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Author: Altovise Pelzer

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Altovise is an introverted entrepreneur 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 you to launch, stumble less and learn. Can you become a successful entrepreneur? New episodes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
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I am a keynote speaker, author, and organization development professional with over 30 years of experience supporting global corporations, including Mars, Inc., and IBM. I have written two books on teamwork: "Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High-Performance Collaboration and Teamwork" and “Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face.” Both books are based on original research I conducted during my 17 years as an internal consultant at Mars, where I worked with iconic brands such as M&M's, Snickers, and Wrigley’s gum.I have presented and offered workshops at numerous conferences including the Midwest Technology Leaders Conference, the North American Organization Development Network, The Conference Board, and the Organization Design Forum. I am also a guest lecturer at American University and George Mason University.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)LinkedIn - Carlos Valdes-DapenaTwitter - @CarlosVDapenaFacebook - @crvdapena
"I'm okay""It's nothing" "I'll get over it" These are just a few of the things that people will say in order to deflect from telling someone that they are going through grief, anxiety, or depression. It has become easier to just put a mask on but it has also become very dangerous. Far too many people are walking around believing that what they are feeling will just go away. In this episode, we hope to normalize people being able to remove the mask in order to get the support they need. Andrea shared what grief looked like for her and her family after the death of her sister. It is a discussion that will change how you look at "feeling down". Andrea's nuggets: ~ We have been conditioned to move on and get back to a routine quickly ~ Many aren't told how to handle grief even after losing a loved one~ Tears release the words that we are unable to say sometimes ~ You can build resilience while you are grieving ~ Even in the church, many don't know what to do with the pain they feel There may have been moments when the anger and frustration of you losing someone made you question your religious beliefs, your relationships, and even your own judgment. Conversations are needed in order to uproot that anger and frustration or to replace it. We need a community to help us heal in the midst of it all. That community includes:A therapist A coach A counselor A friend This is also a great time to start journaling. It helps to release the words that sometimes get stuck in our throats when we try to talk about what happened. Another thing that popped up in this discussion is the fact that some of the grief and anxiety that we carry are not our own. There are many instances where we are carrying the grief and anxiety from the previous generation or from close family and friends. We have almost become the bag lady as Erykah Badu says. The only thing is that with these bags we are hurting more than our back. Meet Andrea:Hi my name is Andrea A. Moore and I am an Intuitive Grief Coach that helps siblings and entrepreneurs navigate, cope, and understand their grief journey. In 2010 is when I stepped into the boxing ring with grief. that is the year I watched my sister fight for her life and entire her new life on 6/13. One of the hardest moments of my life. What I did not know is that I would be the creator's vessel. As of today, I have supported over 100 women to navigate, cope, and understand their journey.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
Peak performance is a term we often hear in refernece to sports but it is a term that can be applied to life and business. It is when we execute at our highest level. Bpundaries need to be tested and stretched in order for us to reach our peak performance. Also, our peak performance can and will change as we grow and come in contact with life's circumstances. This is why this episode is such a powerful one. After being considered brain dead and paralyzed by a car accident, Lindsey started at square one in order to reach her pek performance. "Master your mindset and balance your life through self care, self worth and self discipline" Peak Performance begins when you cn be honest about where you are and where you want to go. For Lindsey that meant learning to walk and talk again after waking up a week after her accident. This is not the moment when many would be focused on peak performance. This would normally be the moment when people focus on just survival. Survival is necessary but thriving is where peak performance sets in. It is a daily fight to achieve our greatest life...our greatest business...our greatest relationship. Lindsey's nuggets:~ God has a greater plan ~ There won't always be someone to blame when things happen in your life~ You always have a choice~ Make a commitment to the choice that you make ~ You can'[t focus on the negative and positive at the same time~ The thought may be immediate but the process takes timeWhen you make the decision to fight for something greater you are testing your current boundaries. It may be a physical boundary or a mental boundary. Either way, you will be pushing against opinions, facts, and emotion driven thoughts. You are not alone in that. You may even have people who are close to you saying things that they believe is the best option for you. Reaching your peak performance will test those close to you just as much as it will test you. In this moment you may need to strengthen boundaries and value the word "no". Oh, and yes, sometimes you will even need to say "no" to yourself. Self discipline is valuable. Meet Lindsey: A 2007 wreck left Lindsey Vertner brain dead and paralyzed. She turned her pain into purpose by teaching others how to overcome their obstacles and create a “first-class life” full of purpose and genuine happiness! As a coach, speaker, and author, Lindsey teaches ambitious leaders how to balance their lives by putting themselves first without guilt. As co-founder of The Unleashed Woman, she organizes women's empowerment and networking events. Connect with her at www.LindseyVertner.comSocial Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)Website: www.LindseyVertner.comNon-profit Website: www.TheUnleashedWoman.netFacebook: Instagram: In:
