unapologetically.•[29:08] The power of loving life and shining your light unto others. Relevant Links:•Shawn’s Website: https://livinglovedhealing.org/ •Shawn’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livinglovedhealing/ •Shawn’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shawnlb •Judy’s Online Store: Judy Smiles and Gives
How to Change Your Situation by Leaving an Abusive or Unhealthy Relationship – With Mary Kaye HolmesAre you in an abusive or unhealthy relationship that you feel you need to get out of? Or perhaps you know someone that needs to be supported to get out of that situation? Then this episode is for you!In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Mary Kaye Holmes, she’s a coach, 7x author, and human trafficking & domestic violence survivor. She has a passion for changing lives, and helping people through the sharing of her story, and being transparent through a variety of platforms. Listen in to hear why you’re worthy and you can take charge of your life by making that decision to leave. “If you’re unhappy, then you can make the decision today to change your situation.”- Mary [11:35]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:16] Get to know Mary Kaye, the overcomer!•[3:21] The impact that Mary’s escape human trafficking and her finding her voice had on her mom before she passed away.•[5:44] The physical and mental trauma that Mary suffered under the control of her abuser and how her relationship with God saved her. •[8:23] Mary’s words to the woman in an abusive and unhealthy relationship knowingly and unknowingly.Relevant Links:•Website: http://marykayeholmes.com/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hearmaryspeak/
Life is Unpredictable, Stay Prepared! – with Roz JonesDo you have a plan for aging? Are you prepared with your will, power of attorney, or your funeral arrangements? We know that this is the subject you would rather stay away from, but it is necessary and crucial, case in point 2020 was unpredictable.In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Roz Jones, the Founder, and CEO of Jacksonville Best Caregivers, a facility where they provide short-term and long-term care as well as virtual care in specialized areas. Roz shares how one incident unexpectedly turned her into a caregiver and the many lessons it has taught her, especially during COVID. Listen in to learn the importance of staying prepared with a caregiving plan, aging plan, and a plan for after your death. What you will learn in this episode:•[2:07] Get to know Roz Jones, the caregiver!•[3:48] She describes how her life changed in an instant and she became a caregiver. •[9:19] The importance of having a special heart and the right mindset to be a caregiver. •[15:29] Why you should have a plan for aging and caregiving at any age.•[20:01] The importance of staying prepared with a will and funeral arrangements.•[25:54] The first step to staying prepared- name your bank account and life insurance beneficiary. Relevant Links:•Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rozjonesenterprises/ •Website: https://www.rozjonesent.com/
Don't Throw it All Away...Life After Covid-19 – with Susan AppletonHow are you handling life after Covid? Did you find your value in who you are or what your business is? It is important to accept and embrace change for you to find success in life or business in the aftermath of Covid. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Susan Appleton, the CEO of Appleton Communications. They help entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and corporate leaders to really accelerate their success by developing high-level communication, people, and relationships skills. Susan describes how Covid forced us to pinpoint what was valuable in our lives and businesses and how to bring it forward. You will also learn the importance of having an accountability partner to help you come back to yourself successfully. “Don’t think that everything has to be thrown away because it doesn’t.”- Susan [4:16]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:07] Get to know Susan Appleton!•[2:16] How to find your value, affirm it, and build on it in life and business. •[7:00] Learn how to embrace change and make things work for you or be left behind.•[11:14] How to lead your people to their place of stability and moving forward successfully in the new normal. •[16:05] The importance of coming back to self by identifying someone to hold you accountable.Relevant Links:•Website: https://appletoncommunication.com/ •Email: susan@appletoncommunication.com
How to Strategize and Give Rise to Better Ideas – with Jarl JensenWhat ideas do you have for your business? Ideas are the core aspect of any business ever created. But ideas need to be properly strategized for them to work for you and your business. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Jarl Jensen, the idea guy. He’s the inventor of many medical devices with issued patents having retail sales of over a billion dollars. He’s the author of ‘The Wolfe Trilogy Series’ and believes that his ideas can do more than heal the sick, they can change the world.Jarl explains how he addresses systemic poverty and currency controlling in his books. Listen in to learn how to keep it simple before executing your idea to avoid wasting your time and money on a bad idea. “It is so much easier to explore an idea without spending any money and without adding any complexity.”- Jarl [18:08]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:33] The importance of understanding the science of ideas to make them work. •[4:11] Elon Musk’s understanding of the first principle, which makes his ideas successful. •[7:54] How to take caution with your idea and get feedback before executing it. •[13:45] The lesson of executing business ideas that you’re passionate about and that you’re willing to hold before revenue generation. •[17:37] The importance of focusing on the core aspect of the idea without complicating it and using money.•[21:14] Jarl talks about his books which are about how system poverty is created to keep the poor poorer and the rich richer. Relevant Links:•Website: https://www.jarljensen.com/ •LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarl-jensen/ Books: •Optimizing America•Hacking the American Economy•America’s History of Empowering Wealth •Showdown in the Economy of Good and Evil