Mental health has been a taboo topic passed on as the "family secret". With Generation Z we have come to find that they are not only willing to talk about it, they are also ready to get healed from it. Many of the older generations have been taken aback by their boldness when it comes to depression, anxiety, and trauma. Mix in a pandemic, virtual learning, fires, storms, and parents becoming've got yourself a whole to talk about. It starts with preventive mental health techniques as early as possible. Things like learning boundaries, creating a safe environment to communicate, and learning how to deal with disappointment can be great tools. Then when unexpected things happen, like what we are experiencing this year, we are a little better equipped to give our children the help they need. Don't think that it is too late for you to help your children, and yourself, to be able to handle what is currently happening. Usha's nuggets: ~ It's really important to remember that children don't have the resources that we have as adults~ Be mindful of your child's increased screentime due to school, social media, and video games~ Monitor your children for mood swings that are out of character for them~ Find healthy ways to manage frustrations for you and your family ~ Accept that people will have varying personalities in accordance with their environment~ Expect and be flexible to handle change In today's episode, Usha gave us some things to think about when it comes it our mental health as a parent as well as the mental health of our children. When we neglect these things we find ourselves frustrated and drained each day. Proper mental health care can make your home a lot more peaceful. Find your outlets! When you are unable to be separate from what is frustrating you, and outlet will give you the relief that you need. Some pretty popular outlets include dancing, writing, and cooking. (Uh, that last one can get a little dangerous depending on what you are cooking. lol) Don't just find your outlets. Make those who are close to you aware of the outlets that you have so they can know how to help you when things get a little tough. It makes a differenceIt can save a lifeMeet Usha: I am the founder of Healing Feeling and author of "Your Happy Child 10 Proven Steps to Raising a Happy Child" I'm also a child and adult psychotherapist.I support parents to empower their children and heal their own inner child through the experience of parenthood and adulthood.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
Now is the time to stop throwing your money in the air and hoping it lands on good ground. I know that may sound a little harsh but hear me out. This is the episode where you will plan for your financial comeback and that can only be done if we have a clear understanding of where we are financially. So, #SpeakEasy listeners do you know where you are financially? There were many people that believed that they were financially secure when they actually weren't. This year was definitely a gut punch to our revenue streams and side hustles. No matter what effect this year has had in your business and life, you can still plan for a comeback. I want you to be in a great position to start 2021 strong. Dr. Ranelli's nuggets: ~ Make sure that we are increasing cash flows ~ Strategize on putting profits aside in our bank accounts~ Eventually build generational wealth ~ Get a strategy that works The starting point is your mindset. There are many habits, tools, and hacks that have been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, the majority of them are taking us in the opposite direction of our financial goal. You have to be deliberate and bold about end the generations of bad money habits. We make a decision to no longer have the rug pulled from under us. "We need to have a mindset of success." ~ Dr. Ranelli Sometimes you will need to remind yourself of what success would look like for you. Be mindful not to get caught up in someone else's definition of success. Along with this you will need to build your resilience. Your actions and words will have to fall in alignment with your goals. Be clear about what you want to see when it comes to building wealth, retirement, and your children's lives.Don't forget to take inventory of your gifts while on this journey. Listen in and take notes on some of the other gems that Dr. Ranelli dropped in this episode. Meet Dr. Ranelli:Dr. Ranelli A. Williams is a Certified Public Accountant, financial educator, and profit strategist, best-selling author, and award-nominated speaker empowering service-based entrepreneurs to take control of their money as they work towards building a strong financial legacy. She co-owns a tax and accounting business, ERJ Services, along with her husband Eric, helping their clients organize their financial data so they build a strong financial foundation, prioritize cash flow and profits, and strategize to pay only the minimum legal taxes. She is also the founder of Profitable Entrepreneurs Network, a community of service-based entrepreneurs who are looking to put a solid financial structure in place so they can focus on getting paid for doing what they love, keeping their hard-earned dollars secure, and facilitating continued growth and expansion.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
"If you are going through hell, keep going!" ~ Winston ChurchhillFirst, let me say "thank you" to all of the veterans who listen in to The #SpeakEasy Podcast. We value your service to our serve in such a great capacity. Your actions, your life and your words are valuable!What was that "hell" moment in your your your relationship? In today's episode we get an inside view of one veteran's journey starting with the stuff on his shoes! This episode is reminder that there will be moments when you need to dust off the stories within your own journey in order for people to see their value. Fred broke down some things from his books that brought a smile to this little Philadelphian's face. Stories like the one that Fred shares are perfect for all the True Crime lovers of the world. His intricate details take you through the streets and lives of people in Philadelphia. I can remember growing up and seeing some of these same scenarios play out in the communities where I grew up, went to school and began to raise my own family. Aha moments that I received during this episode from Fred:~ After some time you may need to show up with a second edition~ There are lessons we learn from the people (Characters) in our life ~ Our pen has the ability to give a voice to our past ~ Stories get lost when no one shares them~ You never know who you will meet when you are walking in purposeThrough his stories, Fred brings light to a few areas that you would see on a Netflix documentary or movie. Meet Fred: Fred Schofield spent his early years as a U.S. Marine, he was decorated for valor under enemy fire and receives VA care for combat-connected conditions. He spent a large part of his life practicing criminal law, representing more sex workers during his time in the practice than any other attorney in the world. Fred's novels are heavily inspired by his unique life experiences. Specifically, he was compelled to pen the mystery/thriller The Boardwalkers after his colorful experiences as a lawyer. When it comes to his other novel, A Run to Hell, he was inspired by his real-life connections to the infamous death of Hollywood star Grace Kelly.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
Don't lose sight of the dream and don't let go of the joy! When you think about this statement it is NOT one that you will hear coming from most coaches. Yet, as we journey through entrepreneurship we find that this statement needs to be engrained on our foundation. When we lose sight of the dream and we lose the joy it can lead to burnout. So let's get down to the nitty-gritty. We going to get real about this for speakeasy listeners because a lot of y'all don't love what you're doing. Like you're not enjoying the business that you started. What started as a passion has ultimately turned into a punishment. Trust are not alone. There are many entrepreneurs that have gotten to that point of wanting to give up. Don't worry! This is the episode for you! Patricia took us to the root of this shift in today's episode. Here are a few things to ponder before you let go of that vision.~ Have you said yes to do something that does not bring you joy? ~ Are you living up to someone else's expectations?~ Do you find it difficult to say no? ~ Are you doing things out of an obligation to someone you admire? ~ Has time become a distraction to your goals? ~ How do you respond to disappointments? When asking yourself these questions you are able to see things clearly. You take the emotion out of your decision making and focus on the facts. Truthfully, the facts don't always feel good. Patricia Gems: ~ Remind yourself of what you have been called to do~ Understand that there will be moments when things get a little tougher~ You have to make time for fun ~ Take time to determine why you are saying yes ~ Sometimes you will need to have a coaching session with yourself ~ Make longterm adjustments for your joy Taking the initiative to be all in is going to take more effort than people talk about. It may be getting up early or staying up late. There will be times when you have to win the fight against your comfort zone. Don't allow the climb up the mountain allow you to not take in the beauty of being on a mountain. Seek God and put trust in the plan that he has for you! We can't get everything we need from Uncle Google and Auntie YouTube. Some things will come from your own experience and willpower. Take the leap and learn to fly on the way down so you don't allow procrastination to steal your dream. Your dream is valuable because when you achieve blesses more than you. Meet Patricia:My name is Patricia Barnes. I am a motivational speaker, blogger, and founder of Go Patty LLC. Go Patty is a movement to inspire, motivate, and empower others to work through the pain, fears, and insecurities, become whole(spiritual, personal, interpersonal, mental, emotional, and financial), from broken to healed, dream big then take action, constantly work on personal development, and of course, have fun in between.My website gopatty.comSocial Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)FB & IG - Gopattybrand
Advocacy takes on different roles in order to empower the voice and impact the lives of people. In today's episode, I had the opportunity to speak with Howard Ross about the past, present, and future of advocacy. Education will always be what inspires change and action will be the driving force. We see it throughout history. "My whole life I've come to realize that if you're going to spend your life shaking the trees, occasionally a coconut is going to hit you on the head."Fighting for the rights of others means fighting for a better society. Howard went to his first Civil Rights at the age of 15 and with over 55 years of advocating for others, you can see that it made a huge impact in his life. He shared with us significant impacts that his family has made when it came to advocacy. Being Jewish during the Holocaust, 43 members of Howard's family were murdered. His own grandfather was living in a village where 100 Jews were killed by Nazis. The emotional impact of what we see, hear, and live through can be the spark to initiate change. It can become a heavy shadow on the families, communities, and generations that are connected to it in some way. We see a huge shift as younger generations are taking the reigns and demanding results in a similar way that we saw Baby Boomers do when they were younger. On one hand, it can make you proud that they have the motivation to do so but on the other, it can be saddening that we are still fighting the same fight.Howard dropped nuggets about we can do better when it comes to understanding and or being part of the current wave of advocates. I stumbled into advocacy because of my personal experiences with homelessness, abuse, molestation, and divorce. Prejudice against a certain group of people usually comes from a disconnect between their story and your own. Howard's nuggets: ~ Remember those that came before you and the life the lived ~ Use the emotional impact as fuel but be strategic ~ Understand that change does not always happen immediately~ Do the research on what you hear~ Protests matter and have their place in initiating change ~ Anger and rage are valid emotions when you feel unheard or mistreated~ NEVER label the majority by the actions of the few This episode will be my most memorable because the current climate of the world is a tough one to navigate. I appreciate the advocates that stand up in the face of fear, miseducation, prejudice, and miscommunication to fight for something bigger than them. I think back to when I first watched movies like Freedom Writers and Lean on Me. It was significant for me because it was a seed of understanding that we each can do something that matters. We each have the power to make an impact. To the advocates who consistently fight for change...we see you! Thank you! Meet Howard Ross:Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011), and the Washington Post bestseller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014). His latest book, Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart, released by Berrett-Koehler in May of 2018, won the 2019 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice.Howard has specialized in the synthesis of neuro-cognitive and social science research and direct application re Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility work. His client work has focused on the areas of corporate