How to Become a Dynamik Leader in Your Business – With Dominique HartDid you know that self-talk can help you believe and succeed in your dream? That’s right, you’re the first person that should have faith in your capabilities before anyone else sees or acknowledges it. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Dominique Hart, an International Visual Branding Strategist, Dynamic Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, and founder of Dynamik Endeavors, and six-figure Real Estate Investor — all by the age of 30. She empowers businesses and organizations to discover their visual identity, resonate with the people that need them, and convey their unique voices through the power of design. She narrates her educational, cultural, and initial career experiences and how they shaped her success. Listen in to learn the importance of believing in your capabilities as a new business owner to find success. “You have to stand on the forefront, you have to believe in your mission and your vision before anybody else does.”- Dominique [18:54]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:39] Dominique describes her educational and career journey in business and branding.•[12:25] The birth of Dynamik Endeavors, which was initially about social media management for live events. •[17:22] The power of self-talk and believing in your own vision to help you succeed in business. •[22:34] Where to find Dominique and learn about being a dynamik leader. Relevant Links:•Website: https://dynamikendeavors.com/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DynamikEndeavors/ •Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/dynamikendeavors
Finding Support and Funding for Your Business – With Vivian OlodunDid you know that you can get support and funding by attending business conferences? It is important to understand that you don’t have to do it alone as a woman business owner, all you have to do is have the courage to ask for support and funding. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Vivian Olodun, a serial entrepreneur, micro-Influencer, and author. Vivian is a rising star, speaking honestly with her peers about what it is like to build a business that serves the rich and famous. She is the ghostwriter behind luxury real estate articles published in the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel. Her nonprofit Behind the Leaf hosts the Flourish Media Conference annually in Miami, FL, introducing her little-black book of millionaires to small business owners looking for angel investors. She talks about the importance of women seeking funding and support in running their businesses. Listen in to learn the importance of attending business conferences to meet people who can support your business. “You have to find a vulnerability to share what’s working in your business, and what isn’t.”- Vivian [8:54]What you will learn in this episode:•[2:25] How Vivian uses her passion for marketing to help women entrepreneurs get to money faster. •[4:41] Learn to build relationships and being vulnerable to share the needs of your business. •[10:14] How to be brave enough to go after the funding you need for your business as a woman. •[14:46] The importance of attending business conferences to learn and get the benefits as a small business owner. Relevant Links:•Flourish Media Conference: https://www.flourishmediaconference.com/ •Vivian: https://www.vivianolodun.com/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivianolo/
Travel and Expand Your Life and Business Perspective – With Ian PilbeamWould you willingly take the risk of leaving your business and travel around the world? Traveling changes the way you see life and business, including your risk-taking capacity.In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Ian Pilbeam, he’s an author and runs an outsourced HR and health and safety business in Scotland. A little over a decade ago, Ian left his permanent job, withdrew his kids from school, and went backpacking around the world and has now written a book about it.He shares how his travel experiences changed his perspective on life and business and continues to do. Listen in to understand that your business will still survive if you leave it and take the opportunity to travel. What you will learn in this episode:•[1:08] Get to know Ian Pilbeam!•[2:35] The events that led Ian to leave his job, pull his children out of school, and backpack around the world.•[3:55] How travel enhanced his adaptability to entrepreneurial risk.•[6:16] How his legacy project turned into an inspiration, educational, and entertaining book.•[8:14] He describes the type of feedback he’s been receiving about his book. •[10:24] The 3 top places around the globe that Ian would love to explore more.Relevant Links:•LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianpilbeam/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/originalfamilytrippers/ •Website: https://familytrippers.co.uk/ •Book: Are We There Yet?
Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo – with Alisha And Rochelle SchwartzImagine a world where you get to work with your mother and still be best of friends? Some families might not see themselves doing it, but it is something beautiful to witness especially when done over a lifetime. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Alisha and Rochelle, Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo. Alisha Schwartz is a Certified Master Integrative Coach for over 14 years and Rochelle is also a Certified Master Integrative Life Coach of 20 years. They have both created a program to empower mothers and daughters to live their lives with tools to effectively communicate through love, acceptance, and forgiveness.They share the different experiences that led them to coach and how they manage to run a business and still maintain their love relationship. Listen in to learn the importance of teaching little girls in your life the importance of individuality and choosing whatever feels right to them.“Don’t listen to what other people negatively have to say about whatever it is you’re doing, trust yourself.”- Rochelle [11:34]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:08] Get to know Rochelle Schwartz- the relationship coach who once appeared on Oprah’s show. •[2:47] Get to know Alisha- growing up with a learning disability and later becoming a coach. •[4:47] The unconditional love that bonded Rochelle with her daughters. •[6:54] The sacrifices of a mother – how Rochelle’s past cements the Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo. •[10:13] The power of music in helping people open up to the heart, melting all their defenses during coaching sessions. •[11:30] Rochelle advises her 10-year-old self to trust herself and what feels right to her.•[12:23] Alisha advises her 10-year-old self that she’s enough and doesn’t need anyone else to tell her that. Relevant Links:•Rochelle’s Website: https://www.rochelleschwartz.com/ •Alisha LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alishaschwartz/ •Email: motherdaughterdynamicduo@gmail.com
Flying Adventurously and Empowering Women – With Abingdon MullinHow adventurous can you get with your career choice? As a woman, you shouldn’t allow anything to affect you if you want to pursue a career in a male-dominated field and succeed. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, we have Abingdon Mullin, a pilot and founder of Abingdon Foundation. She’s also the CEO of The Abingdon Co. a watch company geared towards adventurous women. Abingdon has a serious spirit for adventure and excitement, especially when it has to do with flying. She has dared to tread on man’s ground and succeed in industries that are traditionally male-dominated. Listen in to learn the importance of encouraging and contributing towards STEM-related education for girls. “You don’t let anything affect you unless you let it affect you.”- Abingdon Mullin [17:01]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:10] Get to know Abingdon and her adventurous side.•[5:00] How she discovered flying and figured out the industry plus the many avenues you can study and practice as a pilot.•[9:01] She describes the most favorite flights she has flown so far.•[11:03] How the idea of making women’s aviation watches came to be.•[15:52] How she’s adopted the right attitude of not allowing anything to affect her to succeed in male-dominated fields. •[19:45] Where to find Abingdon and contribute towards her nonprofit organization.Meet Abingdon:Born in England and raised in Burbank, California, Abingdon is the CEO of a watch company geared towards adventurous women called, “The Abingdon Co.” Also, she is the founder of Abingdon Foundation, an organization built to empower and accelerate the female pursuit of more than STEAM industries, either professionally or recreationally. Her work revolves around women's empowerment and opportunities for females. All of her businesses came about as the result of her getting her pilot’s certificate in 2006. She has flown over 80 different aircraft up to the Airbus 321 and has delivered airplanes in over 20 different countries.Achievements:-Appeared on Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska S3-Appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank S6-First woman to land in Shanghai Hongqiao International airport in a single-engine propeller-driven airplane.Relevant Links:Website: https://www.theabingdonco.com/ Foundation: https://abingdonfoundation.org/