culture change, leadership development, and managing diversity. Ross has successfully implemented large-scale organizational culture change efforts in the area of managing diversity and cultural integration in academic institutions, professional services corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and retail, health care, media, and governmental institutions in 47 of the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. In addition, Howard has delivered programs at Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Washington University Medical School, and over 20 other colleges and Universities. Howard served as the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU.Howard’s writings have been published by the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company Magazine, Diversity Women Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and dozens of other publications. He appears monthly on National Public Radio. Howard has served on numerous not-for-profits boards, including the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, the board of directors of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the board of the directors for the National Women’s Mentoring Network. Howard has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 Operation Understanding Award for Community Service; the 2012 Winds of Change Award from the Forum on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion; the 2013 Diversity Peer Award from Diversity Women Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University; the 2015 Trendsetter in HR by SHRM Magazine; and the 2016 Leadership in Diversity Award by the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India. He was also named an Honorary Medicine Man by the Eastern Cherokee Reservation in N.C., and given Medicine Holder designation by the Pawnee Nation.Howard is also a former Rock ‘n Roll Musician and has taught meditation and mindfulness for more than 20 years, including his role as co-founder and Lead Facilitator for the Inner Journey Seminars.Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies. He sold the company in July 2018 and founded Udarta Consulting, LLC.Howard keynotes and speaks regularly at Conferences for SHRM, SHRM Diversity, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, National Association of Corporate Directors, ATD, the World Diversity Forum, and dozens of others.He can be reached at Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
Here is a hard truth to handle for most entrepreneurs...You are leaving money and opportunities on the table everyday! Ask yourself this question and give yourself an honest answer. Are you dominating the rooms you are in both in person and virtually? Be honest! This episode was a personal, and professional, chastising for me but I’ll let you in on the conversation. I received an email from PodBean about live-streaming and it peaking my interest. Since The #SpeakEasy Podcast started as a livestream on Facebook this would be perfect. Then it happened...I went to the site and noticed that I had not claimed my podcast. Omg!! I signed up for the site years ago but I was not using everything it had to offer. (How many can relate on one level or another?) Once I claimed my show I saw an opportunity to market through PodBean. Oh, if you connect with us on PodBean we’ll follow you back. Let’s grow together! So how do we show up and dominate the room? - Lead with service - Have conversations within the community - Ask questions - Follow up and then follow up again- Be consistent in your actions, service and engagement When we create a strategy for how we show up online and offline it sets the standard. Social media has shrunk the seven degrees of separation to three within the span of a few years. That means that you can connect with almost anyone when you execute at the highest level. Deliver your best and allow word of mouth to do the rest. Come join the conversation by going
September 9 at 7:00 PM (Original Live Broadcast: · Leading Ladies Leaving Legacies Inspiring Passion, Potential, and PurposeThe Power of Voice!#unmute: Tap Into The Power of Your Voice - Key Benefits of Finding Your VoiceOur featured guest tonight, Altovise Pelzer, is the "Founder of the World Voice League." You don't want to miss her message and her story. Altovise has written several books and is a World-Renowned Speaker. A visionary with a mission to help women everywhere find and use their voice.Connect with Joy here: and speaking up about their stories to help others rise and speak their truth is part of her drive to connect. Homeless and molestation affected Altovise. After decades of being silent about her molestation story, even after finding out that both her girls were molested. That was the catalyst for her decision to motivate women to" leverage their Life's Circumstances" by learning to love and use their voice. Drop everything and join us. We can't wait to have you join us come with questions. We love it when you show up and enjoy being interactive. We can't wait to see you and soon.Wednesday, September 9, 2020, @ 7 PM EST live on this link:!!!JoyConnect with Joy here: Ladies Leaving Legacies Inspiring Passion, Potential, and Purpose
Let’s be honest...somewhere along the lines there is a miscommunication when it comes to multiple streams of income. Honestly, we tend to find ourselves spending large amounts of time, energy, and money on things that only bring in trickles of revenue. It’s like climbing a mountain and only packing a happy meal. Bruh...I don’t think you’re gonna make it! Here is some wisdom from someone that been through enough to write a book...or 15. Determine what you are an expert at. Don’t get me wrong, everyone may have a hustle that they can fall back on during a rainy day but don’t get stuck in the side hustle mentality. The side hustle mentality is dangerous because we tend to give more energy to something that brings in a few dollars than something that could bring us in thousands. It happens often and there are even some coaches who praise the side hustle lifestyle. So you must ask yourself if you want to be considered the expert or the hustler. When you are the expert you are in love with what you speak about or with what you do. It oozes out of you and anytime someone hears your name they ultimately know what you do. It makes it easy for people to refer you and works in your favor when networking. Altovise’s gems: ~ Tap into your area of expertise and you cut down on the stress~ Hustling has its place in entrepreneurship but when you find yourself overly exhausted...take notice and adjust ~ Even if there are others doing what you do, they are not you. ~ Find the message in your experiences and use it Your success depends on YOU! Show up like the boss you are!
Within recent weeks we have had two losses that hit hard for many people around the world. Cici the Six Figure Chick and Chadwick Boseman, although they were in different industries, left their fingerprint on the world in a powerful way. This short series will talk about the things that their lives taught us and the pathways that they left for many others to follow. This is a fight! A fight for your life A fight for your family A fight for your freedom A fight for your health A fight for YOU! When we think about the preparation that goes into a fight we see how this Shero and Hero should be edged in our minds as entrepreneurs. The battle begins in your mind and that is round one. I have found that once we win round one we are energized to keep fighting. That comes from battling the labels, stereotypes, and negative words of others that were like seeds planted in our minds. There will be some who can visualize the win but there are many others that need to start by visualizing each hit you will land. Positive affirmations are a hit that you throw each morning when you wake up. Some will say them throughout their day. Gratitude is another powerful hit that will help you win the fight. Oh, and one can not forget to look at the expectations that we place on ourselves and others. Now is the time for you to get your fight back!Altovise's gems:~ Guilt can be an obstacle as you move towards your goals. Acknowledge it early and find out why you feel the guilt. ~ Trust is something that will take you far so when you come into a situation that breeds mistrust deal with it. ~ Doubt grows with inactivity so taking daily actions will usually quiet the doubts you have in your mind. ~ Fear is felt by everyone!!! You can do it me. When you make a decision to fight for what you want to achieve you will find that there are more things that motivate you to win. Why is that? Well, what we focus on tends to multiply. Visualizing the life we want to have and the business we want to create leads us to follow detours when necessary. I'm sure that both Chadwick and Cici visualized great things each morning. It is why their legacies will continue to make them household names. With over ten years of writing, Altovise uses her platforms to create opportunities for women to have their voices heard. Founder of the World Voice League, she educates and empowers through courses, a weekly accountability call, blogging, books, and the #SpeakEasy Podcast.Come Join the conversation:
Victoria Lowell is a financial advocate, coach, international bestselling author of “Empower your Worth: A Woman’s Guide to Increasing Self-Worth and Net Worth.” and the founder of Empowered Worth, a financial-education platform that empowers women to become active participants in their own financial future and well-being. In late 2018 she left Wall Street and followed her passion to help women assert themselves fiscally. Her expertise in this field has led to her hosting this podcast, conferences and webinars, motivational speaking, and being a guest on many tv shows, radio shows, and podcasts.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)Facebook: @empoweredworthInstagram: @empoweredworthTwitter: @empoweredworthPintrest @empoweredworthLinkedIn: @victorialowell
There will be moments that create detours in your life but that doesn't have to stop your journey. For some, they believe that money, time, or having the right connections is what matters most in order to reach your goal. In today's episode, you'll see that it's your actions and reactions that play the biggest role in your success. Michelle Blood shared the success she achieved after a near-fatal car accident shifted everything in her life. She went from creating and performing rock songs to creating and performing affirmations and visualizations. Things changed, even more, when Bob Proctor took an interest in what Michelle was doing. Michelle's gems:~ Somone may be looking for the thing that healed you for their own healing ~ When you consistently use your gift people will take notice ~ You manifest what you constantly think about ~ Circumstances out of our control teach us how to pivot ~ Be mindful of the negativity that you are holding onto and where it comes from~ Be willing to give and receive information Negativity has a way of veiling your ability to see opportunities. It can become almost like blinders that narrow your view of the journey ahead of you. When you learn how to pivot you will see opportunities in the midst of your situation. This will be fostered by the community that you surround yourself with which is what networking is another valuable tool you need for success. Having the right people around when negativity starts to rise up will help you in moments when things seem overwhelming. Your transparency during the journey matters. Let's be honest, there are many who only show the good times and the great Instagram photos. It had us believing that all the social media influencers were living like rockstars. Whelp, the lie detector can finish the rest. Being transparent will not only put you in a better position to receive what you need but it will also inspire those who are watching your journey. (There is always someone watching) Michelle's transparency led her to Bob Proctor and yours may lead you to Michelle Obama's podcast. One thing leads to another. So often we find ourselves trying to juggle many different things in an attempt to make money. It leads to burnout and frustrations for so many entrepreneurs. Michelle made it a point to share that she started with one thing and it opened up opportunities for her to speak, write books, and create a thriving community. It gives you the experience you need to become an expert in that field. What is the one thing that you can work on now? Have you found yourself juggling way too many things? We would love for you to come to join the conversation in the #worldvoiceleague community. Meet Michelle: Michele Blood is a successful, multi-talented lady. In addition to creating MusiVation™ products and seminars worldwide. Her public Mystical Success Events have been held in over 16 countries. Her largest audience was 50,000 in Kuala Lumpur. After many years of meditation Michele’s Kundalini awakened and transformed her consciousness. She now teaches others how to live a Mystical Life and experience Divine Oneness, which is the true heart of true happiness, success, and purpose in one’s life.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