Helping Entrepreneurs Quiz and Scale Their Businesses – with Tai Goodwin How do you run your business authentically without comparison? It is important to have a purpose for your business to keep you from the dangers of comparing with others. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Tai Goodwin, the CEO of The Momentum Agency and creator of Quiz & Grow Rich. She's an award-winning instructional designer with 20+ years of experience creating learning solutions for Fortune500 companies. She believes that wealth and spirituality are not mutually exclusive and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale so they can create generational wealth. She shares her entrepreneurial journey and the challenges she’s had to overcome. Listen to this episode to learn about the dangers of comparison and how it can slow the progression of your business.“When I focus on the why and the who, it’s easy for me to let that other stuff go.”- Tai [15:14]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:10] Get to know Tai Goodwin.•[2:26] She explains how she got into creating quizzes as a marketing strategy.•[4:51] Why she wishes she had learned earlier to be okay with making business mistakes.•[8:45] How she overcame the clutches of comparison and defined her ideal client. •[14:15] How to focus on the why and the who to grow your business without comparison.•[15:56] The benefits of doing a quiz to amplify your marketing efforts. Meet Tai:Tai Goodwin is the CEO of The Momentum Agency and creator of Quiz & Grow Rich. She's an award-winning instructional designer with 20+ years of experience creating learning experiences for Fortune500 companies like Barnes & Noble and tech startups like Leadpages.No tech, no time, no problem! Tai helps eCommerce brands and entrepreneurs profit more and work less by turning their email list into multiple 5-figure paydays. Her specialty: lead generation, email marketing, and quiz funnels.Relevant Links:•Website: https://www.profitmomentum.com/ •LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taigoodwin/ •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaiSpeaks/
How to Start A Business in What You Love – With Brooke Strauss-DobiWhat’s stopping you from transforming that idea you have into a fully functioning business? All it takes are small actionable steps daily to get you to where you want to be. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Brooke Strauss-Dobi, the owner of Bold in Her Biz- a sassy and fun brand that empowers and motivates female entrepreneurs.Brooke was inspired by her Virtual Assistant (VA) business and being surrounded by female entrepreneurs, to start Bold in Her Biz. Listen in to learn how you can utilize your creativity to market your growing brand. What you will learn in this episode:•[1:48] Brooke describes why she started her new business Bold in Her Biz.•[3:12] She explains how and why she became a virtual assistant.•[5:13] Why she wanted to start a business with her voice, plus how she’s using her passion for creativity to market the brand.•[9:46] How she’ll be using TikTok and IG Reels to market her brand and inspire women to be confident.•[15:23] She describes the process of going from an idea to a functioning online store.Meet Brooke: My line of T-shirts, mugs, and tote bags celebrate bold and fearless female entrepreneurs. They’re sassy, motivational, and empowering.Relevant Links:•Website: https://www.boldinherbiz.com/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boldinherbiz/ •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boldinherbiz/
How to Build the Best You for God’s Glory – With Dr. Sha’Meca Latai’Are you aware of who you truly are? Have you the taken time to get to know yourself, heal, and grow? You must be consistent in loving and growing yourself to be able to tell your story and grow your brand.In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Dr. Sha’Meca Latai’ Oliver, also known as the “Root Coach”. She’s a wife, mother of 5, and the CEO of Building the Best You. She helps women get to the root of their issues to heal and be successful mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically. She narrates her own personal journey of healing, loving herself, and trusting in God to fulfill his promises. Listen in to learn how you can trust God’s timing as you confidently love yourself and feed your mind with positivity.“We have to give ourselves the opportunity to discover the new us.”- Sha’Meca [5:46] What you will learn in this episode:•[2:34] Sha’Meca explains how she helps women heal to build her businesses and personal brands.•[5:40] The importance of always giving yourself the permission to grow and renew yourself.•[8:01] How Dr. Sha’Meca built up her faith to have confidence in who she was becoming. •[15:44] Learn to accept and love who you are so you can build your business and relationships.•[29:15] Stop poisoning your mind with negativity and instead feed it with positive things.•[35:40] Sha’Meca explains how she supports women in many ways to help them tell their stories and get their brands out there. Meet Sha Meca:Sha’Meca Latai’ Oliver, known as the “Root Coach”, helps women who lead create a road map for their life, so that they can get to the root of their issues, to be healed and successful mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically, in order to build the best person they can be, for God’s Glory. She knows that one of the best ways to lead someone is to, “Live What You Teach.” Her passion and voice to build others stem from her personal time of isolation and rejection. From these experiences, Sha'Meca has learned that women grow and thrive when in a supportive community. Therefore, she established brands like Building The Best You and Women Who Lead Connect to help women build their business and personal brands introspectively. Sha’Meca says, “I became the woman I needed to be, in order to help the next woman become the person she always desired to be.”Relevant Links:•Website: https://www.iamshamecalatai.com/ •Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamshamecalatai/ •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamshamecalatai/