What does it mean to be in the middle of the pack? People will fight, tooth and nail, to get to the front of the pack but do we really know what it means to be in the middle of the pack. It is not until we understand what the middle of the pack represents that we can take the actions necessary to move into leadership. Oh, and depending on the pack you are in...leadership is not always in the front. Dr. Karen shared a great starting point for anyone that may be looking to move into a leadership role. It may be a simple thing that you have overlooked due to life circumstances. "Keep looking forward and don't look back."There are challenges in your past that you have already overcome. There are stumbling blocks in your past that made you fall. Start with reminding yourself that each day is a new day with its own opportunity for success. When we get stuck in the past we not only miss opportunities, we also find ourselves getting distracted from the journey. Have you been witness to someone who seems to be stuck in a moment in their personal history? Next, you need to get focused on your goal and the actions needed to achieve that goal. Those actions will include a mentor or coach who has achieved the goal you want to achieve. The mentor or coach is for guidance, not for you to become a duplicate of them. Be mindful not to lose who you are in the process. If something does not line up with your core beliefs it is okay to say no and walk away. Dr. Pruden's gems: ~ When you trip or fall...get back up! ~ Look for the opportunities ~ Seek and accept help ~ Don't be average in your approach~ Differentiate yourself from the pack ~ Become flexible and be willing to adjust Dr. Karen shared the importance of being able to think clearly and not being scared to be the first to suggest or try something. Most of the innovators and the forerunners in all industries are the people who are willing to try something and fail at it. It includes looking at challenges head-on even when you may not fully understand it yourself. Communication will also play a huge role in your advancement into leadership. Setting boundaries, having good listening skills, and giving corrective feedback are apart of the blueprint for a successful leader. These will assist you when it comes to checking the temperature of your team, your organization, and yourself. You will be able to better indicate when you need to table an idea or make adjustments. Dr. Karen's aha moment for leaders:Learn to speak the language that they speak. Being a leader requires you to learn the winning language. That may mean learning new terminology or learning a new language. Dr. Pruden is a Career Elevation Expert for female middle managers seeking senior leadershippositions.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
The pursuit of happiness is more than just a great movie. Now more than ever, people are trying to find ways to buy it, sell it, create it, keep it, find it, and yes even hoard it. Happiness for so many people around the world has become majestic unicorn that so many have written off as simply a child's dream.Well, happiness is very much real and it is achievable! We missed something, something went way over our heads when it comes to happiness. When the desire to find our purpose we missed that our purpose was not actually for us. Purpose allows us to live for something beyond ourselves. It gives us the reason to get up instead of just pulling the covers over our heads each morning. Shelley, a self-awareness expert, gave us insight into reigniting that smile on the inside of us. No matter the level you find yourself on in your entrepreneurial journey, reigniting that smile is necessary for you to be able to move to the next level of success. Shelley's gems: ~ Sometimes you have to let the tears fall~ Know when you need to take a personal timeout ~ Don't judge yourself too harshly if you have to start over~ You can't control it all ~ It is okay to be angry, confused, or fearful but it is not okay to stay there.Ultimately, you control your happiness. There will be things that happen in life to take you off track but that is where it is necessary to tap into some of the gems Shelley shared in this episode. There will be times when we have to forget the order and throw away the strategy in order to get back our happiness. That is often easier said than done. We are raised to follow rules and have a plan but sometimes we achieve the greatest amount of joy when we leave the plan behind. Can you remember a time when you just scrapped the plan and took a leap? How did it make you feel? What was the outcome? The plan can become a happiness drainer so be mindful of that in your life and business. Another thing to think about when it comes to happiness is checking your to-do list. Are you one it? We tend to do a lot for other people but we don't always put things like rest or self-care on our list. Many even go to the extreme and become a people pleaser, finding themselves completely drained at the end of each day. Has your list become one that is pulling you into too many directions at once? "Tap into what makes you happy!" It's time for a self-awareness check:- Determine what makes you happy? - Set time aside for you- Become okay with saying no- What drains your joy? - Do you have unrealistic expectations of yourself? Of others? - Take some time to journalMeet Shelley: Certified Life Purpose Coach, Speaker and Women’s Change Agent, Shelley Meche’tte is extremely passionate and dedicated to the empowerment of women through strategized personal and professional development. She is the author of 70 Days of Happy: Life is BETTER When You Smile and the founder of the women’s organization, The PowHERful Woman.Shelley challenges women to take responsibility for the actions (both positive and destructive) of the person staring back at them in the mirror while reminding them of the fact that they are POWERFUL...valuable and unique.Some of her features include Yahoo, Bustle, Ask Men, Authority Magazine, WW, Thrive Global, BYU Radio, and more.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)IG: @shelleymeche'tteFB: Shelley Meche'tte
Define is not that we can clearly define it but we illuminate what it looks like from different vantage points. For Vivianne, it was using a little metal pail to ask for scraps of chicken heads and fish heads. She would bring them home to her mother to make soups out of them. After she dropped off the fish heads and chicken heads, Vivianne would go to the open-air market to retrieve wooden fish crates to use to create a fire to cook with. This memory, already it was a difficult time her life, is one of the memories that add to her appreciation for all she has done now.Our past becomes the stepping stone we use to move to a greater destination! Things changed, as they often do, and new opportunities gave way to living a better life. At the age of seven, Vivianne's mother reconnected with an old school friend. He became a father for Vivianne and his profession of being a tailor came from his time in Siberia. While there he mended the soldiers' uniforms. This played a huge role in his alcoholism and the verbal and physical fights between him and Vivianne's mother. At that time, Siberia was a place that many dot return from. Empathy is built in our tough times but it should be shared at all times. Throughout this episode, we are reminded that choices are most often made with good intentions. Vivianne's mother married her school friend when Vivianne was 13 and then they immigrated to Canada. (The land of milk