Helping Entrepreneurs Quiz and Scale Their Businesses – with Tai Goldwin How do you run your business authentically without comparison? It is important to have a purpose for your business to keep you from the dangers of comparing with others. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, Altovise speaks with Tai Goodwin, the CEO of The Momentum Agency and creator of Quiz & Grow Rich. She's an award-winning instructional designer with 20+ years of experience creating learning solutions for Fortune500 companies. She believes that wealth and spirituality are not mutually exclusive and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale so they can create generational wealth. She shares her entrepreneurial journey and the challenges she’s had to overcome. Listen in to learn about the dangers of comparison and how it can slow the progression of your business.“When I focus on the why and the who, it’s easy for me to let that other stuff go.”- Tai [15:14]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:10] Get to know Tai Goldwin.•[2:26] She explains how she got into creating quizzes as a marketing strategy.•[4:51] Why she wishes she had learned earlier to be okay with making business mistakes.•[8:45] How she overcame the clutches of comparison and defined her ideal client. •[14:15] How to focus on the why and the who to grow your business without comparison.•[15:56] The benefits of doing a quiz to amplify your marketing efforts. Relevant Links:•Website: https://www.profitmomentum.com/ •LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taigoodwin/ •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaiSpeaks/
Flying Adventurously and Empowering Women – With Abingdon MullinHow adventurous can you get with your career choice? As a woman, you shouldn’t allow anything to affect you if you want to pursue a career in a male-dominated field and succeed. In this episode of the SpeakEasy Podcast, we have Abingdon Mullin, a pilot and founder of Abingdon Foundation. She’s also the CEO of The Abingdon Co. a watch company geared towards adventurous women. Abingdon has a serious spirit for adventure and excitement, especially when it has to do with flying. She has dared to tread on man’s ground and succeed in industries that are traditionally male-dominated. Listen in to learn the importance of encouraging and contributing towards STEM-related education for girls. “You don’t let anything affect you unless you let it affect you.”- Abingdon Mullin [17:01]What you will learn in this episode:•[1:10] Get to know Abingdon and her adventurous side.•[5:00] How she discovered flying and figured out the industry plus the many avenues you can study and practice as a pilot.•[9:01] She describes the most favorite flights she has flown so far.•[11:03] How the idea of making women’s aviation watches came to be.•[15:52] How she’s adopted the right attitude of not allowing anything to affect her to succeed in male-dominated fields. •[19:45] Where to find Abingdon and contribute towards her nonprofit organization.Relevant Links:Website: https://www.theabingdonco.com/ Foundation: https://abingdonfoundation.org/
“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”- Maya AngelouAdvocacy has taken on a whole new meaning as we find ourselves on the other side of Covid-19. The pandemic shined a bright light on what it feels like to not have someone that is speaking up for you. There have been many who had to endure hospital visits away from loved ones as they battled anything from symptoms of covid to common cold symptoms. The missing piece was having someone in the room that had your best interest at heart because of a personal connection. Linda, shared what that looked like for her during the pandemic. Linda's nuggets: ~ Time management matters when you are navigating unknown changes ~ Representation is most valuable with consistent communication ~ Looks for groups that represent you in your local area~ Find ways to help fight the things that happen during isolation (Exercising, Games, Phone or zoom calls) As things were closed down, seniors found themselves without physical touch, smiling faces and companionship but that did not stop them. Technology came through in a big way to connect people to family and friends while also opening up opportunities to connect with the whole world. Meet Linda:Linda is a senior health advocate with an M.A. in counseling psychology, decades of working with people with developmental disabilities, and more recently with seniors. She is a massage therapist specializing in seniors and the disabled.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)LinkedIn...https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-mac-dougall-984820/ and Facebook...https://www.facebook.com/loveyourlongevity
You can win even in the difficult situations ~ AltoviseEach person would love to have the perfect circumstances when they are attempting to achieve their goals. So what would be the perfect scenario for you? What would be the perfect age? What would be the perfect amount to have in your bank account? By now you are starting to see a pattern...well at least I hope you are seeing the pattern. There is no perfect ____________ (Time, age, financial support) that will trump the way that adversity can motivate you. It has been the way that people have become great leaders. Think about the lessons and opportunities that came during moments when you things felt like they weren't going to get better. The "big leap" story or the "overcome"story is valued because people can relate to the tough times and look at th egood times as motivation. Robert's nuggets: ~ Life can tend to derail your childhood goals but those goals are still valid~ Ask yourself, "What am I waiting for?" ~ Following your dream makes you joyful~ You NEED an action plan to keep you moving forward even when something knocks you off track~ Your service can be what someone else needs to not just survive...but to thrive Robert became a rockstar in his sixties after deciding to take a leap and go for his dreams. In this episode he shared what it looked like for him and how the steps he took can mirror the steps necessary for success by anyone. Even though he has been able to achieve success in certain areas, the pandemic shifted things for him and his band. One thing that stood out the most was that his desire to put out music was because he felt that music could be his way of helping others through the pandemic. He was leading with service through song. Meet Robert: Robert Miller is the creative force behind Project Grand Slam, as the leader, bassist, and composer for the band.Says Robert: “In 2015 I completely reorganized the band and our music. Since then it’s been a whirlwind.” PGS plays a unique fusion of Rock and Jazz with a twist of Latin. Plus Robert’s reimagining of iconic ‘60s hits. In just the past 5 years PGS has released 10 highly acclaimed albums including a Billboard #1, had over 4 million video views, a million Spotify streams, over 50,000 Facebook fans, played festivals and concerts in the U.S. and abroad, and opened for such artists as Edgar Winter, Blues Traveler, Boney James, Mindi Abair, and Scott Weiland, as well as an after-show for YES. Plus PGS has had tens of thousands of Likes, Shares, and Comments on social media. PGS today consists of Robert supported by a group of extremely talented, mainly foreign-born musicians from places like Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Along with this reconfiguration, Robert has transformed the band’s music, consisting mainly of original vocal songs but also some instrumentals. This transformation started on 2015’s Made In New York album which included Robert’s reimagined version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” plus his “New York City Groove”. Both songs became staples in the band’s live performances and “Fire” remains the band’s concert closer to this day.In each succeeding year, PGS has recorded at least one new album. Robert’s songs channel his love for rock music, jazz fusion, and ‘60s British Invasion hits. With this eclectic mix, Robert has blazed a completely original path for PGS.The appeal of the band has been widespread, from Millennials to Baby Boomers, from rock to jazz, from domestic to international.2020 has been an extremely difficult year for everyone. PGS had festival appearances and a European tour canceled. But Robert focused the band on what could be achieved during the pandemic. Fortunately, PGS had just finished recording its newest album, East Side Sessions, before the world closed down. Robert then oriented the band during the lockdown to produce videos of four songs from the album. All were successful, receiving several hundred thousand views.He also started writing songs over the summer that expressed his feelings about and during the pandemic. Despite all the pain everyone was experiencing, he felt that love and music will help get us through the pandemic. With the participation of his bandmates, he recorded 10 new songs remotely, 9 of which are vocals that he decided to sing himself because they are all so personal. The resulting album, Summer Of Love (2020), Robert’s debut solo record, has received extraordinary reviews and was released in January 2021.Peace and love to all.www.projectgrandslam.comwww.facebook.com/projectgrandslamwww.youtube.com/user/PGSjazzwww.instagram.com/projectgrndslam
Many of you have fallen into a flow of Netflix and chill or Disney childhood throwback shows throughout the pandemic. Don't fret...this is a nonjudgement zone. I simply want to ask you a question...What if your story was the next story on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon? It starts with you seeing the value of your own story. Then, once you value your story, you need a strategy to not only own that story but to share it. "No matter who you are, your story is important to not just you, but for those around you" ~ SteveSteve's nuggets: ~ Determine how you will move forward no matter what your circumstances look like~ Look at your life in four quarters like in football and then learn to love the quarter you are in~ There are erasers on pencils so you don't have to just live with mistakes~ There is no such thing as failure...it's all education ~ Ask yourself what got you to where you are~ If you did it once you can make it happen again ~ Pay close