and honey) Her mother was sure to tell her and her sister that the marriage was a meal ticket and not a union of love. Many can relate to doing what they had to do for a better opportunity for their children. Vivianne had this same mindset when she chose to leave school at the age of 14 in order to join the workforce. Her first job was with a man who said that he would train her to be a dental assistant. She also endured her first experience with harassment by a friend of the dentist. It was while she was working at Volkswagon in the accounting department that became her first experience with being disappointed at a job. It sent her into a depression that leads to a suicide attempt. (Find out what halted her suicide attempt in this episode) Vivianne's gems:~ Show empathy ~ Continue to believe that greater is coming ~ Tell your story ~ Be ready to move on to something greater~ Do what is necessary ~ Tap into a support systemNow more than ever there are people who are dealing with circumstances that are beyond their control. They are fighting to stay afloat with uncertainty and fears that continue to creep up into their thoughts. How do you fight it? How do you move past what has become a barrier or a brick wall? Vivianne took us through experiences that look just like your own with a disposition that can shift the hearts and minds of many. Create your rubble to the champagne story every day through conversations and information that elevate you. Meet Vivianne:Vivianne Knebel was born illegitimate in 1943 in the epicenter of Nazi power, Berlin, Germany. Her free-spirited and strong-willed mother, Marija, fought to keep her alive among falling bombs and Soviet attacks. After the end of World War II, with much of Berlin razed to the ground, Vivianne came to know poverty and constant hunger. As a teenager, she immigrated to Canada, but in her new homeland, times became so desperate that she had to beg for money to eat. After dropping out of school to find work, Vivianne became the victim of sexual harassment. Spiraling into depression, she attempted to take her life but was miraculously saved by a six-year-old child.Falling in love with a fellow German immigrant, Wiland proved a pivotal turning point for Vivianne. He saw a wellspring of potential in her and believed that she could become more than she had ever imagined. They married and moved to the United States. In the land where so many immigrant dreams are built, Wiland encouraged Vivianne to pursue endeavors that would test her mettle, including piloting a plane, running a marathon, and taking on a key role in supporting his business enterprise. Vivianne's journey of personal growth later gave her the courage to battle cancer and embrace a spiritual life.Through hardship, demoralization, yearning, searching, loving, inspiration, and growth, Vivianne has discovered the ultimate secret to a life well-lived: a grateful heart.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)Instagram:
"Life doesn't happen like that!"Wayne McFarland was taken aback by the memoirs that he was reading. It influenced him to be the one to tell his own stories and oh what stories they were. This episode will be one that should inspire you to write or rewrite your story. The strongest voice that you have is the one you use while you are still living. I mean let's be real, we all know now that a pandemic can shut down the world. When you think about the fears holding you back from achieving your goals, most of them can't compare to that. You should be inspired more now to climb the highest mountain or start the business. For Wayne, he saw the success that would come from being authentically him. Stories like losing $10,000 at the Hollywood sign and the impact it had on his business. (Oh, trust me it is even more interesting than you think!) It highlighted a story that others would keep hidden for fear of judgment or ridicule. In telling your story you will find that there are a lot more who are with you than who are against you. Wayne's nuggets:~ Stop trying to avoid the potholes ~ You can't win the fight if you are not in the ring~ Getting started is the easy part ~ Entrepreneurship is not a straight lineWhen we choose to make the journey public we access information, support, and accountability on our journey to success. Have you found yourself missing any of those? Wished you had a little bit more of them? Podcast interviews, such as the #SpeakEasy Podcast provide a great opportunity for you to share your story. It is a great way to network with those who are in your industry and those who are not in your industry. Wayne shared a story about a general that served in World War II and his response to a reporter asking him about how he could handle sending troops out knowing that there may be casualties. His response was, " One day I woke up at 3 AM and realized that most of his problems never really happened." That was the true definition of taking it day by day and even minute by minute. You'll see value in taking your first step only after you take it. Don't allow your mind to build a wall in front of your door. Realize that there are many barriers that you have set only because of your self-doubt. This is also the time to look at your support system. Sometimes it will be those closest to you and other times it will not be someone that you know. Either way, the right support will help you look at opportunities amid your obstacles. Don't forget that while on this journey you will always have an audience. Continue to show up and bring a story or two with you. Wayne McFarland wandered away from a small, mid-western town some years ago. With no planning at all, his history is one of stumbling into one bog after another from the Dakotas to California, from Pamplona to Paris. His main claim to fame is mostly and surprisingly not being dead, plus getting involved with a lot of strange stuff, usually unwillingly or by accident.Yeah, this indeed is a memoir of sorts, if shark fishing in one’s underwear, roping a bear, getting drunk with your Grandfather, or losing ten grand at the Hollywood Sign is a memoir. The Day Johnny Cash Hit On My Wife is on the roster as well, for the only name drop in all the stories. There’s also a thing about getting shot in Arkansas and a road trip with a monkey.I can’t deny these were life-shaping events, but truth be told they all happened under the heading of “oops.”Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)FB:
Yes, you read that right. A Million Dollars Ain't Nothing! Now before you scroll past this episode, hear me out. If you add up what you have made in the last five years at your job how much is that? Now think about what you have been able to do with what you made. Jaw-dropping right? This is an episode that will shift your mindset about money and may even rethink what you are doing to attain more of it. First things first, what is your number goal for the year? the month? the week? Even today there are still many who do NOT put a money goal on paper. It can be out of fear of failure or a misunderstanding about money but either way, it is taboo to talk about it or want more of it. Here are some questions to ask yourself while listening to this episode: Are the goals that you are setting when it comes to money too low? Is your money goal the goal you heard someone else say that they wanted to achieve? Where did you get your understanding of money? In this episode, Wanda shares how her understanding of money was changed when her father joined the Air Force. The neighborhood she was able to live in changed and she realized that other people were living a better life. With this new perspective, she decided right then that she wanted to continue to live a better life.Our experiences can create a mental block when it comes to money. As a broker, Wanda was working with people who had the million-dollar accounts but she was drawn to help those who didn't have a million dollars in their bank account. They may have had $3,000 or even $20 in their bank account. Can you relate to wanting more when your circumstances make you feel like you can never get there? We have to fight for financial freedom. When women become financially free they invest back into the community. Here are the steps:Step One: Put your money goal on paper Don't allow anyone to shame you for that number. That includes you! Step Two: How much debt do you have? What is holding your money goal hostage? Things like student loans and credit cards can be draining extra money the longer that you hold onto them. Step Three: What are the expenses that you have? (Personal & Business) Be honest about where the leaks are happening in your bank account. Some times there are moments when you need to shut somethings down or dial it back a bit. Step Four: What will it look like after you reach your goal? Yes, there will be sacrifices made in order to achieve big goals. When we start to focus on what it will feel like and look like when we achieve our goal, the sacrifice does not seem as big. When you start answering these questions you will see that the million dollars you once thought you needed are small in comparison to what you want to do in business and life. We can't plan for every circumstance that may happen but we can start to put ourselves in a better position to handle it. There are many gifts that you have right now that you can monetize. That means there is always an opportunity for you to make more money. Even in the midst of a pandemic, there were businesses being birthed. People didn't stop buying things and some even bought more than what they would usually buy. The money you have, the money that you will have, is a tool you use to invest in what you need and want. You transfer it from your account to someone else's account when accepting a product or service. It's time for you to command your money in order to achieve the goal you put down. Wanda Booth is a 25 year Army veteran advancing through the ranks from Private to Major. Mother of three amazing kids. After the military worked as a Financial Advisor. Wanting to spend more time with her family and work in her purpose, she followed her faith to start a business helping women advance in life, career, and finances. Wanda enjoys mentoring young girls to enhance their confidence and leadership.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)IG@MsWanda_La, FB@insightmasterminds, LI@wandabooth
What's your relationship with money?Can I be honest with you for a moment? I feel like I knew nothing about money too. In today's episode, Jackie shares some real truths about your financial journey. There will definitely be some questions that you may want to ask your spouse, your parents, and even your children in order for us to change the bad relationships we have had with money. The bad money relationship left us not knowing...~ How to handle it ~ What it really took to get it ~ What it took to keep it~ How to invest it When we share these money truths there is no need to feel ashamed. Having a confidant who we can have an honest dialogue with about money can be what helps you to break through the financial barriers. It saves us from having to learn a lot of money lessons the hard way. "I had an immigrant mother who basically taught me how to work hard for my needs, but never how to make money work for me."Having financial security became a top priority for Jackie as she entered the finance industry. Working multiple jobs to "make ends meet" was what she, and many of you, grew to understand as the right way to make money. This quest for a better understanding of money led Jackie to build her own seven-figure business. What are some of the common muddy myths you have received from- Your parents - Your school - Your neighborhood - Social Media - Your FriendsWe are learning more and more that many of those we saw "flossing" was actually broke. Social media influences share stories of having tons of followers but not making enough money to pay their bills. Following the masses will have you buying and spending instead of saving and investing. Conversations matter when it comes to shifting your relationship with money. Talk to someone who is making the money that you wish to make and take note of how the conversation may differ from a finance conversation with a friend. Books like "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" shifted how we look at conversations around money. Where do you start?Know your numbers - when you take a look at your assets and revenue it light a fire within youGet help - and no I am not talking about that Aunt that does everyone's taxes. Talk to a financial planner. Look at your expenses - Now is a great time to slash bills and get rid of unnecessary payments (Yes, that includes the cable or gym sometimes) Make a commitment - to your family, your business, your clients and to you This may also require you to get comfortable with the "B" word...budget! (Jackie loves calling it a spending plan because of the negative feeling that comes with the word budget) This allows you to make room for crisis situations as well. When we are better prepared we tend to spend less than when we are emotionally charged by an unplanned event. It opens up the opportunity for us to live below our means in order to live however we want to later on. Meet Jackie:Jackie is an awarding winning financial planner, best selling author and speaker who has helped thousands of clients grow their net worth, build a fortress around their finances, and keep more of their cash in their pocket!She has been featured on CBC, Sun TV, and BNN. Jackie is also a regular contributor to Investment Executive, Wealth Professional, and The Globe and Mail. Jackie recently named Mackenzie Female Trailblazer of the Year for 2019. Co-author of Single by Choice & Chance, Jackie is a leading expert in women and money, and a powerful voice in the world of women's financial empowerment.Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)Facebook: Instagram:@iamjackieporter
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