attention to the habits you need to break and the new habits that you need to create~ It's important to invest in yourself with things like meditation, reading, and journalingFrom working with a WWE Wrestler to becoming a taxi driver, Steve shared what to look for when you are tallying up the results. The things that were once so valuable and important tend to lose their luster when we look at the bigger picture. One valuable gem is that your current circumstances can help you to create new habits and get a clearer understanding of your story. In the midst of the situation, there is the temptation to quit and halt your movement forward. Assess your situation and get someone to help you determine how you can move to the next page of your story. Meet Steve: After a 3-year Army stint, Steve McChesney attended Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, a Hollywood CA private film school. He went on to stunt school, studying under Kim Kahana, and has appeared as a stuntman, actor, or background in 350+ movies and television shows. Steve is a member of the Directors Guild of America, with producer credits including the feature film Michael Winslow Live, Up Late with Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic), which he directed, and Associate Producer on Michael Winslow’s Comedy Cruise. He directed The Home-Based Business Shows and Success Stories, and Ron Siggi's Rock and Roll Legends featuring Ed McMahon. Steve recently co-produced and directed WCW/WWE Wrestling Superstar: The Bill DeMott Experience. His earlier jobs – restaurant owner, talent manager, roadie, martial arts instructor, taxi driver, cooking show host, salesman, magician, stage hypnotist, and father – all prepared him for his career now as a results coach in business, sales, and marketing.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)https://www.facebook.com/imagimarketing/https://www.linkedin.com/in/smcchesney/https://twitter.com/imagimarketinghttps://www.instagram.com/imagimarketing/
Networking can happen at Walmart or at the local Chamber of Commerce but you have to know how to use it best. ~ Altovise For many, networking has taken on a much bigger role in building their business after learning what works best for them. Similar to Netflix, it can either drain your time or benefit you with wisdom and some great relationships. We are a long way away from just handing out business cards at a local event. Now, we find ourselves using virtual options to build connections and gain visibility for a business. In this episode, Ginny, who knows all too well how to build a networking community, joined me to talk about the things she has been able to do for women in business. It started as a local meetup for women in the DMV area but has quickly expanded to a global community of women coming together to learn and grow. Even throughout the pandemic, they took the in-person meetups to a virtual platform without missing a beat. Being able to make the shift in the middle of a pandemic created momentum for the women as they were managing a new normal in business. Ginny's nuggets:~ Creating conversations and creating community are both important ~ Having support is valuable when situations happen that are outside of your control ~ It is the things that you learn today that have the potential to benefit you later~ Work in your strengths and you will see success ~ Connections happen through conversations ~ Don't wait until you need something in order to figure things out ~ Let people know that they matter The On Purpose Woman Global Community brings together women for the opportunity to network and learn virtually. 21 years of networking has given Ginny a vast experience with empowering women. It also led to her creating the On Purpose Woman Magazine where she creates a platform to feature women in business. When you create communities, you also create a driving force for change. Through networking, Ginny has been able to help Light of Truths Ministries for almost two decades. Doing things like clothing drives and music concerts that benefit the organization shows how networking builds those within the community and those outside the community. Is there a way that your networking community can serve another community? Come join the conversation: bit.ly/worldvoicecommunityMeet Ginny: Ginny Robertson supports women, wherever they are in life, with opportunities for deep connection, more visibility and to become more comfortable with playing a bigger role on the planet. She is an inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator, the founder of the On Purpose Woman Global Community, and the Founder & Publisher of the On Purpose Woman Online Magazine. Her mission is to connect women around the world to their gifts, their purpose, and each other.A contributing author to three anthologies, Ginny also spent 4 years as the co-host of the WomanTalk Live radio show on WCBM in Baltimore. In 2012 she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, Maryland’s premier business, law, and government newspaper.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)https://www.facebook.com/ginny.robertson/https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnyrobertson/
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